Another day, another meaningless Republican vote.

The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will do anything to avoid getting any actual work done. As if 37 votes to repeal Obamacare didn't waste enough taxpayer time and money, the House GOP has decided to vote on a 20-week abortion ban, despite the fact that the bill would never be approved by the Senate. The anti-abortion bill is sponsored by Arizona Republican, Congressman Trent Franks, and it is strongly endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee.

If the bill stood any chance of passing in the upper chamber, it would roll back women's constitutionally protected right to an abortion until the point of viability – which is 24 weeks. Representative Franks' restriction is based on the scientifically-specious notion that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks. But, the vote is nothing but a dog-and-pony show. Republicans know that the bill would never survive a Senate vote, and it certainly wouldn't be signed into law by President Obama. Apparently, Republican lawmakers would rather play to their hard-right base, than pass any jobs bills, or work to undo the damage of the sequester.

Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Congress are frustrated about wasting taxpayer time and money on another meaningless vote. The American people are tired of lawmakers who refuse to represent them, and they are tired of the ongoing attack on women's reproductive rights. Even Representative Mary Bono Mack – a Republican – said, “There were real issues to focus on that should have been the news of the day. It wasn't this.”


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ckrob 9 years 25 weeks ago

I would have no problem with Prism's surveillance of me, IF the data collected by the program is allowed to be publicly accessable on all congressional members for as long as they are public officials. (or lobbyists) Certainly they couldn't object if they aren't doing anything wrong.

Was the recent wiretap information on the Associated Press reporters the product of Prism?

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SteveS 9 years 25 weeks ago

I don't know if government's waste of time is more costly than its waste of money, but in Congress waste, fraud, and abuse are the order of the day! Today's Los Angeles Times has a front page article "Struggling to Take Off," in which the STAGGERING COSTS of the delays, manufacturing problems, and cost overruns of the F-35 fighter program are reported. Get this: "The GAO [Government Accountability Office] estimated the program would cost an unprecedented $12.6 billion a year on average through 2037--that's an average of $1.4 million an hour for the next two and a half decades." And this is for an airplane that can't even fly yet!

Why can't every senator and representative in Congress do something about this? The Pentagon needs to be audited, and some accountability needs to be established in the Defense Department. If that amount of money were used to install solar panels on every government building in the nation, we'd save money, create jobs, and solve the climate problem at the same time.

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thumper 9 years 25 weeks ago

You know only the republicans can get away with this. Republicans do this and people don't seem to pay much atention or make too much of it, but if democrats did this stuff there would be public outcry and demonizing of democrats. The public would not just snooze through it like they do when Republicans do this stuff, they would feel it was their duty to do something to get involved. People believe Republicans are out for their intrest and that democrats are out to trap them in to accepting something they don't agree with. I hate to them but liberals aren't the only ones that can make everything a crime like they believe conservatives can do that too and much easily because people don't put up a fight when conservatives say this or that must be done and suddenly everything is a crime.

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boxspringm 9 years 25 weeks ago

I am so depressed.. I just want something to get accomplished but the dems are just as much to blame with Harry Reid in charge .. when he made the deal with McConnell I knew it was all lost..All the work, all the efforts of so many lost because of the stupid fillibuster that the republicans would never agree to.. The Dems are weak.. Obama frustrates me as well .. Climate change, Keystone pipeline..but this assault on women I know Obama has our back but why do people elect these idiots? Women are NOT going back to the last century and we will not stand for this ridiculous assault on our rights..Women will unite and we will throw these pompous idiots out of office...

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akunard 9 years 25 weeks ago

Jobs bill, does that mean tax healthy sector and trans. money to Green energy?

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DAnneMarc 9 years 25 weeks ago
Quote SteveS:Get this: "The GAO [Government Accountability Office] estimated the program would cost an unprecedented $12.6 billion a year on average through 2037--that's an average of $1.4 million an hour for the next two and a half decades." And this is for an airplane that can't even fly yet!

Right on steve! We should insist on at least a $500 Billion cut from defense. Leave the VA, The Department of Veteran Affairs alone; but target all foreign bases and no-bid contractor actions. We have no business having military bases in any foreign country that is not attacking us or posing a threat. As far as high tech defense and surveillance is concerned, you can burn these programs as well. The Art and Science of Destruction must cease!

Quote SteveS:The Pentagon needs to be audited, and some accountability needs to be established in the Defense Department. If that amount of money were used to install solar panels on every government building in the nation, we'd save money, create jobs, and solve the climate problem at the same time.

Now that's what I call a brilliant suggestion.

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DAnneMarc 9 years 25 weeks ago
Quote akunard:Jobs bill, does that mean tax healthy sector and trans. money to Green energy?

Oh God, I hope so!

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Kend 9 years 25 weeks ago

I have heared over and over "assault on women" or "war on women" what exactly is it the Republicans did to assault or war on women.

I didn't give abortion much thought before but I just realized you can have a abortion when the little thing is 6 months old. My daughter in law is about 6 months pregnant right now. Wow I don't know how a women can do it that late. I have always believed it is none of my business but this is hitting pretty close to home.

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2950-10K 9 years 25 weeks ago

akunard posted the following comment on Monday, it was #11: "This country needs to stop paying it's people not to work."

I was tempted to reply on Monday with the following comment, but tonights blog makes it more compelling.......I'm quite sure the plan you are referring to is the same one the House Republicans are on, and I'm in total agreement with you, we need to stop paying them.

Before lumping the Democrats into this same do nothing strategy of obstructive inertia, better check the Congressional Record first. It's easy to access.The truth will set you free!

You can find stuff like how many times the Teapublicans refused to allow a vote on Democratic alternatives to the sequestor and how the same Teapublicans did not put forward any proposals of their own to stop it. In fact many publicly declared they wanted the sequestor to happen. In private industry this is considered dereliction of job duty....... and you get fired by a dude with bad hair!

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DAnneMarc 9 years 25 weeks ago

boxspringm ~ Please don't be depressed! Thats what the 1% wants. Funnel your disappointments into Campaign Finance Reform and Move to Amend. We will all get our chance to vote out the Harry Reids out congress; but until we get meaningful people running for office on an even platform we cannot hope to fix this mess. Let's do what needs to be done one thing at a time. Courage and resolve is all we need. We already have the numbers. We only lack the organization and the commitment.

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DAnneMarc 9 years 25 weeks ago

Kend ~ Please don't confuse your daughter-in-law's baby with one of a woman of no means who is only pregnant because she was too poor or too ignorant to use contraceptives. Let me ask you this, would you have liked to come into a world as a result of your mother being forced to go to term by Government legislation and being conceived as a result of an accident? When you are born your first thoughts are, "Why am I here?" Would you like your answer to that question to be, "Because we were too poor to afford condoms;" or, "Because abortion is illegal."

Put yourself in the shoes of that unborn; and, then put yourself into the shoes of it's mother. Women are the vehicle by which life enters into this world. They should have the first and last say on the fate of that life. That is the structure of life that God has designed. Who are the Republicans to place themselves between the design of God and the future of the unborn? Especially, Republicans! Do they not condemn Government interference in the life of the individual? How do they justify this hypocrisy other than an "assault on women?"

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Kend 9 years 25 weeks ago

DAnneMarc. Don't get me wrong i am with you it should be a women's choice. But the little dude is pretty much kicking at the point. Honestly it makes me sick just to think about it. Isn't the assault on the child at that age. I mean i find it hard to believe she couldn't decide to terminate the pregnancy before the third month.

Nobody answered me what are the REPs are doing that you call assault or war. Seriously I don't know.

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MMmmNACHOS 9 years 25 weeks ago

ABORTION!?!?Here we go again!

My guest arived last Friday...As soon as they arrived we proceeded to empty a handle of rum into our gullets. Of course the next day everyone was a bit hungover, however we had a friends 40th B-Day party to go to...Wow, what a weekend.

Oh yeah,I almost forgot, abortion...Hmmm lets see...Blah, blah, blah, blah...High and Mighty B-B-B-Bullshit!!!
Pro Choice...Have one, don't have one...Other than that...Shut the fuck up!

There are much, MUCH bigger issues to worry about. Like the trillions of dollars spent on illegal and unnecessary wars and hundreds of millions of lives the U.S. has snuffed out...All in the name of American Capitalism!

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DAnneMarc 9 years 25 weeks ago

Kend ~ Very well! 6 months and later I agree. The "parents" have had more than enough time to make a responsible decision by then. It is the desire to take that decision out of the hands of the woman, and father, before 6 months; and, from the time of conception and before that is the assault or war on women. When the Republicans strive to prevent the "morning after pill," publicly funded contraceptives or education, planned parenthood, or 1st to 6 th month abortion is where the war is being fought. Republicans wish to assert their control over the life producing attributes of women. To assert control over the natural bodily functions of anyone is prohibited by the Constitution of the United States, and by human nature. Protection of an egg, sperm, or fetus, which does not draw breath or is by definition entitled to any protection of citizenry under the Constitution is unconstitutional and a blatant disregard of human rights. Henceforth, such efforts and legislation is an assault and declaration of war on the sovereignty of women over their own bodies.

Moreover, this is a war to control the unborn as well. Poor children with no hope to overcome their disadvantages are far better candidates for cannon fodder than well to do children aren't they?

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arstarobin 9 years 25 weeks ago

Austerity is here. Look at Greece Europe's banks have admitted that austerity did not work there By not dealing with jobs and sequester Republicans are negligent. Can we sue them for negligence?

Amy in Madison Wis

StillwaterGirl 9 years 25 weeks ago

Many people grow up dirt poorNAND live very happy lives while among the wealthy children suffer from neglect. Poverty as areason for abortion is class warfare. The Republicans are no morewasting their timeraising an issue that can't pass the Senate than the Democrats who tried for years to stop the war and raised their voices every nightat the end of the days session to rail against an unjust war. Fetal pain is real, the science is there for anyone who wants to do the research on the web. The real war onwomen are the people who do not support a pregnant women in taking herchild to term and that starts with a culture that pushes abortion on women as she "right thing to do".

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