Tag Archives: John Boehner

Immigration Reform Bill: Languishing in the Senate, Unlikely in the House

25 May

The running joke has been that the Senate is where all bills go to die.  In this instance, the Senate’s Gang of Eight has come up with a bill that has already passed the Judiciary Committee and is now on the floor.  No one likes the bill, including me.  Does that mean it’s a good compromise? Continue reading


Congress: Stereotypical Drama Queen

17 Dec

I think the only way that Congress can get the public’s attention is by going to the brink of government disaster.  It seems obvious to me that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is being held hostage by the self-described Tea Party.  I wish that he would heed his own call to remove the extreme partisanship that exists in the legislative body he commands.  I don’t understand why the Republicans think that everything must be their way, they only control half of one branch of government.  The hallmark of legislating is compromise, and in order to get the best ideas of all in the proportion of which the members are a part of, there needs to be some give-and-take.  The job of Speaker is to pass prudent legislation of which the median of the House wants; however, it seems that he always just wants Republicans to approve legislation.  The perfect Congress would have around 50% of each party voting for various bills.  Of course, this is just me being idealistic, but oh, wouldn’t it be nice.


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