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Do-Nothing Congress

Location: Washington, DC

DO-NOTHING CONGRESS -- (House of Representatives - July 20, 2004)

(Mr. PALLONE asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. PALLONE. Mr. Speaker, I would like to ask my Republican friends what they have accomplished here in the
House this year. We have been here almost 8 months, and we have yet to pass any meaningful legislation into law.

Republicans will list off countless bills that they have passed here in the House. Some of them are actually recycled
from last year. We do not actually have to vote on them again, but because Republicans do not have any new ideas,
they have to bring up old bills that have already been passed but have yet to be signed into law.

House Republicans will blame the other Chamber. They will say they have passed all sorts of legislation but because
the other Chamber does not see things their way, they cannot come to a suitable compromise. House Republicans can
pass all sorts of legislation, but unless it becomes law it is meaningless.

Let me remind my Republican colleagues that they control the White House, the Senate and this House. Yet Congress
is being forced to work without a budget because Republicans could not come to an agreement amongst themselves.

At the end of this week, Congress adjourns for 6 weeks. Yet congressional Republicans cannot point to one
congressional achievement. Talk about a do-nothing Congress.

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