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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has taken Congress to task for its noncommittal approach to investing in the nation's aging infrastructure. Lawmakers have thus far rejected the Obama administration's efforts to pass a long-term improvement plan. (Associated Press)

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has taken Congress to task for its noncommittal approach to investing in the nation's aging infrastructure. Lawmakers have thus far rejected the Obama administration's efforts to pass a long-term improvement plan. (Associated Press)

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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has taken Congress to task for its noncommittal approach to investing in the nation's aging infrastructure. Lawmakers have thus far rejected the Obama administration's efforts to pass a long-term improvement plan. (associated press)

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) admitted it laid off workers who reported wastefulness to Congress. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) admitted it laid off workers who reported wastefulness to Congress. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, warned that the "freedom of the people" is imperiled more by "gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.” (Library of Congress)

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California State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is currently running for Congress, called on Fox News Host Bob Beckel to resign immediately after statements he made on "The Five" about Chinese people. (Fox News)

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California State Sen. Ted Lieu, who is currently running for Congress, called on Fox News Host Bob Beckel to resign immediately after statements he made on "The Five" about Chinese people. (Fox News)

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President Obama will ask Congress for $2 billion to deal with the crisis that has seen thousands of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, illegally surge across the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

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Big Man in Congress: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has outsized control of deciding the fate of federal law. (Associated Press)

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Big Man in Congress: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has outsized control of deciding the fate of federal law. (Associated Press)

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, LONDON The Continental Congress included among American grievances that King George III (in coronation robes) hired mercenaries.

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President Obama will ask Congress for $2 billion to deal with the crisis that has seen thousands of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, illegally surge across the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

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President Obama will ask Congress for $2 billion to deal with the crisis that has seen thousands of unaccompanied children, mostly from Central America, illegally surge across the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

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James Madison, the Father of the Constitution, warned that the "freedom of the people" is imperiled more by "gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.” (Library of Congress)

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Supreme Court Justices, from left, Chief Justice John Roberts, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan await the start of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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During a commencement address to West Point cadets last month, Mr. Obama called on Congress to fund a new $5 billion counterterrorism plan to "train, build capacity and facilitate partner countries on the front lines" of the war on terror. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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During a commencement address to West Point cadets last month, Mr. Obama called on Congress to fund a new $5 billion counterterrorism plan to "train, build capacity and facilitate partner countries on the front lines" of the war on terror. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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During a commencement address to West Point cadets last month, Mr. Obama called on Congress to fund a new $5 billion counterterrorism plan to "train, build capacity and facilitate partner countries on the front lines" of the war on terror. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, said a new amendment offered by Democrats intended to target special interest spending in elections could give Congress the power to ban books and movies. (Associated Press)