Congressional Republicans Are a Disgrace

I love the internet. A thought came to me last night, or a question really, about how exactly to get the point across to non-diehard Republicans just how detrimental our current conservative legislators have been for the country. So this morning I typed three simple words into Google: republicans block bill. It returned “About 18,800,000 results”.

Now of course, this goes back years, so let’s focus in on the period I’m referring to: President Obama’s time in office. Don’t worry, I have neither the time nor the inclination to put you through an entire rundown- that’s a project for you on a rainy day; as of October 2010 they were already up to 375 bills they had blocked. I have not found the current tally yet, but in the meantime I’ll give you a sample:

March 29th, 2012 Senate Republicans block bill to end oil subsidies  March 29th, 2012

“Senate Republicans Thursday blocked a Democratic measure championed by President Barack Obama to end tax breaks for the country’s major oil companies.”

March 27th, 2012 GOP Senators block GOP authored postal reform bill

“According to the Hill,  today’s failed cloture vote on the bipartisan postal reform bill had less to do with the postal service than with Republicans’ desire to protect the big oil companies…”

March 7, 2012 Senate Republicans block transportation bill’s advancement

“In a sign of just how bad congressional dysfunction has gotten, Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked the advancement of a transportation bill, a piece of legislation that traditionally has enjoyed broad bipartisan support.”

March 06, 2012 Senate Republicans block consideration of transportation bill

“In a sign of just how bad congressional dysfunction has gotten, Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked the advancement of a transportation bill, a piece of legislation that traditionally has enjoyed broad bipartisan support.”

February 16, 2012 Cybersecurity bill blocked by top GOP senators

“There’s no disagreement on Capitol Hill that more needs to be done to protect the country’s critical infrastructure from potentially devastating cyberattacks. It’s just that lawmakers, particularly in the Senate, can’t agree on how to go about doing it.”

December 20, 2011 House Republicans formally block payroll tax break “compromise ..

“As expected, in a series of votes earlier today, House Republicans formally blocked legislation overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. Senate a few days ago that would temporarily extend the one-year payroll tax break enacted by Congress last year (S. Amdt. 1465 to H.R. 3630) for another two months.”

9 Dec 2011 Why Is Eric Cantor Blocking the Congressional Insider Trading Act ..

“In a strange and unexpected twist, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives is now blocking progress on a bill that would definitively outlaw insider tradingby federal lawmakers.”

November 3, 2011 Republicans Block Bill to Invest in Infrastructure and Create Jobs

“Senator Boxer said: “It is outrageous that Republicans defeated President Obama’s bill, which would put people back to work by investing in our nation’s aging infrastructure. Instead of supporting the President’s proposal, Republicans offered a bill that would roll back public health safeguards and cause massive job losses through draconian funding cuts to programs that help all Americans.”

October 20, 2011 Senate Republicans Block Dem Jobs Bill For Teachers, Firefighters …

“Senate Republicans, joined by three conservative members of the Democratic caucus, blocked a floor debate on a key portion of President Obama’s jobs bill, which would have provided states $35 billion to hire or retain teachers and emergency responders.”

October 5, 2011 Senate Republicans to Block Chinese Currency Bill

“In an unexpected move, Senate Republicans will vote against a bill to crack down on China’s manipulation of its currency, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated Wednesday.”

September 12, 2011 Republicans block Senate disaster aid bill

“Republicans blocked an effort Monday by Senate Democrats to quickly pass a $7 billion aid package for victims of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irene, tornadoes in the Midwest and the South and floods along the Mississippi, Missouri and other rivers.”

August 17th, 2011 Republicans Block Election Finance reform Bill

“Republican senators have blocked a bill to require an unprecedented level of public disclosure of who pays for political campaign advertising…”

July 6, 2011 US House Republicans block climate rules in EPA FY-12 spending bill

“Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday released a proposed fiscal 2012 funding bill that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing greenhouse gas emission limits on large stationary sources, including power plants and refineries, and cut funding for EPA and the Department of Interior by $2.1 billion from current levels.”

1 year ago GOP Blocks Bill to Raise Oil Companies’ Liability to $10 Billion

“Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska objected Thursday when a group of Democrats tried to pass a bill to increase oil companies’ liability after an oil spill from $75 million to $10 billion. With Murkowski’s objection to the bill, the measure is stalled for now.”

December 21, 2010 GOP Blocks Bill to Prevent Child Marriage

“…Congressional Republicans blocked a bill that would help prevent child marriage and related abuses around the world, especially in the countries where forced marriage is most epidemic…Mostly because of irrational fears the bill would somehow fund abortion, despite the fact that abortion is never mentioned.”

December 9, 2010 9/11 Health Bill Blocked in Senate

“Republican senators blocked Democratic legislation on Thursday that sought to provide medical care to rescue workers and others who became ill as a result of breathing in toxic fumes, dust and smoke at the site of the World Trade Center attack in 2001.”

Dec 3, 2010  Republicans Block Unemployment Extension Bill Again

“In keeping with their pledge not to consider any legislation other than the Bush tax cuts and federal funding until year’s end or until a resolution has been reached, it was the second time in two days that Senate bill S.3981 has been blocked by a member of the Republican Party.”

December 2, 2010  House GOP Blocks Child Nutrition Bill

“The Democrats managed to pass the bill this afternoon by holding a vote on the Republican sex-offenders amendment as a stand-alone bill. The Republicans still tried to kill the child nutrition bill with the same motion to recommit, which all but one Republican voted for, but the Democrats managed to hold strong against the motion knowing that they had already voted for the amendment and that the motion to recommit served no purpose other than to stop the bill.”

Dec 1, 2010  First Read – GOP to block all bills until tax cuts are addressed

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced this morning that Republicans will block any legislation from coming to the Senate floor until two key economic issues are addressed: funding the government (the “continuing resolution” which must pass to prevent a government shutdown) and the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts.”

November 17, 2010 Republicans Block An Up-Or-Down Vote On The Paycheck Fairness …

“Senate Democrats were unable to overcome a Republican filibuster of the Paycheck Fairness Act on Tuesday, with the chamber falling two votes short of the 60 needed to end debate and proceed to a vote on the measure that would help combat wage discrimination on the basis of gender.”

September 24, 2010 Campaign finance: Republicans block bill to identify ad sponsors …

“Senate Republicans on Thursday stood fast in blocking legislation requiring special interest groups running campaign ads to identify their donors.”

September 21, 2010 Senate Republicans Block Bill to End DADT

“Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort to repeal the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, handing gay rights groups a defeat in their last chance any time soon to overturn the law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Aug 27 2010 Senate Republicans block BP investigation

“Senate Republicans recently blocked a bill that would give the presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill full subpoena powers in order to protect their pals in the oil industry.”

July 30, 2010 Republicans Block Bill to Aid Small Business

“Senate Republicans on Thursday rejected a bill to aid small businesses with expanded loan programs and tax breaks, in a procedural blockade that underscored how fiercely determined the party’s leaders are to deny Democrats any further legislative accomplishments ahead of November’s midterm elections…”

July 27, 2010 Republicans block campaign finance disclosure bill

“Senate Republicans narrowly blocked Democratic campaign finance disclosure legislation in the Senate Tuesday after raising concerns the bill would curb freedom of speech and tilt campaign spending in favor of the Democrats.”

July 1, 2010 Republicans block bill to continue benefits for millions with no job .

“For the third time in as many weeks, Senate Republicans on Wednesday successfully filibustered a bill to continue providing unemployment checks to millions of people.”

April 26, 2010 Republicans Block Action On Financial Regulatory Bill

“Republican lawmakers stuck together Monday in preventing a massive financial regulatory bill from proceeding in the Senate…”

Jul 14, 2009 Senate Republicans Block Own Amendments on Health Care Bill

“Republican Sen. Mike Enzi refuses to allow approval of 64 Republican amendments in an attempt to obstruct the process…”

And yet, on Eric Cantor’s website, in the interest of keeping his constituents “informed”, there’s his “Jobs Legislation Tracker“, which has more to do with- you guessed it- tax breaks for businesses, which rarely if ever create jobs. Some examples:

H.R. 872 Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act

(5) USE OF AUTHORIZED PESTICIDES- Except as provided in section 402(s) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Administrator or a State may not require a permit under such Act for a discharge from a point source into navigable waters of a pesticide authorized for sale, distribution, or use under this Act, or the residue of such a pesticide, resulting from the application of such pesticide.’

H.R. 910 Energy Tax Prevention Act

To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2018 Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act

To amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the State’s water quality standards, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2587 Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act

That the Board shall have no power to order an employer (or seek an order against an employer) to restore or reinstate any work, product, production line, or equipment, to rescind any relocation, transfer, subcontracting, outsourcing, or other change regarding the location, entity, or employer who shall be engaged in production or other business operations, or to require any employer to make an initial or additional investment at a particular plant, facility, or location’.

H.R. 2401 Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on The Nation

Establishment- The President shall establish a committee to be known as the Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States (in this Act referred to as the ‘Committee’) to analyze and report on the cumulative and incremental impacts of certain rules and actions of the Environmental Protection Agency, in accordance with sections 3 and 4.

Eric Cantor and his cronies believe people are idiots. As I said, these types of bills have nothing to do with jobs; they are strictly meant to remove oversight by agencies such as the EPA,  and the NLRB.

Have a big mouth conservative friend or acquaintance who likes to talk about what The President hasn’t accomplished, send him/her a copy of this article and ask which party’s constituents are the idiots.

* All caricatures by Donkey Hotey,  http://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/sets/72157625694469068/

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