Where Bills Go To Die

I have said many times that the US Senate is a waste of time….it is an old fart’s club that has outlived its usefulness…..

I was chastised a couple of times for calling for the Senate to be abolished and to stick with just the House for our bills and laws……one guy many years ago almost hit me with his cane…..

But I stand by my assertion that the Senate is where bills go to die….it does nothing to move this country forward.

To illustrate this is a report that came out the other day…….

Since January, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has prevented over 100 bills that have passed in the House from even coming up for a vote. His actions obstruct and ignore legislation that millions of Americans backed by electing a Democratic House majority in 2018.

“We have multiple, House-passed bills awaiting action. Leader McConnell need only call them up for debate. But instead, the legislative graveyard, where good legislation doesn’t even get debated or amended — let alone passed — is upon us,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a floor speech on Monday.

Senate Democrats noted last month that more than 100 bills passed by the House “are awaiting legislative action in the Senate.”

A full 53% of votes cast in 2018 supported a Democratic agenda, versus 45.2% for Republicans. Democrats had a popular vote majority of more than 8.6 million votes, the most in 44 years (since right after Nixon resigned).

“The progressive agenda — ending pharma greed and making medicines affordable, ensuring students can graduate without debt, raising the minimum wage and putting more money in the pockets of working families — delivered a Democratic majority to Congress,” said Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in a statement to Shareblue Media.

The McConnell-engineered logjam includes popular legislation like H.R. 1, the “For the People Act,” which included a number of anti-corruption measures, as well as enhanced rules and guidelines to increase voter participation.

The House also passed the “Paycheck Fairness Act,” which makes it easier for women to challenge pay discrimination, as well as the “Background Checks Act,” which protects children and families by expanding background checks for gun purchases.

Those bills all had support from Democrats and Republicans, yet McConnell has chosen to hold politically motivated show votes rather than take up bills with changes Americans want.

(shareblue.com)

This just illustrates how disconnected the GOP is from the rank and file human in this country.

As I keep saying…..”The Senate is where good bills go to die”….we do NOT need these old farts anymore…..time for them to take their place at the Smithsonian…..as a display of the political relics they truly are.

Maybe it is time to reconsider this bicameralism thing…….https://lobotero.com/2019/04/24/against-bicameralism/

Further reading:

Difference Between Bicameralism and Unicameralism

In closing ….a little history of the workings……

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8 thoughts on “Where Bills Go To Die

  1. This all sounds so similar to our own House of Lords. Send it to the for ratification, then sit back and watch as they stall it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Senate is a worthless arm of government….time for a sweeping reform in America…the constitution, rid of the electoral college and end the Senate…..I think the country would be better off with all three changes. chuq

    1. I agree….and that is why I say we do not need them…they are relics of an age gone by….the GOP has been a bit more theatrical then the Dems in the past…but both are worthless. chuq

  2. Changing the constitution to that degree is a pretty tall order.
    Parliamentary system is the probably used in more countries than any other system.
    But I not sure the countries with that system are doing better than we are.
    The small countries in northwest Europe are doing better, but that is about all.

    Our founders wanted to make it difficult yo makes changes in laws because they did not trust democracy and the tide of public opinion. Wanted the senate to slow things down. They thought public opinion was a mob mentality and dangerous.

    Appears they got what they wanted and we seem to be stuck with it.

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebraska_Legislature The chief benefit of a unicameral legislature is they are cheaper than a bicameral legislature. On a national scale, the tyranny of the red states would be replaced by the tyranny of the heavily populated coastal states, or, at least, that is how people will argue. Basically, it’s the same argument you hear for elimination of the Electoral College, I’d support anything that eliminated McConnell from the national scene. Same for the Electoral College. We never should have a president who has less than a simple majority of the votes, let alone having to suffer two of the worst presidents of our generation because of a scheme worked out in the 18th Century to get the slave holding, less populated states to agree to the current form of national government.

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