Masters of dysfunction & deception-congress has10% approval ratings and 90% reelection rates. The only bipartisan votes by congress are to avoid every major issue facing this country by extending deadlines, changing the subject or passing the buck. Our congress voted not to declare a war but overwhelming voted to avoid their responsibility as outlined in the constitution and allowed a President to decide that alone. The snowball effect of that decision will affect our country for decades.
The cost of the war (over $3 trillion) that created veterans of war was not a consideration or even in the budget. Receiving the blessing of congress to invade a country that generates trillions of debt and billions for defense contractors was a no brainer. As for democrats that are using veterans to submitt another unfunded expense on this nation when we are facing the largest debt crisis in our history is just totally irresponsible and fulfills the stereotype comments of republicans.
The Buffet Rule-On April 16, the Senate rejected the bill which only received 51 votes that would enact the Buffett rule mandating that Americans with a million dollars or more in income pay a minimum of 30% in taxes. This was done without the bill ever receiving an up or down vote. Only by gross manipulation of Senate rules is it possible that legislation can die without ever receiving a direct vote? This is only one example of dysfunctional rules in the Senate preventing not merely smart policymaking, but any policymaking whatsoever. A group of Senators will block even debate on legislation from beginning. http://www.policymic.com/articles/6755/buffett-rule-set-to-fail-in-senate-vote-despite-obama-s-campaign
The Dream Act-There have been various versions of the DREAM Act introduced in the Congress since 2001, with both Republican and Democratic support. One version (H.R.5281) passed the House in 2010 on a 216-198 vote, but it later died in the Senate by failing to achieve cloture 55-41 (and 4 not voting). A Senate version also made to the Senate in 2005 (S.2205) when it failed a cloture vote 52-44 (and 4 not voting). As best I can tell, all other versions of the bill died in committee in both chambers (but I may be overlooking something). However, what we can see in terms of recorded votes that there has been majority support in the congress, at times, for the bill, however the rules of the Senate have precluded passage since twice the measure failed to achieve cloture. http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/the-dream-act-and-the-60-vote-senate/
Republicans block veterans’ jobs bill-Republicans on Wednesday afternoon blocked a vote on the Veterans Job Corps Bill after Jeff Sessions of Alabama raised a point of order — he said the bill violated a cap on spending agreed to by Congress last year. The bill won the majority of US Senate votes. Fifty-eight (58) senators (including five Republicans) voted in favor of extending job opportunities to veterans. Unfortunately, procedural rules in the Senate required sixty votes to move this bill forward.
A balanced budget is on the back burner when it comes to war, increasing taxes on the 1% or closing loop holes so GE might kick in something other than goose eggs toward the national debt. The Dream Act is a nightmare when you expect out government leaders (which 11% are in the 1%) to resolve difficult problems of our time like immigration, which has been an issue since 1490. A jobs bill for the veterans that served in the last decade of war cannot obtain the support of 60 senators.
We the people need congressional approval before we ever launch a first strike or invade another country. We the people need tax reform. We the people need a balanced budget. We the people need a congress that solves problems and not redefines them in order to avoid them in the next news cycle. We need a congresss with solutions and not accusation and scare tactics. We need a congress that stands for something, not against something. I suggest term limits and single item bills, with no riders that get a yes or no vote with a simple majority. No bills voted on until the budget is voted on.
Nuclear waste-Our government promised to collect the 57,000 tons of nuclear waste in your back yards by 1998. Today utility companies around the country are suing the federal government and winning for this breach of contract. Judges and not scientist have approved a 30 year extension to store the nuclear waste on site at Duke and other nuclear plants. We the people need to replace any congressional representatives that avoids protecting its’ citizens from a nuclear threat domestic or foreign.
We have the government we elected either by voting or not voting.
$15 Billion hole in the ground