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My kind of Congress
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, May 26, 2007

While the Democratic House may have had an aggressive 100 hour agenda to push, to date the approximately 2,950 hours they've controlled Congress has, in reality, not yielded much in terms of meaningful legislation:
NOTE on the Democrats’ list of accomplishments: As of today, only 26 bills have been signed into law; the war funding bill that was carried by Republican votes will make 27.

The “new direction” Democrats have taken in the last five months breaks down as follows:

13 BILLS TO NAME FEDERAL PROPERTY & BUILD A ROAD

* H.R. 49 - To name the “Gerald R. Ford, Jr. Post Office Building”

* H.R. 335 - To name the “Gale W. McGee Post Office”
* H.R. 342 - To name the “Rush Hudson Limbaugh, Sr. United States Courthouse” [!!]
* H.R. 433 - To name the “Scipio A. Jones Post Office Building”
* H.R. 514 - To name the “Sergeant Lea Robert Mills Brooksville Aviation Branch Post Office”
* H.R. 521 - To name the “Lane Evans Post Office Building”
* H.R. 544 - To name the “Santiago E. Campos United States Courthouse”
* H.R. 577 - To name the “Sergeant Henry Ybarra III Post Office Building”
* H.R. 584 - To name the “Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Building”
* H.R. 753 – To name the “Clifford Davis & Odell Horton Federal Building”
* H.R. 1129 - To build and maintain a road in St. Louis County, Missouri
* S.159 – To name the “Robert T. Stafford White Rocks National Recreation Area”
* S. 521 – To name the “Gerald W. Heaney Federal Building & United States Courthouse & Customhouse”

5 BILLS TO EXTEND PRE-EXISTING PUBLIC LAW OR PASSED LAST YEAR

* H.R. 137 – Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act (passed last year)
* H.R. 188 - To extend the Thomas Alva Edison Commemorative Coin Act
* H.R. 434 – To extend the Small Business Act and the Small business Investment Act of 1958
* H.R. 1003 – To extend the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy
* H.J. Res. 20 - Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution

8 BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY REPUBLICANS OR PASSED WITHOUT OPPOSITION

* H.R. 475 - House Page Board Revision Act
* H.R. 727 – Trauma Care Systems Planning & Development Act
* H.R. 742 - Antitrust Modernization Commission Extension Act
* H.R. 1130 – Judicial Disclosure Responsibility Act
* H.R. 1132 - National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program Reauthorization Act
* H.R. 1681 – American National Red Cross Governance Modernization Act
* S. 494 – NATO Freedom Consolidation Act
* S. 1002 – Older Americans Reauthorization Technical Corrections Act
Or as Bob Novak summarizes:
After five months of Democratic control, Congress has enacted no major legislation and finished no regular appropriations bill. It has successfully renamed six federal buildings and one national park, extended the lives of two government commissions and reduced the membership of the Red Cross board of governors from 50 to 10.

In addition, Congress kept the government going with temporary spending legislation, redesignated five Eastern European countries (Albania, Macedonia, Croatia, Georgia and Ukraine) for security aid, strengthened penalties against animal fighting and authorized construction of 541 feet of road in St. Louis County, Mo. An emergency bill financing the war in Iraq and Afghanistan was vetoed by President Bush before a bill acceptable to him was passed before the Memorial Day recess.
Now in fairness, you have to add to that the fact that they actually managed to get their federal minimum wage passed (in the Iraq war supplemental) and you're done.

Mind you, it's not that I'm particularly concerned. Less is better. But don't try to tell Steny Hoyer they've really accomplished nothing of note:
"We are making progress for the American people, governing effectively and getting results. Our work is not over, it has begun," said Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland.

"I've been here 26 years; I think this first five months may be the most productive five months that I've spent as a member of ... Congress," he said.
Wow. The Democratic equivalent of Tom DeLay saying there was no more fat to cut in the federal budget.

But hey, Steny ... keep on believin'. And keep up the excellent work.

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It is delightful to see congress operating as they should. Passing bills of no more importance as naming a post-office. Imagine what harm they would do, if they tried to pass something meaningful. As long as congress restricts itself to naming post-office, the nation is safe.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
URL: http://faroutfishfiles.blogspot.com/
They also passed a lobbying reform bill yesterday, but you can’t be bothered to mention that, even though you devoted seven or eight posts describing in great detail how they couldn’t and wouldn’t pass such a lobbying reform bill, because they’re just as much sleazeballs as the previous guys.

To devote extensive coverage to someone’s failure to do something, and then to completely fail to mention it when they actually do the thing you were ripping them about, demonstrates a lack of integrity. No one says you have to be fair, but there’s a certain level of deviation from that that will get noticed.

 
Written By: glasnost
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They also passed a lobbying reform bill yesterday, but you can’t be bothered to mention that, even though you devoted seven or eight posts describing in great detail how they couldn’t and wouldn’t pass such a lobbying reform bill, because they’re just as much sleazeballs as the previous guys.
They passed a lobbying reform bill which Republican motions to recommit actually made worth passing given the fact that the Dems wanted a virtually toothless bill just to say they had passed something.

Republican proposal to strengthen lobbying reform and close a major lobbying loophole. Passed 346-71 with 64 of the noes being Democrat.

Republican proposal to strengthen lobbying reform by expanding “bundling” provisions to include contributions to Political Action Committees (PACs). Passed 228-192 with all 192 votes against being Democrat.

With all those votes against real reform , I’d guess their commitment isn’t quite as deep as you or they’d like to pretend.

So I wouldn’t crow too darn much, ’nost. Oh, and wasn’t that supposedly part of the 100 hour agenda anyway?

Feel free to ponder those questions while visiting the Gerald R. Ford Jr. Post Office.
 
Written By: McQ
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With all those votes against real reform , I’d guess their commitment isn’t quite as deep as you or they’d like to pretend.
The only commitment a polititan has it to get reelected.
 
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