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It’s ironic that the deadline for the Friday News Dump is in the afternoon, well before the actual dump happens, a customary practice of politicians of any party to put out news they don’t want noticed on Friday evenings.

Last week was the very first Friday News Dump at ICTMN, and that evening California Rep. Kevin McCarthy (the third ranking member of the House GOP leadership) announced that they would have no vote on immigration reform this year because they are short of time. Short of time? This House, the least productive in US history, is scheduled to meet only another 13 days. If the House keeps up this blistering schedule, they will have worked 151 days over a period when the people they represent have worked 260, less a number of holidays that varies by state. If those 151 days in session represented eight hours each, which they do not, that would put the hourly wage of this do-nothing Congress just north of $144. I went to ask Cousin Ray Sixkiller’s opinion, but he was out painting “Sixkiller for Congress” signs.

Also last week, President Obama announced his support for a bill filed by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. George Miller (D-CA) to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. It was unclear whether the bill could attract the 60 votes necessary to defeat a Republican filibuster in the Senate, but it was virtually certain to be denied even a vote in the GOP-controlled House. In sympathy with hard-working Americans, the House was in session for a grueling four days this week.


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