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Only 70 Republicans Vote Against Disastrous CR

Friday, September 14th, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

As we noted earlier this week, the Continuing Resolution voted on in the House will increase spending, fund Obamacare, and extend the main welfare program without forcing Obama to reinstate work requirements.  This bill is really an embarrassment to everything House Republicans professed to stand for.  It will delay the major battles until March 27, 2013.  And let me tell you, they will really really really take the Democrats’ lunch money then.  Just wait and see.

The House passed the bill yesterday by a 329-91 margin.  Only 70 Republicans voted no.  It’s very telling that all but 21 Democrats voted for the CR, and half of the no votes were Blue Dogs who were trying to angle to the right in their tough reelection campaigns.  Obviously, they didn’t feel they were being treated to a “Satan sandwich.”  We were.

Click here to download the color-coded spreadsheet of the Republican vote from the Madison Performance Index.

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A Republican House Votes for a New Federal Program

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

We get the message.  Despite all the tough talk during the 2010 elections, House Republicans have no plans to actually eliminate government programs, agencies, and God forbid – departments.  But is it too much to ask that we not create new ones? 

It is incredible that at a time when Republicans can use their control over the House to force consequential votes on big issues that embarrass Obama, they are beclowning themselves by passing dozens of ridiculous suspension bills.  They could spend their time passing a clean TANF extension with a rider prohibiting Obama’s waivers for work requirements.  They could repeal the ethanol mandate.  They can repeal the Fed’s dual mandate of destruction (Humphry-Hawkins).

Here’s what Republicans had to say about the Pelosi Congress in their 2010 Pledge to America:

“The number of House legislative days devoted to action on noncontroversial and often insignificant “suspension” bills is up significantly in this Congress by comparison with the past several Congresses, wasting time and taxpayer resources. Of the bills considered under the suspension procedure – requiring 2/3 vote for passage – so far during this Congress, more than half were bills naming federal buildings, recognizing individuals or groups (like sports teams) for achievements, or supporting the designation of particular days, months, or weeks.”  

Needless to say, Republicans have done the same thing.  Yesterday, the leadership agreed to bring Democrat Rep. Lipinski’s bill to grow government to a floor vote under suspension.  The “American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2012 (H.R. 5865)” would create a new board within the Department of Commerce to study ways to grow manufacturing in this country.  Here’s the report from the Republican Study Committee:

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Republicans Ready for Another Budget Cave

Thursday, September 13th, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

Here we go again.  Republicans in both the House and Senate plan to vote on a bill that increases spending, funds Obamacare, and consummates Obama’s gutting of welfare into law.  The sad thing is that many of our good guys are being roped into this.  We will be highlighting the voting tally on our spreadsheets and updating out legislation page to reflect the new votes.  Below the fold is a list of problems with the bill:

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Ex-Im Bank Gives $2 Billion Loan for UAE Nuclear Plant

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 and is filed under Uncategorized

The Obama administration refuses to loosen restrictions on building nuclear power plants in America, yet his foreign corporate welfare [Export-Import] Bank has granted a $2 billion loan to construct a nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates with U.S. equipment.

Take a look at the members who voted to reauthorize this corporate welfare bank.  Export-Import Bank (corporate welfare) Reauthorization: House (roll call #224) Senate (roll call #96)