Is doing nothing an agenda or a strategy?

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Awful Truth

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 13, 2013
Politico's Manu Raju and Jake Sherman analyze what they call John Boehner's "Senate first" strategy:

The same House Republican majority that spent the entire past two years haranguing Senate Democrats for ignoring piles of legislation has a new strategy.

Let the Senate act first ó on nearly everything.

Whether itís an overhaul of the nationís immigration laws, renewing the Violence Against Women Act or retooling gun regulations after mass shootings across the nation, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is perfectly fine with sitting on his hands. The House GOPís days of incessantly repealing President Barack Obamaís health care overhaul are gone, as are their bills to eliminate obscure regulations.

The upside for Republicans, they say, is that a "Senate first" strategy forces Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2014 to take tough votes. The downside, they say, is that if the Senate does pass bipartisan legislation, it puts pressure on the House to act.

Both of those things are probably true, but I think calling this a strategy is overanalyzing the situation. The reason the House isn't taking the lead on immigration reform, the Violence Against Women Act, or gun control is pretty easy to understand: they just aren't priorities for House Republicans. And it's also not hard to understand why they aren't passing yet more legislation to repeal Obamacare: doing so would look idiotic after the Supreme Court ruling and the president's reelection.

To the extent that the House is passing fewer "message bills" than they did during the last Congress, the lesson is equally simple: it's a tacit concession that their agenda is not popular. Believe me, when House Republicans come up with a piece of legislation that they think is a political winner, they won't sit around and wait for the Senate to act.

All that being said, it will still be interesting to see how the House responds when the Senate does take action. As Raju and Sherman point out, Senate passage of The Violence Against Women Act provides an opportunity to find out the answer to that question. But on issues like immigration reform and gun control, the question at this point is less about how House Republicans might handle a hypothetical piece of bipartisan legislation and more about whether Senate Republicans will actually let anything pass.
Smart Guy

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Feb 13, 2013
I'd say in the case of Benghazi doing nothing is grounds for impechment.
Awful Truth

Grantsburg, WI

#3 Feb 13, 2013
Smart Guy wrote:
I'd say in the case of Benghazi doing nothing is grounds for impechment.
To some Sheeple, "Standing ones Ground" is akin to doing nothing.

Moral Convictions are not Situational.

Thank God Amerika has a few Republicans with Moral Convictions who stand in the gap for our Country and for our children against the Greedy Collectivists that live for Tonight's Party and say damn the future.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#4 Feb 13, 2013
Moral convictions, you "learned" when we elected a minority president... Until; then. you we bought & bloated ! In fact..... LMAOROTFU~!
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#5 Feb 13, 2013
Moral convictions, you "learned" when we elected a minority president... Until then, you we bought & bloated ! In fact....BLOATED BLOVIATOR suits you ! LMAOROTFU~!
Awful Truth

Grantsburg, WI

#6 Feb 13, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
Moral convictions, you "learned" when we elected a minority president... Until then, you we bought & bloated ! In fact....BLOATED BLOVIATOR suits you ! LMAOROTFU~!
Say it again Sista!

Shout it from the Mountaintops....repeatedly!

Stay away from the children!
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#7 Feb 13, 2013
If you're children, you bois should be in school !!!
Awful Truth

Grantsburg, WI

#9 Feb 13, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
If you're children, you bois should be in school !!!
Damn! Slewsie's Momma and her Momma's Brother for what they inflicted on the world.

NO Parent would ever attack another Parent's Child. Slewsie see's all humanity as responsible for her miserable existence, she envies the children and holds them responsible for her Victimhood too.

Slewsie is bullshaating nobody!

Slewsie is no different than the "Victims" in California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wisconsin, Texas, or Connecticut that committed the murders of Gods Children because they are Sociopaths. There is no "politics" in these Psychopaths, and there is no "politics" in Slewsie.

Topix needs to be more socially responsible and remove her from contact with Humanity via this site!
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Feb 13, 2013
Awful Truth wrote:
Politico's Manu Raju and Jake Sherman analyze what they call John Boehner's "Senate first" strategy:
The same House Republican majority that spent the entire past two years haranguing Senate Democrats for ignoring piles of legislation has a new strategy.
Let the Senate act first ó on nearly everything.
Whether itís an overhaul of the nationís immigration laws, renewing the Violence Against Women Act or retooling gun regulations after mass shootings across the nation, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is perfectly fine with sitting on his hands. The House GOPís days of incessantly repealing President Barack Obamaís health care overhaul are gone, as are their bills to eliminate obscure regulations.
The upside for Republicans, they say, is that a "Senate first" strategy forces Senate Democrats up for reelection in 2014 to take tough votes. The downside, they say, is that if the Senate does pass bipartisan legislation, it puts pressure on the House to act.
Both of those things are probably true, but I think calling this a strategy is overanalyzing the situation. The reason the House isn't taking the lead on immigration reform, the Violence Against Women Act, or gun control is pretty easy to understand: they just aren't priorities for House Republicans. And it's also not hard to understand why they aren't passing yet more legislation to repeal Obamacare: doing so would look idiotic after the Supreme Court ruling and the president's reelection.
To the extent that the House is passing fewer "message bills" than they did during the last Congress, the lesson is equally simple: it's a tacit concession that their agenda is not popular. Believe me, when House Republicans come up with a piece of legislation that they think is a political winner, they won't sit around and wait for the Senate to act.
All that being said, it will still be interesting to see how the House responds when the Senate does take action. As Raju and Sherman point out, Senate passage of The Violence Against Women Act provides an opportunity to find out the answer to that question. But on issues like immigration reform and gun control, the question at this point is less about how House Republicans might handle a hypothetical piece of bipartisan legislation and more about whether Senate Republicans will actually let anything pass.
Doing nothing is the Democratic led Senate's way. How long has it been since Harry Reid's senate passed a budget again?
Awful Truth

Grantsburg, WI

#11 Feb 13, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>Doing nothing is the Democratic led Senate's way. How long has it been since Harry Reid's senate passed a budget again?
Thats Different!

Last Night King Barry mentioned the word "Budget" more than once !

Therefore it must be something that the Wepublicans are doing to suppress the "Folk" that think there be a Budget!

Barry be wantin a Budget!

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