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The House GOP's busy schedule today: 10 naming bills (6 post offices, 3 courthouses, one wildlife center).
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Meanwhile, there's a drought covering more than two-thirds of the lower 48 states, and farmers across the country have lost this year's crops. Here's what Republican Speaker John Boehner is doing:
In the midst of a severe drought, the House Republican leaders are proposing to walk away from farm states and decades of precedent by not calling up the new five-year plan before the current law expires Sept. 30. [...]

Never before in modern times has a farm bill reported from the House Agriculture Committee been so blocked. POLITICO looked back at 50 years of farm bills and found nothing like this. There have been long debates, often torturous negotiations with the Senate and a famous meltdown in 1995 when the House Agriculture Committee couldn’t produce a bill. But no House farm bill, once out of committee, has been kept off the floor while its deadline passes.

Speaker Pelosi project bug
It's not just dysfunction this time around. It's on purpose. It's out-and-out sabotage. Boeher doesn't want to "disrupt [...] political messaging" and bring the bill to the floor before the November election. He also doesn't want to have the fight within his caucus that's inevitable, with the nihilists demanding even deeper cuts than the Agriculture Committee approved and farm-state representatives begging for more help for farmers.
Given Democratic concerns over the depth of the food stamp cuts already made, Boehner says there are not 218 votes for passage. Rather than wrestle with this problem, it’s easier to run out the clock with symbolic anti-red tape, anti-tax votes on which the GOP is more united.
Just when you think the worst Congress ever couldn't be worse, there you go.

There's an answer. The Speaker Pelosi Project is it. We have to get the House back to have a Congress, a government, that functions at all. We do that by taking back the House, one seat at a time.

Please chip in $3 or whatever you can to get the speaker's gavel back in Nancy Pelosi's hand.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 09:37 AM PDT.

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  •  Maybe those Farm State voters will remember (17+ / 0-)

    why their daddies voted for Democrats.

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 10:06:27 AM PDT

  •  Is there any comment from (5+ / 0-)

    farm state GOP reps?  Steve King is from a rural district.  As an Iowan, I'd be interested to hear what wisdom he has to impart on the subject.  (Blech!  You have no idea how much it hurt to type "wisdom" when referring to that a$$wipe.)

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:22:55 AM PDT

    •  From King's web site: (2+ / 0-)
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      I want to congratulate Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterson for putting together a Farm Bill that received wide, bi-partisan support from the House Agriculture Committee by passing by a vote of 35-11. This is a good bill that will cut spending, offer farmers and producers more choice in the federal support they receive for the work they do, and bring long overdue reform to nutrition programs to weed out waste, fraud, and abuse. The House Farm Bill now has the momentum to claim floor time before the August Recess."
      King wants a bill passed. He needs the support of the ag community. This may be a function of his concern that it will be a close race, and he could lose to Christie Vilsack. Otherwise, he would be joining with the other TEA Party fools who want even deeper cuts to food stamp programs.
      •  I hope he IS feeling some heat (2+ / 0-)
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        from Vilsack.  It's about time that someone was able to give him a fight for his seat.  I haven't followed that race as closely as I should.  Does she really have a chance to beat him?  (Please, please, please....)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:24:33 PM PDT

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        •  January polling (2+ / 0-)
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          The House Majority PAC today released a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) poll that shows Congressman Steve King in serious jeopardy of losing reelection.
          In Iowa’s 4th District, only 48% of voters think Congressman Steve King deserves to be reelected, while 52% think it’s time for someone new. Congressional Republicans have a 40/44 favorability rating and King’s approval rating is 42%, well below the 50% mark generally considered safe for incumbents. King leads Christie Vilsack only 49-43 and trails her both with independents (48-37) and with voters who don’t live in his current 5th district (48-42)
  •  I've.. (4+ / 0-)
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    joanil, 4Freedom, lunachickie, Kinak a question:

    Boeher doesn't want to "disrupt [...] political messaging" and bring the bill to the floor before the November election.
    What is the political messaging he doesn't want to disrupt?

    Farm states are, as a rule of thumb, Republican strongholds.

    What is the political message he is sending by refusing to fund people who actually like Republicans?

    Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate. ~ Proverbs 22:22

    by wyvern on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:35:09 PM PDT

    •  I think the political message is (5+ / 0-)
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      that everything is Obama's fault. When people in the farm states get upset about what's going on, the R's will just tell them it's Obama's fault.

      I just chipped in a tiny amount (can't afford to give much) to the Act Blue "Pelosi project" because we need to fix Congress. I hate to think that after November we would have President Obama and Speaker Boehner continuing the present standoff for another 2 years...

      "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

      by Alice in Florida on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:45:15 PM PDT

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      •  That's not much of a message (1+ / 0-)
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        am I understanding this? The drought is Obama's fault?

        It is time to #Occupy Media.

        by lunachickie on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:59:57 PM PDT

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        •  Obama won't be blamed for the drought. (1+ / 0-)
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          Obama will be blamed for no help forthcoming for farmers.  He's the president, but he's not a leader, will go the refrain.  A leader could do something to help the farmers.  A leader could work with Republicans.  Obama is not a leader.

          Just listen to Romney.  That's all he has to say (except when he's blaming Obama for "making things worse").

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:12:47 PM PDT

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          •  And guess what? (0+ / 0-)

            The people out in the mid section of this country will continue to vote republican.

            They have bought into the republican framing hook line and sinker and they will continue to do so at their own peril.

            They are indeed the proverbial frog in the pot of water ready to boil. They just refuse to get it and remember, their hate is stronger than any critical thinking skills needed to make the right decision.

            Short of slapping the living crap out them, the votes will continue to pile up for the republicans. Real Americans, flag waving, while the land is burned death dry.

            I'm sure they are praying like hell about right now. Thing is, their prayers would be answered if they got off the damn republican wagon train.

            "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

            by wxorknot on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:46:31 PM PDT

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          •  I think it should be the other way around... (1+ / 0-)
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            Instead of Obama, as a leader, working with the republicans, the republicans should be working with Obama, who is the leader.

            There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. ~ L. Cohen

            by Pritty Brains on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:47:08 PM PDT

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    by theChild on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:40:56 PM PDT

  •  the "dysfunction" (3+ / 0-)
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    has been deliberate the whole time, they simply hate government and government spending when they are out of power, but when they are in control they are responsible for the worst government overreach into peoples lives and spend like drunken sailors. They are just completely out in the open about it now, because we have nothing resembling a watch-dog media that will hold them to account, they will just air their attack ads and say "both sides do it"......useless

  •  This should definitely be an issue to press (4+ / 0-)
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    focus on the fact that Republicans are doing absolutely nothing to help drought affected farmers and this could spark some controversy.

  •  Worst midwest drought of my lifetime... (3+ / 0-)
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    worst Congress of my lifetime.

    Strange days indeed. ~John Lennon

    by joanil on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:46:52 PM PDT

  •  Well I'm with you, but (3+ / 0-)
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    them's fightin' woids...

    It's not just dysfunction this time around. It's on purpose. It's out-and-out sabotage. Boeher doesn't want to "disrupt [...] political messaging"
    If it IS on purpose--and again, I agree that it is--what can be done to stop this other than "voting"? This is a serious problem, without precedent, if I'm reading correctly:
    But no House farm bill, once out of committee, has been kept off the floor while its deadline passes.


    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:50:26 PM PDT

  •  "Five year plan?" (0+ / 0-)

    You know who else had a five year plan? Stalin.

    Okay, it's not as dramatic as the usual Hitler thing, but still, we're legislating communist strategies! quelle horreur!

  •  I am working for the Evelyn Madrid Erhard .. (4+ / 0-)
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    campaign in NM District 2 just because of this.  We do not need a Tea Party Republican representing us again in Congress.  Steve Pearce is under the control of the Tea Party and the oil companies.  He has almost never served the voters of Congressional District 2.

    Evelyn would be one more Pelosi vote!


    •  Good for you. (2+ / 0-)
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      We all have to work for the Democratic candidate and do our best to defeat the Republican.  Down-ballot races are as important as the presidential race if we don't want to be living in this nightmare (or a worse one) for four more years.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:17:07 PM PDT

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  •  we have a group that ran us into the ditch (5+ / 0-)
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    and they squabbled about how big a tow truck to use, and then grabbed at the wheel and tried to hit the brakes when it was being pulled out of the ditch.  Now they claim it took too long to get it out, and they should be returned to the wheel again.

    •  Pretty much the way things are going now. (1+ / 0-)
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      Good summary.

      Ah Dems. It's the fight of our lives for our nation. We are the frontline troops in this battle, and we can't afford to lose.

      Americans are more likely to be killed by their furniture than terrorists. Since 9/11, 238 Americans have been killed by terrorists. 293 Americans have been killed by furniture falling on them. Atlantic Magazine

      by 4Freedom on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:54:44 PM PDT

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  •  Once again: What's the matter with Kansas? Guess (2+ / 0-)
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    how these farm states (maybe even Iowa) will vote.

    "A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ". C. S. Lewis

    by TofG on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:56:52 PM PDT

    •  I really wish the red states (1+ / 0-)
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      could live under the rules they seem to prefer and the rest of us could escape being subjected to them.  Unfortunately, if they get their way, we get screwed right along with them.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:20:18 PM PDT

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  •  I know how Mrs. Pelosi can make Reps pay attention (1+ / 0-)
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    pass a bill to rename the drought, the Ronald Reagan Drought of 2012... they'll come running like dogs after bone!

    To be great is to be misunderstood

    by LordFairfax on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:09:58 PM PDT

  •  Well we need the senate and white house as well (0+ / 0-)

    .... and also dumping some blue dogs.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:29:33 PM PDT

  •  For any of you that still believe we have a "gover (0+ / 0-)

    nment," and not just a bazaar where every single stinking one of the "elected representatives" gives away our national wealth and heritage for little diddly campaign contributions, I commend to you a concise read, the first few chapters of Matt Taibbi's "The Great Derangement." How it REALLY works, in a few thousand words.

    As a former EPA enforcement attorney who had some little dealings with "Congress" and the rulemaking games as they changed in the transition from Carter to Reagan and after, I can avow that it was bad then and it has only gotten cynically and terminally worse.

    This bunch of fuckers, hiding behind flags and sonorous invocations of the Will of the People (snicker, snort) and the majesty of the Constitution, has played out the end game of Empire to the prettiest degree.

    You think Pelosi is going to fix all this shit, the reality of how legislation is actually created in the wee hours out of indigestible rotted animal bits provided by the K Street Draftsmen? She's a player in the game, and like all the others, (even Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Saunders are starting to triangulate and feel the weight of all those demon compromises and the flaying of all those back-scratchings), I don't give any of them a rat's chance in a cat-filled cellar of doing anything different. Any of you think even a smidgen will be carved off the "defense" (sicsicsicsic) money, in the coming political show trial at the edge of the Fiscal Cliff? Fuckin' A-No-Way.

    They all know, too, that what they do (thanks to their powers to legislate and obfuscate) is "not illegal," or at least not likely to result in prosecution, and they will die wealthy and cosseted in their beds, with the best medical care that America can afford. Free from any consequences, free from any fear of retribution or even a bit of restitution. They will all eat to their hunger and drink to their thirst, of the very best that's left on the planet. As for the rest of us? "Let them eat Soylent Green." Or a rasher of shit.

    And we the idiot citizenry will keep on voting one or the other in or out, and buying into the currently popular notion that it is our G_d-Given Right to burn up all "our" shale tar and frakked-gas, consuming the dregs of what was once a pretty beautiful planet.  While our Grand Army of the Empire encircles the globe and like the old Romans and Brits and every other imperial MIC in history, locusts itself into dissolution. They don't even pillage very effectively!

    Good luck, folks! I'm glad my 7th grade civics teacher did not live to see how the mythical system she loved and believed in and almost worshiped has actually turned out, when rubbed up against greed, and perversion, and a steady drumbeat of Where'sMineism.

    Apologies to my grandkids, that I could do no more to hand off a survivable and sustainable home to them.

    "Is that all there is?" Peggy Lee.

    by jm214 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 06:06:23 PM PDT

  •  Do the farmers know? (1+ / 0-)
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    I would very much like to see how this is playing in the media that actual farmers follow.  I'm not one, but I've known quite a few, and I think they have "trade" magazines just like every occupation does.

    How is Ag Monthly (or whatever) reporting this?  You can bet they pay VERY close attention to what happens on the Hill, and farmers often vote their pocketbooks.  Farmers are smart business owners - or else they're out of business.

    And their business trumps the Fox party line - we saw this when Georgia's "papers please" law messed up last year's harvest.  The farmers were not amused.

    Early to rise and early to bed Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and dead. --Not Benjamin Franklin

    by Boundegar on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 06:50:41 PM PDT

  •  Just returned from a vacation that included (1+ / 0-)
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    SW Michigan--Paw Paw/Lawrence area near Kalamazoo.  According to my MIL, they lost the apple and grape crops this year due to a late freeze.  We have been visiting every summer since 1997 (when my son was a year old) and this is probably the worst economic year I have observed as a visitor from urban Houston, but raised in the south Chicago suburbs.  There may be a relatively short growing season compared to other areas of the midwest, but it is a rich and varied one.  I hope the federal goverment will acknowledge and compensate their loss--not for politial gain--for the sake of the residents of that area who have been pounded by one economic blow after another.

  •  I'll chip in my $3 (1+ / 0-)
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    If Nancy agrees to strict regulation of for-profit colleges. Like Obama wanted. And Pelosi & Feinstein nixed.

    And if anyone has "issues"with this, I would like to know the percentage of congressional offspring that are putting their children in a for-profit college.

  •  he/they serve the radio- limbaugh is their PC cop (0+ / 0-)

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:31:27 PM PDT

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