THE DO-NOTHING CONGRESS AND A NEW DIRECTION -- (House of Representatives - December 08, 2006)
Mr. PALLONE. Madam Speaker, the differences between this session of Congress and the one that will begin next month will be vast. In this tale of two Congresses, let us compare the current ``do-nothing'' Congress, led by the Republican Majority, and the upcoming Democratic New Direction Congress.
The Republican ``do-nothing'' Congress that ends this week has set abysmal records for the fewest number of days worked and for defeating numerous important bills, or simply not bringing them forth at all. Now they will adjourn for good at the end of this week, long before they need to, without passing a budget for 9 of the 11 appropriation bills. It is shameful, Madam Speaker, but fortunately it is about to change.
In January, when the Democratic Majority takes control of this body, we will immediately begin to pass legislation that will benefit working families all across our country. Democrats will raise the minimum wage, pass ethics reform, lower the price of higher education and prescription drugs, and repeal the needless tax breaks to big oil all within the first 100 hours of the next Congress.
Madam Speaker, Democrats will turn this do-nothing Congress into a body that works hard for all Americans.