What has the least productive House of Representatives in history actually done?

Someone needs to learn the ‘culture of work’

President Obama pointed out last week that the 113th Congress will be the least productive in recorded history.

MaddowBlog‘s Steve Benen made this chart to show just how true this claim was:

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However, it’s worth pointing out that while this House of Representatives will go down in history for accomplishing less than any House since at least 1947, it has done a few things that deserve recognition.

In no particular order, here’s what the House GOP has done:

Romney-Ryan-12So while it accomplished almost nothing, the Republican Congress has made clear that it would like the federal government to do a lot less to help the working people, the uninsured, the undocumented and the unemployed while doing more to help the richest.

What explains this kind of behavior?

We have got this tailspin of culture, in House Republicans in particular, of men not working and just not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.

So there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.

 

  • spstanley

    I thought it was that old motto, “Don’t do anything unless you can do something bad for as many people as possible.”

  • Disgruntled

    What a completely biased article. Didn’t know Eclecta had the DNC writing their articles

  • judyms9

    It strikes me as a mistake to keep talking about Congress “helping” people as though Americans currently in need never contributed and find themselves needing to tap into their previous investment in government. The unemployed and working poor have had the following taken out of their payrolls: SS, Medicare, withholding tax and unemployment compensation insurance premiums. Presumably this is done so when the need arises for people it’s there for them and not some cat toy for Congress to dangle before those who’ve earned it and need it.

  • kidcat24

    It’s very easy to see there what a republican controlled house does when a Democrat President is in the White House.

  • KarenJ

    Can someone please tell me, after reading all of the above, why we keep seeing pundits elsewhere and even some polls predicting that the GOP/TP will take over the majority in the Senate, and increase their majority in the House?

    How can that be, when so many establishment GOP congressmen and senators (not to mention Congress as an entity in itself) are having failing and unpopular campaigns compared to their wingnut TP primary rivals and even worse for them, their Dem general election opponents?

    I hope those inexplicable predictions are just another chapter in the right wing magical thinking that flummoxed them in November 2012.

  • louElouE

    And what have the Republican’ts accomplished?

    It’s the Republican’ts who conspired to undermine the Obama presidency from it’s first day. The plot to obstruct, to filibuster, to block and oppose his actions at every turn was hatched on inauguration night Jan 20, 2009 at a private dinner organized by Frank Luntz Paul Ryan and Eric Cantor were in attendance. The Republicans basically went on strike the night Obama was inaugurated.

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy was quoted a saying. “If you act like you’re the minority, you’re going to stay in the minority, We’ve gotta challenge them on every single bill and challenge them on every single campaign. Newt Gingrich was quoted as saying “This begins the seeds of 2012, we are going to block him… the one commitment is to stop the re-election of this president”. A year later this was confirmed by Mitch McConnell who said ‘The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

    The Republican’ts never intended on compromising with Democrats. Republican’t John Boehner said “This is not a time for compromise, and I can tell you that we will not compromise on our principles.” Republican’t Richard Mourdock, said: “I have a mindset that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.” Republican’t Mike Pence (R-Ind.), “There will be no compromise”.

    ‘Just say no’ is the Republican’t slogan. ‘No Compromise’ is the Republican’t mantra. ‘Defeat Obama’ is the Republican’t agenda.

    And so, the obstructionist Republican’t-controlled house have filibustered everything. It’s the Republican’ts who invoked the 60 vote majority rule in the Senate more times during this session than any Congress in history.

    It’s the Republican’ts who have blocked more than 60 Obama appointees forcing many agencies to operate without proper leadership.

    It’s the Republican’ts who have time and time again walked out of negotiations. It’s the Republican’ts who have repeatedly moved the goalpost.

    It’s the Republican’ts who held the economy hostage in a manufactured debt ceiling crisis that caused the nation’s credit rating to be lowered for the first time in history. Standard & Poors directly attributed the downgrade to REPUBLICANS and their no tax agenda when Republican’ts turned down an offer of $10 spending cuts for every $1 of tax increase.”We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act”. It’s the Republican’ts who voted down their own deficit reduction resolution, apparently because they didn’t want the president to share credit.

    It’s the Republican’ts that shutdown the goverment in an attempt to stop funding for ACA following the lead of Ted Cruz. It failed and cost the U.S $24 billion.

    It’s the Republican’ts who falsely campaigned on a platform of “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs” in 2010. Once in office, all their talk about jobs evaporated. The Republican’ts have introduced 129 bills on abortion, 133 bills on religion, 83 bills on family relationships, 76 bills on marriage, 217 bills on firearms, 704 bills on taxation, 537 bills on government investigation, 49 attempts to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, 4 attempts to cut funding for the VA Hospital, 51 attempts to repeal Obamacare and BLOCKED the AMERICAN JOBS ACT that would have created 3 million jobs, BLOCKED the BRING JOBS HOME ACT which would have ended tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas, FILIBUSTERED the SMALL BUSINESS TAX CREDIT that would have created one million jobs, and FILIBUSTERED the VETERAN’S JOB CORPS ACT that would have created a job corps for veterans looking for work, thus turning their backs on our war veterans coming home. A program that four of their own members co-authored and that was already paid for.

    It’s the Republican’ts who thwarted 6 job bills from Obama that would have created between 7 and 8 million jobs. Instead Republican’t Governors are firing teachers, firemen and police officers, attacking public sector workers for what they falsely claim is the need to balance their budgets.

    It’s the Republican’ts who enacted a law in 2006 requiring the U.S. Postal Service to “pre-fund” pensions and retiree health benefits 75 years into the future within a 10 year period. This action has crippled the Postal Service to the extent that it is now threatened with enormous cuts and restrictions on services, with disregard for the 574,000 workers and millions of jobs in supportive industries.

    It’s the Republican’ts who enacted laws and made adjustments in federal and state operations that greatly cripple women’s rights and basically tell women, you are a second class citizen, you don’t count.

    In 1968 the minimum wage was the equilvalent of $10.00 an hour (in todays dollars). It’s the Republican’t lawmakers who want the minimum wage to stay at $7.25, with no indexing for inflation. In other words, they want poor people to earn less every year, while subsidizing Walmart who made $18 Billion in profits.

    It was 236 Republican’t members of the House of Representatives and at least 41 sitting senators who conspired with one man, Grover Norquist, and signed his pledge to never raise taxes, at any time, under any circumstances, conflicting with their oath of office to defend the Constitution.

    It’s the Republican’ts who unaminously voted against the economic stimulus, that stopped the hemmoraging of 750,000 Jobs PER MONTH when Obama took office. When the private sector doesn’t or refuses to spend in bad economic times, the government must! Our infrastructure is falling apart. Coming out of WWII, Eisenhower built the entire interstate highway system. Roosevelt had thousands employed in the CCC and WPA to do major infrastructure work which in turn created jobs, which created taxpayers instead of welfare takers, which created revenue, which created better times for all. Obama said “Build baby, Build!” because THERE… ARE THE JOBS! This is how you spend your way to a healthy economy. It’s the Republican’ts who said “NO” to infrastructure repair. .

    It’s the Republican’ts who secretly conspired with 300 corporations behind closed doors of American Legislative Exchange Council (A.L.E.C.) to write legislation advantageous to the corporate oligarchy at the expense of the American people.

    It’s the Republican’ts who were for the individual mandate before they were against it. The individual mandate was originally a Republican’t plan developed by Heritage Foundation, a Republican think tank. Republican’ts called the individual mandate a “market-based” approach to health care reform. Mitt Romney must have really liked the idea, because he enacted it while he was governor of Massachusetts. Today 98% of the states citizens have insurance. And everybody likes it. it was good enough for Massachusetts citizens, but not good enough for the rest of the country.

    It’s the Republican’ts who were against the auto bailout which saved the auto industry and millions of jobs in supportive industries from auto dealers to autoparts to auto repair and maintenance shops to the neighborhood diner. Dan Akerson, a Republican, former CEO and chairman of General Motors said. “A million jobs were saved, the industrial infrastructure and the manufacturing base of America in large measure is still intact. In fact it’s prospering”.Can you imagine the cost of unemployment benefits, food stamps, welfare etc. for another million people? But the Republican’ts said “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt!”

    It’s the Republican’ts vote to cut Education Funding. Investments in education lead to a stronger economy and a competitive workforce. People with higher levels of education have better job prospects. Students must be able to compete with the best across the nation and around the world. 8 5% of high-growth, high-wage jobs require some form of higher education.

    The 2015 Paul Ryan Budget proposes steep cuts to many domestic programs, including reductions to Pell Grants, student loans, and research funding. It would cut $18 billion in early education programs, $89 billion in K-12 programs and $205 billion in higher education initiatives over the next decade.

    Last year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder trimmed more than $1 billion from Michigan’s School Aid Fund. The party platform in Texas, passed in 2012, not only calls for the elimination of the federal Department of Education but also states, “we support reducing taxpayer funding to all levels of education institutions. Gov. Rick Perry cut more than $4 Billion from the education budget leaving Texas first in adults without high school diplomas and 47th in literacy.

    It’s the Republican’ts who conspired with the two billionaire political operatives David and Charles Koch, to deny you your right to vote through voter suppression laws. The Kochs have funded efforts to thwart 21 million Americans from voting and Koch dollars helped write and propose voting suppression bills in 38 states that will put ballot boxes out of reach or millions of Americans eligible to vote, many of whom are minorities, physically disabled, students and seniors.

    The GOP-led 112th House of Representatives in Congress has been rated as the”least productive in our nation’s history.” It’s approval rating is down to appalling single digits. The Republican House was only in session a total of 942 hours in 2013, yet was compensated for their full $174,000+ salaries.

    I would like to see just ONE good thing Republican’ts have done for this country over the past DECADE!!!! The only thing the GOP has to offer is a single-minded hatred of Obama and Obamacare. The Republican’t obstructionism has caused the slow recovery. The Republican’ts chose party over country. In some foreign countries their actions would be considered an act of treason. The whole Republican’t party should just get out of the way and let America prosper.

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