Campaign 2010

Dec 11, 2013

Audio: Clueless Congressman Benishek is Thankful for Do-Nothing Congress

Even as key issues like job creation and the minimum wage go ignored, Congressman Benishek is embracing Congressional inaction, telling a Michigan radio station that he is thankful that Congress “hasn’t passed too many bills” since he was elected. According to USA Today, Benishek’s Republican Congress has accomplished less than any Congress in 60 years.

“It’s shameful that even as unemployment lingers at rates that are far too high for Michigan families, Congressman Benishek is standing against the minimum wage and is thankful that Congress hasn’t passed more bills to help middle class families,” said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Whether it’s ducking questions about his unpaid taxes or embracing the gridlock in this do-nothing Congress, Congressman Benishek’s last concern is the financial peace of mind of Northern Michigan’s families.”

BACKGROUND:

Congressman Benishek was Thankful Congress has “Not Passed too Many” Bills. In 2013, when discussing passing legislation that’s been read, Benishek said, “Well, at least we haven’t passed too many things since we’ve been in here, since we got the House. There’s been a lot more discussion and there’s been less movement in a situation where we pass something we don’t even read. Now we are discussing a lot of the things that we’re talking about. I’m pretty happy with the progress we’ve made, we got a lot more progress to make.” [The Right Mind, 12/5/13]

Washington Post: Officials have declared “First Session of the 113th Congress the Least Productive Ever.” In 2013, the Washington Post reported, “According to congressional records, there have been fewer than 60 public laws enacted in the first 11 months of this year, so below the previous low in legislative output that officials have already declared this first session of the 113th Congress the least productive ever. In 1995, when the newly empowered GOP congressional majority confronted the Clinton administration, 88 laws were enacted, the record low in the post-World War II era.” [Washington Post, 12/2/13]

  • Headline: 113th Congress, Going Down in History for its Inaction, has a Critical December to-do List [Washington Post, 12/2/13]

USA Today: Congress on Track to Enact “Fewer Laws this Year than at Any Point in the Past 66 years.” In 2013, USA Today reported, “Congress is on track to beat its own low record of productivity, enacting fewer laws this year than at any point in the past 66 years.” [USA Today, 11/30/13]

House of Representatives to Go on Recess Friday. In 2013, Politico reported, “Speaker John Boehner said definitively on Thursday that the House will recess next Friday until 2014, putting pressure on budget negotiators to wrap up a deal.” [Politico, 12/5/13]

Congressman Benishek Voted Against a Minimum Wage Increase to $10.10. In March 2013, Benishek voted against a measure to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over three years. Upon enactment, the measure would have increased the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.20 within three months. A year from this date, the federal minimum wage would increase from $8.20 to $9.15. A year from this date, the federal minimum wage would increase to $10.10. The measure failed, 184-233. [HR 803, Vote #74, 3/15/13]

Congressman Benishek “Did Not Respond to a Request for More Information” About Why a Tax Lien was Filed. According to the Detroit Free Press, “A business associated with U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, is the subject of a tax lien in California, but the congressman has so far declined to describe in detail what caused it to be filed… Benishek‘s office said the congressman has received no income in California. It did not respond to a request for more information about the facts behind the dispute.” [Detroit Free Press7/12/13]


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