Wednesday, February 24, 2010

290 Bills Say the Senate is Broken

The gridlock in Congress is not the fault of either President Obama or the Democratic party.  For the most part, albeit with some glaring exceptions, they are doing their work.  However, Republicans in the Senate, with help from a few DINOs and one accursed independent, have brought government to a standstill.

nuclear_blast Exasperated House Democratic leaders have compiled a list showing that they have passed 290 bills that have stalled in the Senate.

The list is the latest sign that Democrats in the lower chamber are frustrated with their Senate counterparts.

An aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says the list is put together during each Congress, but that this year’s number is likely the largest ever. However, he said Pelosi blames GOP senators, not Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).

“The Speaker believes that the filibuster has its place, but clearly Senate Republicans are taking what was once a rare procedural move and abusing it to the detriment of progress for America’s working families,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.

But some House Democrats and their aides have shown no reticence in blaming Senate Democrats, who enjoyed a supermajority until Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was sworn in earlier this month.

In January, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) suggested the Senate was out of touch with Americans, and did not differentiate between the two parties.

“[Senators] tend to see themselves as a House of Lords and they don’t seem to understand that those of us that go out there every two years stay in touch with the American people,” Clyburn said in an interview with Fox News Radio. “We tend to respond to them a little better.”

Earlier this month in an MSNBC interview, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) said, “There’s a host of things that we’ve passed already, and there needs to be action in the Senate, and people are tired of it,” adding that he was “glad the president cited the House” for making more progress than the Senate in his State of the Union address.

The list of stalled bills includes both major and minor legislation: healthcare reform; climate change; food safety; financial aid for the U.S. Postal Service; a job security act for wounded veterans; a Civil War battlefield preservation act; vision care for children; the naming of a federal courthouse in Iowa after former Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa); a National Historic Park named for President Jimmy Carter; a bill to improve absentee ballot voting; a bill to improve cybersecurity; and the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Hammill said Pelosi’s office also compiled a second list in December of 90 pieces of legislation that have passed the House, more than 60 of them with at least 50 Republican votes.

“There’s a perception that the House is really partisan these days, but the actual numbers show otherwise,” Hammill said… [emphasis added]

Inserted from <The Hill>

For a complete list of all 290 bills, Click Here.

Rachel Maddow and Sen. Tom Udall illustrated the problem and one solution.


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Udall’s solution cannot be implemented until next January.  That’s not soon enough.  I used to favor it until I understood the nuclear option and explained it on February 16.  If they have the courage 51 Senate Democrats or 50 plus Joe Biden, can nuke the filibastards, end the filibuster, and with it end the GOP’s absurd 41 vote majority in the Senate.  The graphic is original.  Feel free to steal it.


the walking man said...

Personally I doubt there is a will in the Senate to reform the rules for filibuster. If the thugs do not gain a majority they will not give up a tool and if the thugs do gain a majority I doubt the dumbs would not want to have the same abusive tool available to them.

tnlib said...

Even for this mathematical dummy, 239 bills passed by the House and stalled in the Senate adds up to a big fat zero.

I don't care how the filibuster is ended, just bury it.

Complaint Department Manager said...

Come election time, they'll have to tell the voters what they accomplished. I don't think performing the Tarintino is a good way to start that conversation. After that, there should be nothing but silence or excuses, of which, the voters will have no part of.

Holte Ender said...

The reference to performing the Tarentino (Kill Bill) should be changed to another one of Quentin's movies "Inglorious Bastards".

Lisa G. said...

CDM and Holte - I have no idea what you are talking about since I have not seen either movie. And it's a good thing that Tarantino is a director and not an actor - his face would crack the camera.

They need to go nuclear a lot more. This back up in the Senate (Grayson mentioned it too) is ridiculous.

Complaint Department Manager said...

Lisa G - The Tarintino "kills Bills". Quentin Tarintino created the film "Kill Bill" volumes 1&2. The Rachel Maddow Show did a "rename the Filibuster" contest and "The Tarintino" won.

TomCat said...

Mark, my fears agree, my hopes do not.

Amen Tnlib. This is the fastest way.

C, I would agree were not voters so teribly uninformed and misinformed.

Holt, he should change the movie title to ingloriouys filibastards.

Lisa, I'm glad C explained it. Thanks C.