Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The hard-workin, sporlitickin congress

Let it never be said that our Conrgess gets nothing done.

They may be on track to be in session less than Truman's "do-nothing" 1947-48 Congress, but dammit, they had a true Sporli-day yesterday. Some of their accomplishments:

H.R. 4902: "To award a Congressional gold medal to Byron Nelson in recognition of his significant contributions to the game of golf as a player, a teacher, and a commentator."

(later that same day)
H.Res. 627: "Resolved, That the House of Representatives congratulates Chris Carpenter on being named the Cy Young Award winner for the National League for the 2005 Major League Baseball season."

Glorious. And don't think that this was a one-day anomaly. Last week these nincompoops passed H.Res. 626 which, you guessed it, "Congratulat(es) Albert Pujols on being named the Most Valuable Player for the National League for the 2005 Major League Baseball season."

Both the Carpenter and Pujols landmarks were sponsored by Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-MO. (If the name rings a bell, it's because his father, while deceased, beat soon-to-be AG John Ashcroft for Senate in 2000.) The Nelson award was courtesy of Rep. Michael Burgess, R-TX (he even brags about the bill on his site).

By the way: Byron is 84 years old. If he gets an award, it should be for outliving all his competition.

There is a moral to this story. This Congress is in session less than any since the do-nothings (30 days in 4 months for the House, 48 days for the Senate, with summer vacation coming fast), and is on pace to pass the least amount of legislation since records were kept, and they are spending their time on this.

We give the last word to Dana Milbank of the Washington Post:

"On the other hand, the 1947-48 Congress blatantly ignored the contributions of Pujols."

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