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Fail of the Day: GOP Congress Can’t Pass Their Own Bill


Republicans now control both chambers of Congress so passing legislature should be easy, right?

House Republicans failed to pass their first bill — a fake jobs bill — of the new Congress.

Congressional leadership held the vote under suspended rules to bypass committee approval, meaning they needed at least a 2/3rds majority to pass the bill. With a threshold of 282 votes, the bill only garnered 276 votes.

The bill, which Republicans referred to as a “jobs bill,” would have rolled back elements of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

As I recall, the last time we deregulated the financial industry the end result was a massive loss of jobs.

  • Christopher Foxx

    the bill only garnered 276 votes

    Around 30 from Democrats. sigh

  • aynwrong

    The GOP just keeps engaging in the same destructive behavior over and over and over and their base and even so called moderate republicans just keep rewarding them with their votes. Then they blame liberals and the mainstream media treats it all like some kind of bad slapstick, he said / she said rom-com.

    It never changes and the rest of get stuck cleaning up the wreckage.

    • bphoon

      Well, keep your broom and mop handy cuz there’s gonna be a lot of mess to clean up.

  • muselet

    If the Rs passed a bill renaming the post office in East Fencepost, Nebraska, they’d claim it was a jobs bill.

    I have similar memories of previous efforts to deregulate the financial sector. Of course, the Rs claim the economy imploded because Barack Obama was (months away from becoming) president and also ACORN!, and had nothing whatsoever to do with regulatory reform or the Masters of the Universe screwing up.

    Expect the bill to reappear like the monster in a third-rate horror movie.