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U.S. Debt Ceiling
The ineffectual on the Hill [Editorial]

The week between Christmas and New Year's is surely the nation's least productive, and that's why it ought to be dubbed "The 113th Congress Week." Naturally, the members of the U.S. House and Senate who so richly deserve this distinction are observing the week by doing what they do best — taking a two-week break. How unproductive a year has it been for the 535 men and women who compose the 113th? It's been historic, thank you. Not only have they passed fewer bills than any Congress in modern history (64) but they've spent more time not getting the work done. That is the very definition of unproductive. Members can't even claim they were out...