Should Congress Be Called Back To Work?

Posted on August 11, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

By Carl Chancellor

Is it getting a little cold in Hades?

I ask this question because of a bizarre and very strange situation taking place at the moment. I’m speaking about an almost unthinkable convergence; a highly unexpected meeting of minds; a sharing of common ground between two members of Congress who are by any measure on the extreme opposite ends of the political divide. Yet, liberal Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel (D-New York) and Tea Party darling, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) are speaking in one accord. Both
lawmakers are urging President Obama to call Congress back
from their five-week August recess mainly in response to the S&P downgrade in the country’s credit rating.

“People want to believe. We have given them no reason to believe. That’s the reason our credit rating went down, and not because everyone doesn’t know that we will pay all of our debts,” said Rangel in a recent interview in the Hill. He said calling Congress back from recess could boost confidence in the economy.

“When you lose confidence, you can’t buy it, you can’t elect it,” Rangel said. “It has nothing to do with the budget. It has everything to do with our integrity.”

For her part, Bachmann said Congress coming back to the Hill would send a strong message to worried markets that lawmakers are serious about tackling the debt.

In a Fox News interview Bachmann said—“If I were president today, I would call all the members of Congress back into Washington, DC, and I’d say: ‘Look, we are going to get this AAA credit rating back, and this is what we are going to do.”

Other as well from both sides of the political spectrum from Democratic strategists to Tea Party activists are urging Congress to cut short their August recess and get back to work.

I vaguely remember that after reaching the deal on the debt limit that the President and members of Congress spoke of immediately “pivoting” to address the issue of jobs. I distinctly recall the President saying he wanted Congress to “help companies that want to repair our roads and bridges and airports, so that thousands of construction workers who’ve been without a job for the last few years can get a paycheck again.”

So where is the sense of urgency to find solutions for the number one concern of Americans–jobs?

That needed sense of urgency certainly is not on display in the White House or on the Hill where everyone is in reelection and fundraising mode. Even Bachmann’s sincerity has to be called into question since she has already missed several votes in Congress this spring while on the road campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination.

Certainly bringing Congress back from recess isn’t going to instantly solve the mess this country is in, but it would at least indicate that our elected officials place America’s concerns above their own individual political aspirations.

Should the President call Congress back from recess? Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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