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Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 09/12/2012

Congress defies campaign characterization


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If you believe all the rhetoric oozing from the campaign trail (and you do, don’t you?), Washington is dysfunctional and Congress is paralyzed.

Congress, though, is proving all of its critics wrong. Both chambers reconvened from their August recesses this week and immediately got down to doing the people’s business. They even passed multiple bills. Bipartisanship lives! Gridlock? Not here.

Americans can rest easier knowing that yesterday, the Senate adopted three bills, one naming this week “National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week” (honoring the good folks who work with disabled people), another designating September as “Campus Fire Safety Month,” and a third designating Sept. 13 as “National Celiac Disease Awareness Day.”

And the House, where there’s a far wider majority, moved on a whole passel of legislation. Some of it was incidental, like a bill to correct an error in the Trademark Act of 1946, but some of it somewhat substantive, like the Vietnam Human Rights Act (they’re for them), the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act (similarly, they’re pro-adoption), and the Local Courthouse Safety Act (they want more safety, not less).

Just another piece of evidence that one should take what candidates say with a grain of salt.

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