House Freshmen Get Their Wish to Waste More Money

While House Republicans hold their 37th vote to repeal Obamacare today, ThinkProgress has tallied the current cost of those 37 votes and it comes out to $55 million.

Last year, CBS News calculated that the number of hours spent on 33 repeal votes — then roughly 80 hours, or two full work weeks — cost taxpayers an estimated $48 million. Since then, Republicans have held three more votes (another $4.5 million) and will add another $1.5 million with their latest.

And let’s not forget the only reason they’re wasting the time and money on today’s vote is because the freshmen demand it.

“We’ve got 17 new members that have not had the opportunity to vote on the President’s health care law,” Boehner said, referring to next week’s ACA repeal vote. “Frankly they’ve been asking for an opportunity to vote on it, and we’re going to give it to them.”

Yet another declaration from the GOP that they want to deny healthcare to millions of Americans is clearly less important than the latest faux scandal.

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  • Christopher Foxx

    This is another pointless, blatantly and obviously pointless waste of time and money. It’s the Republicans standing up, yet again, and publicly declaring they’re going to act like petulant children.

    And despite the obviousness, despite the waste, despite the unpopularity of it, the Democrats will make no effort to call them on it.

  • Treading_Water

    “Yet another declaration from the GOP that they want to deny
    healthcare to millions of Americans is clearly less important than the
    latest faux scandal.”

    Even worse. They all know that this is just fruitless posturing. How many House members have had the chance to vote on the Civil Rights Act? The 14th amendment? Roe V Wade? Do we need to hold pointless votes on these as well so that newer congress critters can go on the record about them too?

    This isn’t legislation. This is just a means to appease the Tea party base and to get their Tea Party bona fides

  • Ipecac

    Colbert’s take on this was hilarious.

  • Lady Willpower

    This is like when a football player signs a one-day contract with their original team, just so they can retire in that uniform.
    Freshman congressman just want to participate in this pointless ritual, and nobody stops them.
    “Patriotism.”

  • Ned F

    The new thing is the “Keep The IRS Off Your Health Care Act,” which would “prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from implementing or enforcing any provisions of the president’s health care law.” Probably won’t go anywhere, but why waste a current scandal?

  • D_C_Wilson

    It’s not pointless. Now each of them can go back home and at the next teabagger wank-off, declare that they voted to repeal that N-Klang’s Job Killing Socialist Takeover of the Greatest Health Care System in the Universe (TM).

  • hanadora444

    And I never got a chance to vote for FDR but I’m just going to have to live with it. Tell these “freshman” goofs to grow up.

    • Christopher Foxx

      “Freshmen” is right. They’re acting like 17-year-olds who are living away from their parents for the first time and can’t wait to show how grown up they are. And do so by drinking until they pass out.