By SARAH PALERMO
Photo by Julie Byrd-Jenkins
In 2012, U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster campaigned for Congress on two major promises: to end tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas, and to freeze congressional pay until the budget is balanced. Did she fulfill those pledges?
It may be unfair to evaluate any member of the 113th Congress on their accomplishments, considering all sides agree Congress has become paralyzed by partisanship.
Kuster co-sponsored bills that could have achieved those promises she made two years ago, but most are still languishing in committees. She voted for a continuing resolution that funded the government without raises for Congress.
“I think people are discouraged. Look, I’m discouraged,” Kuster said. “Congress is dysfunctional under Speaker Boehner, and it’s been very challenging, but I feel I can be part of the solution to be more responsive through a new approach, bringing people together and being less vitriolic, working to find common ground.”
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