The Washington Times - July 16, 2013, 08:11AM

A top Democrat in the House believes his counterparts in the GOP want to bottle up most legislation and hold out until the 2016 presidential election, in the hopes their party will recapture the White House.

“Sometimes I get the opinion that there are some folks who don’t want anything to happen, who have basically placed us all in a stalling mode,” said Rep Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat and his party’s ranking member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program.

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They’re “trying to get through this election situation and then maybe they’ll do something and have a new president, a new Congress,” he said. “I get so frustrated.”

His comments come as the House preps for several major policy debates, chief among them immigration reform, which already has been passed by the Senate.