About a week ago, the lights on Capitol Hill went out. Congress went into recess until September, although a huge range of problems remain unaddressed by our nation’s senators and representatives – prime among them the increasing climate crisis.
The justification for this extended break is that it allows members of Congress to go back to their home states and meet with constituents there. That’s not how Senator Kelly Ayotte is spending her summer vacation, however. Senator Ayotte is supposed to be representing New Hampshire, but next week, she will be all the way down in Florida, meeting with representatives of political action committees who have paid her a $2,500 fee in exchange for the privilege of being allowed to discuss legislation, or whatever other matters they are employed to discuss, with her.