Congress could help ... if it were in session

Western states are on fire. Over 5 million acres already burned. People have lost homes, smoke is affecting the health of others and Congress ... is in recess.

A Chinook helicopter can carry a 2,000 gallon water bucket. Maybe a squadron or two of Chinooks could help heroic fire fighters in their battle. How much help would a couple of battalions of U.S. Army Engineers be on the fire lines? And Congress ... is in recess.

OPEC is maintaining its slowdown of oil production, keeping prices high. Last month the balance of payment was $30 billion more because of oil prices. Already the Northeast is being warned of higher heating fuel prices this winter. And Congress ... is in recess.

One may ask can you really expect Congresspeople to give up their recess time for emergency sessions? Ordinarily, I'd say no, but according to the Congressional Record, Congress which reconvened Jan.24, 2000, has spent only approximately 109 days in session since then. Considering we are 240 days into the year, maybe it wouldn't be too much to ask.

Don't get me wrong, it's not as if they're just lolling around doing nothing. They're out either trying to get re-elected, raising money, or working to get their party into the White House and control of Congress. That's time consuming. As for The People's business, that'll just have to wait until after the election. In the meantime, pray for the people in Idaho and Montana.


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