(NNPA)—Suppose one of the key committees in Congress scheduled a hearing on one of the country’s most debilitating economic problems—the long-term unemployment that’s ensnared millions—and none of the committee members showed up? That’s almost what happened last week when the Joint Economic Committee’s April 24 hearing opened with just one of its members, Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., the vice chair, in attendance. At various times later, three of the committee’s eight other Democrats—Sen. Christopher Murphy, of Connecticut; Rep. John Delaney, of Maryland, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, also of Maryland—showed up. None of its nine Republican members did.