GOP Leaders Want Every Bill To Have Social Issues Attached

Should every piece of legislation in the House and Senate be subject to a rider to pass restrictive conservative social agenda items like restricting abortion and blocking equal rights?  Some members of the Republican Party say yes, and they want to start with the debt ceiling vote.

Via Roll Call:

While [Rep. Trent] Franks, a two-term lawmaker from Arizona, acknowledged that a balanced budget amendment may be better suited to be part of a compromise debt limit vote, he still has hope for a Senate vote on an anti-abortion bill.

Franks isn’t alone in hoping that H.R. 3 is part of the discussion on the debt ceiling extension.

“What we use the debt limit to leverage is really up to the leaders, [but] I would think this would be one of the bills that we could be asking for,” said Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), an ardent anti-abortion supporter.

Although conservative organizations have not yet begun pushing for this as part of the debt limit debate, activists said they would support the effort and argued that Republicans should make it a matter of routine that deals include requirements that the Senate vote on social issues. “Republicans making such demands shouldn’t be out of the ordinary,” Family Research Council’s Tom McClusky said.

So there you go. The Republican party would like to hold every single piece of legislation to pass through congress hostage in order to push through their conservative social agenda.

So much for wanting to grow the economy.


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Danny W.
Danny Wilson4 years ago

This one's easy, fight fire with fire!

Lindsey DTSW
.4 years ago

And why is there no mention of similar Democrat attempts to "hold hostage" bills to promote their own brand of social justice?

Such as their actions last year in "holding hostage" the defense spending bill over the DREAM act and repeal of DADT.

This kind of tactic is politics-as-usual - and is hardly confined to the Republicans.

Lindsey DTSW
.4 years ago

The article ends by saying, "The Republican party would like to hold every single piece of legislation to pass through congress hostage in order to push through their conservative social agenda."

But where in the article does it note that "The Republican Party" wants to do that?

It cites two Republican Congressmen talking about one bill and a representative from the Family Research Council making his views known.

Do the three of them constitute "The Republican Party" wanting to "hold every single piece of legislation...hostage"?

That's a pretty large leap in logic.

ruth a.
ruth a.4 years ago

Let's turn the question around. Do the Republicans think their social agenda cannot pass on its own?

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago

This in mass insanity.

Robert F.

So, the Republican fear of socialism is only about the Democratic approach to the social agenda of taking care of the people of the US. When promoting the Conservative Social Agenda, we aren't talking socialism at all, but something different.

susan twentyeight
Past Member 4 years ago

Hey i know, let's have the Dems attach anti-vice law provisions to all war appropriations bills.. Oh that's right, they're not civil libertarians either or they'd be firing the same sort of shots over the Conservative bow.

I hate the conservatives but don't blame them a bit here, they know the culture was IS war and they know war is dirty. I'd love to see the Dems do this same thing in reverse, only to ram thru things like drug law reforms.. "sorry Rethugs, no doobie no war-e!!".

That'd be the day, and the fact that it'll never come is why i'm done with the Dems. We need *liberal* culture warriors to meet the challenge of these militant luddites.

Sound Mind
Ronald E.4 years ago

Numbskulls. Thank God they'll be out in 2013.

Carolyn Mah
Carolyn M.4 years ago

Thank you Susan

Linda T.
Linda T.4 years ago

Obama should veto every bill they send to him with a christian taliban social issue attached. No more negotiated with our rights.