Congress Has Been On Spring Break For Two Weeks – Officially Doing Nothing.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has been on spring break for two weeks, officially doing nothing.
Could be a useful strategy.
On some issues, at least, lawmakers returning to Washington on Monday are hoping for a "do-nothing" Congress.
Opponents of the Export-Import bank, for example, want lawmakers to let the bank's charter expire June 30. That would close the 81-year-old bank, which helps U.S. exporters compete.
Critics say the bank is corporate welfare.
Lawmakers hoping to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records also win if Congress does nothing. That and two other surveillance provisions are set to expire June 1. Supporters say they should be renewed as terrorism-fighting tools.
Former Republican Rep. Mickey Edwards says in Congress even doing nothing is a making a decision, and that sometimes gets overlooked.
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