Today the Senate voted down the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey amendment, a background check expansion that would strengthen gun control measures. This is yet another in an increasing number of delayed decisions and dismissals of important legislation.
President Barack Obama was reported to have “thrown up his hands in disgust”.
A majority of Americans have now said that they are considering a proposal of their own – to disown Congress.
“I don’t want to have anything to do with them anymore,” said one angry citizen. “They have done, oh, nothing for so long, it’s become expected. I put more stock in my foot odor pads than these so-called ‘lawmakers’. At least with my pads, I know I will get results,” said one angry citizen.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that they were very proud of the rejection of the amendment.
“If this decision shows anything, it is that the importance of our careers far outweighs that of the well being of our nation,” said Reid. “If the American people persist to expect common sense and even a governing body which gets things done about important issues affecting them, then I would have to say they really don’t understand how Congress works.”
“We are planning another month-long break starting next week to recover,” added McConnell. “But there are plans to pass something at least sometime before the end of the year. We’re pacing ourselves.”
According to a recent study, the approval rate for Congress could possibly be the first in the history of the United States to drop into negative numbers.
In related news, NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre said he was very excited about the decision. “The GOP in particular is worth every penny we paid for them,” said LaPierre.