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David G
09-02-2014, 08:11 PM
http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Senate-Republicans-legislature-Keystone-XL-pipeline-Obamacare/2014/09/02/id/591987/


Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee, has been holding meetings with members to identify prospective legislation. He said the idea is to focus on measures with a modicum of bipartisan support that President Barack Obama would have "to think long and hard about" before dismissing. Sen. Bob Corker, R., Tenn., urged Republicans not to overreach and squander their majority, the Journal reported.

Tea party-aligned Republicans argue that a principled agenda should not be sacrificed in the name of shunning brinkmanship. Dan Holler of Heritage Action for America said that if the goal is simply to find areas of bipartisan agreement, "conservatives will be left on the outside." Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., favors pushing a clear-cut conservative agenda, otherwise "nothing of substance" would come of the Republican majority, the Journal reported.

hanleyclifford
09-02-2014, 08:15 PM
Bad Karma, counting your chickens before they hatch.

ljb5
09-02-2014, 08:33 PM
Bad Karma, counting your chickens before they hatch.

But foolish to not have a plan when the rubber hits the road.

I don't know what they think they'll accomplish. They won't have a veto-proof majority and they don't control the White House.

They already have an effective majority in the Senate because they can block any legislation they want, but cannot pass any legislation.

There's no filibuster on presidential nominees, but without the president on their side, it's not like they can nominate their own picks.

All I know is that the American people demand results.... and if the Republicans don't have this mess cleaned up before the next election, I say we vote this bunch out too! :)

hanleyclifford
09-02-2014, 08:37 PM
I don't think the American people know what "results" they want.

ljb5
09-02-2014, 08:41 PM
I don't think the American people know what "results" they want.

And the Republicans prefer to keep it that way.

I sure hope we pass another tax break for the 1%. That'll be good for us, won't it?

I hope we repeal health care for tens of millions of people. That seems like a good result, doesn't it?

I'm sure looking forward to war with Syria, Russia and Iran, aren't you? I'm sure someone will make a lot of money off that.... and that's good for us, isn't it?

The last thing this country needs is a maintained infrastructure, don't you agree?

Arizona Bay
09-02-2014, 08:48 PM
If the repos win a Senate majority, McConnell has a plan...



http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/08/27/3476193/mitch-mcconnell-audio-minimum-wage/

As he did last week (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2014/08/20/3473646/mitch-mcconnell-threatens-another-government-shutdown/), McConnell told the wealthy activists that a Republican majority would insert language into government spending bills that would require President Obama to repeal his administration’s principal accomplishments or risk another government shutdown.


McCONNELL: So in the House and Senate, we own the budget. So what does that mean? That means that we can pass the spending bill. And I assure you that in the spending bill, we will be pushing back against this bureaucracy by doing what’s called ‘placing riders in the bill.’ No money can be spent to do this or to do that. We’re going to go after them on healthcare, on financial services, on the Environmental Protection Agency, across the board.

and...

​At a Koch Brothers-hosted secret strategy conference (http://www.thenation.com/article/180267/exclusive-behind-koch-brothers-secret-billionaire-summit) of right-wing millionaire and billionaire political activists in June, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) promised that if his party wins control of the United States Senate this November, the Senate will not waste time on things like increasing the minimum wage for people making only about $15,000 annually. Instead, audio of his remarks (http://ladylibertine.net/2014/08/26/mmky/) obtained by The Nation (http://www.thenation.com/article/181363/caught-tape-what-mitch-mcconnell-complained-about-roomful-billionaires-exclusive#)reveals, his Senate will focus on repealing Wall Street reforms, environmental protections, and affordable healthcare.

ljb5
09-02-2014, 09:26 PM
If the repos win a Senate majority, McConnell has a plan...



http://thinkprogress.org/election/2014/08/27/3476193/mitch-mcconnell-audio-minimum-wage/

[COLOR=#000000][FONT=Open Sans]As he did last week (http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2014/08/20/3473646/mitch-mcconnell-threatens-another-government-shutdown/), McConnell told the wealthy activists that a Republican majority would insert language into government spending bills that would require President Obama to repeal his administration’s principal accomplishments or risk another government shutdown.

He's welcome to try.

Obama won't budge on Obamacare, and the voters have no patience for another government shutdown.

Certainly not over an issue that a growing number of people are embracing, and even those who haven't embraced it have to regard it as a dead issue.

Keith Wilson
09-02-2014, 10:11 PM
I don't think the American people know what "results" they want."The American People" is an abstraction and a rhetorical device. There are a lot of American people, and they want many different, contradictory, and incompatible things.

hanleyclifford
09-03-2014, 05:22 PM
And the Republicans prefer to keep it that way.

I sure hope we pass another tax break for the 1%. That'll be good for us, won't it?

I hope we repeal health care for tens of millions of people. That seems like a good result, doesn't it?

I'm sure looking forward to war with Syria, Russia and Iran, aren't you? I'm sure someone will make a lot of money off that.... and that's good for us, isn't it?

The last thing this country needs is a maintained infrastructure, don't you agree? Isn't this doomsday stuff supposed to be reserved for us Righties?:D

hanleyclifford
09-03-2014, 05:23 PM
"The American People" is an abstraction and a rhetorical device. There are a lot of American people, and they want many different, contradictory, and incompatible things. Yeah, I guess I could have said it like that. Thanks, Keith.

John Smith
09-03-2014, 08:11 PM
I agree the public has trouble defining, or agreeing on, what it wants. I do think the public will expect a party holding majorities in both chambers to get something done. They can't do that by passing bills that will get vetoed.

They will not be able to stall on immigration or the minimum wage. They will have to be 'for' something.