Wait just one doggone

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Wait just one doggone minute. All you people are so worked up about the Republican-controlled lame-duck Congress punting all of this year’s spending bills to the next Congress. Lookee here. Republicans are people, too. They’ve been under a lot of strain and pressure:

“There is a lot of battle fatigue among members, probably on both sides of the aisle,” said Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), usually a reliable conservative firebrand. “Contrary to popular belief, members of Congress are human beings. They have a certain shelf life and a certain amount of energy to be drawn on. We’re tired.”

As the President would say, “This is hard work!”

So little if anything will get done in this final session of the 109th Congress. Don’t worry though. The GOP is going to try to suck it up and gut it out. In the House they have scheduled a vote on a bill to require require abortion providers to inform patients that abortion may cause pain to the fetus.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.
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