Congress does little of consequence, except argue

DAVID ESPO | AP
Published: 12/24/2013

WASHINGTON — Call it a steady diet of gridlock, with “Green Eggs and Ham” on the side.

Congress did not pass White House-backed immigration or gun control legislation in 2013. Or raise the minimum wage. Or approve many other items on President Barack Obama’s agenda.

But tea party-inspired House Republicans did propel the country into a 16-day partial government shutdown that cost the still-recovering economy $24 billion, by one estimate.

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