The completely f***ed Senate.

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010 @ 1:18 am | Election crap

The House tried to do their jobs and should be treated a bit more nicely than the 41 Republican Senators who have done everything they could to bring the nation’s business to a halt during economically dangerous times:

With only a lame-duck session remaining, the House since January 2009 has passed 420 bills that have sat on the Senate shelf, according to an updated list provided to The Hill.

The gulf in productivity has led to an escalation in tensions between the chambers, culminating in a veritable staring contest last month over the expiring George W. Bush-era tax cuts.

House Democratic leaders have frequently griped at the disparity, and the caucus chairman, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.), told The Hill last week that the slow pace of legislating in the Senate, where bills can be held up by the filibuster and other rules, “infuriates” members of the House.

Rank-and-file House Democrats said the lack of Senate action on legislation they had cast tough votes on had left them twisting in the wind before an increasingly agitated electorate. At the top of the list was the June 2009 cap-and-trade energy and climate bill, which passed the House by a slim margin but never made it to the Senate floor.

The gap in approved legislation increased by 48 in the three weeks Congress was in session in September, and by 130 since The Hill first reported on the disparity in February.

Okay, Republicans. Have your fun, but without 60 solid votes in the Senate, it’s all wanking. Have fun when that Tea Party rage gets turned back on you because you spent 2010-2012 compromising with Democrats to get anything done.

Oh, you Republican folks think Democrats shouldn’t filibuster everything like you did to them? Shove a copy of the filibuster-less Constitution up your asses and light it on fire.

-hw

10 Responses to “The completely f***ed Senate.”

  1. Dana Says:

    Golly, the House has sent a lot of legislation to the Senate on which the Senate hasn’t acted, so you think that the House has been doing its work.

    But, in doing its most basic job, appropriations for continuing the operations of the government, the House completed work and passed just two of the twelve annual appropriations bills. They found time to pass a jag of other bills, but couldn’t get around to doing their primary jobs.

  2. Henry Whistler Says:

    Dana, I know that’s your shiny object to distract people from Republican obstruction. Yet while the operations of the government do actually continue via emergency bills, one senator, Richard Shelby, is holding up an Obama nominee for the Fed Board of Governors, Peter Diamond, because he doesn’t think Diamond is qualified enough.

    Mr. Diamond, as you likely know, just won the Nobel Prize for economics.

    My shiny object beats yours!

  3. Yorkshire Says:

    Henry Whistler Says:
    October 12th, 2010 at 10:04 am
    Dana, I know that’s your shiny object to distract people from Republican obstruction.

    What you call obstruction, we call it not interfering in our lives. Two sides or views to every story.

  4. Yorkshire Says:

    Mr. Diamond, as you likely know, just won the Nobel Prize for economics.

    And BO won the Nobel Peace Prize. So what’s the point?

  5. mike g Says:

    The guy’s last name is Diamond. How can you argue with that?

  6. Yorkshire Says:

    mike g Says:
    October 12th, 2010 at 7:24 pm
    The guy’s last name is Diamond. How can you argue with that?

    007’s Goldfinger????? 🙂

  7. mike g Says:

    I’ll bet he’s got sharks with lasers on their heads.

  8. Yorkshire Says:

    I’ll bet he’s got sharks with lasers on their heads.

    Not to mention the twin 50’s mounted too.

  9. Henry Whistler Says:

    C’mon, Yorkshire…if more conservatives could actually win Nobels you guys would like them better.

    That’s not really a defense of Shelby, you know. I respect the Nobel board’s judgment over his anti-democratic political antics.

  10. Henry Whistler Says:

    And yes, Yorkshire, it’s obstruction, unprecedented in 200 years of our nation’s legislative history. It doesn’t matter what malformed Limbaugh-teabagger claptrap you believe about it, you don’t get to obstruct and then say you didn’t obstruct.

    It’s stunning when you guys can’t even make the most basic truthful admissions. Or it used to be stunning, anyway, I’ve started to become pretty numb it.