What Bills Can Congress Pass?

John Oliver reveals them in musical tribute
By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2013 9:50 AM CDT

Congress knocked down a farm bill for the first time in 40 years last week, with Republicans arguing it cost too much, and Democrats saying it cut too much from food stamps. So is there anything that Congress will actually offer bipartisan support anymore? asked John Oliver on last night's Daily Show. Yep. "When it comes to passing borderline meaningless legislation," Congress is "the best around," said Oliver.

So in a short but amusing montage set to Joe Esposito's "You're the Best" from the original Karate Kid, he paid tribute to those bills—which include public access to Rattlesnake Mountain, expanding electronic duck stamps to all 50 states, and who could forget "a bill to direct the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain federal features of the electric distribution system to the South Utah Valley Electric Service District and for other purposes"? (More John Oliver stories.)

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