On his website, you can read Indiana Senator Evan Bayh's impassioned, emotional explanation for deciding not to run for re-election. In summary - congress is broken because I'm not getting my way.
From Bayh's speech:
Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted “no” for short-term political reasons.
Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs -- the public’s top priority -- fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right.
All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state, and our nation than continued service in Congress.
The horror! The bipartisan commission Bayh refers to was voted down BIPARTISANLY, because even Democrats saw it as a laughable attempt by the executive branch to impede on congress' territory as holders of the nation's purse-strings.
The second example cited by Bayh as proof that congress doesn't work anymore was the proposed "jobs bill" that was scuttled bipartisanly. The first "jobs bill," the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the Stimulus Bill) was enacted in spring 2009. Of $787 billion in authorized spending and tax cuts, about 34.5% has actually been paid out, according to the unintentionally-comedic website Recovery.gov.
More specifically, of the portion of the stimulus bill that directly goes to create jobs - the Contracts Grants & Loans Section - only $74.4billion of the allocated $275billion has been spent.
So one of the reasons Bayh has dramatically, profoundly lost faith in the Senate - an institution he says is "in need of significant reform" - is that they won't create a new $85 billion jobs bill to do the work of the previous Stimulus bill, of which $201billion in job-creating money has yet to be spent.
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