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Least Productive Congress in History Leaves Washington for Five-Week Vacation

After breaking all records for doing nothing, the least productive Congress in U.S. history leaves town today for a five-week vacation:

The grand-daddy of all “Do Nothing” Congresses will be departing soon for an undeserved five week summer vacation – leaving behind a pile of unfinished business and a serious humanitarian crisis festering along the U.S.-Mexico border.

While lawmakers likely will be able to claim a modicum of success on a few issues, the House prepared to close up shop Thursday afternoon after Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was forced to pull from the floor two GOP measures to help house, process and deport tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America who crossed the border illegally in recent months.

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One Third of Republicans Not Happy with GOP Leadership

30%

Of Republicans have a favorable view of Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Also troubling for the GOP leaders is the fact that 45% of Republican respondents said GOP leadership in Congress is not conservative enough.

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113th Congress Has Taken Most and Most Expensive Junkets Ever

2,844

Number of trips nonprofits have funded for lawmakers during this Congress, “including the most expensive such trip ever funded — a $49,635 trip to Australia for Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and his wife in February. That trip was paid for by Defence Teaming Centre Inc., an Australian defense industry nonprofit,” according to the Washington Post.