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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

David S. Bernstein: Barring something unexpected, [yesterday marked] two months since the U.S. Senate held a roll call vote on passage of any type of legislation. That was a joint resolution to nullify President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border (which Trump later vetoed).

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Senate committees have held hearings on just a dozen bills this year, according to Library of Congress data at congress.gov; there are typically hearings on at least a couple hundred in a two-year session. On average, over the past 10 sessions, nearly 600 bills go through "markup," a key step in finalizing the contents. Just 57 bills have been marked up in the Senate so far.

Perhaps the most telling statistic, showing the dearth of deliberation and debate in this Senate, is the number of amendments considered to the legislation moving through.

Over the previous 10 years, the Senate has seen an average of 443 amendments proposed on the floor each year, ranging from technical fixes to complete replacement bills. Many were adopted by voice vote, and others were ultimately tabled or withdrawn. But on average, 113 of those amendments received full roll call votes.

So far this year, just 28 amendments have even been allowed on the floor. Only eight of them have received roll call votes. The last action of any kind taken on an amendment in the Senate was six weeks ago, on April first.

Yes, it's still early in the two-year session. But one thing almost everybody agrees on is that moving legislation will only get tougher next year, as the Presidential and congressional elections draw near.

This is your United States Senate under GOP control with another GOP narcissistic moron occupying the White House, grinding legislative work to an unprecedented halt.

Any questions?

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-05-15 01:43 PM | Reply

"Any questions?"

Why wont democrats do anything? Hurrumph!

---- righttoecentre

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-05-15 02:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I see this as a good thing.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-15 02:48 PM | Reply

YEAH

Cause that's how the future gets built

#4 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-05-15 05:21 PM | Reply

"I see this as a good thing."

Something about a filled tree... same result... also a good thing?

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-05-15 05:36 PM | Reply

Well maybe if the house would start passing more legislation that benefits corporations or the 1% Mitch ---------- would get on board.

#6 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-05-16 06:36 AM | Reply

Something about a filled tree... same result... also a good thing?

#5 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

I never complained about a filled tree.

I simply pointed out that filled trees breed filibusters and given that Reid had filled the tree more than all other prior majority leaders combined it resulted in a record number of filibusters.

I was adding context when people would whine about GOP obstructionism. It's funny how obstructionism was once derided and now its applauded.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2019-05-16 09:57 AM | Reply

Jeffyj lives in a universe without irony

#8 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-05-16 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Republicans always do their best to make sure the government is dysfunctional, then they cry about how our government can't get anything done.

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-05-16 12:59 PM | Reply

Something about a filled tree... same result... also a good thing?

#5 | POSTED BY SNOOFY
I never complained about a filled tree.
I simply pointed out that filled trees breed filibusters and given that Reid had filled the tree more than all other prior majority leaders combined it resulted in a record number of filibusters.
I was adding context when people would whine about GOP obstructionism. It's funny how obstructionism was once derided and now its applauded.

#7 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Well that's a lie.

Senate Republicans essentially filibustered everything they could including appointees.

McConnell has done far worse than Reid. But now the filibuster has become pointless because McConnell won't even let anything come to a vote.

Again, stop with the garbage false equivalencies.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2019-05-16 05:51 PM | Reply

I see this as a good thing.

#3 | Posted by JeffJ

Unless it was the Democratic House.

Then they should stop pursuing Presidential Oversight and Justice and just Legislate!!!

Sheeple is over on another thread declaring that the Democrats are doomed if they continue to try and hold the President accountable instead of passing legislation (that the Senate won't pass).

You guys should really get your stories straight.

Or not. It doesn't matter. They never did make any sense.

#11 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-05-16 06:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trumpublicans don't want choices. Trumpublicans want to be told what to do.

#12 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2019-05-16 07:44 PM | Reply

"Any questions?"

Why wont democrats do anything? Hurrumph!

---- righttoecentre

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2019-05-15 02:14 PM

The answer is quite simple, really. The Democrats to a man and most of the women, have turned themselves out to the DNC and the DCCC. They aren't really even good at whoring, you know; whores get paid!

#13 | Posted by john47 at 2019-05-17 12:08 AM | Reply

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