House's last votes about messaging, not laws

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By HENRY C. JACKSON, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget the last-minute deals of years past and a huge pile of undone business.

The Republican-led House is spending the last days before Congress' summer vacation voting on bills aimed at rousing conservative voters but with little chance of becoming law.

Striking against government overreach, the measures carry titles like the "STOP IRS Act" and the "Stop Government Abuse Act." On Friday as their last act before leaving town, House members plan to vote for the 40th time on GOP legislation to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law.

Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University, describes the bills as, in his words, "the political equivalent of visiting some place and bringing back a T-shirt.

To Baker, such bills say, "I've been there, I've done something."

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