Economy · June 23, 2022

Robert Reich (The Congress of True Reason does nothing because …)

The real reason for Congress is not doing anything

Why is Congress not doing anything? Well, a camera really does. Hundreds of bills have been passed by the House of Representatives, but they have been prevented from even getting a vote in the Senate. Bill is like –

The law on the freedom to vote,

The John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,

The equality law,

Background checks for arms sales,

Re-authorize the law on violence against women,

Law on the protection of the right to organize.

The Build Back Better Act.

The list goes on …

So why aren’t these crucial bills getting a vote in the Senate? Because filibuster makes it impossible.

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Overall, since the beginning of 2021 the House has approved over 200 bills that have not been taken up in the Senate. Everything from investing in rural education to preventing discrimination against pregnant workers to protecting the elderly from scams: bills that have real and tangible benefits for the public; bills that have broad public support.

So don’t believe the media narrative that Congress is trapped in a hopeless traffic jam and

both

are to blame. A Democratic-led House of Congress is passing important laws and handing them over to the people. But Republicans in the Senate, and a handful of corporate Democrats, are determined to stop the gears of government. Why are Republicans in the Senate doing this? Because their medium-term strategy depends on it. Republicans are blocking crucial legislation so they can point to the Democrats’ alleged inability to get anything done and claim they will be able to deliver if they are given a majority. Don’t fall in love.