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John Boehner's Dysfunctional House of Representatives

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Josh Barro, Business Insider, June 20, 2013: Politics More: In A Big Blow To Boehner, House Defeats Farm Bill

    There are several articles in the media talking about John Boehner's defeat in bringing the Farm Bill to the floor. The bill was defeated by a vote of 195-234 mainly because he could not get the support of enough Democrats because of cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, and he could not get enough votes from Republicans because it didn't cut enough.

    I thought that Josh Barro of Business Insider summarized the situation the best:

    "This is another demonstration of the impossible hand that Speaker John Boehner is playing. He wants his caucus to pass alternatives to Democratic policy proposals from the Senate. But the conservative wing of his caucus places high demands and is willing to vote against leadership-backed proposals.

    If he doesn't meet their demands, he risks defeats like today's.

    Conservative inflexibility leaves only two ways to get any legislation through the House. One is to design a bill that is so conservative it gets nearly all Republican support. Often, this means a bill that will be very unpopular with the public.

    Another is to let the Democratic minority provide most of the votes, which means letting them dictate the contents of the bill. Boehner's use of Democrat-heavy to pass legislation on major policy matters—the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling increase, and quite possibly immigration reform—has led to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi getting the nickname "Speaker Pelosi."

    There has to be a farm bill. Reauthorizing farm subsidies is (unfortunately) a political necessity, and so is reauthorizing food stamps. That leaves Boehner two options. He can come back with a bill that cuts food stamps more deeply. Or he can summon "Speaker Pelosi" to help him pass a bill that resembles the Senate version, which passed with widespread Democratic support and backing from nearly half of Republicans, too.

    Either way, he's going to look weak."


    The problem is that with the gerrymandered districts, there are a bunch of Republicans that are effectively bullet proof when it comes to Democratic opposition. Their only fear is to be ousted by an even more conservative Republican in a primary election. It also makes for the most dysfunctional House of Representatives in my memory. The Republican majority can, however, repeal the Affordable Care Act...37 times! It's gives them the feeling of progress.

    I suppose Boehner could always rally his troops by calling for another repeal of ObamaCare. Ha.
  • Center Left Democrat
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    Schmidt:


    If I had my way, I'd fire every single one of the Republicans in the House of Representatives.

    Unfortunately, the snafu over the farm bill is actually a minor issue compared to the spending cuts that the House wants through the year 2022.
    After reading the New York Times editorial this morning, I wanted to throw something (or someone) through a window:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/23/opinion/sunday/extreme-budget-cuts-of-2014.html?hp

    The good news is that we'll be rid of Michelle Bachmann next year, but there are still WAY too many Tea Party politicians in Congress.

    John Boehner is in a lose-lose situation, no mater what he does. The only REAL solution is to return control of the House of Representatives to the control of the Democrats, which makes the 2014 election cycle critical.
  • Democrat
    Missouri
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    I intend to be one vote that advocate any and all Democrats running for office in 2014 and 2016. I would like to put up a yard sign indicating, "If your Republican or Tea Party, you need not apply." I feel bad for the country that many of us Americans have now stooped to the low of voting only the party. I hope this can change, but it's going have to take a major change of the idiot club membership in the Republican and Tea Party. I shake my head bewildered with the media viewing of Republicans and Tea party candidates that display their ignorance of humanity. They continue to show greed, selfish behavior and no compassion for people. The unfortunate issue is that a large percentage of Americans feel the same way and are feeding this behavior to the ignorance of these politicians. Some are true racists and others are religious fanatics that could give a damn about a harmony in society. If you don't believe their way, you must be the devil. I've got a big surprise for them on judgement day. God has his own personal view on how you think and act. I accept the liberal view more in society than conservatism.

    To all, please vote Democratic "only" in 2014 and 2016. Our America needs change from the social terror that currently administrates and legislates our laws.
  • Democrat
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    I am surprised he showed up for work, wasn't the sun shinning or the man ran out of golf balls and scotch?
  • Independent
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    Schmidt Wrote: Josh Barro, Business Insider, June 20, 2013: Politics More: In A Big Blow To Boehner, House Defeats Farm Bill

    There are several articles in the media talking about John Boehner's defeat in bringing the Farm Bill to the floor. The bill was defeated by a vote of 195-234 mainly because he could not get the support of enough Democrats because of cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps, and he could not get enough votes from Republicans because it didn't cut enough.

    I thought that Josh Barro of Business Insider summarized the situation the best:

    "This is another demonstration of the impossible hand that Speaker John Boehner is playing. He wants his caucus to pass alternatives to Democratic policy proposals from the Senate. But the conservative wing of his caucus places high demands and is willing to vote against leadership-backed proposals.

    If he doesn't meet their demands, he risks defeats like today's.

    Conservative inflexibility leaves only two ways to get any legislation through the House. One is to design a bill that is so conservative it gets nearly all Republican support. Often, this means a bill that will be very unpopular with the public.

    Another is to let the Democratic minority provide most of the votes, which means letting them dictate the contents of the bill. Boehner's use of Democrat-heavy to pass legislation on major policy matters—the fiscal cliff, the debt ceiling increase, and quite possibly immigration reform—has led to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi getting the nickname "Speaker Pelosi."

    There has to be a farm bill. Reauthorizing farm subsidies is (unfortunately) a political necessity, and so is reauthorizing food stamps. That leaves Boehner two options. He can come back with a bill that cuts food stamps more deeply. Or he can summon "Speaker Pelosi" to help him pass a bill that resembles the Senate version, which passed with widespread Democratic support and backing from nearly half of Republicans, too.

    Either way, he's going to look weak."


    The problem is that with the gerrymandered districts, there are a bunch of Republicans that are effectively bullet proof when it comes to Democratic opposition. Their only fear is to be ousted by an even more conservative Republican in a primary election. It also makes for the most dysfunctional House of Representatives in my memory. The Republican majority can, however, repeal the Affordable Care Act...37 times! It's gives them the feeling of progress.

    I suppose Boehner could always rally his troops by calling for another repeal of ObamaCare. Ha.
    No, I think they are now way to busy to plug the holes of all the NSA leaks, as well trying to hang Snowdon!!
    Sorry I've not noticed lately that the rats are leaving the ship, but breed only more rats instead.