See if you can detect the pattern?
(The one that the Corporate News Media apparently can't.)
by Ted Barrett, CNN -- June 05, 2012
An election-year Democratic measure designed to ensure that women don't face pay discrimination was blocked Tuesday by Republicans who complained that the bill was politically inspired and would reward trial lawyers at the expense of employers.
The bill, which Democrats said would close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act, would require employers to prove that differences in pay were related to job performance, not gender; would prevent employers from forbidding employees from sharing salary information with each other; and would allow women who believe they were discriminated against to sue for damages.
Student Loan Vote: Republicans Block Bill To Extend Low Interest Rates
by Jennifer Bendery, huffingtonpost -- May 08, 2012
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a bill that would have frozen student loan interest rates before they are set to double on July 1.
The vote wasn't much of a surprise: Republicans have been signaling they would filibuster the bill because of its cost offsets. Democrats would cover the $6 billion cost of keeping student loan interest rates at 3.4 percent for another year by raising Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes on certain high-earners. By contrast, Republicans have called for nixing a preventive health fund to pay for it.
Hmmmm? Could you give me a few more examples of Republicans "getting stuff done" at the office, please ...
The GOP sure knows how to say NO -- don't they?
And they call themselves the Party of Freedom and Liberty ... Jeesh!
"Freedom" to do as they say ...
Associated Press -- May 15, 2012
DENVER – A last-ditch effort by Colorado's governor to give gay couples rights similar to married couples in the state has failed.And this was in spite of the Will of the local People:
Republicans on Monday rejected civil unions legislation during a special session that Gov. John Hickenlooper called to tackle the issue and others killed last week by a GOP filibuster.
Civil unions would let partners make medical decisions for each other and enhance their parental and inheritance rights.
But the Republican imposition of their brand of Just-Say-No ideology knows No Bounds. It doesn't even stop at the U.S. borders ...
by Reuters -- May 18, 2012
Senate Republicans blocked legislation for new economic sanctions on Iran’s oil sector on Thursday, saying they needed more time to study the bill, a surprise move that drew anger from Democrats who wanted approval ahead of nuclear talks next week.
They don't mind blocking a smarter energy future for Americans either. They must think "Wars for foreign Oil" are Fun!
House Republicans Block Light Bulb Ban
by Jim Hoft, thegatewaypundit.com -- June 6, 2012
House Republicans approved two amendments to the 2013 spending bill that would prohibit the government from enforcing ...[...]
In a voice vote, the House approved an amendment to the Energy and Water spending bill for 2013 that would prevent the Department of Energy from spending money to enforce a 2007 law that sets bulb efficiency standards. The law bans the sale of 100 watt incandescent bulbs and will ban the sale of 75 watt traditional bulbs in July 2013.
And that Boehner chant of "Job, Jobs, Jobs" ... has reality turned into "Nope, Nope, Nope!"
Sorry Americans, you lose.
by Stephanie Condon, CBSnews -- October 11, 2011
Senate Republicans blocked President Obama's $447 billion jobs package on Tuesday, putting the brakes on a bill Mr. Obama has been vigorously promoting over the past month.
The jobs package includes $250 billion in tax cuts, including reduced payroll taxes on both workers and employers; $60 billion in extended unemployment benefits; and $140 billion in spending on education, transportation projects and public workers, including police officers.
The bill includes plans to tax corporations and the wealthiest Americans in order to pay for it.
House Republicans fail to pass transportation extension
by Ashley Halsey III, WashingtonPost -- March 27, 2012
Federal transportation funding pumps about $1 billion a week into the economy, with much of it focused on the construction season that will get underway in most states next month.
“Projects that are underway might not come to a halt,” said Matthew Jeanneret of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. “But if this drags on a long time, states are going to have a greater degree of uncertainty.”
If funding expires, however, so will the government’s authority to collect the 18.4 cent-per-gallon gasoline tax that pays, in large measure, for transportation funding.
That's was 3 months ago, what has the Party of NO JOBS done for us lately?
Not Much ... Surprise, surprise.
by David Lawder, Reuters -- June 13, 2012
Senate Democrats accused fiscally conservative House Republicans of "holding hostage" the $109 billion Senate-passed transportation measure, along with 3 million jobs supported by federally funded road, bridge and rail transit projects.
Failure to pass the bill by June 30 would cut off project funds at the height of the summer road construction season across much of the country, idling workers.
If Congress approves another three- or six-month extension of current funding, states would start to shelve longer-term projects, keeping unemployment in the construction sector high. [...]"I have heard from some Republicans that there are people arguing that they shouldn't pass this bill because it might help President Obama because people might go back to work," said Democratic Senator John Kerry. "It is an utter disgrace that a minority in the House of Representatives - extremists - would say they're for the American people at the same time they refuse to put them to work tomorrow."[...]
It is an utter disgrace. Playing politics with America's infrastructure. With American Jobs. Republicans act like neither of those matter.
John Kerry said it well. The American people would be wise to hear him. This time.
Because the GOP Republicans have vowed not to lift a finger to help the American People -- if that means, at the same time, they'd be helping President Obama.
Say people, who's looking out for you?
It's not the Republican Block Party.