On Tuesday January 28, 2014 President Barack Obama will be addressing a joint session of Congress to deliver the State of the Union (SOTU) Address.
During last year’s SOTU speech, the President articulated an ambitious set of goals that included comprehensive immigration reform, universal pre-kindergarten education nationwide, as he called on Congress to undertake a bipartisan initiative to enact “comprehensive tax reform that encourages job creation and helps bring down the deficit.”
While the President’s remarks were greeted with standing ovations and wild applause, over the past year Speaker John Boehner’s House of Representatives did nothing. As Margaret Hartmann of New York Magazine noted in December 2013:
According to a New York Times analysis, that means the House has been at work for the fewest hours in a nonelection year since 2005 (which is as far back as the data goes). Per the Times:
Not counting brief, pro forma sessions, the House was in session for 942 hours, an average of about 28 hours each week it conducted business in Washington. That is far lower than the nearly 1,700 hours it was in session in 2007, the 1,350 hours in 2005 or even the 1,200 in 2011.
By a similar measure, the Senate was near its recorded lows for days on the floor. Senators have spent 99 days casting votes this year, close to the recent low point for a nonelection year in 1991, when there were 95 voting days.
I haven’t written a blog post in a few months, because nothing has changed in Washington, DC, and that’s incredibly frustrating to me.
The national Republican party and their ideals are firmly entrenched in the gutter. The GOP continues to wage a war on women’s reproductive rights, as they decry the Affordable Care Act, denigrate undocumented immigrants, while they demean and derail the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans across the country. At the same time, they refuse to extend unemployment benefits to millions, and are hell bent on undermining the food stamp program that ensures that millions of our neighbors don’t have to go to bed hungry every night.
With midterm elections just 10 months away, it’s imperative that we send a clear message to Republicans in Congress, that we reject their inaction, together with their insane ideas and values.
The gutter warfare has to stop, because the GOP can’t stoop any lower.
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