By Susan Ferrechio, September 16, 2012
The House and Senate will work just a few days this week then leave town until after the November election, abandoning work on legislation that’s needed to avert looming tax hikes and more than $1 trillion in mandatory federal spending cuts so they can spend their days campaigning for re-election.
Even as lawmakers deride the state of the nation’s finances and demand fiscal responsibility in front of voters back home, that sense of urgency is fare more muted on Capitol Hill. When lawmakers leave this week, they will leave behind a great deal of unfinished business, much of it consequential enough that a failure to address it could send an already weak economy into a tailspin.
“Its a sad state of affairs that the best this House can do is punt all spending decisions on this year’s budget to the next Congress,” Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., said Friday after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., announced the early departure.