24-hour match: 2x your gift’s impact today! Double my donation

New Year’s resolutions for Congress

Mark Garrison Jan 1, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

New Year’s resolutions for Congress

Mark Garrison Jan 1, 2013
HTML EMBED:
COPY

Typically, resolutions are made before the new year begins. But it’s not too late for those who missed the deadline to resolve. Recently, Congress has had a habit of missing deadlines. So Marketplace asked Americans for resolutions they think their lawmakers should make for 2013.

Lori Hoffman:

Just take a pay cut and give it to the middle class, like me, and the poor.

Brian O’Connell:

More of long-term planning instead of short-term. A lot of it’s been short-term deals. We had the problem, the debt ceiling. It seems like it’s just more of just patching the system instead of actually fixing it.

Mark Wilson:

Congress should resolve to start thinking about the country first. That means, to kind of get together, find out what’s needed. They should go back to old time politics and do bipartisan consensus. You know, they’ve got a job to do. Just do their job.

Betty Hoffman:

I have a habit of waiting until the last minute and a lot of times it’s not good. It’s not good for the other people around me. But I feel that they should not wait until the end of the year. There should be a cutoff. It should be all settled, say by the end of November. For me there was no reason for them to wait until the last minute. I swear to God they do it on purpose, I really do. They do it on purpose.

What resolutions do you think your lawmakers should make?

We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.

Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.

In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.

Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.

Don’t miss this match!

Donate today and your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Public Media Board.