GOP Majority Struggling To Get Things Done

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After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of the most telling statistics from the new Congress is this: President Obama's veto threats outnumber the bills Congress has been able to send him.

When Republicans swept into power last November, they promised a new era of productivity and discipline that would break four years of gridlock. "America's New Congress," they called it.

But far from striking a bold contrast with the last two terms of stalemate, congressional Republicans have quickly run into familiar obstacles, including partisan paralysis and party infighting.

Friday, as members of Congress rushed to leave town on a bitterly cold morning, Republicans celebrated their most visible accomplishment to date: sending the Keystone XL pipeline bill to Obama's desk for his expected veto.

"To the president I would say this: Do the right thing, sign this bill and help us create more jobs," House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said in brief remarks before affixing his signature to the legislation.

But as members of Congress go home for their first extended break since Republicans took control Jan. 6, they have few other achievements.

Only two bills have become law — one a leftover from last year that funds a terrorism insurance program important to real estate developers, the other a noncontroversial measure to address mental health problems among veterans.

That compares with six new laws at this point in 2007, when Democrats came to power in both chambers for the final two years of President George W. Bush's tenure.

The new Republican majority, said one lawmaker granted anonymity to speak openly about their work, is like the dog that caught the car — still figuring out what to do next. Rather than begin the year with an agreed-upon strategy or comprehensive agenda for the party in power, the 114th Congress opened last month with a loosely defined set of legislative priorities.

Even the Keystone bill was passed only after an exhaustive process in the Senate. During the course of the debate, more amendments were discussed and dispensed with than in the entire previous year when Democrats were in charge.

In the meantime, however, gas prices plummeted, leaving some analysts to question whether the pipeline project would still pencil out.

Much More: Republican majorities struggle to get Congress working - LA Times

Republicans "promised a new era of productivity and discipline that would break four years of gridlock." Where is all that "productivity and discipline" they promised?
 
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Republicans like to talk big - but they govern poorly.
 

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So to you, productivity is just haphazardly passing laws? There is more to it than that. I am not a (R), but as long as they can successfully neuter this empty headed president and his ilk, that is as productive as you could be.
 

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Republicans like to talk big - but they govern poorly.
They have trouble because the Democrats are the Party of No. Doesnt matter what the GOP wants to do--trade agreements, tax reform, Obamacare reform--the Dems just say NO.
They are obstructionist twats. And they need to go.
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
The people dont want those who caused these problems to be in charge of anything. They need to sit in the back of the bus and let the GOP take care of business.
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
We don't pass the laws the people want here. We'd have gun control and sex ed here if that were true, but it isn't.
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
The people dont want those who caused these problems to be in charge of anything. They need to sit in the back of the bus and let the GOP take care of business.
Obsms drove the bus into the ditch
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
We don't pass the laws the people want here. We'd have gun control and sex ed here if that were true, but it isn't.
Knee Grow Please!!!!

Only you Progressive Mass murderers want that shit and sane people aren't fucking interested in your nonsense
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
We don't pass the laws the people want here. We'd have gun control and sex ed here if that were true, but it isn't.
Knee Grow Please!!!!

Only you Progressive Mass murderers want that shit and sane people aren't fucking interested in your nonsense
Read the polls, dummy.
 

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So a thread about The Obama vetoing republican bills is titled 'GOP struggling to get things done".

So who is the OP blaming?
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
We don't pass the laws the people want here. We'd have gun control and sex ed here if that were true, but it isn't.
Knee Grow Please!!!!

Only you Progressive Mass murderers want that shit and sane people aren't fucking interested in your nonsense
Read the polls, dummy.
Read the real polls, you asshole. You know. The one recently decided where the HOUSE went even deeper into the GOP realm and the Dims lost the Senate. :thup:

The People SPOKE. Obumbler LOST.
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
We don't pass the laws the people want here. We'd have gun control and sex ed here if that were true, but it isn't.
ughhh what? The people don't want gun control and we already have sex ed.
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
We don't pass the laws the people want here. We'd have gun control and sex ed here if that were true, but it isn't.
Knee Grow Please!!!!

Only you Progressive Mass murderers want that shit and sane people aren't fucking interested in your nonsense
Read the polls, dummy.
Read the real polls, you asshole. You know. The one recently decided where the HOUSE went even deeper into the GOP realm and the Dims lost the Senate. :thup:

The People SPOKE. Obumbler LOST.
Lost? Funny, he's still in the White House. And in two years you lose again, it's a cycle.
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
We don't pass the laws the people want here. We'd have gun control and sex ed here if that were true, but it isn't.
ughhh what? The people don't want gun control and we already have sex ed.
Real sex ed and real gun control, and yes, they want both but they get neither thanks to you little morons.
 

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So to you, productivity is just haphazardly passing laws? There is more to it than that. I am not a (R), but as long as they can successfully neuter this empty headed president and his ilk, that is as productive as you could be.
Of course you are an (R). When is the last time you voted for anyone who didn't have either an (R) beside his name, or a tinfoil hat?
 

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Fuck Obama, he's an obstructionist.

There was an election: he lost. He needs to shut the fuck up and pass the laws the people want
We don't pass the laws the people want here. We'd have gun control and sex ed here if that were true, but it isn't.
Knee Grow Please!!!!

Only you Progressive Mass murderers want that shit and sane people aren't fucking interested in your nonsense
Read the polls, dummy.
Read the real polls, you asshole. You know. The one recently decided where the HOUSE went even deeper into the GOP realm and the Dims lost the Senate. :thup:

The People SPOKE. Obumbler LOST.
Lost? Funny, he's still in the White House. And in two years you lose again, it's a cycle.
Well, good for you. You figured out that Obumbler wasn't personally running in the MIDTERMS. :clap:

On the other hand, you are either too stupid or too dishonest to realize (or admit) that the midterms that WERE run became a proxy fight. Obumbler was effectively ON the ballot in most races. It was a referendum on HIS policies and his positions.

And his Administration and Party got their collective asses handed to them.

You know why? It's because he and his polices suck major ass and the People wanted no continued part of any of it.
 

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Republicans like to talk big - but they govern poorly.
They have trouble because the Democrats are the Party of No. Doesnt matter what the GOP wants to do--trade agreements, tax reform, Obamacare reform--the Dems just say NO.
They are obstructionist twats. And they need to go.
Soooo...what has the Democrats said no to so far?
 

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Republicans like to talk big - but they govern poorly.
They have trouble because the Democrats are the Party of No. Doesnt matter what the GOP wants to do--trade agreements, tax reform, Obamacare reform--the Dems just say NO.
They are obstructionist twats. And they need to go.
Soooo...what has the Democrats said no to so far?
You dont read much, do you?
Pipeline. Trade agreements. etc.
 

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