It's Groundhog's Day, again and again and again and...
Curious to know how many times the House has voted to strip away all or part of the health-care reform law? The magic number is 32 — and it will be 33 after today, as House Republicans plan to vote again to repeal the entire law. The vote, coming in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the health law, is expected to pass on a mostly party-line vote.
In anticipation of the vote, GOP aides noted that the House has voted to end three programs created by the law and to halt or rescind funding for seven of the law’s provisions. And even if today’s vote never gets signed into law by President Obama, Republicans vow to keep trying.
This is a productive use of the House's time, innit? It will NEVER get signed into law. Never. Yet instead of arguing infrastructure investments or jobs program or...be still my heart...the things Congress can do right now21st century version of the WPA to help average Americans (and take credit for in the upcoming elections, you idiot strategists), but no, they're going to make this empty gesture over and over and over and....
What this Congress is doing about jobs, via The Nation:
Update from Karoli: The House just defeated Democrats' motion to amend the repeal bill to require anyone voting for repeal to give up their own taxpayer-subsidized health care plan. They were joined by 8 BlueDogs who can't seem to understand that there are such things as core values. Then the House voted, for the 33rd time, to repeal the bill entirely with the help of 5 BlueDogs.
The next item of business on the House calendar was a round of self-congratulations on their Saturday golf tournament results. What a bunch of useless people they are.