No Congress since the 1960s has impacted the public as much the 111th.
No Congress since the 1960s has impacted the public as much as the outgoing ‘lame duck’ 111th Congress. And the partisan hackery we’ve witnessed for the past two years makes this achievement that much more impressive.
The 111th Congress made more law affecting more Americans since the “Great Society” legislation of the 1960s.
For the first time since President Theodore Roosevelt began the quest for a national health-care system more than 100 years ago, the Democrat-led House and Senate took the biggest step toward achieving that goal by giving 32 million Americans access to insurance. Congress rewrote the rules for Wall Street in the most comprehensive way since the Great Depression. It spent more than $1.67 trillion to revive an economy on the verge of a depression, including tax cuts for most Americans, jobs for more than 3 million, construction of roads and bridges and investment in alternative energy; ended an almost two-decade ban against openly gay men and women serving in the military, and today ratified a nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia.
Before adjournment today, Congress approved legislation to help rescuers and clean-up crews suffering from illnesses linked to the wreckage caused by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City. The Senate approved it on a voice vote, the House by a vote of 206-60. New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, in a statement, called it a “Christmas miracle.”
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Hopefully the voters will remember, and the progressives / moderates will take a moment to vote in 2012. Because I have a feeling the incoming GOP-Teaparty lawmakers of the 112th, under the directions of Mitch McConnell, plan to be a fiasco.