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the "do nothing" Congress

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  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    It's no secret that the 113th Congress is the least productive Congress that we've had for at least 40 years, and likely much longer than that. We're all aware of the bills that the House of Representatives DIDN'T pass, but have you ever wondered what exactly they HAVE done during the 126 days that they were in session in 2013 (that number drops to 113 in 2014)?

    I continue to get a regular newsletter from my FORMER Congressmen, who moved to Prescott in 2012 to take advantage of the fact that it had a lot more Republicans than Flagstaff, where I live now.

    This is what he had so say (in part) in today's newsletter:

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    It’s Time to Fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid



    I spoke at a protest on Tuesday of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the 333 bills passed in the House, including 43 jobs bills, that he refuses to bring up for a vote on the Senate floor.

    Amongst these worthwhile pieces of legislation, is the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act (H.R. 1526) which passed by the House back in September of 2013 with bipartisan support. This legislation will create more than 68,000 direct jobs, nearly 140,000 indirect jobs, improve local management and preventative care of our forests, and significantly reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfires.

    It’s time for Harry Reid’s do-nothing Senate to take action and pass H.R. 1526. I am sick of being a victim of catastrophic wildfires and sick of Harry Reid holding America hostage due to his failure to act. We need to #FireHarryReid


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    most of his newsletters, naturally, are just the ranting of another Tea Party politician, but I decided to check on the veracity of his statement to see how accurate it was, and found the answer was ..

    not very, and further details can be found at the link below:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_bills_in_the_113th_United_States_Congress

    he claims that the House of Representatives passed 333 bills, including 43 jobs bills ..

    by my count, the House of Representatives has INTRODUCED (not passed) 302 .. only 6 of them could be considered job bills, and 5 of those would benefit the oil and gas industry .. the bill that he refers to, H.R. 1526 appears to take control of forests from the Forest Service and gives it to local communities, who (presumably) would simply start cutting down more of the trees ..

    if you actually believe that this bill would create 68,000 direct jobs, and 140,000 indirect jobs, it's quite likely that you still believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny ..

    according to the Federal Register, only 23 laws were enacted in the 2nd session of the 113th Congress, which is the fewest number of laws passed of ANY CONGRESS IN HISTORY. The MOST productive Congresses that we've had since the end of WWII were 2 of the Congresses that were in session when Eisenhower.was President

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/04/10/president-obama-said-the-113th-congress-is-the-least-productive-ever-is-he-right/


    In my opinion, it's absolutely CRITICAL that the Democratic Party retain control of the Senate, since it's pretty obvious that the Tea Party Republicans have done a lot of damage in the House of Representatives.

    How productive has the Senate been? I counted 60 bills that were INTRODUCED, and not all of those got passed.


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    if you made the assumption that everybody in the House and the Senate got the exact same salary ($174,000 a year) us taxpayers are paying roughly $110,000,000 a year just on the salaries of our elected officials .. that figure, obviously, does not count staff, office, or travel expenses ..
    no matter how you look at it, very few of us are getting a good value for our expenditure ...
  • Liberal
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    Llos Angeles, CA
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    No sir....you have it backward...It's the do nothing citizenry. Stand up and accept your role in this ,,,,,,myself included
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    No, I do not think they should "fire" Harry Reid; they should "retire" him,as well all of the "old age" bunch like McCain etc. in Washington.
    If I see Harry Reid then I get the impression he is taking sleeping pills while at work; looks like he's sleep walking.
    Introduce TERM LIMITS immediately!!! (Maximum 4 years)
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    There's a lot to be said for term limits, especially in view of the fact that Ronald Reagan had early symptoms of Alzheimer's while he was still in office, according to his son Ron:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/ronald-reagan-alzheimers-presidency/story?id=12633225

    However, it's also true that it's not smart to "mess with old folks", as Nancy Pelosi (who's 74) proved the other day when she confronted Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino on the House floor:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/pelosi-chases-republican-tom-marino-across-house-chamber/

    In general, age brings wisdom (Louie Gohmert, of course, is an exception to the rule), which may explain why Supreme Court justices and popes tend to be fairly old people

    Harry Reid isn't the oldest member of the Senate, even though he is almost 75 years old. There are actually 12 people that are older than he is, and Dianne Feinsteiin (who is 81) will probably stay in office until she stops breathing, due to the fact that she lives in one of the most Democratic districts in the country.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_United_States_Senators_by_age

    If you think having a lot of young blood in office is good, consider this:

    Mike Lee, the 4th youngest member of the Senate, is only 43, but we can all do without his Tea Party ideas

    Marco Rubio, the 5th youngest member, is also 43, but I wouldn't buy a used car from him

    Ted Cruz, the 6th youngest member, is also 43 .. last fall, he shut down the government, and cost the economy $24 billion

    Kelly Ayotte, the 8th youngest member (46) has some awfully dangerous ideas about guns

    Rand Paul, the 14th youngest member (51) recently introduced a bill to allow firearms in all of our country's Post Offices


    Realistically, it's unlikly that term limits will ever be imposed on Congress, despite the fact the term limits have been discussed for Congress for at least 20 years. The majority of our states (36) have term limits for their governors, and the 22nd Amendment limited the President to 2 terms.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_limits_in_the_United_States

    Regular viewers of FOX "news" have been told told Obama plans to run for a third term, but most people are smart enough not to believe the rumor.

    http://www.teaparty.org/democrat-plan-lets-obama-run-for-3rd-term-18298/
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    that guy in Arizona Wrote: There's a lot to be said for term limits, especially in view of the fact that Ronald Reagan had early symptoms of Alzheimer's while he was still in office, according to his son Ron:

    http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/ronald-reagan-alzheimers-presidency/story?id=12633225

    However, it's also true that it's not smart to "mess with old folks", as Nancy Pelosi (who's 74) proved the other day when she confronted Pennsylvania Representative Tom Marino on the House floor:

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/pelosi-chases-republican-tom-marino-across-house-chamber/

    In general, age brings wisdom (Louie Gohmert, of course, is an exception to the rule), which may explain why Supreme Court justices and popes tend to be fairly old people

    Harry Reid isn't the oldest member of the Senate, even though he is almost 75 years old. There are actually 12 people that are older than he is, and Dianne Feinsteiin (who is 81) will probably stay in office until she stops breathing, due to the fact that she lives in one of the most Democratic districts in the country.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_United_States_Senators_by_age

    If you think having a lot of young blood in office is good, consider this:

    Mike Lee, the 4th youngest member of the Senate, is only 43, but we can all do without his Tea Party ideas

    Marco Rubio, the 5th youngest member, is also 43, but I wouldn't buy a used car from him

    Ted Cruz, the 6th youngest member, is also 43 .. last fall, he shut down the government, and cost the economy $24 billion

    Kelly Ayotte, the 8th youngest member (46) has some awfully dangerous ideas about guns

    Rand Paul, the 14th youngest member (51) recently introduced a bill to allow firearms in all of our country's Post Offices


    Realistically, it's unlikly that term limits will ever be imposed on Congress, despite the fact the term limits have been discussed for Congress for at least 20 years. The majority of our states (36) have term limits for their governors, and the 22nd Amendment limited the President to 2 terms.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Term_limits_in_the_United_States

    Regular viewers of FOX "news" have been told told Obama plans to run for a third term, but most people are smart enough not to believe the rumor.

    http://www.teaparty.org/democrat-plan-lets-obama-run-for-3rd-term-18298/
    Yes you are right about younger GOP members, but term limits does not limit age; only the time they can spent in office; I guess if they skip one election they can get in again, like in FL Charly Crist ( now Dem.) So if people want then to re-elect Feinstein, sure if she can make it to 85
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Yeah, this congress has done less than any........

    ......Wait a minute. There are politicians in Arizona sending out flyers that you should vote out Harry Reid? That doesn't even make sense. No one in Arizona gets to vote for Harry Reid. And both Senate seats are held by Republicans, so it's impossible for them to gain a Senate seat in the state in order to become the majority in the Senate in order to take Majority Leader away from him.


    That was pretty much my thought process as I read this post.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    Zach:


    Although Paul Gosar IS a Tea Party politician, and DID suggest firing Harry Reid in his latest newsletter, the idea of firing Harry Reid actually came from Reince Priebus, the RNC Chairman

    http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/gop-wants-fire-harry-reid

    The paragraph below is an example of the lies that the RNC is going to use to try to re-take the Senate:

    “President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have blocked hundreds of bills that would spur job creation. Their partisan agenda has caused our health care costs to skyrocket. Their environmentalist billionaire backers won’t let the Keystone pipeline bring affordable energy to our state,” the robocall script reads.

    the facts:

    1. I counted SIX (not hundreds of) bills that the House introduced that would create jobs, and five of them would benefit the oil and gas industry .. in total, the Senate only introduced 60 bills

    2. health insurance premiums HAVE risen slightly since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, but there is NO evidence that "Obamacare "was the reason that they went up:

    http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2013/dec/15/ron-johnson/obamacare-health-insurance-premiums-havent-gone-do/

    3. according to CNN Money, an awful lot of that environmentally damaging tar sand oil will actually be EXPORTED overseas .. a lot of people aren't aware of the fact that gasoline is actually one of your leading EXPORTS - it was actually our LEADING export in 2011 ..


    http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/05/news/economy/gasoline_export/index.htm?iid=EL
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    As far as I can tell, Harry Reid is STILL one of the most intelligent & courageous men in the US Senate. He is a feisty guy, who knows when he is right, and won't cave in to the GOP. (When young, Harry took on the crooks in Las Vegas, & won)! I LOVE HIM, and hope he stays until he has decided to retire on his own. We have the greatest people in the Democratic Party, & they deserve our support & respect. I just remembered Senator Byrd (West Virginia) who once came to a critical vote, late at night, in the snow & in a wheelchair. When about 90 yrs old. He also stood up for hours doing a one-man Filibuster trying to stop the IRAQ WAR. And as usual, he was right. (& the war was wrong).

    If the right-wing is trying to get rid of Harry Reid, it only PROVES to me that they are afraid of him, because he is HONEST & RELIABLE and a TRUE PATRIOT in defense of the U.S. Constitution. (Unlike Repubs, he can't be bought or bribed). A truly great man, Harry Reid.