I get the need to justify your position with the appearance of diligence and purpose, and God knows that if any body needs a public relations make over, it’s Congress, but whenever a group of them get together and foment some totally useless endeavor (much like trying to defund Obamacare), it goes beyond scratching your head with ,”What are they thinking?”.
With all that is going on with the nation at present (we’ve been in worse shape in the past, noted, but clearly their sense of hierarchy needs work) a new bill coming down the pike would eliminate the death penalty for just about all federal crimes;
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) and seven other Democrats have proposed legislation that would eliminate the possibility of imposing the death penalty for a range of federal offenses, including several categories of murder and crimes against the government like treason and espionage.
They cover just about every offense that would warrant the death penalty. Odd, but things like fire bombing an abortion clinic, or a company refusing to cater at a gay wedding, those are not exempted, would not want to remove all the teeth from the death penalty.
Clearly they must have some notion that this superfluous flummery will not see the light of day in the House or have even the remotest chance of becoming a law.
You think this has anything to do with Snowden or Tzarnaev? We know how much those bunch think Snowden is a patriot, and Tzarnaev, hell, they all want to adopt him, he is so cute.
With all the legitimate work staring them in the face (they still have to pass that bill that would fund Obama’s image being placed on Mt. Rushmore, money don’t grow on trees, don’t you know) this little diversion seems frivolous and a waste of time. I guess their latest mission (to exempt all their staffers from Obamacare, like they got for themselves) was a Mission Accomplished, time to move on to other things.