The do-nothing Congress is back to work, they say. They say they have a to-do list a mile long, especially when you consider all the items that didn't get done this year.

Just six months ago, it looked like the Republican Party was about to go on a legislative streak shredding President Barack Obama's law after law. But a funny thing happened on the way to Congress, it turned out the GOP-controlled Congress couldn't seem to pass even the time of day.

Either they have forgotten how, or the divisions in their own increasingly radicalized caucus are proving too difficult to surmount. Whatever the explanation, thus far the GOP legislators are on track to be the least productive group since at least the Civil War.

August was a cruel month for President Donald Trump. It is a shame we put senators in office who won't work with a president who wants to make America great again, and the days in September don't look much better.

Look what comes ahead, providing for Hurricane Harvey, passing a budget, raising the debt limit, keeping the government open, tax reform, giving health another shot, immigration, defense bill and SCHIP, considering they pass, it's not likely. 

Albert Vallarano, Bismarck

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