Proof Republicans Don't Care About You--Bills Republicans Have Blocked Since President Obama Took Office Print E-mail
Here’s just a short list of some of the bills that Republicans have blocked, or attempted to block, since Obama became President:
Tax on Companies that ship jobs overseas- A bill that would have eliminated a tax break that companies get when they ship jobs overseas. Republicans blocked this, allowing companies to keep the tax break they receive when they ship jobs to other countries.
Political Ad disclosure bill- Would have required all donors to political campaigns to reveal themselves. Republicans blocked this, not once but twice.
Subpoena Power for the Committee investigating the BP Oil Spill – Give subpoena power to the independent committee responsible for investigating BP’s roll in the oil spill. Republicans attempted to block this.
The Small Business Jobs Act -would give LOCAL, community banks access to billions of dollars to loan to small businesses. Republicans blocked this, then attempted to block it a second time and failed.
The DREAM Act- Gives immigrant youth who were brought here as children a path to citizenship by earning a college degree or serving the military for 2 years. Republicans blocked this.
Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”- Would have repealed the law that forces gay and lesbian services members to lie about their sexuality and gives the military the right to discharge soldiers based on their sexuality. Republicans blocked this many times and Democrats were finally able to pass it with the support of just 2 Republicans.
From Crooks and Liars - When John McCain led the filibuster of the Defense Appropriations Act yesterday, he blocked far more than the DREAM Act and repeal of DADT. Here are just a few of the other blocked provisions, courtesy of Mother Jones.
No permanent military bases in Afghanistan.
Report identifying hybrid or electric propulsion systems and other fuel-saving technologies for incorporation into tactical motor vehicles.
Protection of child custody arrangements for parents who are members of the Armed Forces deployed in support of a contingency operation.
Improvements to Department of Defense domestic violence programs.
Department of Defense recognition of spouses of members of the Armed Forces.
Department of Defense recognition of children of members of the Armed Forces.
Enhancements to the Troops-to-Teachers Program.
Fiscal year 2011 increase in military basic pay.
Improving aural protection for members of the Armed Forces.
Comprehensive policy on neurocognitive assessment by the military health care system.
Authority to make excess nonlethal supplies available for domestic emergency assistance.
And those were just some of the progressive provisions. On the conservative side, there are these, and more:
Prohibition on the use of funds for the transfer or release of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Prohibition on the use of funds to modify or construct facilities in the United States to house detainees transferred from United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Prohibition on use of funds to give Miranda warnings to Al Qaeda terrorists.
And here’s the bills that Republicans had blocked when we compiled our first list;
Senator Franken’s Anti-Rape Amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill – Makes it so that women raped overseas while working for foreign contractors have the right to have their case heard in an American court instead of having their case mediated by the company they work for. Only Republican men voted against this, but it passed.
Benefits for Homeless Veterans- Would have expanded benefits to homeless veterans and homeless veterans with children. Republicans blocked this.
Affordable Health Care For America Act- Prevents insurance companies from discriminating against you on the basis of “pre-existing conditions”. Requires that insurance companies spend 85 cents of every dollar that you pay on your actual health care. Limits health insurance companies profit margins. Republicans blocked this for months before it finally passed and have vowed to repeal it if they are elected.
Health Care for the 9/11 First Responders who got sick from being at Ground Zero- Would provide billions of dollars in health care to help the 9/11 First Responders who were at Ground Zero on 9/11 and are now sick because of it. Republicans blocked this.
The Jobs Bill- Offsets the payroll tax for 1 year for companies that hire new employees, or people receiving unemployment insurance. Also gives other tax incentives to companies hiring new employees. Republicans attempted to block this.
Wall Street Reform- Puts stricter regulations on the banks, preventing them from becoming “too big to fail”. Curbs reckless spending practices that caused the banking crisis. Republicans attempted to block this.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act- Pumped billions of dollars into state and local Governments to prevent us from sinking into a second Great Depression. Republicans opposed this but now want to take credit for the parts of it that we know are successful.
Oil Spill Liability- Raises the liability on what companies can be made to pay to clean up after an oil spill. Republicans blocked this.
Immigration Reform- Republican suggested comprehensive immigration reform until Obama supported it. Now they’re rabidly opposed to it and even voted against their own legislation. Republicans blocked this.
Unemployment extension bill HR-4213- Would provide additional aid to the millions of Americans still on unemployment who are just trying to support themselves and their families. Republicans blocked this bill for 8 weeks before it finally passed. Republicans blocked this for 8 weeks before it finally passed.
Fair Pay Act of 2009- Also called the Lily Ledbetter bill. Requires that women receive equal compensation to men for doing the same work. Republicans attempted to block this.
The next time someone tells you that the Republicans care about the American people just give them this list of all the bill Republicans wanted to fail.
Jobs Bills Stuck In The Senate
House Republicans have passed 39 jobs bills that are currently stuck in the Democrat controlled Senate.
Review of Federal Regulations
H. Res. 72 - Passed by the House (391-28) on February 11, 2011
Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act
H.R. 872 - Senate has taken no action to date
Disapproval of FCC's Net Neutrality Regulations
H.J. Res. 37 - Senate has blocked a companion measure by a vote of 46-52
Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act
H.R. 2018 - Senate has taken no action to date
Consumer Financial Protection & Soundness Improvement Act
H.R. 1315 - Senate has taken no action to date
Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act
H.R. 2587 - Senate has taken no action to date
Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act
H.R. 2401 - Senate has taken no action to date
Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act
H.R. 2681 - Senate has taken no action to date
EPA Regulatory Relief Act
H.R. 2250 - Senate has taken no action to date
Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act
H.R. 2273 - Senate has taken no action to date
Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act
H.R. 3094 - Senate has taken no action to date
Regulatory Accountability Act
H.R. 3010 - Senate has taken no action to date
Regulatory Flexibility Improvements Act
H.R. 527 - Senate has taken no action to date
H.R. 10 - Senate has taken no action to date
Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act
H.R. 1633 - Senate has taken no action to date
Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliabilty Act
H.R. 1837 - Senate has taken no action to date
Land in Accomack County, Virginia
H.R. 2087 - Senate has taken no action to date
Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act
H.R. 4078 - Senate has taken no action to date
Fix The Tax Code To Help Job Creators
America's tax code has grown too complicated and cumbersome. We need a tax code that is flatter, fairer, and simpler to ensure that everyone pays their fair share, lessen the burden on families, generate economic expansion, and create jobs by making America more competitive.
Small Business Tax Cut Act
H.R. 9 - Senate has taken no action to date
Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act
H.R. 4 - Signed into law by the President on April 14, 2011
Health Care Cost Reduction Act
H.R. 436 - Senate has taken no action to date
Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act
H.R. 8 - Senate has taken no action to date
Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act
H.R. Veterans Opportunity to Work Act
H.R. 2433 - Senate has taken no action to date
6169 - Senate has taken no action to date
Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
H.R. 3012 - Senate has taken no action to date
Maximize Domestic Energy Production
The energy sector is crucial to our economic growth, and high energy costs have a major impact on job creation. We need policies that allow us to harness our abundant supply of natural resources in America, develop new sources of energy, and create jobs here at home.
Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act
H.R. 1230 - Senate has taken no action to date
Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act
H.R. 1229 - Senate has taken no action to date
Reversing President Obama'a Offshore Moratorium Act
H.R. 1231 - Senate has taken no action to date
Jobs and Energy Permitting Act
H.R. 2021 - Senate has taken no action to date
North American-Made Energy Security Act
H.R. 1938 - Senate has taken no action to date
Protecting Next Generation Energy Security (PIONEERS) Act
H.R. 3408 - Passed by the House (237-187) on February 16, 2012
Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act
H.R. 2842 - Senate has taken no action to date
Conservation and Economic Growth Act
H.R. 2578 - Senate has taken no action to date
Domestic Energy and Jobs Act
H.R. 4480 - Senate has taken no action to date
Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan
H.R. 6082 - Senate has taken no action to date
Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act
H.R. 3409 - Senate has taken no action to date
Pay Down America's Unsustainable Debt Burden
The federal government is spending and borrowing so much that the United States will soon go broke. Washington's spending binge has put our nation in debt, eroded economic confidence, and caused massive uncertainty for private sector job creators. It's time to live within our means.
Budget for Fiscal Year 2013
H. Con. Res. 112 - Senate has not yet considered a budget of its own
Budget for Fiscal Year 2012
H.Con. Res. 34 - Senate has not yet considered a budget of its own
Cut, Cap, and Balance
H.R. 2560 - Senator Reid tabled the bill by a vote of 51-46
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The titles of those bills hardly relate to their content or purpose. In most cases they were just intended as Republican propaganda. They would be collectively a real mess if they had passed. Another purpose was to retard recovery by inserting instability and country risk into the investment economy. With Romney/Ryan's decline they have now become less plausible.
Karl Rove's American Crossroads funds are diverting money to try to retain Congress. They are suddenly dropping tens of millions in media buys in contested states Congressional races - nasty stuff too. They apparently regard Romney as a loser which that hard core Confederate right really wants anyway. Obama is starting to get more donations because most business "donations" are opportunistic. Only a few are dedicated to a party, most just do Washington Pay-To-Play. The really large Republican donations were from billionaires like Adelson who pledged $100 million to this election.
The Republican need to be replaced by an actual American party and retired into the history books. They are beyond salvage and are certainly not Conservatives.
A long list of lies. For example, "Fair Pay Act of 2009". In 2009 the Democrats had large majority of both the House and the Senate, so they are to be blamed not the republicans. Also the Democrat Senate has blocked budgets from Republican House and the former Democrat House so Obama didn't have a budget or job creation bills to sign because of Harry Reid. I have many Democrat friends who agree with me on this crook.
I am neither republican or democrat and don't play the political party game. Who you need to blame is HARRY REID in the Senate. The House was able to do much more good for the nation beginning in 2011 because many who were in there too long got voted out in Nov 2010. Now the Senate needs a cleaning in Nov 2012!!!! Stop playing party wars, tossinanturning, as you look silly.
Bogus. The Dems needed a "supermajority" under Senate rules. Even if they had that any Senator can block an appointment and so on.
We won't get anywhere without an Amendment to chop the bipartisan Washington Pay-To-Play political financing system, a Founding Flaw and plague ever since. IMO, there was no Jefferson's Wall between politicians and money because of the need to include the slave territories in the Revolution for it to be successful They required corruption and plutocracy to maintain their culture. By the end of the inevitable Civil War the Pay-To-Play system was so entrenched in Washington and the state capitols that it could not be reformed. That essential corruption is a cancer that has hollowed out our country and civic order.
It must be changed with an Amendment. If we don't do it soon it will be externally imposed as a condition of financing a collapsed USA in time, much as the IMF forces reforms and extreme austerity and poverty for a generation on counties it bails out. It would be constructive to eject the core Confederate culture area also. The US has not been able to develop the culture and economies of the Gulf states in the 145 years since the Civil War. Except for Georgia and Texas, none of the core Confederate states make a living
It is true that the Republicans are unusually malignant these days. They are not granddad's Republicans - that is, they are no longer Conservatives. They are 3 basic factions - the Confederates, the Tea Party, and the Plutocrats that pay for the rest of it. There remains a small number of Conservatives in the north central states and some Libertarians like Ryan.
Ryan's Medicare replacement plan would send many billions to insurance companies and has to shorten US life expectancy 5-10 years to make any sense. Ryan is a Libertarian who thinks people should ideally die in net worth order. Romney's platform is crony Capitalism and plutocracy. Boehner's and the House Republican's job for one thing is to insert country risk into US business investment to retard recovery and now to try to delegitimize the Administration offshore though they would reap a whirlwind themselves.
The corrupt Republicans, here the party of hatred, need to be retired to history like the Whigs and be replaced by an American party. .
Actually Boehner and the the Party of No look silly defending all the Rich Corporations and the owners of these corporations that want to STOP equal pay for women! That is the Lilly Ledbetter Act. The GOP is going to find out this November that there are FAR MORE WOMEN that Support Mr. O. then support the 2 R's.. Reject and Ryan.. wait till you have that look in your eye come November 7th that you will have to copmpromise..