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Morning Roundup: Legislative Priorities

We’ve got two weeks to go before the highway bill expires and student loan interest rate doubles. So obviously Republicans are taking action on these critical items – oh, wait. No, they’re not. Instead they’re focusing on… deadly force to protect salmon? We’re sure Americans across the country who are looking for work are relieved to know Republicans are on top of it.

From National Journal: Conservation Bill on Tap In House

Hoyer Statement on President Obama's Speech on the Economy

For Immediate Release:

June 14, 2012

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

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GOP Admits to Placing Political Priorities Over American People

Looks like Republicans have given up trying to hide their true priorities.  While Americans and businesses are facing economic uncertainty, Republicans are now admitting that they’re slowing down the legislative process on purpose in the hopes of postponing debate on critical items until after the election, when they hope things will be more in their favor. 

Two Republicans are quoted in this Wall Street Journal article about their plan to delay legislation until the next Congress:

The Ripple Effect

Yesterday, we highlighted some harsh truths former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida said at a breakfast with reporters, during which he pointed out that confrontation has become the new norm for Congressional Republicans. But as Dana Milbank points out in his Washington Post column, Jeb Bush’s statement has caused several other prominent Republicans to admit their discontent with their party’s style of governing. 

Hoyer: No Action by House Republicans on Critical Legislation This Week

For Immediate Release:

June 8, 2012

Contact:

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

Office of the Democratic Whip Steny H.<div class=###

Hoyer: No Action by House Republicans on Critical Legislation This Week

“Mr. Speaker, some of the most pressing legislative items were nowhere to be found on the Floor this week. We had an opportunity to make headway on critical legislation. Unfortunately, the leadership provided no action. Not solutions, not action, only obstruction and delay.

NYTs Editorial: The Bills to Nowhere

Just as we’ve been saying since the GOP released their Summer Agenda, today’s New York Times Editorial takes House Republicans to task for their misplaced priorities, taking up political bills instead of focusing on restoring our economy and creating jobs.

Some highlights:

“Yet the House … won’t move the stalled transportation bill, holding up billions of dollars — and millions of jobs — on road and transit projects, apparently out of fear it might help the economy and thus the political fortunes of Democrats.”

Milbank: Our Do-Almost-Nothing Congress

 

We aren’t the only ones who have noticed the GOP Congress has taken little action to address job creation… or do much of anything that matters to the American people since taking the House majority. In today’s Washington Post, Dana Milbank writes:

Our do-almost-nothing Congress

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