The Do-Nothing Quickly Congress

Kathleen Hunter and Roxana Tiron


Although most members of Congress left Washington weeks ago to campaign, they’re technically not in recess. To prevent President Obama from making recess appointments, a rotating cast of lawmakers is gaveling in twice a week for lightning-quick sessions. The House has spent most of its roughly three-minute meetings on a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance. The Senate’s doing even less. Its shortest session, on Oct. 9, lasted just 25 seconds.


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