House Concentrating on the Important Things, Check What They Just Voted On

There are a lot of serious things going on in this world that Congress should be worrying about.

We are trying to get to the bottom of what will most likely end up as the biggest political scandal in modern history involving the Obama Administration’s spying on Trump. We still haven’t gotten to the bottom of the Hillary email scandal. North Korea could be on the brink of denuclearization. Iran is out of control like always. The Middle East is a mess like always. China is screwing us over left and right. The G7 summit is going on this weekend. The list of important issues goes on and on and on.

What is the House of Representatives focused on?

What kind of straws they use in their cafeteria.

From Washington Examiner:

The House late Thursday voted to ban the use of plastic drinking straws from its cafeterias, in an effort to raise awareness about the environmental damage straws can create when thrown away.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., offered his proposal as an amendment to an energy and water bill that should be passed on Friday.

“This amendment … would prohibit the House from spending funds to purchase plastic drinking straws in our eating areas here in the House,” he said on the House floor. “Plastic drinking straws are considered considerable environmental risk to marine mammals and fish.”

Great job, guys.

Glad we got that off the agenda. Really making the taxpayers proud.

You have probably heard that California is trying to ban plastic straws in the entire state because of course they are.

From USA Today:

A bill proposed in California would make it illegal for restaurant servers to give guests plastic straws unless requested — with the threat of a $1,000 fine or jail time attached.

Ian Calderon, the Democratic assemblyman who introduced the bill this month, stressed it does not constitute a ban on drinking straws. Should it progress into law, he said, the penalties would be nixed through amendments.

“We need to create awareness around the issue of one-time use plastic straws and its detrimental effects on our landfills, waterways, and oceans,” Calderon, majority leader of California’s lower house, said in a statement.

The bill would tack the rule onto already existing code, the violation of which carries a fine between $25 and $1,000, up to six months in county jail or both, “except as otherwise provided.” It would only apply to sit-down restaurants, not bars or fast food locations.

Jail time for plastic straws.

What a country.

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