Sunday, July 01, 2007

But, But Congress Isn't Doing Anything!11!!!

From Roll Call (via Think Progress)-
239: Number of bills the House of Representatives has passed and sent to the Senate only to be held up, with conservatives “objecting to just about every major piece of legislation that [Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)] has tried to bring up.”

Remember when conservatives used to call Democrats 'obstructionists'? Hahaha. Good times.

When people complain about the lackluster amount of progress the new Congress has made six months into their majority, this should be kept in mind. Part of this, of course, can be blamed on Harry Reid's failure to push back effectively, but he can't pull votes out of thin air. The GOP has made its mission clear... by forcing Democrats to fight to win even the most innocuous legislative battles, they will leave them with less capital and energy to win the larger ones. It's partisan gridlock at its worst.

And waiting at the end of it is a presidential veto. Slim majorities = big headaches.

[Video summary- here; more details of blocked legislation- here.]


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