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"Am I surprised by it?" says Rep. Perry. "No, but am I disappointed by it? Absolutely."
Lawmakers walked away and headed home Thursday with all hopes of reaching a deal gone. 10-term Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) also visibly frustrated.
"I came to Washington to make sure that we help our people live the very best lives they can," says Rep. Cummings.
So, with the same goals in the same jobs, why can't Congress seem to ever get anything done? The never ending need to campaign and fund raise, combined with increased polarization, made the last Congress the least productive in at least 65 years, passing just 151 bills, according to the Library of Congress. Perhaps it's no wonder at one point their approval rating dipped down to 9%. The sequester provided yet another example of 2 sides unwilling to budge.
"This is totally avoidable," says Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). "This is a self-inflicted problem in our nation."
Critics argue it's more Washington-inflicted, and the President is also to blame.
"How can the Congress accomplish anything if the President won't compromise?" says Economist Peter Morici.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) says the larger the beast, the harder it is to tame.
"Everywhere," says Senator Paul. "Government is so large that you can't throw a stone without hitting waste or without hitting an outrageous example of spending."
No matter where we go from here, a new Congressman reminds us of a very old truth.
"The way our system works," says Rep. Perry. "We need both sides to be engaged in the conversation because we can't move forward without it."
Monday, March 4 2013, 10:31 PM CST
Christian legal group complains about assignment
June 20, 2013 11:46 GMT
COLUMBIA, Tenn. (AP) -- Columbia State Community College officials say they're investigating a professor's assignment about gay rights.
According to The Daily Herald a Christian legal group sent the college a letter about Professor Linda Brunton's psychology class assignment. The Alliance Defending Freedom said students complained to the group.
Some students objected to being told to wear a rainbow ribbon and make statements in support of gay rights. They were then to write a paper detailing discrimination they faced for their perceived support.
The legal group asked the college to investigate the assignment, discipline Brunton and order her to apologize to students.
Chris Sanders of the Tennessee Equality Project told The Tennessean the assignment was voluntary and is commonly used in psychology classes.
Brunton was unavailable for comment.
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