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Friday, September 30, 2016

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attacked her Republican colleagues on Friday, ripping the GOP majority as an aimless, chaotic, “make-matters-worse” caucus.

“How do you explain to the American people that today, Congress will go into an August recess, and after more than six months of this Congress…we still have no jobs bill, we have no budget bill, and we have the threat of shutting down government and not raising the debt ceiling,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.

“This was a do-nothing Congress, and now it has gone to something worse,” Pelosi added. “This is an aimless Congress. It’s falling into chaos. It’s a ‘make-matters-worse’ Congress.”

Shortly after Pelosi’s fiery press conference, House Republicans made a 40th attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. In a 228 to 185 vote, the House passed the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act of 2013, which would prohibit the IRS from enforcing over 40 provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. All 228 Republicans present voted in favor of the bill. Like each of the  House’s previous attempts to derail health care reform, however, the bill is purely symbolic, with no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the president.

The Republican majority’s latest futile attempt to undo Obamacare is the exclamation point to another startlingly unproductive legislative session. Having passed just 15 bills which became laws, the 113th Congress is on pace to be the least productive in history (by any measure that Speaker John Boehner chooses.) After a string of high-profile embarrassments, the House has essentially given up on passing major legislation, instead turning its full focus to embarrassing the president.

As Pelosi noted, there are no signs of imminent improvement; the House is scheduled to work just nine days in September, raising serious doubts about its ability to reach a budget deal that will keep the government running past October 1st, much less pass any other major legislation.

  • docb

    slutty little white male baggers..Do nothing 7%ers!

  • Dominick Vila

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a former Speaker with one of the greatest legislative records in modern history, is 100% correct. How could House members take a month vacation when they are not even close to pass the necessary appropriations needed to fund Federal government programs after the end of September? Instead of working and solving differences to ensure one of their most important duties is fulfilled, they all flew to Disney to see Mickey Mouse. Hopefully Mr. Boehner will spare us the sight of a few tears when he confronts our beloved rodent.

    • idamag

      Look on the bright side. We won’t even notice they are gone. They do nothing anyway and when they are away, they can do less damage.

      • BDC_57

        You got that right my friend. As long as they been they have did a lot of damage.

  • dadhoover

    Correct me if I’m wrong but the only things they’ve usually voted on in effect made things worse for the Middle class. Does anyone know of one thing that was their own Idea – they’ve done to help most Americans. They’ve given a lot of help to the rich but to no one else.

    • Dominick Vila

      Consider this next time a Republican talks about President Obama’s failures:

      1. Healthcare reform (ACA)

      2. Stimulus package, cash for
      clunkers, subsidies for appliance replacements, help to first time home buyers

      3. Saved two major industrial giants (GM & Chrysler) and tens of thousands of jobs

      4. Turned around an economy on the verge of collapse, record bankruptcies/foreclosures, and jobs losses in spite of obstructionism

      5. Wall Street reform

      6. Recapitalized banks

      7. Created more jobs in 4.5 years than his predecessor did in 8

      8. Ended the war in Iraq

      9. Ordered the raid that brought justice to Osama bin Laden

      10. Ordered the withdrawal from Afghanistan

      11. Ordered attacks against Al Qaeda safe havens in Pakistan

      12. Helped topple Moammar Kadaffi

      13. Reversed Bush’s torture and rendition policies

      14. Tightened sanctions on Iran

      15. Restored U.S. international credibility

      16.Repealed DADT and championed marriage equality.

      17. Lilly Ledbetter (equal pay for women)

      18.Fought for grants and lower student loan interest rates

      19. Coordinated activities to solve the global financial crisis

      20. Championed programs designed to help Veterans

      21. Championed and signed credit card reform

      22. Nominated two excellent candidates to fill Supreme Court vacancies

      23. Invested in renewable energy and technology to strengthen our economy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and create jobs in the USA

      24. Expanded hate crime protections

      25. Improved school nutrition program

      26. Expanded stem cell research

      27. Terminated the unnecessary F22 project

      28. Proposed investment in infrastructure to solve national needs and create jobs in America (killed by GOP)

      29. Proposed Veterans Jobs Act (killed by GOP)

      30. Proposed expansion of Reagan’s gun control act (killed by GOP)

      31. Proposed immigration reform (opposed by House Republicans)

      32. Reduced civil servant workforce to reduce spending and borrowing

      33. The effect of his economic policies contributed to revenue increases, and lower deficits, and the end of the Great Recession

      34. No foreign terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Reduced attacks against U.S. diplomatic missions abroad from 12 to 1.
      This is just a small sample of what one of the best Presidents in U.S. history has managed to achieve against tremendous odds.

      • kmkirb

        Excellent Dom, thank you. I’ve been keeping a list (& checking it twice, lol, since Prez O gained office). Thank you for helping me add to it.

        Here’s another accomplishment that many don’t acknowledge & was more than likely part of your reference in what you listed as #20. President Obama signed the bill “Veterans Programs Improvement Act of 2011”. It increased the space & time restrictions & liability for those protesting at military funerals. I posted the entire bill below, but the part I’m specifically referring to was helping to put a damper on WBC which begins with ‘Title V–Memorial, Burial, and Cemetery Matters’.

        Here’s the entirety of the bill… http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/cpquery/?&sid=cp112313am&r_n=sr088.112&dbname=cp112&sel=DOC&

        • Dominick Vila

          Thank you for the feedback, input, and the link. As you know, there are many more items that could be added to the list, I chose a few that most people understand and are easy to identify. Needless to say, I doubt too many republicans consider some of these items as positive achievements, especially ACA, but in the not too distant future most Americans will realize what a fantastic President Barack Obama is.

          • kmkirb

            Spot on Dom. And you’re very welcome. I thank you!! I also agree with your last sentence, but unfortunately we will still have those that will deny & right out lie, even if it’s against their own best self interests. Some people would rather cut their noses off to spite their faces than ever admit the truth about all the wonderful things President Obama has done.

            Don’t get me wrong, I don’t agree with everything he’s done 100%, but after all this time he needs to stand up stronger to those on the other side of the isle that refuse to work with him. I’d hate to imagine what & where we would be if he had not been voted in instead of the control freaks who claim they want smaller government, but they can’t keep their noses & gutter minds out of everyone’s personal lives with all their Wars on this & Wars on that!

  • latebloomingrandma

    The most embarrassing Congress in our nation’s history wants to embarrass the President? Do they think we’re all idiots?

    • BDC_57

      They don’t care what we think. All they care about is what the rich people think.

    • montanabill

      If this President doesn’t embarrass you, maybe you are.

  • Robert

    Bill you have got it right, anyone who says Obama and or Democrats have not brought good bills up has to be such a hard Republican they cannot see, hear and are blind to common sense and also keep lying like so many Republicans seem to do.
    Get a life and start listening and acting like a mature citizen of the United States, or move to Mexico or somewhere not here.

    • montanabill

      I suppose you can list and define those ‘good’ bills for us? I will argue that while some of the stuff proposed sounds good, it is ever more Robin Hood and even more expansion of government. From both sides, most proposals, if passed, result is fewer freedoms and more costs for all of us. It is not hard to look at the past decades during my lifetime to see the truth to that. If you don’t think much has changed, you are living in a fog.

  • Pamby50

    Even the editorial page of the Commercial Appeal,(conservative newspaper) is amazed that congress is taking the next 5 weeks off and only 9 days in September.

  • CrankyToo

    An open message to Nancy Pelosi:

    Dear Madam Speaker,

    “How do you explain to the American people that today, Congress will go into an August recess, and after more than six months of this Congress…we still have no jobs bill, we have no budget bill, and we have the threat of shutting down government and not raising the debt ceiling?”
    Let me help you with that explanation:
    Fellow citizens, former Speaker Pelosi is unable to explain to you why the 113th Congress is derelict in its duties to our country. It’s not that she doesn’t know the answer to her own question; rather it’s because she’s (1) too fine a lady, and (2) constrained by 235-some-odd years of diplomatic tradition.
    But you’re in luck because (1) I also know the answer to that question, and (2) I’m not similarly constrained. That being the case, allow me to elucidate you:
    The 113th Congress is being horribly (some might say “criminally”) misled by an obsequious, egomaniacal, cowardly, pissant of a man who ought not be allowed to lead a Cub Scout troop, let alone the U.S. Congress’ House of Representatives. And by the way, for those who have forgotten or are otherwise unaware, that sniveling crybaby is second in line to succeed our President. (Dear God, please don’t let anything bad happen to your sons Barack and Joe until, at the very least, after the 2016 Presidential election. Amen)
    So, the first problem with this Congress is the incompetence of its (so-called) leader. Nuff said? No.
    Problems 2 through 234 are a veritable murderers row of the most odious corporate toadies, hypocritical prevaricators, and sundry other ego-centric, avaricious, contemptible, self-serving dirtbags known collectively as “The Republican Caucus” (or as I like to say, “The Repugnican Circus”). Incidentally, some of these low-life’s are also complete fricking morons – less malignant perhaps, but dangerous nevertheless.
    That brings me to problems 235 through 435, the Democratic Caucus. By comparison with those problems identified above, these are fairly benign. If those others are felonies, these are misdemeanors. These problems are characterized by a general ineptitude, a lack intestinal fortitude, and an inability to act forcefully at the critical moment.
    And that, my friends, summarizes the Do-Nothing-Constructive-Do-Everything-Counterproductive-Kick-The-Middle-Class-In-The-Ass 113th Congress. And we’re stuck with these shitbirds for the foreseeable future. So deal with it.

  • CrankyToo

    An open message to Nancy Pelosi:

    Dear Madam Speaker,

    “How do you explain to the American people that today, Congress will go into an August recess, and after more than six months of this Congress…we still have no jobs bill, we have no budget bill, and we have the threat of shutting down government and not raising the debt ceiling?”

    Let me help you with that explanation:

    Fellow citizens, former Speaker Pelosi is unable to explain to you why the 113th Congress is derelict in its duties to our country. It’s not that she doesn’t know the answer to her own question; rather it’s because she’s (1) too fine a lady, and (2) constrained by 235-some-odd years of diplomatic tradition.

    But you’re in luck because (1) I also know the answer to that question, and (2) I’m not similarly constrained. That being the case, allow me to elucidate you:

    The 113th Congress is being horribly (some might say “criminally”) misled by an obsequious, egomaniacal, cowardly, pissant of a man who ought not be allowed to lead a Cub Scout troop, let alone the U.S. Congress’ House of Representatives. And by the way, for those who have forgotten or are otherwise unaware, that sniveling crybaby is second in line to succeed our President. (Dear God, please don’t let anything bad happen to your sons Barack and Joe until, at the very least, after the 2016 Presidential election. Amen)

    So, the first problem with this Congress is the incompetence of its (so-called) leader. Nuff said? No.

    Problems 2 through 234 are a veritable murderers row of the most odious corporate toadies, hypocritical prevaricators, and sundry other ego-centric, avaricious, contemptible, self-serving dirtbags known collectively as “The Republican Caucus” (or as I like to say, “The Repugnican Circus”). Incidentally, some of these low-life’s are also complete fricking morons – less malignant perhaps, but dangerous nevertheless.

    That brings me to problems 235 through 435, the Democratic Caucus. By comparison with those problems identified above, these are fairly benign. If those others are felonies, these are misdemeanors. These problems are characterized by a general ineptitude, a lack intestinal fortitude, and an inability to act forcefully at the critical moment.

    And that, my friends, summarizes the Do-Nothing-Constructive-Do-Everything-Counterproductive-Kick-The-Middle-Class-In-The-Ass 113th Congress. And we’re stuck with these shitbirds for the foreseeable future. So deal with it.

  • Daniel Jones

    As the House of Representatives is not representing anything and refuses to do its job, I move it be dissolved **Immediately** and interim Representatives be appointed by the various governors until special elections can be held.

  • montanabill

    Hey Nancy, maybe you have to pass some of the GOP agenda to find out what’s in it!

    • Ed

      Excellent post, Montanabill; nice to read you again !!
      Ed

    • idamag

      The entire body of Republican legislators signed a pledge to a person who was not even in the government, but commanded more of their loyalty than the people.

      • montanabill

        Not so and many have, unfortunately, since distanced themselves from the pledge. Here is the pledge, just in case you have never bothered to look it up. Actually, I’d rather see one declaring that they would dedicate themselves to eliminating the entire tax code and replacing it with a simple percentage tax.

        Taxpayer Protection Pledge
        I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____
        district of the) state of ______ and to the American
        people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts
        to increase the marginal income tax rate for
        individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any
        net reduction or elimination of deductions and
        credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further
        reducing tax rates.

        • idamag

          I know that sounds so simple and surely better for big business. A guy told me the other day that the big corporations are not that much concerned as to who gets elected because they own both parties. We are not talking about taxing peoples’ discretionary incomes here, we are talking about greed. We are talking about the corporations who pay from 0 to 15 percent while the working person pays 29%. We are talking about crippling the government. We are talking about “we” people and “me” people. I don’t care what the pledge says Our congress is elected to serve the people and have no business signing pledges for billionaires who are not in the government. The present administration inherited a leaking house. The either or was to fix the roof and prevent further damage or let it destroy the house altogether. In order to fix the leak, they would have to borrow money. To get us out of trouble, we should have raised everyone’s taxes back to the Reagan years. Right now, the tax rate is at 1950 rates and the costs are at 2013 rates. There are global corporations who are getting a good start at owning the government we pay for and that includes you as a taxpayer. Look up the FPP thing.

          • montanabill

            If the ‘guy’ wasn’t an executive in one of those corporations, he is simply rumor mongering.

            Taxes: Anything a corporation has to pay in taxes is simply passed on to you and me. The price of everything we buy includes a markup for the taxes they expect to have to pay.
            The average family with 2 kids and an income of $50,000 pays an average of 1.13%. Without kids or deductions: 7.41%. So I have no idea where your 29% number came from.
            Our government is far from ‘crippled’. All businesses continually look at expenses. If they are buying a service that is not producing a desired result, they stop it. Our government, in the same situation, throws even more money at it hoping something will change. There is simply not a single branch of government or a single government program that is not a money hog. Before the IRS scandal, would you have suspected they were using your money for massive partying? They are not in the least bit unique in government.

  • micalj

    Elections are not all that far off. Time to get rid of all the encumbents.

  • Vazir Mukhtar

    Other than point out the obstinacy of the Republicans, what has Rep. Pelosi done to reason with those who might be persuaded (surely there must be some who will listen to her; if not, find a Democrat they will listen to) to conduct themselves responsibly and vote in the interests of the country as a whole, not just those of the GOP.

  • docb

    Delusion is the symptom of the basic characteristic of madness! The new definition of delusions describes them as fixed beliefs that are
    unswayed by clear or reasonable contradictory evidence, which are held
    with great conviction and are likely to share the common themes of
    psychosis: paranoia, grandiosity. DSM-5..
    That is all the repub baggers have. Pelosi just put it in lay terms.

  • 1standlastword

    People call this a “dysfunctional” congress but I say this congress functions the way it is intended to function and that is to destroy the faith in the government of 80% of Americans. And they are doing this because they believe they are RIGHT
    The spotlight of history will shine brightly on the Obama presidency for many extraordinary reasons and to be sure the 112th and 113th republican congresses will be THE most shameful blight EVER on the landscape of American politics in modern history.
    This current republican party operates like a big crime family!