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To nobody’s surprise, the very first act of Congress in 2016 is a bill that (once again) attempts to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood. Speaker Paul Ryan seems proud of this action, and even admits that he knows the bill won’t become law, telling a conservative talk host: “You’re going to see us put a bill on the president’s desk going after Obamacare and Planned Parenthood so we’ll finally get a bill on his desk to veto.” Pure politics.

Also on the docket, the House Benghazi committee will continue its partisan investigation of Hillary Clinton.

The only new thing is legislation clamping down on Obama’s Syrian refugee program, which continues the GOP’s long record of being the “Party of No”.

Is this the bold new agenda that Republicans promised us? It suspiciously looks exactly like the old agenda.



  1. TJ wrote:

    Is this surprising in some way? Did you actually think something different would happen?

    Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10:18 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Well, them passing a budget without a government shutdown gave me hope.

    Monday, January 4, 2016 at 10:44 am | Permalink
  3. Ralph wrote:

    In the words of the immortal Yogi Berra, it’s like deja vu all over again!

    Monday, January 4, 2016 at 4:22 pm | Permalink
  4. Mike wrote:

    While it would damage the country terribly (something the Republicans care little about), Obama could call their bluff and sign it. Then the Republicans might learn what it means to govern rather than oppose, or to be shunted off to the sidelines for decades. But I’m afraid that this version of the Republican party has no idea what that means or what is required to do so.

    Perhaps someday they’ll (Republicans) get back to governing rather than politics as their primary responsibility.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm | Permalink