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Obama Runs Against Do-Nothing Congress

Obama, now campaigning for reelection non-stop around the country, is already trying to blame a Do-Nothing Congress for his failures. But the Republican-controlled House has already been quite active in passing legislation to address the nation’s problems. It is the Do-Nothing Democrat-controlled Senate that has failed to act on any of the House’s accomplishments or even pass a budget as required by law, effectively failing to show up for work. Is Obama running against the Democrat-controlled Senate that had the good sense to vote down Obama’s proposed runaway budget, 97-0?

Let’s compare the record of this Democrat-controlled Senate with the record of what the Republican-controlled House has already accomplished this year.

Republican-controlled House action Democrat-controlled Senate reaction
The first act of the Republican House was to pass repeal of Obamacare, reducing future taxes and spending by trillions. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
The Republican House passed the budget proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, which would cut federal spending by $6.2 trillion over the first 10 years alone, and permanently balances the budget soon after that, as scored by CBO. Government spending as a percent of GDP would ultimately be reduced by 40% from current levels. Democrat-controlled Senate voted it down on a motion to proceed vote.
The House also passed a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would eliminate the government’s power to run a deficit and increase the national debt. Democrat-controlled Senate voted to table the motion to proceed.
House passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which would stop the imposition of federal regulatory burdens on farmers and small businesses that would impede job creation. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
The House passed the Energy Tax Prevention Act, prohibiting any federal agency from imposing a national energy tax, which would only further destroy jobs and short-circuit economic recovery. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
The House has passed the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
The House has passed the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
House has passed the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
House has passed the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
House has passed the North American-Made Energy Security Act, which would require the federal government to determine by  certain date whether to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline bringing Canadian oil to America’s Gulf refineries. This would produce tens of thousands of new jobs and billions in increased federal revenues, but approval has been pending for nearly the entire 3 years of the Obama Administration. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
The House passed The Consumer Financial Protection and Soundness Improvement Act, which would restrict the new unelected Consumer Financial Protection Bureau adopted in Obama’s Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, from imposing any regulations that hurt job growth. Democrat-controlled Senate has failed to act on it.
House Republicans funded emergency FEMA disaster relief spending with $1.5 billion in offsetting spending cuts, half of one thousandth of the entire federal budget. The cuts were to a Department of Energy corporate welfare loan program, like the program that just lost half a billion in taxpayer funds in the Solyndra bankruptcy scandal. The Democrat Senate fought tooth and nail against every spending cut. They threatened to shut down the entire government over the emergency FEMA disaster relief. The shutdown was averted only because FEMA decided it didn’t need the emergency funding after all, meaning the Senate Democrats were successful in nullifying the negligible spending cut. This resolution passed in the Senate with changes by Unanimous Consent. A record of each senator’s position was not kept.
pilgrim
I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.

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  1. Great comprehensive job Pil’, this is a keeper for reference!

    I want the GOP nominee to run against Obama and the do-something Dem -majority congress of 2009-10. And maybe we could work a deal for Obama to resign and go back to the senate and vote against Harry Reid’s recent do-nothingism? smile

  1. Great comprehensive job Pil’, this is a keeper for reference!

    I want the GOP nominee to run against Obama and the do-something Dem -majority congress of 2009-10. And maybe we could work a deal for Obama to resign and go back to the senate and vote against Harry Reid’s recent do-nothingism? smile

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