One day after Speaker John A. Boehner told Senate Democrats to "get serious" about negotiations over the farm bill and a budget agreement, the Ohio Republican gave a defensive speech on the House floor blaming Democrats for Congress' lack of legislative accomplishments this year.
"The Senate and the president continue to stand in the way of the American people's priorities," Boehner said. "When will they learn to say 'yes' to common ground? When will they start listening to the American people?"
Boehner seemed to be responding to various news reports that the first year of the 113th Congress has been the least productive in modern congressional history.
That will likely still be true even if Congress is able to craft a budget agreement, as well as a farm bill deal before leaving town for the holidays. The top four farm bill conference committee members are scheduled to meet Wednesday and budget negotiators have until Dec. 13 to deliver a budget agreement for fiscal 2014.