How Sleazy Can Congress Be? A Dirty Deeds Chart



Hypocrite Watch via Huffpo:

Here are some of the sleaziest things members of Congress have done since the shutdown:

Grandstand at the World War II Memorial

Members of congress, reacting to their shutdown of government and national parks, chose not to vote to open the government but rather turn their denial of a veterans group visit to the WW II monument into a photo op. The closure that they caused.

Berate a Park Ranger for the effects of the shutdown.

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas) found a Park Ranger doing her job --  including controlling the crowd at a closed memorial -- then the congressman blamed her for the closure he had voted for, finally telling her she should be ashamed of herself.

Put on lab coats and chastise Democrats for not funding cancer research.

Some House Republicans went to the National Institutes of Health, where they threw on lab coats and pleaded with Democrats to undo the damage the shutdown had done to services for children with cancer. This, after these very same House Republicans voted against funding the NIH.

Fund raise off the whole debacle.

Feeling no pain or remorse over their decision to shut down the government and furlough without pay nearly a million workers, a number of Republicans held fundraisers -- not for the out of work people -- for themselves.

Send soldiers off to war and then refuse to pay to bury them.

No explanation necessary. This is what the shutdown did and caused and uproar.

Tell furloughed employees they shouldn't get back pay while they're prohibited by law from working.

Despite voting for a measure to compensate government workers for the time they spent furloughed, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) then went on to tell a caller to his town hall meeting, "Well, when we voted on that, they [the furloughed workers] were supposed to come back to work as part of that deal. I agree 100 percent with you. If they're not working, they shouldn't get paid."

And finally,

Giving out asinine financial advice showing how ignorant of the situation they really are:

Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)