The Do-Nothing Congress
So far, House Republicans are honoring their pledge not to pass any major legislation—and gaining popularity for it.
If that's what voters are after, they're going to have a fun couple of years. The first bipartisan bill that might actually reach the president's desk didn't come until Wednesday, when the Senate approved an amendment to kill a new requirement for businesses to fill out health care tax forms. Most of the rest of the legislative action in Congress is happening in two areas. One: budget cuts that Democrats, fitting comfortably into an old role, will decry as monstrous. Two: repeal bills, bills that would tie up federal regulators, and other items that can't survive the Senate or a presidential veto. The forecast through 2013 is creative destruction.
David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at email@example.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.
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