The people of the 4th district in Texas have sent Ralph Hall to serve them in the U.S. House of Representatives once more, in order to accomplish, if the past two years are any indication, not very much. Over the past two years, Congressman Hall has sponsored only 12 pieces of legislation, including amendments to other people’s legislation.
Those few bits of legislation that Hall has sponsored are mostly inconsequential. They include a resolution commemorating the 50th anniversary of a library, another one recognizing, decades after the fact, the importance of the first integrated circuit, and a bill to rename the courthouse at 101 East Pecan Street in Sherman, Texas. His work also includes an attempt to change the military rank of the astronauts who participated in the Apollo space missions in the 1960s and 1970s.
Relevance, thy name is not Ralph Hall.
Since the election of 2008, Ralph Hall has not introduced any legislation to deal with any of the nation’s many problems at all. Representative Hall has, however, risen to speak before the House of Representatives on the very, very interesting issue of the admission of Bill Douglass to the Convenience Store Hall of Fame. This Tuesday, Hall rose to speak of the importance of Douglass, “honored for his tireless efforts on behalf of the convenience and petroleum retailing industry”. It seems that Douglass, as an inductee into the Convenience Store Hall of Fame, is famously convenient.