Want to know what can happen when our elected Representatives fail to act? Just take a look at lynchings in America. The Senate failed repeatedly to pass anti-lynching laws for decades. From the CNN website:
Seven presidents petitioned Congress to end lynchings. Nearly 200 anti-lynching bills were introduced in the first half of the 20th century. The House passed three anti-lynching measures between 1920 and 1940, but the Senate passed none.
The US Senate has at last passed a resolution apologizing for its inaction. (CNN)