Congress provided yet another example of a government that does not govern for the people. There was no agreement on a bill that would enact a one-year extension for the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits. Of course, these items were not the only ones in the bill. The bill also included legislation aimed at forcing the president to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. When it was clear that Congress could not agree on this bill before the break for the holidays, the Republicans and Democrats agreed on a 2-month extension, which would allow them to continue to work on the one-year extension after the holiday break.
In the Senate, the 2-month extension bill was passed by a vote of 89-10. But when it got to the House of Representatives, the Speaker of the House refused to allow the bill to come up for a vote. Instead, after the Senate had adjourned, he demanded that senators return and join him at a conference to work on the one-year extension. Boehner went so far as to have the news media in a conference room with him and some of his colleagues on one side of a table and no one on the other, stating that he was waiting for the senators to show up.
Today, the House passed the 2-month extension. It took them less than a minute to pass it. All of this political grandstanding did nothing but further degrade my opinion of Congress.