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