Boehner’s Do-Nothing Congress

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Weakest, least effective speaker in the history of the House.

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) defended his chamber against charges of inaction Wednesday, suggesting that the Democratic-controlled Senate is the reason that Congress has passed barely 60 pieces of legislation this year — a record low.

“The House has passed nearly 150 bills in this Congress that the United States Senate has failed to act on,” Boehner said in brief remarks on the House floor. “Many of them would help our economy and boost job creation.”

A list provided by Boehner’s office mentions dozens of proposals rejected by the Senate, including the House-passed budget proposal, legislation approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, proposals to streamline federal job-training programs and several measures to scale back or repeal the Affordable Care Act.

And this:

“Every single one of these bills have been blocked by Washington Democrats,” Boehner said. “The Senate and the President continue to stand in the way of the people’s priorities.”

Forty-three of those 150 bills Boehner and his boys passed had to do with repealing the health care law and a bunch of others dealt with deregulating industry to allow Koch Industries and others to further screw up the environment while pocketing billions.  Check out Boehner’s 150 bills yourself. It’s a joke. Even when proposed bills weren’t half bad (not often), Republicans attached riders to them which would have weakened the ACA, approved the Keystone pipeline or cut social programs for the poor – all measures which made it impossible for Senate Dems to vote for.

Not one noteworthy bill was passed unless a bill naming the I-70 bridge over the Mississippi River the “Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge” counts as a noteworthy bill.

Wait. I was wrong. I just dug up more important legislation that came out of  this Congress. Apparently, a bill made it out of the House all the way to President Obama’s desk and became law. Section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code was renamed the “Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA” after former Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Nice.

Okay, two important bills in 12 months and…hold on. Damn, just found another significant Boehner bill that became law. Congress passed a bill that modifies “the boundary of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in the State of South Dakota.” Essentially, the bill allows for the construction of a visitors facility and a new parking lot at the site.

No immigration reform bill. No jobs bill. No budget. But Boehner did get to rename a section of the tax code after a Republican senator and extend the parking lot at the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota. Good job, assholes.

When all is said and done, history will not be kind to the 113th Congress and in particular, to John Boehner and his worthless House of baggers and wingers.

 

(h/t: InTheCapital)
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John Boehner Nixes Workplace Protections for LGBT Employees

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Boehner confirms what most of us already knew. He runs scared.

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) revealed Monday that he opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, quashing hopes for the bill as it secures the votes to pass the Senate.

“The Speaker believes this legislation will increase frivolous litigation and cost American jobs, especially small business jobs,” Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel told TPM in an email.

The statement came just hours before the LGBT rights legislation was expected to clear a key test vote in the Senate. Democrats believe they have 60 votes to break a filibuster and put the bill on a glide-path to passage in the upper chamber. But Boehner’s opposition suggests ENDA is going nowhere in the Republican-led House.

ENDA prohibits businesses from making employment decisions on the basis of a worker’s sexual orientation and gender identity. Social conservatives oppose the bill and Heritage Action, an influential conservative activist group, is whipping lawmakers to block it.

“The legislation would severely undermine civil liberties, increase government interference in the labor market, and trample on religious liberty,” said Heritage Action, announcing it will include the vote in its legislative scorecard. “ENDA would potentially discourage job creation because it would increase government interference in the labor market.

If religious liberty is dependent on trampling on the rights and liberties of others – in this case, gays and lesbians – then it might be time to question the sanctity of such intolerant and hate-filled religions.

Of course, this has little to do with any form of religious liberty. It’s about John Boehner catering to the Republican party’s homophobic base of haters. Whatever half-decent legacy this guy might have had going as a 24 year member of Congress, he’s pretty much destroyed it in his 3 year run as the worst speaker in the most dysfunctional Congress in the history of the country.

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Chicken of the House

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The latest on the manufactured crisis forced upon a nation by an insane few.

Steve Benen:

There was palpable relief last night surrounding the debt ceiling. The House had withdrawn from the process; Senate leaders had crafted a bipartisan compromise; and the twin crises appeared to be nearing their end. All the House had to do was bring the Senate measure to the floor.

This apparently won’t happen. Hopes that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) might muster the courage to lead his members in a responsible direction were dashed this morning, as House Republicans decided to reject the Senate’s bipartisan compromise and move forward with their own plan.

The House Republican’s plan was quickly dismissed by the White House and Senate Democrats, as well as…by House Republicans.

House Republican leaders scrambled Tuesday after conservatives criticized their new plan to avert default. Just two days away from the deadline, it quickly hit turbulence with lawmakers concerned about the lack of spending cuts and upfront debt reduction.

“There are sincere, deep thoughts of concern,” said Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) as he exited a closed-door Republican conference meeting Tuesday, in which leaders pitched the proposal.

The proposal dramatically ratchets down GOP demands but tacks on additional reforms to the framework that Senate leaders are close to agreement on. Like the Senate plan, it reopens and funds the government through Jan. 15, lifts the debt ceiling through Feb. 7, establishes budget conference negotiations and requires that Obamacare exchange enrollees verify their income eligibility prior to receiving any subsidies.

It adds a two-year delay of Obamacare’s medical device tax and strips subsidies for members of Congress, the President and Vice President and top administration officials. It retains financial assistance for staff buying insurance on the marketplaces.

Salon:

Harry Reid called the House GOP position “a blatant attack on bipartisanship” and vowed that it “won’t pass the Senate.” Boehner is already reacting, scrounging for more GOP votes by promising to stick it to Congressional staff. National Review’s Robert Costa reports that Boehner is reversing his position that aides should be held harmless in this fight, and will agree to nix the federal government’s contribution to their health insurance as well. It could move further right still. And as before it may not pass anyhow.

Way to go, Mr. Speaker. Let your House teahadists fuck up a nation and make congressional staff earning $30,000 a year innocent victims of your inept leadership while you look for a way to salvage your miserable job. Sick.

Has their ever been a weaker and more pathetic speaker than John Boehner?

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The Wingnut Series – Obamacare

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Steve King actually spoke the words illustrated above.

“If there is a price to be paid for this, we will recover from a government shutdown, whether it’s a day, a week or two weeks … something will get resolved, we’ll recover from that as a country,” said Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). “It’s a temporary inconvenience for a lot of people. But if Obamacare is ever implemented, we will never recover from that as a nation. We can never be a free people again.

Providing affordable health care for millions of their fellow Americans – thereby preventing the needless death of thousands each year – is, in the minds of these heartless delusional bastards, a loss of freedom. Freedoms which, you are told, can never be recovered.

Never…ever.

As for those temporary inconveniences, here’s what a government shutdown entails:

  • 368 National Park Service sites closed
  • 700,000 federal employees sent home
  • passport offices shut down and visas will not be processed
  • members of the military will remain on duty but will not receive a salary
  • veteran’s checks will, at best, be delayed
  • federal loans for small business and home purchases won’t be happening
  • …and a whole lot more

There is one small effect of a government shutdown that might get the crazies to reconsider their act of madness extortion…because if anything can get wingers’ heads to explode in unison, it’s the knowledge that a shutdown would mean that…

  • gun permits will not be issued.

What?!!? No!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Boehner’s Less is More

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John Boehner’s hopelessly desperate attempt at justifying the existence of the least productive Congress in at least the last 70 years, brings to mind the following Jon Stewart line.

“If “con” is the opposite of pro, then isn’t Congress the opposite of progress? Or did we just fucking blow your mind?!?”

And even if Boehner’s ridiculous assertion was true, is anyone aware of any actual laws that were repealed by Congress in the last 3 1/2 years? I don’t know of any…unless 38 failed House votes on repealing the Affordable Care Act counts for anything.

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