If you take the time to read the daily summary of the Congressional Record, chances are that you will be overwhelmed before you know it. Now, think of all the activity and uncoordinated initiative it took by a bunch of busy little elected bees and their over-worked, appointed office staffs to hatch the content of the Record daily.
For certain, it appears that almost everybody on Capitol Hill is doing SOMEthing — introducing a bill, debating a measure, attending a subcommittee or a committee meeting, casting a vote on a resolution. And that doesn’t even begin to count activity in which our elected representatives engage themselves beyond the walls of the congressional chambers — such as meeting with visitors, conferring by phone on political strategies, reading the mail and e-mail that has been filtered and forwarded by the front-office staffs, dictating and approving press releases, and so on.
If you read every word of what’s in the daily Record and click on the hot buttons that take you to the devil in the details, what’s most daunting is the seeming complexity of actions taken. Some of it comes off as redundant. Some of it appears to be unnecessary. Some of it reflects ding-dong school thinking — makes you scratch your head and wonder what the heck prompted THAT?
Every now and then, as you wade through the weeds of make-work and blind-man’s-bluff, you stumble over a gold nugget that invites you to dive into the meat of an issue.
If you’re NOT reading the Congressional Record online summary daily, you ought to give it a try. Here’s where to start. Just click on the Web link below, or copy and paste the link address into your browser: