What was that Corinna Robinson said yesterday about Congresswoman Kristi Noem not doing the job we taxpayers pay her to do?

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) enjoying a taxpayer-funded trip to the Great Wall of China, April 2014.

"We could build a big wall on top of Keystone XL! Make it a tourist attraction! Put in a HuHot!" Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) at the Great Wall of China, April 2014.

That's our Kristi, obviously really impressed with the opportunity to be in a photo with her friend Aaron from Illinois as they enjoy the junket we bought them to China. ("Codel", a Soviet-style truncation of "Congressional delegation," appears to be the preferred term of art for such junkets.)

She and Rep. Schock return to Washington this week refreshed and ready to do all sorts of work... or maybe not:

Members of Congress see the three months left until August, when they leave on a month-long recess and most transition to full-time campaigning.

Leaders could plan significant votes in September and will likely hold a "lame-duck" session after the election, but outside of emergency action, expectations for significant legislation after August are low [Lisa Desjardins, "Congress Returns: Could Do, Probably Won't Do," CNN.com, 2014.04.29].

I'm sure Kristi learned a lot in China. Too bad she's probably not going to translate that experience into any new policy initiatives this summer.