The irony of this one did not escape us.
Monday morning on Fox Business, former House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz was incensed over the idea that the Senate would leave early with such a lengthy list of things to do.
“It’s infuriating,” Chaffetz said. “[Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell went out in July and touted that the Senate was gonna stay in session through the end of next week. And yet, they adjourned early. And when you have 12 legislative days on the calendar, going through September, and you have to go through the long list you just highlighted how do you go home?”
This seems like a perfectly valid criticism. Congress has, after all, gotten next to nothing accomplished. From health care, to tax reform — no major legislation has passed in the first seven months of the term.
The problem, of course, with Jason Chaffetz’s criticism of the 115th Congress for shirking its duties and leaving early is that Jason Chaffetz was part of the 115th Congress — until he shirked his duties and left early.
The former House Oversight Committee Chairman resigned from Congress on June 30 to become a Fox News contributor. This just eight months after he was elected to a fifth term by his constituents in Utah.
Undaunted by the apparent logic gap, Chaffetz blasted McConnell for the early adjournment.
“Mitch McConnell, if you can’t if you can’t follow through on your promise, to stay and work through the end of this week, and you say ‘Well, we’re gonna cut out early.’ How do you do that?”
Watch above, via Fox Business.
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