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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
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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