Bills Republicans Have Blocked

Author: January 3, 2011 9:49 pm

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Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”– Would have repealed the law that forces gay and lesbian services members to lie about their sexuality and gives the military the right to discharge soldiers based on their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.


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  • Very true and well stated! I’m leaving the Republican party for the same reasons Democrats should leave their party: They don’t really represent the common man anymore. Just think what the political landscape would look like if most of us were registered independents! It would be a whole new ball game. You see we are doing exactly what the politicians want by “taking sides”.We fight each other while they pick our pockets and keep us dependent on them!! Wake up, register as a independent voter today!!

  • Too many people play semantics with the word “official” here. Of course English is not the official language but it is the “common” language of the United States. See I can play the semantic game too!

  • The Reagan administration was one of the most corrupt of them all. Maybe I’ll just remind you of his admin’s scandals.

    1981–1988 Ronald Reagan Administration
    [edit]Executive Branch
    Raymond J. Donovan (R) Secretary of Labor under Ronald Reagan, was investigated and acquitted of larceny and fraud concerning subway construction in New York City(1987)[148]
    Housing and Urban Development Scandal A scandal concerning bribery by selected contractors for low income housing projects.
    Samuel Pierce (R) Secretary of Housing and Urban Development because he made “full and public written acceptance of responsibility” was not charged.[149]
    James G. Watt (R) Secretary of Interior, 1981–1983, charged with 25 counts of perjury and obstruction of justice, sentenced to five years probation, fined $5,000 and 500 hours of community service[150]
    Deborah Gore Dean (R) Executive Assistant to (Samuel Pierce, Secretary of HUD 1981–1987, and not charged). Dean was convicted of 12 counts of perjury, conspiracy, bribery. Sentenced to 21 months in prison. (1987)[151]
    Phillip D. Winn (R) Assistant Secretary of HUD, 1981–1982, pled guilty to bribery in 1994.[151]
    Thomas Demery, (R) Assistant Secretary of HUD, pled guilty to bribery and obstruction.[151]
    Joseph A. Strauss, (R) Special Assistant to the Secretary of HUD, convicted of accepting payments to favor Puerto Rican land developers in receiving HUD funding.[152]
    Silvio D. DeBartolomeis convicted of perjury and bribery.[153]
    Wedtech scandal Wedtech Corporation convicted of bribery for Defense Department contracts
    Edwin Meese (R) Attorney General, resigned but never convicted. [154]
    Lyn Nofziger (R) White House Press Secretary, whose conviction of lobbying was overturned.[155]
    Mario Biaggi (D-NY) sentenced to 2½ years.[156]
    Robert García (D-NY) sentenced to 2½ years.[157]
    Savings and loan scandal in which 747 institutions failed and had to be rescued with $160,000,000,000 of taxpayer monies in connection with the Keating Five. see Legislative scandals.[158]
    Iran-Contra Affair (1985–1986); A plan conceived by CIA head William Casey (R) and Oliver North (R) of the National Security Council to sell TOW missiles to Iran for the return of US hostages and then use part of the money received to fund Contra rebels trying to overthrow the left wing government of Nicaragua, which was in direct violation of Congress’ Boland Amendment.[159] Ronald Reagan appeared on TV stating there was no “arms for hostages” deal, but was later forced to admit, also on TV, that yes, there indeed had been:
    Caspar Weinberger (R) Secretary of Defense, was indicted on two counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice on June 16, 1992. [9]. Weinberger received a pardon from George H. W. Bush on December 24, 1992 before he was tried.[160]
    William Casey (R) Head of the CIA. Thought to have conceived the plan, was stricken ill hours before he would testify. Reporter Bob Woodward records that Casey knew of and approved the plan.[161]
    Robert C. McFarlane (R) National Security Adviser, convicted of withholding evidence, but after aplea bargain was given only 2 years probation. Later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush[162]
    Elliott Abrams (R) Asst Sec of State, convicted of withholding evidence, but after a plea bargain was given only 2 years probation. Later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush[163]
    Alan D. Fiers Chief of the CIA’s Central American Task Force, convicted of withholding evidence and sentenced to one year probation. Later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush [159]
    Clair George Chief of Covert Ops-CIA, convicted on 2 charges of perjury, but pardoned by President George H. W. Bush before sentencing.[164]
    Oliver North (R) convicted of accepting an illegal gratuity, obstruction of a congressional inquiry, and destruction of documents, but the ruling was overturned since he had been granted immunity.[165]
    Fawn Hall, Oliver North’s secretary was given immunity from prosecution on charges of conspiracy and destroying documents in exchange for her testimony.[166]
    John Poindexter National Security Advisor (R) convicted of 5 counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury, defrauding the government, and the alteration and destruction of evidence. The Supreme Court overturned this ruling.[167]
    Duane Clarridge An ex-CIA senior official, he was indicted in November 1991 on 7 counts of perjury and false statements relating to a November 1985 shipment to Iran. Pardoned before trial by President George H. W. Bush.[168][169]
    Richard V. Secord Ex-major general in the Air Force who organized the Iran arms sales and Contra aid. He pleaded guilty in November 1989 to making false statements to Congress. Sentenced to two years of probation.[170][171]
    Albert Hakim A businessman, he pleaded guilty in November 1989 to supplementing the salary of North by buying a $13,800 fence for North with money from “the Enterprise”, which was a set of foreign companies Hakim used in Iran-Contra. In addition, Swiss company Lake Resources Inc., used for storing money from arms sales to Iran to give to the Contras, pled guilty to stealing government property.[172] Hakim was given two years of probation and a $5,000 fine, while Lake Resources Inc. was ordered to dissolve.[170][173]
    Thomas G. Clines Once an intelligence official who became an arms dealer, he was convicted in September 1990 on four income tax counts, including underreporting of income to the IRS and lying about not having foreign accounts. Sentenced to 16 months of prison and fined $40,000.[170][174]
    Carl R. Channell A fund-raiser for conservative causes, he pleaded guilty in April 1987 to defrauding the IRS via a tax-exempt organization to fund the Contras.[175] Sentenced to two years probation.[170]
    Richard R. Miller Associate to Carl R. Channell, he pleaded guilty in May 1987 to defrauding the IRS via a tax-exempt organization led by Channell. More precisely, he pled guilty to lying to the IRS about the deductibility of donations to the organization. Some of the donations were used to fund the Contras.[176] Sentenced to two years of probation and 120 of community service.[170]
    Joseph F. Fernandez CIA Station Chief of Costa Rica. Indicted on five counts in 1988.[177] The case was dismissed when Attorney General Dick Thornburgh refused to declassify information needed for his defense in 1990.[178]
    Inslaw Affair (1985–1994+); a protracted legal case that alleged that top-level officials of President Ronald Reagan’s (R) Department of Justice were involved in software piracy of the Promis program from Inslaw Inc. forcing it into bankruptcy.[179] Attorney General Edwin Meese (R) and his successor Attorney General Dick Thornburgh (R) were both found to have blocked the investigation of the matter.[180] They were succeeded by Attorney General William P. Barr (R) who also refused to investigate and no charges were ever filed.[181]
    D. Lowell Jensen, (R) Deputy Attorney General was held in Contempt of Congress.[182]
    C. Madison Brewer A high ranking Justice Department official was held in Contempt of Congress.[182]
    Michael Deaver (R) Deputy Chief of Staff to Ronald Reagan 1981–85, pleaded guilty to perjury related to lobbying activities and was sentenced to 3 years probation and fined $100,000 [183]
    Sewergate A scandal in which funds from the EPA were selectively used for projects which would aid politicians friendly to the Reagan administration.
    Anne Gorsuch Burford (R) Head of the EPA. Cut the EPA staff by 22% and refused to turn over documents to Congress citing “Executive Privilege”,[184] whereupon she was found in Contempt and resigned with twenty of her top employees.(1980) [185]
    Rita Lavelle (R) An EPA Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency misused ‘superfund’ monies and was convicted of perjury. She served six months in prison, was fined $10,000 and given five yrs probation.[186]
    [edit]Legislative Branch
    David Durenberger Senator (R-MN), denounced by the Senate for unethical financial transactions (1990) and then disbarred as an attorney.[187] In 1995 he pled guilty to 5 misdemeanor counts of misuse of public funds and was given one years probation.[188]
    Jesse Helms Senator (R-NC), His campaign was found guilty of “voter caging” when 125,000 postcards were sent to mainly black neighborhoods and the results used to challenge their residency and therefore their right to vote. (1990) [189]
    Barney Frank Congressman (D-MA), Lived with convicted felon Steve Gobie who ran a gay prostitution operation from Frank’s apartment without his knowledge. Frank was Admonished by Congress for using his congressional privilege to eliminate 33 parking tickets attributed to Gobie.(1987) [190]
    Donald E. “Buz” Lukens (R-OH), Convicted of two counts of bribery and conspiracy. (1996) [191] See also Sex scandals.
    Anthony Lee Coelho (D-CA) Resigns rather than face inquiries from both the Justice Department and the House Ethics Committee about an allegedly unethical “junk bond” deal, which netted him $6,000. He was never charged with any crime (1989) [192]
    Jim Wright (D-TX) House Speaker, resigned after an ethics investigation led by Newt Gingrich alleged improper receipt of $145,000 in gifts (1989) [193]
    Keating Five (1980–1989) The failure of Lincoln Savings and Loan led to Charles Keating (R) donating to the campaigns of five Senators for help. Keating served 42 months in prison.[194] The five were investigated by the Senate Ethics Committee which found that:
    Alan Cranston Senator (D-CA) reprimanded[195]
    Dennis DeConcini Senator (D-AZ) acted improperly[196]
    Don Riegle Senator (D-MI) acted improperly[196]
    John Glenn Senator (D-OH) used poor judgment[196]
    John McCain Senator (R-AZ) used poor judgment[196]
    Abscam FBI sting involving fake ‘Arabs’ trying to bribe 31 congressmen.(1980) [197] The following six Congressmen were convicted:
    Harrison A. Williams Senator (D-NJ) Convicted on 9 counts of bribery and conspiracy. Sentenced to 3 years in prison.[198]
    John Jenrette Representative (D-SC) sentenced to two years in prison for bribery and conspiracy.[199]
    Richard Kelly (R-FL) Accepted $25K and then claimed he was conducting his own investigation into corruption. Served 13 months.[200]
    Raymond Lederer (D-PA) “I can give you me” he said after accepting $50K. Sentenced to 3 years.[201]
    Michael Myers (D-PA) Accepted $50K saying, “…money talks and bullshit walks.” Sentenced to 3 years and was expelled from the House.[202]
    Frank Thompson (D-NJ) Sentenced to 3 years.[203]
    John M. Murphy (D-NY) Served 20 months of a 3-year sentence.[204]
    Also arrested were NJ State Senator Angelo Errichetti (D) [205] and members of the Philadelphia City Council. See Local scandals.
    Mario Biaggi (D-NY), Convicted of obstruction of justice and accepting illegal gratuities he was sentenced to 2½ years in prison and fined $500K for his role in the Wedtech scandal, see above. Just before expulsion from the House, he resigned. The next year he was convicted of another 15 counts of obstruction and bribery. (1988) [206]
    Pat Swindall (R-GA) convicted of 6 counts of perjury. (1989) [207][208]
    George V. Hansen (R-ID) censured for failing to file out disclosure forms. Spent 15 months in prison.[209]
    James Traficant (D-OH), convicted of ten felony counts including bribery, racketeering and tax evasion and sentenced to 8 years in prison. He was expelled from the House July 24, (2002.)[210]
    Frederick W. Richmond (D-NY),Convicted of tax evasion and possession of marijuana. Served 9 months(1982) [211] See Federal sex scandals.
    Dan Flood (D-PA) censured for bribery. After a trial ended in a deadlocked jury, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year’s probation.[212][213]
    Joshua Eilberg (D-PA) pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest charges. In addition, he convinced president Carter to fire the U.S. Attorney investigating his case.[214]
    [edit]Judicial Branch
    Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Federal District court judge impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate of soliciting a bribe (1989).[215] Subsequently elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1992)[216]
    Harry Claiborne (D-NE), Federal District court Judge impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate on two counts of tax evasion. He served over one year in prison.[217]

    Reagan was Almost as honest as Nixon.

    The John F. Kennedy(D) Administration was the most honest one of the last 100 years or so.

  • George Washington refused to join any political party even though they all wanted him-his entire “farewell” speech (2 1/2 hours)when he left office was on the evils he saw in the coming “party system.” In the speech he said “There is no right or left they are all just puppets on the same fat rich man’s hands!” what a brilliant man and with Supreme Court decisions, starting with “Buckley Vs. Valeo” (1977) all the nonsense that money=speech and that corporations are “people” etc what little remnants of democracy that remain are being destroyed. And Washington’s speech scared the wealthy so much that the Electoral College was up and running for the next election after his speech-picking every president instead of the people-that and the ignorant levels to which voters have sunk in this country is truly sad…

  • BlacqueJacque

    as far as i’m concerned, the republicans wouldn’t have been able to block what they did without the help of the democrats.

    • MiserableOldFart

      There is this thing in the Senate called a filibuster.. you can look it up. It allowed the GOP to poison America from a minority position without any help from the Democrats, though the DINOs have done their share on other matters.

  • I remember President Bush inherited the failings of the clitons .
    Bush was aided by a DAMOCRAT House and Senate..
    Go Figure who was really in power .
    President Bush loved America and praised the troops.
    What has ovomit done..he is un American Muslim Traitor.
    He has not proved his eligability to be POUS..
    Why Can’t you admit it is a big wrong done to Our country?

    • Then you remember wrong because Bush had a Republican majority up till the last two years. Only Republicans don’t remember that, largely because they live in a bizarre parallel dimension with no semblance to the one the other 7 billion of us on Planet Earth inhabit.

    • Jim, this is AMERICA and we speak ENGLISH here. Please learn the language if you are going to post comments here. Maybe it would also help if you learned AMERICAN HISTORY and got your head out of your ass, as well.

      • Stop quoting “Gangs of New York”. English is NOT the official language. We speak any language we want here. Better brush up on your Spanish culo.

        • Huh? Ummmm… Jamaal, English IS the official language of the U. S. of A. amigo. Honest to God! Look it up! iEquila chinga! What are they teaching kids in school these days? iSanta Maria! iMadre De Dios!

          • Actually, you’re mistaken, Julie. Although English is the de facto language in the United States, there is no official language. Numerous attempts have been made, mostly at the state level, to have English declared the official language but, thus far, those attempts have failed.

            • ^ this is correct. We have no official language, no official religion. That’s how America differs from many countries. The next time someone tries telling you English is the official language of America or that Christianity is the official religion of America, show them the Constitution. I’d say any history book as well but we all know how crapped out the American Public Education System is. Its point is not to teach but to indoctrinate. I personally just barely escaped thispast june with my mind intact. Our failings start there people. That is our future, and we’re ruining it. We Wonder WHY so many kids today are disrespectful, are downright morons, its our faults. We send them to these schools which we have no problem gutting, and letting bad teachers stay on because of tenure, we let them listen to absolutely terrible music (that pop garbage) which encourages stupidity (read some of those lyrics), and some parents even encourage their children in these endeavors to “be popular”, because they’re living vicariously through their children. We need to put an end to it all before it’s too late.

              • Fiona Mackenzie

                You will be pleased to know, then, that a good-sized group of ALEC model laws deals with shutting down public education entirely and replacing it with fundie schools with no standards or rules for teachers.

              • If you indeed just graduated public school in June, then who is this “we” stuff, kid? Let’s see how smart you talk after you’ve had a couple of kids go through whatever school system you’re going to use with your kids. Good luck coming up with that tuition for 12 years…

        • liberalMidfinger

          Who said something about “official language”? English is what is spoken in this forum, and Jim up there clearly hasn’t mastered it. Besides all the other basic mental skills he hasn’t mastered. So do you think Jims Spanish is any better than his English? I have my doubts.

          Seguramente es un vato muy tolerante el tio, y les tiene mucho amor a los latinos! /sarcasm

    • OK Jim, lets look at Clinton’s failings then…

      More than 22 million new jobs

      Highest homeownership in American history

      Lowest unemployment in 30 years

      Higher incomes at all levels

      $360 billion of the national debt paid off

      Largest budget deficit in American history converted to the largest surplus

      Lowest government spending in three decades

      Lowest federal income tax burden in 35 years

      Higher stock ownership by families than ever before

      WOW! Now that’s what I call a REAL FAILURE! Nothing like failing upwards!


    • Are you REALLY as ILLITERATE as you appear to be in print, or is this just a VERY SAD ATTEMPT at satire? EITHER WAY…

    • Fiona Mackenzie

      Jim, if you make up your mind first and then adjust the “facts” to fit your prejudice, you will ALWAYS be ignorant.

    • ProfessorProgressor

      “President Bush loved America and praised the troop.” Let me get this straight if I love your house, you know the one I just broke into, and praised your wife while I raped her, how do I get points for that? Bush hated children and I can prove it. Why else would you send the parents of American children to fight and die in an unnecessary war? And to your point Obama is no different. Can’t you people recognize divide and conquer when you see it? They frame the argument and we pick sides. Enough is enough. It’s time people wise up.

  • Could you link to sources for these? I’m working a conversation/argument with a conservative and I want to have sources…

  • Wow that’s all I have to say is wow. Everyone on here sounds like a bunch of bickering old ladies. You obviously have no idea what is going on in this country because you get all your “Facts” if you can even call them that, from completely bi-est left winged sights. Why don’t you come back and have a real conversation when you after you have gone out and actually seen the real world. Then we’ll talk.

    • Really? Really? And where do you get your facts? The bills listed above are all researchable. As much as you would like, when the FACTS about something are not in your favor, it doesn’t mean they are wrong – it means YOU don’t know facts. And if you think the GOP is cooperating in our government, then YOU don’t know what is really going on.

      It would be more in your interest to refute these facts with “other” facts, instead of inserting your opinion. I don’t need to “see the world.” as you say, just be alert while I live in it.

    • Eric, the word is “BIASED”! NOT “bi-est”. Do yourself a BIG favor, and take a REAL WORLD english class!!! THEN come back and argue your point!

  • here’s a good read- stop the partisan bullsh!t as both sides are at fault

  • The president doesn’t create the budget nor do the spending. I hate hearing that. He’s just a puppet- a figurehead. Look at the deficit every year over the last 30 years and then look at which party controlled what in the legislative branch. Period. I’m waiting to hear it’s Obama’s fault for the gas prices because for a few years it was Bush’s fault when they were over $4/gallon. Morons!

  • Republicans care about Americans…as long as they are in the form of a corporation or LLC.

  • i really do miss farming but Clinton made sure tobacco farmers were gonna get killed off…And I miss construction work but Clinton opened our borders (NAFTA) and insured illegals would take my job because they could do it cheaper…BTW, don’t buy a house these days…i’ve seen the shortcuts the illegals take…not to mention a total lack of caring to follow our building codes…but they were good for our prosperity…even though they were able to suck up all of the welfare being undocumented workers & all

  • @ Tom…apparently you were suckin on the Republican hind tit & didn’t realize the surplus came from major economic policies that Reagan & his Repubs passed through legislation…That’s right…and good ol Bill took credit for it because the effects of those economic mandates that Reagan signed into law were felt under Clinton…who opened the doors to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and our oh so wonderful unions to suck up the surplus and then distribute it to the rest of the societal leeches to spend & make it look like we were prospering…which, all of this was strongly expressed against by the republican controlled congress under Clinton…who were quickly relieved of their position of control when the Dems went on their campaign of telling the american public that the repubs were threatening to do away with their newfound prosperity…which brings us to our current sad state of affairs…thanks to Dems…who refuse to accept responsibility for destoying this nation still today

  • Just a quick correction: the republicans failed to block the DADT repeal. The repeal passed, and the military is currently beginning the process of repealing their anti-gay policies.

    • DADT has not been repealed. The ONLY thing that has happened sofar is DADT repeal training is being trickled down throughout the military ranks. It is not until all the training is finished that DADT will be repealed and even then Republicans have been trying to stop it by adding ammendments to hinder the process.

  • Here is a thought, I don’t know how many of you people that are spouting off know about the economy in the 90’s you were probably, (most of you) kids at the time. When Bill Clinton was voted out of office the United States Treasury had a record surplus of funds. Democrat. It took 8 years for them to accomplish this. George W. Bush took office and the first thing he did was take that surplus and start giving the money away to the American taxpayers. Not a bad thing, but the money could have gone to good use for health care and the education system. Then came 9/11. The invasion of Afghanistan followed and the spending of millions of dollars a day to find Osama Bin Laden whom they have yet to find. Defense of our homeland is important and that’s where that money should have been spent. Sealing the American borders. Instead, they want to leave the Mexican borders open to allow the infiltration of our country by illegal immigrants and dump the taxpayers money on a hunt they have yet to accomplish. Then came the idea that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction that we proven didn’t exist and the billions of dollars that were spent to go over to Iraq to find and kill Sadam Hussein. As always, the republicans played hero and killed someone for internal turmoil instead of allowing them to work out their own problems. The Bush family did this twice as they have large holdings in oil investments. PERSONAL gain at the expense of the American taxpayers. Guess those tax breaks at the beginning didn’t go very far. To this day, we are still there and in Afghanistan trying to fix the damage to the governments we decided to overthrow. Then Barack Obama takes office having to clean up the republican mess. After 2 years the righties expect the democrats to have the economy straightened out after 8 years of total destruction of the surplus of money they started out with. They left Obama with a record deficit in the United States Treasury. In 2 years time, the Auto industry that was in complete bankruptcy is now solvent again, due to the government loaning them the money they needed. That money has been repaid with interest. The republicans want to take away the American workers right to collective bargaining as a means to set wages. The democrats are fighting for the American worker to be able to make a fair wage instead of having to bow down to the big corporations who, if they had their way would ship the jobs all overseas where they can pay people in third world countries a subpar wage and then send their goods back to this country tax free and claim they are American companies. They are all about cutting educational funding and deregulating health care so the average American can’t afford to see a doctor. They are all about cutting help to the poor who by no fault of their own are out of work because the jobs that used to be here are now in Mexico and India. Yet there are people that think that the republican party has the answer. The Democrats are corrupt! Look at the State of Illinois and you can see that. The Republicans are corrupt! Look at the last administration and their record of self serving. We need a government that is elected by the people for the people. Not a government that lies to the people to get elected to work for themselves. It sickens me that people are too blind to see reality. There has not been an administration in my lifetime that hasn’t been self serving in one way or another except in my opinion the Reagan administration. Yes, they were a republican administration, but they worked for the American people and didn’t destroy the economy but actually did some good. In conclusion, it doesn’t matter what party is in office, it matters what the motives of the politicians are and if any one person posting here can tell me that there is an honest politician, I’ll rescind this whole post, but I can with confidence say not one of you can produce an HONEST POLITICIAN.

  • Conservatives are evil

    • What planet to YOU live on, kid? Whichever one it is, it has no manners and has an alternate history. A society takes care of its own. Unlike the place Republicans are working toward in which the wealthy pay no taxes while the working poor pay for everything and the poor are just supposed to die and get out of the way. I hear bitching about “entitlements” and “Tax-and-spend Liberals” but the only entitlements you believe in are for the wealthy (who you appear the believe are entitled to everything, including job destruction), and the Right-Wing spending spree of the past decade and a half ran through a government surplus in moments and has now dug into anything this country might have in the future so deeply that the next ten generations will owe more money than there is in the world! The Right has almost destroyed this country, it HAS destroyed the economy and now it’s after the last little bits of the Constitution! The Right of today has no loyalty to anything that doesn’t enrich them at the expense of everything and everyone else. The Republican Party is now the party of liars, thieves and destroyers. If America gets out of this somehow intact, I expect to see the Republican Party broken up, destroyed, never again to be permitted in this country.

      “Conservatives” have simply hijacked the name. You divide, you appoint corporate officers to the posts that are supposed to regulate the industries they’re from endangering – and destroying! – lives, the Commons and what remained of America’s reputation. The only rights you’re for is the Right-Wing right destroy. Agenda 21 is backed wholly by Republicans; the law that removes accountability for poisoning people with their products from vaccine makers and the medical people who give them despite the known dangers and the lives they’ve destroyed. GMOs, massive pesticide use, government attacks on the organic foods and supplements industries, are Republican-backed, like undeclared war after war funded by the unwilling on the basis of lies, for the profit of corporations. The poisoning of the planet by radiation and careless toxic chemical releases and the endangered genetic structure of all life on the planet via GMOs and genetically altered diseases – all thanks to the Radical Right.

      America IS under attack – by its own insane, hijacked government, and the rest of the planet is in the cross-hairs.

  • Debt and deficit per se is not the criteria for an economy healthy enough to have government spend. For example, if we have debt equal to over 100% of GDP, you could say we have high debt, but we also must take into account revenue and outlays and what such spending returns per dollar borrowed. So the isolated figure on debt or the isolated figure on deficit, only matters to ill informed teabaggers who hear a slogan and aren’t bright enough to do five seconds of internet research to see what the true meaning may be.

    I suggest the grade school dropouts on the right check to see what percentage of our GDP is our debt and then look at historical figures on such matters to boot, then look at other economies around the world and their historical figures to see why your panties are not only in a bunch but are somehow also strangling the blood supply to your brains.

    Have a lovely F’ing day.

  • I should be working but this blog about Bills Republicans Have Blocked | is great

  • @ terry l and holler

    Steve was referring to “than we would KNOW you were lying”, which is incorrect.

  • The Know-It-Alls
    To anyone on here proclaiming that this list is a lie, why don’t you actually LOOK up the bills and how everyone voted. It’s funny how you spit out lies constantly, and when we speak the truth, you claim the truth is a lie.

  • Re: election day
    Yeah, a 1 trillion dollar deficit. Most of which is left over from 8 years of Republicans, say it with me “Republicans”, running up record deficits. Sorry sparky – anyone to the right has only themselves to blame for the deficit and ruined economy. What is it with you people and your short term memory?

    • Agreed Mike! Good Luck getting an answer. You Won’t get one. Ever.Remember, “Only the republiKKKlans Can!”

    • Possibly they all DID inhale?!

    • Short term memory loss….that sounds all too much like dementia. Isn’t that an old person disease? Republicans don’t like old people…they need Services & Socialism things! Instead, just pretend they don’t exist. It’s like Right wing Supply side Jesus…if you BELIEVE, it will be TRUE!

  • election day
    1…trillion..dollars…the new deficit…say it with me…1 trillion dollars! really and you want to bash republicans? 1…trillion…dollars…*shakes head*

    • Hank Bennett

      George W Bush inherited a budget SURPLUS when he came to office. Using the Republican Principle of “Borrow and Spend” he turned that surplus into a record deficit in just 8 years in office!

    • Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say
      But nothin comes out when they move their lips; just a bunch of gibberish
      And motherf*ckers act like they forgot about Bush

  • Democrat: Tweedle Dumb
    Republican: Tweedle Dumber

    ostensibly we have a two party system. de facto we have one party, the unifying principle of which is incompetence.



  • I’m glad they did!!!
    We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, necessaries and comforts, labors and amusements, we will have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers. This is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent for[ another]… till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression. – Thomas Jefferson… A Founder of the United States of America

    • Of course Ric, you’re right…And the $53 billion in big oil subsidies they unanimously voted for on Tuesday was especially needed to keep our dept down. Heck, it was for a good cause…the oil companies only made $435 Billion in profits, they needed the help. Even though former Shell CEO said they didn’t. What the hell does he know?

      Screw the American people…the oil companies needed it more.

  • More BS from a left loving website. 1000 page bills broken down into 2 sentences. Damn those hateful Republicans, only democrats know what is best for you, and what is best for you is bigger governemnt.

    Open your wallets…barney Frank needs a low interest rate loan!

  • Flat-Out
    Republicans are crazy and Democrats are pussies.. I’m sick of the bullshit being vomited up from the Republicans and the whiny dribble coming from the Democrats.. Everyone is aware that this country was not founded on this party system nonsense.. We need to stop picking one generic, carbon-copy, asshole to run our country.. God! What is wrong with you people!

    Fuckin Republicans are so good at blocking things, they might as well teach Karate too! *smdh*

  • @Steve
    Definition of then: subsequently or soon afterward (often used as sentence connectors); “then he left”; “go left first, then right”; “first came lightning, then thunder”; “we watched the late movie and then went to bed”; “and so home and to bed”

    Than is a grammatical particle analyzed as both a conjunction and a preposition in the English language. It introduces a comparison, and is associated with comparatives and with words such as more, less, and fewer. Typically, it measures the force of an adjective or similar description between two predicates. For example, “you have worse grammar than a 6th grader.”


  • johnie reconcilitation is NOT the nuclear option
    So many people get this wrong. And Faux News was wrong so many times about this subject. Reconciliation is NOT the nuclear option. The nuclear option is explained here:
    And reconciliation is explained here:
    As anyone who can comprehend english can see the two terms are not interchangeable.

  • all of this is a big joke.the democrats had enough for a nuclear option (reconcilliation)to pass a public option.bush and cheney used the nuclear many times.what’s the matter?!sounds like either our dems have no balls or they are no different than the righties and have more to gain by helping out the corporations.BIG JOKE!

  • I was wondering if anyone notice MY MISTAKE about Governor in California or isn’t anyone reading now? Should be Meg Whitman for those who noticed. Just testing. As long as we are talking about teachers.

  • Math Teacher
    #1 They can’t pass a budget because the previous administration messed it up so much and put America in the Red. Remember they didn’t even include the wars in their budget. #2 Moreover, Republicans do threaten all the time. They certainly have done something to the brains of millions of Americans. I just can’t believe they would be so stupid to believe what the Tea baggers and Republicans are putting out there. Either stupid or brain washed. Oh, thats right, you need a brain to be brain washed. They have convinced many Americans they are about small government, free speech, Guns, guns and more guns, anti-everything and by GOD, they are Christian. They believe in the Constitution, even though they get it wrong. Hard working Americans are doing the grunt work for Big Corporations that took their jobs overseas. Go figure! And they are getting fat off it. Where are the jobs? Ask Carley, former HP CEO, now running for governor in California. She shipped many overseas. She also took subsides for HP for start up companies and has the gal to complain about government. Republican politics clearly supports the wealthy, allows them to outsource jobs, not pay taxes, while they are getting paid by the government. It is a big joke. Who cares if the grammar is correct. One doesn’t need to worry about that on here or Facebook. Get real, President Obama has done a lot with little support. I’m grateful he passed the Health care reform, although it would have been nice to have a public Option. I don’t like Insurance companies making healthcare decisions. That is what happens now. I need I go on. America will deserve what they get if they allow Republicans to take over. Then we will move close to a Country like Iran but it will be whako Christians telling us who to worship. I don’t want to worship their Christ, I want to worship my Christ. He’s much more compassionate and not hateful.

    • Accolades LaLo: Wish I could find you on a forum. Seems the old “Spelling over Truth” distraction works all to well here as in the media. To hell with the country & how it was & is again being Raped! Just Lie & correct (or try) someones spelling to divert attention away from the Raping of America! The Sheeple love it. News Flash: The Richest 2% in America have now gathered themselves into the Richest 1%! That 1% has Most of Our Money! And their republiKKKlan Cronies & Judges aren’t done with us yet! Hang onto your Constitution! ‘Cuz here comes bush’s butt!

    • Beautifully stated, LaLoba55! Let’s not get hung up in a “who’s grammar is best” contest while there are real issues that present REAL threats to our country needing to be addressed! We need to quit antagonizing one another and focus on antagonizing and calling to task those that would lull us into a false sense of righteousness and security while STEALING our freedom of choice!

  • @Math Teacher
    Really? You’ve never heard of the filibuster? Which the Republicans in this Congress have used more than ever before in the history of the country? You’re actually a gym teacher, right?

  • The poster was correct using “than.” The word “then” has it’s meaning in referring to time. First this happened, “then” that happened. The word “than” refers to something different. “… worse ‘than’ a 6th grader.”

    • Alice Mechler

      “..than a 6th grader”….is correct.

      “At least you didn’t try to say you were an English teacher, than we would KNOW you were lying.”…than is incorrect….should be then.

    • @Terry L. You are incorrect. The correct usage would have been “then.” The sentence should have been written, “It’s (note the proper use of the contraction for “it is” and not the possessive form of the pronoun “it”) a good thing you didn’t try to say you were an English teacher; then we would have known you were lying.”

    • Chico12_101

      Don’t know if you looked back and noticed, but:
      It wasn’t a than/then error on having “worse grammar THAN a 6th grader.
      It was a than/then error on “to say you were an English teacher, THAN we would … ”
      That is all.

  • To the person who ripped on a poster’s “grammar,” you misspelled the word “then.” You wrote “than.” Ciao!

  • Not A Math Teacher

    RE: “Math Teacher”s comments
    Wow, it’s funny that you claim to be a teacher when you have worse grammar than a 6th grader. At least you didn’t try to say you were an English teacher, than we would KNOW you were lying. Your numbers are CLEARLY wrong, so anyone who reads this will know you have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • Pass a budget, then you can complain
    A Democratic 77 rep and 19 senator (was 20 before the Scott Brown numerical advantage exists. Republicans can block NOTHING. If you cannot pass these – of course I actually think you know this, which is why you say in the text “Attempt to block”. Still makes your headline a complete lie. Tell you what, next time you try to tell me what the Democratic Government knows what is best for me and the Country, explain why that can’t even propose, much less pass ANY budget appropriations. That is actually their principle job

    • To math teacher: ever hear of a little trick called “filibuster”? One anonimous senator can stop any legislation in it’s tracks. It then takes 60 votes to even discuss ending the filibuster. Oh yeah, the repubs used the filibuster hundreds of times, more than ever in history.

      • It’s Principal.

      • thanks for correcting this comment..why can’t ‘conservatives’ even begin to attempt to see or understand both sides? I brace myself before listing to Limbaugh or Beck or FOX .. so I can be certain of what I believe why I believe is still believable.

      • Correct you are Cecil! More History needs to be brandished along with our accounts of dismay. Last I heard, these historic bits aren’t even being taught in school. And in Texas, history is being re written to suit. And in the name of those that truly served, we get robbed of such greats as JFK, RFK, MLK< & Paul Wellstone. Go AWOL & the masses will follow you off of a cliff!

        • The rewriting of history in Texas is very serious because Texas has so much influence over the textbook publishing industry. Therefore, inaccurate or deficient texts adopted in Texas could well turn up in schools across the country.

    • Ann Aha Experience

      Look up Secret Hold in Senate rules. One senator can block legislation indefinitely, remain anonymous and doesn’t even have to be present on the floor to do it.

    • Hank Bennett

      Math Teacher – Apparently you are unaware of the arcane rules of the Senate. Under the rules now in place, all that is necessary to block a vote on a bill is for the Republicans to say the word “filibuster”. Once this has been said it takes 67 votes to move the bill to the floor where it can be voted on. The Republicans don’t even have to stand up and talk uninterrupted, the way it used to be. This is how they have been blocking legislation. The Republicans have rendered the Senate virtually disfunctional!

    • Republicans block not through a majority vote, but through parlimentary procedures. For appointments, no matter how insignificent, there is the secret block. For bills, there is a way (God only knows how it got in) to file a petition to filibuster one bill but business can continue on others.

    • Catherine Madry-Stewart

      And what is your job Math Teacher? What part do your degree play in this? What are your efforts?

    • LiberalConservationist

      It is hard to make headway when working for fair pay for good teachers, when there are teachers like you showing your ignorance so publicly. Take a refresher course if you think the GOP has a credible plan to deal with the deficit. Then again maybe you are a fan of Ronnie Raygun’s Voodoo economics. 2+2= billions in trickle-down benefits for the pitiful, lazy, working class.

    • If I read that right, “attempt” only applied to two of those. Please don’t exaggerate!

    • Are you really a teacher?

    • Hey math head: Had the republiKKKlans not Installed bushCo., we would still have a Record Economy & our 1st & Largest Surplus! We’d have continued UP, not in ‘R’everse! And what did the republiKKKlans leave us? No, Really! You’re the Teacher, do the Math! 1st you’ll need a receipt, but the republiKKKlan Injustice system deemed one non important. But NOW, WE have to pick up the tab! Thanks Boner, & Cantor, & Coburn &…. USA USA USA!

      • A lot of the “surplus” during the Clinton era was due to several things – two of the most significant was the fact a Republican Congress dragged Clinton into a balanced budget – he didn’t want to do that but had enough political savvy to tack back to the center and also diminish spending on welfare. The second reason was the ballooning of the hi-tech industry that provided the illusion of a surplus for a time.

        • Fiona Mackenzie

          Obama must know–the pattern is so clear –that ranting about deficit is a GOP tactic of long standing. If you look at the figures, you will see that big deficits and huge expansion of the debt take place ALMOST ENTIRELY under Republicans. They believe what Cheeney reflected, “Reagan proved deficits don’t matter.”

          Deficits and debt are purely to hamstring Dem administrations. You watch; when there’s a Repub in office, the words aren’t even spoken publicly.

    • Math head: The “Democratic Government already showed us proof positive what was best for you & most all of us! Did you not notice? Record Jobs, Record Minimum Wage, record numbers of people off of Welfare, Unemployment, Out of Mom & Dads Place & into Apartments, out of apartments & into Record Home Ownerships.. World Peace, world economy, Record Education. Paid off RayGun/Bush Record Deficit & replaced it with our 1st Surplus. You have something Better? Show it! .

  • Gerrie Rousseau


  • NeoconOpposer

    Ignore that last comment. I misunderstood the context.

  • NeoconOpposer

    I agree with most of this. However, this:

    “No permanent military bases in Afghanistan”

    is a good thing. The U.S. needs to stop trying to police the world. I don’t want my tax dollars paying for the colonization of Afghanistan. We need to get out of the Middle East and stay out. Otherwise, we’re going to become bankrupt and collapse. There’s nothing progressive about military occupation in foreign lands while our people suffer and starve.

    • R Gary Fenske

      Especially after we spent how much money, and how many years, and lost how many lives, not to mention the ones we caused to be killed from other countries and Iraqis, themselves, to walk away with a country that is still not happy with their government, people still not getting their fair share of the money or jobs, or health and education they deserve… oh my, that is beginning to sound like the U.S.A. these days… Shocking!!

    • I think you’re being confused by double negatives.

    • Kilgore Trout

      Afghanistan isn’t in the middle east, genius.

      • Totally depends on who you ask GENIUS as Afghanistan lies both in central and southern Asia… it’s amazing what you can learn when you take a geography lesson ;)

    • I agree …. bring our troops and money back home where it’s needed now….they’re our taxes…spend them on us the American people….and our infrastructure…

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