No Agenda, Just Vendetta

November 15, 2013

Republicans in Congress have only one goal: no, not governing the country, but “targeted strikes that will ultimately dissolve the Obamacare coalition.” While Republicans continue to work single-mindedly to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, refocus the discussion on all the other issues they are neglecting and obstructing.

TOPLINES

We elect our nation’s leaders to govern: to pass laws that will make our streets safer, our communities stronger, and our economy more robust
Since Republicans have failed in each of their numerous attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they now are pushing the single goal of dismantling it piece by piece. That’s not an agenda, it’s a vendetta.
IMMIGRATION
Republicans in the House have refused to act on the bipartisan immigration reform bill that the Senate passed in June.
They would rather keep the immigration system broken than do their jobs, which could save families from being torn apart and save money, too.
JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS
The D.C. Circuit is the nation’s most powerful court after the Supreme Court – it often gets the last word on cases that affect us all.
Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked the nomination of yet another qualified candidate – so they can keep the court stacked with judges who put their political agenda ahead of the law.
BUDGET AND DEBT CEILING
America needs Congress to do its job. We are less than a month away from the congressional budget deadline (Dec. 13) and no solutions have been offered.
Sequestration was designed to be unthinkable — because its indiscriminate cuts slow our recovery and cost Americans jobs.
But Republicans are happy to let Americans lose their jobs instead of identifying targeted cuts and smart investments.
EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT
As most Fortune 500 companies know, ensuring workers are judged on the job they do strengthens American businesses and our economy.
But in most states, it’s still perfectly legal for a company to fire, harass, or demote employees, just because the boss doesn’t like that they’re gay or transgender. There’s no federal law against that either.
The Senate has made history for equality in America by passing ENDA, but Republicans in the House continue to refuse to take action to stop discrimination.

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WORTH KNOWING

IMMIGRATION
  • Boehner suggested that he is too busy to read the Senate’s bill and has no intention to do so, apparently. “The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House. And frankly, I’ll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”
  • Experts estimated that the Senate’s immigration bill could reduce the federal deficit by $135 BILLION over ten years. That means each day that the House refuses to pass immigration reform, we lose about $37 million in would-be tax revenue.
JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS
  • This week Republicans blocked the nomination of Nina Pillard, a Georgetown Law professor. This is the third nominee in a row to the D.C. Circuit that Republicans have blocked. All three of them are women.
  • Republicans criticized Pillard’s feminist views, but a number of her conservative colleagues urged Senate Republicans to allow her to be confirmed. Conservative legal scholar Viet D. Dinh, who served in the second Bush administration, said that “[s]he is a fair-minded thinker with enormous respect for the law and for the limited, and essential, role of the federal appellate judge.”
BUDGET AND DEBT CEILING
  • The budget conference committee is stuck because democrats want to replace sequestration cuts. Republicans want the draconian cuts, which were meant to scare members of Congress into a compromise, to continue. Chuck Grassley: “Sequestration is working.”
  • Sequestration has been devastating to both the public and private sectors. Surprisingly, most of the job losses caused by sequestration were outside the public sector.
EMPLOYMENT NON-DISCRIMINATION ACT
  • Three out of four American voters support protections for gay and transgender people against workplace discrimination — including 3 in 4 Independents, 6 in 10 Republicans, 6 in 10 white evangelical Protestants, and 3 in 4 Catholics.
  • However, 29 states still haven’t passed workplace anti-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people. 9 in 10 Americans don’t know it’s still legal under federal law to fire, harass, and mistreat workers just because they’re gay or transgender.
  • Despite the holdouts, the most profitable and largest businesses — nearly 90% of Fortune 500 companies — have their own policies against discrimination based on orientation and nearly 60% cover discrimination based on gender identity. Two-thirds of small businesses also support such workplace protections.