Congress does little of consequence, except argue

WASHINGTON (AP) - Call it a steady diet of gridlock, with "Green Eggs and Ham" on the side.

Congress did not pass White House-backed immigration or gun control legislation in 2013.

Or raise the minimum wage.

Or approve many other items on President Barack Obama's agenda.

But tea party-inspired House Republicans did propel the country into a 16-day partial government shutdown.

Congress didn't repeal the health law known as "Obamacare."

It was a tempestuous year in which lawmakers lurched from showdown to shutdown. And there was time enough for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz to read from the Dr. Seuss classic, "Green Eggs and Ham," as he held the floor around the clock for a day to protest the health law.

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