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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
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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DETROIT (AP) -- Porsche is the top performer in an annual survey of new vehicle quality.
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