To the editor:
I was intrigued by an AP article in the Times Aug. 29 issue concerning outgoing Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins' frustration with "partisan gridlock" in Congress. She also explained that congressional members only see each other four days a week. To me, that's four days too many. They should be living among their constituents anyway. Get out of D.C. and see what the rest of the country is like.
American voters gave the Republican party a U.S. House majority in 2010 followed by a Senate majority in 2014, and a Republican president in 2016. This came on top of the Democratic party losing more than 1,100 local, state, and federal seats since 2008. One would guess that voters wanted to stop the Obama agenda. I'm not sure.
As I recall, Republicans campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare since its inception in 2010. Did "partisan gridlock" contribute to the recent legislative failure in the Senate? What exactly has the Republican-controlled Congress been up to since the Republican president took office?
Will they be passionate about resolving DACA now that Trump has punted it back to them? Additionally, our government has collected record taxes, and recent BLS statistics indicate Americans spend more on taxes than on food and clothing. This is an outrage. If "partisan gridlock" causes this, please stop.
Where's the passion for making the average, hard working Americans’ lives better, and putting more money in their pockets? How about some added passion for creating jobs and getting the economy moving and not for a few but for all of us? For those that talk about term limits, well our founders did plan for that. It's called an informed, legally registered voter, who has the option to vote for senators every six years, and representatives every two years.
We have some members of Congress that have held office for more than 35 to 40 years. Recent polling indicates their approval ratings are in the single digits. What are their major legislative accomplishments to warrant re-election? Congresswoman Jenkins has held office since 2009 and her party currently controls all three legislative branches of government. The time for action from our elected officials is now, not complaints of "partisan gridlock."