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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:13 AM

What Could Have Been: The Most Important Bills Blocked By Republicans In 2012

What Could Have Been: The Most Important Bills Blocked By Republicans In 2012

By ThinkProgress

1. A minimum wage increase.
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House Democrats proposed legislation in June that would have raised the national minimum wage to $10 an hour, but Republicans blocked it. The minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, even though it would need to be raised to $9.92 to match the borrowing power it had in 1968. If it was indexed to inflation, it would be $10.40 today.

2. Campaign finance transparency.
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The DISCLOSE Act of 2012, repeatedly blocked by Congressional Republicans, would have allowed voters to know who was funding the attack ads that flooded the airways from secretive groups like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS.

3. The Buffett Rule.
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Senate Republicans in April filibustered the Buffet Rule, which would have set a minimum tax on millionaires. Huge majorities of Americans consistently support the rule, which would raise tens of billions of dollars per year from Americans who have seen their incomes explode while their tax rates plummeted.

4. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
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ENDA, which would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, has languished in Congress for decades, and Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) “hasn’t thought much” about bringing it to a vote.

5. U.N. treaty to protect the equal rights of the disabled.
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6. The Paycheck Fairness Act.
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http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/12/28/1356701/what-could-have-been-the-most-important-bills-blocked-by-republicans-in-2012/



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ProSense Dec 2012 OP
barbtries Dec 2012 #1
Barack_America Dec 2012 #2
prairierose Dec 2012 #3
ProSense Dec 2012 #7
AZ Progressive Dec 2012 #4
BumRushDaShow Dec 2012 #5
Scurrilous Dec 2012 #6
SidDithers Dec 2012 #8
Rex Dec 2012 #9

Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:17 AM

1. too bad Obama's jobs bill

never even came close enough to make this list?
fuck this meme that congress won't play nice, all of this is republican obstructionism. they just don't care about this country.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:17 AM

2. Veterans Jobs Bill.

How did this not make the list?

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:01 AM

3. Who makes a list of 6 things?......

Usually lists are 5 or 10 or 15. It is as if part of the article is missing and yes, those 2 jobs bills certainly should have been on any list of this type.

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Response to prairierose (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:37 PM

7. Yeah, that was strange. LOL! n/t

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:01 PM

4. And because Democrats didn't come out to vote in 2010, its going to be really hard...

to take back the House of Representatives until 2022 because Republicans got the control of so many state governments in 2010 and used that power to gerrymander the districts to ensure house of representatives control for the next 10 years.

If Democrats voted in midterm elections, we wouldn't have to be dealing with a Republican House of Representatives.

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:05 PM

5. K&R and they forgot

(in addition to. what other posters mentioned) -

-Dream Act
-Violence Against Women Act (renewal)

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 01:48 PM

6. K & R

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:41 PM

8. DU rec...nt

Sid

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Response to ProSense (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:44 PM

9. And this is why I say we take back the House.

All this Trickle Down Karma is going to eventually make an impact. One such impact? Say hello to President Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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