The American government is such an efficient machine that Republicans decided to take a long weekend this week.
Today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the lower chamber will no longer vote on Thursday. This allows members to leave Washington a day early.
It appears that Republicans are taking a leaf out of our lazy president’s book and giving themselves a four day weekend.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise‘s (R-LA) office released this scheduling announcement:
“Members are advised that — pending timely completion of our scheduled legislative business — votes are no longer expected in the House on Thursday, April 19. The House will meet at noon for legislative business [Wednesday], with last votes for the day and week expected at approximately 5:15 PM.”
With midterm elections on the way, it’s like that the flailing Republican Party is trying to shorten their work week so they can focus on campaigning. Given the lack of substantial legislation passed or proposed since the tax cut bill passed, it’s clear they’re not really in Washington to govern.
Their fear is justified, considering the “blue wave” predictions for this November. Roughly 29 Republican House seats are being considered by experts as toss ups and their ranks have been decimated with at least 40 resignations or retirements. Republicans are bracing for a hostile takeover of the House and Senate by the Democrats in an echo of their own huge midterm victory in 2010.
In the meantime, though, it would be mollifying to at least see them put up the bare efforts of doing their jobs – but it seems they can’t even be bothered to do that.