By Seth Maloney | 3 comments
In the first 6 months of Obama's 2nd term, GOP obstruction has only allowed 15 bills to come to his desk for signing. When Reagan and Nixon had a split congress, they each had 60 or more in the same amount of time.
But in Obama's first term, a few might remember that the GOP's goal was to make him a one term president. From 2009-2013, here are a few of the standout filibusters that took place:
- H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness Act
- H.R. 448 - Elder Abuse Victims Act
- H.R. 466 - Wounded Veteran Job Security Act
- H.R. 515 - Radioactive Import Deterrence Act
- H.R. 549 - National Bombing Prevention Act
- H.R. 577 - Vision Care for Kids Act
- H.R. 626 - Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act
- H.R. 1029 - Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act
- H.R. 1168 - Veterans Retraining Act
- H.R. 1171 - Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization
- H.R. 1293 - Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act
- H.R. 1429 - Stop AIDS in Prison Act
- H.R. 5281 - DREAM Act
- S. 3985 - Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act
- S. 3816 - Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act
- S. 3369 - A bill to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs, and other entities
- S. 2237 - Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act
- S. 2343 - Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act
- S. 1660 - American Jobs Act of 2011
- S. 3457 - Veterans Jobs Corps Act
The GOP's use of the filibuster has taken on a new meaning than even 10 years ago. Its "proliferation," so to say, has been extremely obstructionist and in the cases listed above, used to force Obama to be a one term president.
These policies have made the GOP a much different party than it was in years past, and where many Senators might go to Washington with the same passion that Mr. Smith did, thinking the filibuster could change minds and move hearts, those days are gone.
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