“If I were president today, I would call all the members of Congress back into Washington, D.C., and I’d say this: ‘Look, we are going to get this AAA credit rating back, and this is what we’re going to do,’ ”
— Michele Bachmann (R-MN-06) — August 9th.
Well, Ms. Bachmann is not the President and actually the House is not formally on recess …. they just have not scheduled any votes until September … yet, Ms. Bachmann jawboning should be directed at Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-OH-08) … and the focus should be approving the appropriations bills before the new fiscal year starts !
John Kline (R-MN-02) lambasted Congress last year for their inabilities to get appropriations bills done … and now, it appears that unless the House returns from “vacation”, they will not get their work done either.
In fact, Chairman Kline … you need to get your committee moving … the House Education and Workforce Committee has not even completed a Committee report. The same is true for the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where Raymond Cravaack (R-MN-08) has a seat. The Financial Services Committee which includes Erik Paulsen (R-MN-03), Keith Ellison (R-MN-05) and Ms. Bachmann has at least completed the committee report but that’s it. Funding for State, Commerce, Justice, Science, Interior, Environment, and HUD are also behind.
Not only do these need to be approved by the full House but the Senate must agree. Thus, there is a possibility of conference committees … and failure to do so could cause what happened to the Federal Aviations Administration this month, to happen to every department. Thousand of workers were pulled off their jobs … while some continued to work paying for travel expenses out of their own pockets.
America needs Congress to get back to work …. NOW.
So, what has Speaker Boehner been doing … checking out the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin Ohio … then it was onto Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio … next week, on Wednesday August 17th he plans challenge the Spring Hill Golf course in Wayzata, Minnesota … and on Thursday, August 18th its onto Minnehaha Country Club in Sioux Falls, South Dakota …
These golf getaways are not only to some of the best course that routinely caters to major PGA events, but they are also fundraisers.
For example, Kristi Noem (R-SD-At Large) campaign is requesting $500 per person for a photo and breakfast with Speaker Boehner … or $250 for breakfast only.
In Minnesota, the “green fees” must be a little higher … $10,000 for a round of golf and lunch … or $1000 for just the luncheon.
This “progressive” contribution schedule is pretty standard fare … for example, Speaker Boehner also has allotted some time for Peoria Illinois where he well team up with Aaron Schock (R-IL-18) for a stated $250-a-person fundraiser yet higher donations secure donors more contact with the featured guest. A $500 per person donation provides “premium” seating, while $2,500 for a couple secures two “premium” seats and the guarantee of one photo opportunity and $5,000 will ensure the same for a table of 10. The contributions will benefit a series of election funds, all under the aegis of the Schock Victory Committee. Funds will be distributed between Schock’s campaign fund, Schock for Congress; his political action committee, the GOP Generation Y Fund; the local 18th District Republican Central Committee; and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
BTW, It’s unclear whether Speaker Boehner will attend any other events, public or private, while on his visit to the Peoria area … raising the question whether there may not be any golf courses to his liking.
It’s not only Speaker Boehner that is Out-of-Washington … as 20% of the House will visit Israel this month.
This week, under the auspices of the America-Israel Education Foundation, an affiliate of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the first delegation arrived in Israel lead by Steny Hoyer (D-MD-05) for his fifth tour… which includes Yvette Clark (D-NY-11), Mark Critz (D-PS-12), Janice Hahn (D-CA-36), Jesse Jackson Jr.(D-IL-02), Gwen Moore (D-WI-04), Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-07), Adam Smith (D-WA-09), Betty Sutton (D-OH-13), and seventeen more members, and potentially, their spouses and children.
Later this month, 55 Republicans will break in to two groups to take advantage of AIPAC’s hospitality.
Considering how much money has been donated by Pro-Israel groups to our Congress, it should not be a surprise that so many are going … thus is there any difference between Boehner’s Golf vacations and Congress’s Israel trips … the objective is the same … to fundraise.
Considering that Congress has an 18% approval rating, may be that would improve if they spend more time in Washington doing the job instead of fundraising.