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The Worst Moments Of The 112th Congress

The Worst Moments Of The 112th Congress
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Written by Annie-Rose Strasser, Aviva Shen

Yesterday was the last day of the 112th Congress, and it will go down as one of the least productive and most partisan legislative classes in all of American history. But there are a few things that Congress did — or didn’t do — that will stand out as its worst moments:


Almost shut down the government and hit the debt ceiling.

Back in August of 2011, Congressional Republicans took the United States to the brink of an unprecedented credit default by refusing to agree to any tax increase. Republican hijinks resulted in the downgrading of U.S. credit for the first time in history and cost taxpayers $18.9 billion. Congressional approval ratings also plunged to a record low.


Let the Violence Against Women Act expire.

Because of some Congressional Republicans’ opposition to extending protections for LGBT and Native American victims of domestic violence, the House GOP allowed the Violence Against Women Act to expire this year. The bill has enjoyed bipartisan support during every other reauthorization vote. And for a good reason: It is a hugely effective piece of legislation. Now, the program that created a rape crisis hotline, outlawed stalking, and protects victims of heinous violence is hanging in limbo. House Republicans also attempted to change the definition of rape itself in order to deny legal abortions to women who have suffered statutory rape or incest.


Advanced the Ryan Budget.

The House approved Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) radically destructive budget proposal in April 2011, despite outcry from economists, clergy members, and even would gut food aid, Medicaid and Medicare, and other essential safety net programs. An estimated 48 million people would have been kicked off their health insurance, and more than 1 million students would have had their federal Pell grants eliminated.


Voted 33 times to repeal Obamacare.

The House has voted to repeal President Obama’s Affordable Care Act 33 times, even after the Supreme Court affirmed the law’s legitimacy. Since January 2011, Congressional Republicans wasted 88 hours and $50 million on their failed attempt to repeal health care reform. Repealing the ACA would take away insurance from an estimated 30 million people, while adding over $100 billion to the deficit. After he appeared to accept defeat following Obama’s reelection, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) quickly renewed efforts to undermine its provisions even as public approval for the law grows.

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11:12AM PST on Jan 17, 2013


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12:04PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Well Robert, if the bill the House sent over to the Senate is really that bad and full of garbage benefits "for the rich"... I just love that... then maybe Captain DO NOTHING Harry Reid should put them to the floor for a vote and go on record stating this bill is nothing but garbage and we say NAY...

Too bad they don't, they leave them to die in committee or simply lay on the cutting room floor because they are not the pork laden for the rich bills you think they are.

I see you don't want to address the fact that the Senate refuses to pass a budget too.... but that republican house, those guy don't do a darn thing... OK, yeah... got it....

11:51AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

well Scott sensing a bill over isn't the issue. if you haven't read every bill and rider then you have no idea what kind of crap they sent. Most filled with tax breaks for the wealthy etc

Compared to other congresses they haven't done shit.

8:08AM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Lori... "The 112th Congress will go down in history as the worst congress in history. Complete was of time and taxpayers monies. They were nothing but a "DO NOTHING PARTY OF NO"...

You're a completely blind lemming of the left... the House of Representatives has passe MORE THAN 30 jobs bills that have been left for dead on the Senate floor... Captain DO NOTHING Harry Reid won't even call any of them up for a vote... How about the fact that the DO NOTHING Senate has not passed a budget in well over 1300 days... there is this document you may have heard of, it's called the US Constitution... it says the Senate needs to pass a budget EVERY YEAR... But why pass a budget, we can just spend spend spend... I hope your boy gets a good job because he has a HUGE bill of debt to pay for left to him by this garbage president you voted for.

8:39PM PST on Jan 8, 2013


11:54AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

Strangely enough, as long as unemployment is a worse problem than both interest rates and inflation, we stand a better chance of eventually balancing the budget with massive deficit spending for infrastructure repair including replacing fossil fuel with renewable energy than with austerity. Austerity at the level of a sovereign nation does NOT work. It just results in vulture capitalists making a strong effort to grab all the commons now in government hands.

11:47AM PST on Jan 8, 2013

I voted for Jill Stein on the Green Party as a write-in, so don't blame me for voting or not voting.

4:32PM PST on Jan 7, 2013


3:50PM PST on Jan 7, 2013


3:27PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

Robert O. You say "Let's hope things get better since they (hopefully) can't get much worse".

I think you underestimate our politicians greed.

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