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The Worst Moments Of The 112th Congress

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Shut down half the internet by proposing SOPA.

On January 18, 2012, websites across the country — including Google and Wikipedia — staged ‘blackouts’ in protest of the 112th Congress’s poorly thought out “anti-piracy” bill, titled the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Critics of the bill read through it and found that its so-called anti-piracy efforts amounted to nothing more than online censorship that would take away the basic functionality of many popular sites. Just a few days after the blackouts, Congress tabled the bill, finding that it was just too unpopular among constituencies cut across the board.


Ignored gun control after their colleague was shot.

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot at a meeting with constituents in an Arizona parking lot. And while the public raged over the incident, Giffords’s colleagues in Congress stayed conspicuously silent about the political issues around the shooting. In fact, it wasn’t before another three mass shootings shook the nation before members of the 112th Congress were ready to talk about gun control at all. Giffords’ husband called the approach “feckless.”


Held a hearing on birth control where women couldn’t testify.

When House Republicans expressed outrage over the mandate in Obamacare requiring employers provide copay-free contraception to employees, they decided to call a hearing on the issue. Every person they brought forward to testify was a man, and the House Republicans blocked the only woman who was supposed to be a part of the hearing from delivering her testimony. The Senate, meanwhile, rejected an amendment that would have nullified the contraception mandate.


Gave the NRA veto power over judges.

Caitlin Halligan is one of President Obama’s most outstanding judicial nominees. As a former Supreme Court law clerk, former Solicitor General of the state of New York, former head of appellate litigation at one of the nation’s top law firms, former constitutional law instructor at Columbia Law School, and current general counsel for one of the largest prosecutor’s offices in the country, Halligan is far and away one of the most well qualified individuals nominated to the federal bench in any presidency. Yet Senate Republicans filibustered her nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit because she once argued a position on behalf of the state of New York that the National Rifle Association disagrees with. Nor is Halligan the only exceptional nominee filibustered by Republicans for no good reason. Republicans pledged to filibuster any nominee to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in an effort to shut down that agency.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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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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