Bill Scher on the recent Republican filibuster of the jobs-creating infrastructure bill:
That's right, just six years ago, Congress passed a massive infrastructure bill with near unanimous support: 412-8 in the House, 91-4 in the Senate.
So committed to cause of infrastructure was that Republican-controlled Congress in 2005, that they weren't concerned that some of the 6,361 earmarked projects may not have constituted the most efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
But today? At a time when the need for jobs is painfully greater than six years ago?
A Democratic president proposes an infrastructure bill to create jobs. And every Senate Republican filibusters it.
A Democratic president proposal an infrastructure bill that does not increase the deficit. And every Senate Republican filibusters it.
Scher lists the 25 senators—23 Republicans, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson—who, six years ago, voted yes on infrastructure and last week voted to filibuster: Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Jonny Isakson (R-GA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Richard Lugar (R-IN), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), David Vitter (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Ben Nelson (D-NE), Richard Burr (R-NC), Tom Coburn (R-OK), James Inhofe (R-OK), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Thune (R-SD), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Michael Enzi (R-WY).
What we're seeing here is another piece of evidence that Republicans are more committed—much more committed—to opposing Barack Obama than to doing even the most basic, routine things to keep the economy going and keep bridges from collapsing under us. Filibusters like this are exactly why 50 percent of people believe Republicans are intentionally sabotaging the economy. (And, of course, Joe Lieberman and Ben Nelson are joining them.)