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The economy is improving, but remains sluggish. Republican leaders continue to focus on unwinding regulations while also trying to expand oil and gas drilling. They also took their 40th vote to repeal the so-called Obamacare before heading out of Washington for the month, which Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer says was a waste of time.
"The last vote before we go out for five weeks is a bill that everybody knows has no connection to reality," says Hoyer.
Hoyer and his members are trying to draw attention to their "Make it in America" agenda, which is a series of bills aimed at spurring U.S. manufacturing, including through jobs training.
"Democrats will be going home to our Districts in August to talk about our plan to create jobs."
Congress is now gone for the month, which means both parties will have to put their agendas on hold for the time being.
Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.