Congress: ‘Record-low accomplishment’

Washington Post: "The good news for Congress as it heads into the final workdays of the year is that, for the first time in five years, there are no edge-of-the-cliff December crises threatening to bring the country to its knees. The bad news is that whatever gets done in December will still be part of a year with record-low congressional accomplishment."

National Journal: "Lawmakers in both parties could face a dangerous political dilemma after they return to Washington: Either endorse a second round of damaging sequester cuts or prepare for another government shutdown. The situation is that stark, and it's coming on fast."

Roll Call: “A group of seven Democratic senators is calling on President Barack Obama to appoint an official to oversee ongoing repairs to the beleaguered federal health care website after Jeffrey Zients departs. Zients, the former acting head of the Office of Management and Budget, is scheduled to take over as director of the National Economic Council in January.”

“A member of Congress has reported stock transactions in numerous initial public offerings this year, including Twitter Inc. two days after the House Ethics Committee issued a warning about IPO participation,” Roll Call reports. “Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, reported in periodic transaction reports that he and his spouse took part in numerous IPOs often buying and selling on the same day as the public offering. … The El Paso Times reported Rep. O’Rourke had sold all his stock from IPOs on Wednesday and sent a $7,136 check, equal to his profits from the trades, to the U. S. Treasury.”