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Another productive day in the Republican House of Representatives, in which not a single job was created. They had a full day of debate on utterly meaningless legislation.

They voted to repeal the CLASS Act from the Affordable Care Act. This was unnecessary, because the administration has already decided to shelve the program because of its costs. The Senate is expected to ignore this bill.

They also voted to freeze federal workers' pay for one more year, a vote that really was about trying to make Democrats look bad if they chose to stick up for federal employees who haven't had a raise in two years. They got 72 Democrats. They're going to try to get this as a provision in the payroll tax cut extension bill, undercutting President Obama's budget that includes a 0.5 percent increase in pay for federal workers.

And finally, they proved yet again how much they despise low-income people by advancing the idea that they all waste the taxpayer's dollars byblowing their welfare on booze and lap dances. Yes, they passed the profoundly insulting "strip club" bill, 395-27.

And no, no Democrat introduced an amendment that would prevent political committees from spending funds at bondage-themed lesbian strip clubs. A sadly lost opportunity.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:32 PM PST.

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