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Sen. Durbin: Congress Has Done 'Virtually Nothing' in 5 Months

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By    |   Thursday, 08 Jun 2017 01:10 PM

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Congress has "done virtually nothing" in the first five months of this year.

Durbin's comments came during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"Just take a look, if you will, at the record of the United States Senate the first five months of this year," he said.

"With the exception of filling the Supreme Court vacancy and reaching a bipartisan agreement to fill out the budget for this year, we've done virtually nothing."

And he complained about the slow pace of nominations for key administration posts coming from the White House.

"The Trump administration is dramatically behind previous presidents in even sending up the names of nominees to fill positions in their departments," Durbin said.

Trump has criticized Democrats for holding up his nominees. But Politico reported the White House is responsible for some key delays. The administration is frequently sitting on the necessary paperwork for Congress to start confirmation hearings.

Durbin said Congress' inability to take action is taking its toll.

"We've not tackled a single major issue in the United States Senate," he said. "One of my Republican Senate colleagues said the other day of his own party — we're wasting a majority. We're not doing anything."

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