Congress’ output almost grinds to a halt

June 11, 2012
In The News
It wasn’t a bill becoming law that caused Rep. Bob Gibbs to step off the floor of the House last year and proudly call his wife. It was a vote to kill a law. “I just voted to repeal Obamacare,” the Lakeville Republican told her, referring to President Barack Obama’s 2010 health-care law.  High-school civics teachers might tell students that Congress’ job is to pass laws, but in this Congress it’s become increasingly clear that many lawmakers measure progress in repealing or rolling back existing laws. Gibbs concedes as much, saying it’s because the government has gotten so big. read more...