Posts Tagged ‘Congress’

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House Republicans plan debt ceiling vote

“The president has made clear that Congress has only two options: pay the bills they have racked up, or fail to do so and put our nation into default,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement. “We are encouraged that there are signs that congressional Republicans may back off their insistence on holding our economy hostage to extract drastic cuts in Medicare, education and programs middle class families depend on. Congress must pay its bills and pass a clean debt limit increase without further delay.”/blockquote>

I am really getting tired of republicans. Stop the game!

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HuffPost: Finally!

“Yes, to all of those who say all the other things that don’t happen in the bill — I don’t know any piece of legislation I’ve ever voted for that did everything that I thought it should do,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. “While this bill doesn’t accomplish all that we need to do … it is a good way for us to have a happy start to a new year by taking this first step.”

“I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills they’ve already racked up through the laws that they passed,” Obama said in brief speech from the White House. “Let me repeat. We can’t not pay bills that we’ve already incurred. If Congress refuses to give the United States government the ability to pay these bills on time, the consequences for the entire global economy would be catastrophic, far worse than the impact of a fiscal cliff.”

“The one thing I think hopefully in the new year we’ll focus on is seeing if we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship, not scare the heck out of folks quite as much,” Obama said.

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Surprised that our lame-duck representatives can’t reach a fiscal-cliff deal? You shouldn’t be. John Avlon on how our government turned to self-sabotage.

Congressional approval now stands at 18 percent. The real question is why is it so high?

The current 112th Congress—characterized by Tea Party congressmen elected two years ago—is the least productive since the 1940s. It makes Harry Truman’s infamous “Do-Nothing Congress” look like a paragon of speed and efficiency.

The problem of course is that polarization—the decline of competitive swing districts due to the rigged system of redistricting—has made most Republican congressmen terrified of being primaried from the right for being too reasonable. This problem has been compounded by the rise of partisan media, which has dumbed down civic discourse into an angry, idiotic us-against-them exercise. The result is congressional division and dysfunction. Congratulations.

The Daily Beast: Our Pathetic Congress

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WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN: THE MOST IMPORTANT BILLS BLOCKED BY REPUBLICANS IN 2012

It is important to remember all the Failures the 112th congress have managed to have. Blocking bill after bill from a vote ultimately putting their own political agendas ahead of the American people.

1. A minimum wage increase

2. DISCLOSE Act of 2012

3. The Buffett Rule

4. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
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5. U.N. treaty to protect the equal rights of the disabled.

6. The Paycheck Fairness Act.

Filibuster reform?

Posted: December 29, 2012 in Politics
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Filibuster compromise pitched

“We believe very strongly that we must reform the Senate procedures if it’s going to do business more efficiently and more fairly,” added Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

Do you agree? Is it time to rethink how our congressmen utilize a filibuster?

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112th Congress Set To Become Most Unproductive Since 1940s Amanda Terkel, Posted: 12/28/12 8:00 Updated: 12/28/12 9:37

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Politico: Behind Boehner’s new tone

“Mr. President, the Republican majority in the House of Representatives stands ready to work with you to do what’s best for our country,”

the prepared text read.

Boehner then told Schnittger to go to the teleprompter and add a line:

“And that’s exactly what I told the president earlier today.”