BLITZER’S BLOG: Congress flees Washington
August 2nd, 2011
05:11 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER’S BLOG: Congress flees Washington

Washington (CNN) - It didn’t take very long for the House of Representatives to get out of Dodge. Within minutes of passing the debt ceiling legislation Monday night, they adjourned until Sept. 7. The August-plus-a-week-of-September recess has begun. Those members who could still get out of Washington Monday night bolted to Reagan National, Dulles or Baltimore/Washington Airport. The others waited until Tuesday.

Now that the Senate has passed the legislation, the senators are doing the exact same thing – rushing to get out of Washington for five weeks.

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  1. GI Joe

    Teabagging thugs on their way home to get their checks (most likely cash) they earned by protecting Rove, Army, and the Koch Brothers' taxes. I say make the wealthy pay their fair share.

    10% of a poor persons 12000 or 14000 per year is NOTHING compared to the 10% of the billions those people bring in and (thanks to the loopholes, deductions, subsidies) THEY PAY ZERO.

    August 2, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Voice of Reason

    It's all part of congress' new "Fail and Flee" strategy. And they pulled it off beautifully.

    August 2, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Bob in Fla

    I don't think Congress should be allowed to take a vacation until, those that are on "forced" vacation, are back to work.

    August 2, 2011 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Lazy bums.

    August 2, 2011 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  5. Elliott Barske

    The only way to solve the dysfunctional congress: term limits, a cap (1/10th of todays expenditures) on campaign spending for congress and presidency, a defined-much shorter-campaign season. With big busness, big unions, super-rich individuals now in control of the country – it will never happen. I'm afraid that a government of the people, by the people and for the people is lost.

    August 2, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  6. Squigman

    The next time you say to yourself, or out loud that the nations in bad shape, and you don't understand how it got to this apex moment, all you have to do is go to your closest mirror, and look at the reflection. When people show that they no longer have the ability to think for themselves, the people placed in positions of authority naturally take advantage. Many of you surely remember the mess made from 2000-to-2008, but allowed the republicans access to power in congress. Believe it or not, you deserve everything that's happened since, and it shows no sign of improvement. Get used to it.

    August 2, 2011 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. John

    Boy It much be nice to get pay all that Money ,get free health care and a Pension for life and get all these Vacation. Heck these People are on Vacation more than they work. And the Main Thing Is they don't do Anything. Everybody trying to say the Tea Party has won In all Of this. Than you find out 85% of the Tea Party member In Congress owe a lot of money them self, If they owe all this money. Than how are they going to fix America. Somebody Is telling these People what to do. And It most likely the Koch's Brother. So you have the Tea Party do what Millionaire and Billionaire what to do, and you have the Republican Protecting the Rich and Big Business and Signing pledges. Even after they all Republican took a OATH when they took office and swear to it on a BIBLE. But you will hear that the Tea Party and the Republican Party all CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIAN. So what I'm Saying If these People win In NOV 2012 ,than the Middle Class ,the POOR ,the OLD and the Disable will be screw. American People can Let this happen,we can't put the Republican or the Tea Party In charge of anything In 2012. Or we will be sorry.

    August 2, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    They got an extension on their welfare for the wealthy – that's all they wanted. Say it "NO NEW REVENUE" (no new taxes on the wealthy and corporations).

    August 2, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Elliott, you may be right if people don't wake up and get more active. People should start by watching where their dollars go. Stop spend money that support companies or stockholders who actively work against your well-being. The dirty secret is that they are terrified of being "outed" and boycotted, which is why so many SuperPACS refuse to disclose donors. However, there is a public record on folks like Murdoch and the Koch Bros that people can make better purchasing decisions. Even complaining to companies who advertise with rightwing extremists like Fox helps, because the advertisers will pay attention if enough people call and follow through with a boycott.

    Money is the ONLY things the corrupt corporatist cultists care about. That's the best lever we have.

    August 2, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Well, they obviously do darned little work, anyway, since the word is, that the Senate sent not a single bill to the house, until this week, all year. Must be mostly, a walk in the park for these guys. Really soft job, in my view.

    August 2, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  11. B

    All of the worthless irresponsible people that just displayed their incompetence in full view of the World now head-out for another break after administering their "Fair and Balanced solution" for us all !

    Most of them should Lose their jobs in 2012 !

    August 2, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  12. once upon a horse

    I am surprised that they didn't flee by the cover of night. No sympathy for ANY of them from me, especially those of the Tea party variety that bought this whole thing on. A POX on ALL OF THEM!!

    August 2, 2011 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  13. 4merRepubCT

    Hard to believe that Congress's behavior could get worse, but it does. How do these people sleep at night? The Terrorist Party's dogma is costing thousands of people their jobs, hurting small businesses, interfering with construction of airport infrastructure, and causing our government to give millions to the airlines in extra profit – God knows the consumers aren't benefiting in any way here.

    I think the union hang up should be applied to all elections – those who choose not to vote are counted as a vote against the candidate – so, if 17% of the registered Repubs or Dems in a town don't vote, those are counted as a rejection of the party they are registered with, and go to the opposition. Seems like "shared sacrifice" to me.

    August 2, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. cindy

    pathetic and I am being nice

    August 2, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  15. johnson

    Wow. destroy everything and then run home and laugh about what you have done. We are complete fools for voting republican. This country IS smart but we play to an under-current of HATE and this hate will destroy us all.

    August 2, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  16. Laughable!!!

    All politicians should be put on probation; have their pay cut in half; vacation reduced to no more than four weeks per year based on the amount of time served (and I use the term 'served' lightly); have their budgets cut in half; meal, car, and entertainment allowances reduced to zero; pay big bucks of their own for marginal healthcare like the rest of us (if you can afford any at all!); pay into retirement accounts with their own money, NOT the taxpayers, and pray there is something left after the market chips away at it; have to rely on Social Security that they pay into (then maybe they will protect it). When they leave office (or get tossed out), they should leave with nothing more than what they paid for themselves. Then we will see just how patriotic they are when they have to actual work for the average Americans. Politicians are the laziest, biggest welfare recipients!!! I'm sure I've forgotten a few things, but I'm sure you can fill in the gaps.

    August 2, 2011 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |