Category Archives: Congress

Over Ten Million Enrolled Is The New “Failure”

  With the news of Secretary of Health and Human Services Katherine Sebelius resigning, now that she’s essentially saved the Affordable Care Act from: The relentless onslaught of GOP-led government shutdowns and threats of economic destruction, especially in the weeks … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Corporate Crime, Election 2014, Elections, Ethics, Far-right Intellectual Violence, Healthcare, Republican Party, Wingnuts | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

Outreach

Senate Republicans, led by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), have successfully filibustered a debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act. The motion to proceed to the Paycheck Fairness Act received 53 votes for, and 44 against, falling short of the 60 … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, War On Women | Tagged , | 6 Comments

House GOP Passes the Screw American Workers Act

House Republicans voted to pass H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, in a mostly party-line vote yesterday. The “Save American Workers Act” sounds harmless enough, but the GOP’s idea of saving workers is making it harder for them to … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Healthcare | Tagged , | 2 Comments

House Will Pass Ryan’s Fantasy Budget, Again

Fourth time’s a charm? House Republican leadership said today that they will pass The Path to Poverty 4.0. “It’ll pass,” Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said during a leadership press conference, answering a reporter’s question that was directed at Speaker … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Economy | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Econ. for Suckers

Artist – Joel Pett In other news, the House Ethics Committee has revealed that it has evidence Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) misused official funds for her campaign to become the House Republican Conference chair. Delivering the Republican State of … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Economy, Ethics, Open Thread | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Boehner: States Helping Poor People Are “Cheating”

After House Republicans finally managed to cut food stamps, something they desperately sought for over a year, some states responded by increasing heating assistance for SNAP recipients to counter the loss of SNAP benefits. To you or I that may … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Food | Tagged , , | 10 Comments

Darrell Issa is a Distraction From Benghazi

Darrell Issa’s Oversight Committee became lost in the woods after he compromised his own ability to move forward on his IRS witch hunt by cutting off Elijah Cummings and walking out of the interview with Lois Lerner. What better way … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Ethics | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

Playin’ Politics

Artist – Jeff Darcy House Republicans are preparing to sacrifice blue collar workers with good paying jobs on the alter of weapons programs that the military doesn’t even want or need. Six House Republicans have proposed legislation that would cut … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Open Thread | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Darrell Issa is Bad at His Job

When House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa chose to abruptly end a committee hearing last week, he did more than rudely cut off Rep. Elijah Cummings. According to independent legal analysis, Issa made it impossible to hold Lois Lerner in contempt … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Epic Fail | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

GOP House Won’t Condemn Issa

Not surprisingly, House Republicans, and more specifically Eric Cantor, shielded Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa from condemnation today one day after rudely cutting off Rep. Elijah Cummings during a committee hearing. The Hill has a brief summary of how it … Continue reading
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The Only Anti-American Person in the Room is Pat Toomey

During his speech at CPAC — the GOP’s version of vacation bible school — Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) said one of the most distinctly anti-Americans I can think of while accusing Debo Adegbile of being anti-American. “This was always about … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Ethics, Justice, Racism | Tagged , | 10 Comments

Darrell Issa is an Ethics Nightmare and a Coward

Watch House Oversight Chairman Darrell “Witch Hunt” Issa (R-CA) rudely cut off and condescend Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking Democrat on the Oversight Committee. In the video above, Issa cuts Cummings’ microphone off around the one minute mark and … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Ethics | Tagged , , | 8 Comments

The GOP Doesn’t Care About Veterans

Congressional Republicans have been haranguing about veterans benefits for weeks, but when they had an opportunity to do something about it last night they blocked it. Why? Because the veterans benefits bill did not include new Iran sanctions. After numerous … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Ethics, Iran, Senate | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Do Nothing

Speaker of the House John Boehner says his caucus is prepared to lead except they don’t have any plans to actually lead. Or something. “We’ll lead,” Boehner pledged, “and our members will not shy away from advancing better solutions for … Continue reading
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See How Easy That Was?

In case you missed it, John Boehner told his caucus during a closed-door meeting this morning that the Republicans-controlled House of Representatives will vote on a clean debt ceiling bill. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told rank-and-file members that the leadership’s … Continue reading
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GOP Report: No Stand Down Order in Benghazi

According to a new report authored by congressional Republicans, not the Obama administration or those diabolical lefties in the Senate, one of the biggest Benghazi conspiracy theories is absolute bull. via ThinkProgress In a new report released on Tuesday, the … Continue reading
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Posted in Benghazi, Congress, Conspiracy Theory | 10 Comments

Chart of the Day

What’s wrong with this picture? Senate Republicans successfully filibustered a vote on extending unemployment insurance yesterday. Broadcast news programs spent exactly 0 seconds on it. via Media Matters Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, The Media | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

The SOTU Curse

I’m beginning to believe in the idea that whoever delivers the Republican State of the Union response is cursed. In recent years delivering the GOP response has spelled doom for the person delivering it. For example, former Virginia Governor Bob … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Ethics | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Senate, House Conservatives Agree: No Immigration Reform

We’ve already been over how Senate Republicans don’t want to tackle immigration reform again, but the Associated Press reports that House conservatives don’t want to either. “I think it’s a mistake for us to have an internal battle in the … Continue reading
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Posted in Congress, Immigration | Tagged | 3 Comments

Spoiler: No Immigration Reform This Year

The fate of immigration reform was more or less sealed after House Republicans gathered for an annual retreat and formed a set of immigration reform “principles” that they would not deviate from. Chief among those principles was Speaker John Boehner’s … Continue reading
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