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    The 111th Congress was practically defined by Republicans who turned an extraordinary measure–the filibuster–into a routine tool of obstruction. GOP senators invoked holds and filibusters on virtually everything that came from Senate Democrats, resulting in a session that saw more filibusters than any previous session in history. This nifty graph is illustrative. […] At this point, I’m honestly unsure of what will convince reporters to cease the constant equivalence between the two parties. Democrats aren’t angels, of course, but the Republican Party has embarked on a crusade against the norms that govern conduct in the Senate. It’s totalistic approach to politics is responsible for congressional dysfunction, and placing blame on both sides only makes the problem harder to solve. — Prospect.org

    The 111th Congress was practically defined by Republicans who turned an extraordinary measure–the filibuster–into a routine tool of obstruction. GOP senators invoked holds and filibusters on virtually everything that came from Senate Democrats, resulting in a session that saw more filibusters than any previous session in history. This nifty graph is illustrative. […] At this point, I’m honestly unsure of what will convince reporters to cease the constant equivalence between the two parties. Democrats aren’t angels, of course, but the Republican Party has embarked on a crusade against the norms that govern conduct in the Senate. It’s totalistic approach to politics is responsible for congressional dysfunction, and placing blame on both sides only makes the problem harder to solve. — Prospect.org

    — 2 years ago with 49 notes
    #news  #politics  #both sides do it!  #media  #republicans  #gop  #filibuster  #obstruction  #democrats  #111th congress 
    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.” 
Read it all…

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.

    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.”

    Read it all…

    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.

    — 3 years ago
    #president obama  #nancy pelosi  #harry reid  #111th congress  #ftw  #impacted more americans  #1960s 
    IN YOUR FACE, McConnell (and McCain)!

    Last-ditch McConnell ‘don’t ask’ amendment blocked

    A last-ditch effort by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to complicate the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was blocked Tuesday night after Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) objected, Senate aides said.

    Meanwhile, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Ok) is threatening to block the 9/11 responders health care bill, because of ‘costs.’ It’s okay that the wealthy get more tax cuts, though — we can just put that on the nation’s tab.

    I just can’t wait for the new and improved teabag-filled 112th Congress next month, can you?

    (Source: underthemountainbunker.com)

    — 3 years ago
    #tom coburn,  #joe lieberman,  #dadt,  #9/11 responders health care bill,  #mitch mcconnell  #juan mccain  #111th congress