Our half-brained Congress placed the poison pill of sequester into the budget reconciliation legislation in 2011 and promptly did nothing for 18 months to avoid having to enact it.
Having done nothing, the sequester warning having been ignored regarding impacts on air travel, etc., it was enacted and we started seeing airline delays due to air controller furloughs. Members of Congress were delayed in getting home, and became outraged and their constituents were more outraged. Suddenly, personal pain in D.C. got the legislation modified to keep the funding in place for air traffic controllers.
Seniors in need of a hot meal a day or the visit of a nurse, or children in need of food are all still being ignored because those people are not on site in the D.C. offices of members of Congress. Is that proper behavior? Certainly not.
If members of Congress can help themselves, they can help seniors and children in need. If they can't do that, we don't need them.