Dec 11, 2014 3:23 AM

Congress losing last WWII vets, a tea party fave

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Congress is saying farewell to its last two veterans of World War II, the member whose lodgings inspired TV's "Alpha House" and a founding firebrand of the tea party. It's also losing one of the shorter-term senators and a few dozen others this week as another session of bickering winds down.

As they end their careers, many lawmakers of various eras are sounding a common note that they're leaving the institution in worse shape than they found it.

Republicans, looking forward to taking control of both houses in January, sound more upbeat these days than Democrats. But some departing GOP members are echoing the 9 out of 10 Americans who tell pollsters they disapprove of Congress' handiwork.


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