Imagine what kind of country we could build, if we actually elected people who cared about governing ...
Where the Business of the American People actually got done.
Well there are just a few things "standing in the way" of all that Democratic forward-looking progress ...
Standing in they way of Democratic progress has been the GOP Filibuster.
Progress? -- YES They Blocked that.
Here is an abbreviated list of what the GOP has actually accomplished in the last 4 years of Gridlock -- in a word: Nothing.
These GOP Blocked-Bills have been collated and summarized by the PCTC Blog -- Common Sense Progressive Politics. Click the links to learn more about what we could have had ... without the GOP Government-haters standing in the way ...
Did you know, for example, that a total of 375 bills that passed the Democratic-majority House have been blocked by Republicans in the Senate?
That’s THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE BILLS!
HR 12 -- Paycheck Fairness Act
H.R. 20 -- Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom’s Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act
H.R. 320 -- CJ’s Home Protection Act
H.R. 448 -- Elder Abuse Victims Act
H.R. 466 –- Wounded Veteran Job Security Act
H.R. 515 –- Radioactive Import Deterrence Act
H.R. 549 -- National Bombing Prevention Act
H.R. 577 –- Vision Care for Kids Act
H.R. 626 –- Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act
H.R. 780 –- Student Internet Safety Act
H.R. 911 -- Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act
H.R. 985 -- Free Flow of Information Act
H.R. 1029 -– Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act
H.R. 1110 –- PHONE Act and H.R. 1258 – The Truth in Caller ID Act
H.R. 1168 -- Veterans Retraining Act
H.R. 1171 –- Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization
H.R. 1262 -- Water Quality Investment Act
H.R. 1293 -- Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act of 2009
H.R. 1319 –- Informed P2P User Act
H.R. 1380 -- Josh Miller HEARTS Act
H.R. 1429 -- Stop AIDS in Prison Act
But every single one of these bills is being blocked by every single Republican in the Senate, all of whom are working in lockstep to prevent a vote.
H.R. 1469 –- Child Protection Improvements Act
H.R. 1511 –- Torture Victims Relief Reauthorization Act
H.R. 1514 –- Juvenile Accountability Block Grants Program Reauthorization Act
H.R. 1580 –- Electronic Waste Research and Development Act
H.R. 1585 -- FIT Kids Act
H.R. 1617 –- Department of Homeland Security Component Privacy Officer Act
H.R. 1622 -– Research and Development Programs for Natural Gas Vehicles
H.R. 1675 –- Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act of 2009
H.R. 1709 –- STEM Education Coordination Act
H.R. 1722 -- Telework Improvements Act
H.R. 1727 -- Managing Arson Through Criminal History (MATCH) Act
Put simply, DEMOCRATS are passing bills to make things easier, and REPUBLICANS are refusing to even allow an “up or down vote.”
H.R. 1741 -- Witness Security and Protection Grant Program Act
H.R. 1796 –- Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act
H.R. 1803 -- Veterans Business Center Act
H.R. 1807 –- Educating Entrepreneurs through Today’s Technology Act
H.R. 1834 –- Native American Business Development Enhancement Act
H.R. 1838 –- Amending Small Business Act
H.R. 1824 -- Best Buddies Empowerment for People with Intellectual Disabilities Act
H.R. 1875 -- End the Trade Deficit Act
H.R. 1879 -- National Guard Employment Protection Act
H.R. 1933 –- A Child Is Missing Alert and Recovery Center Act
H.R. 2020 -- Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2009
H.R. 2093 –- Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act
H.R. 2134 -- Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act
Once again; Democrats PASSED the following bills, and Senate Republicans prevented these bills from even coming to a vote.
H.R. 2142 – Government Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Performance Improvement Act
H.R. 2187 – 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act
H.R. 2200 – Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act
H.R. 2221 – Data Accountability and Trust Act
H.R. 2352 – Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act
H.R. 2454 – American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
H.R. 2510 – Absentee Ballot Track, Receive and Confirm Act
H.R. 2529 – Neighborhood Preservation Act
H.R. 2554 – National Association of Registered Agents and Brokers Reform Act
H.R. 2611 – Authorizing the Securing the Cities Initiative of the Department of Homeland Security
H.R. 2664 – Promoting Transparency in Financial Reporting Act
H.R. 2693 – Oil Pollution Research and Development Program Reauthorization Act
H.R. 2749 -- Food Safety Enhancement Act
H.R. 2868 – Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009, Drinking Water System Security Act of 2009 and Wastewater Treatment Works Security Act of 2009
In other words the Democratic party believes in actually doing the People's Business (see the list above);
All the while, Republicans take Pacts to do the opposite -- so They can Block that -- whatever the Americans People's business may be.
Imagine what kind of country we could build, if we actually elected people who cared about governing ... it could life changing.