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The letter was also signed by Mayors Martin J. Walsh of Boston, Massachusetts, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Illinois, Stephen K. Benjamin of Columbia, South Carolina, Michael B. Hancock of Denver, Colorado, Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, California, Michael A. Nutter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, William Peduto of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Daniel L. Bianchi of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, Edward B. Murray of Seattle, Washington, Francis G. Slay of St. Louis, Missouri and Jonathan Rothschild of Tucson, Arizona.
As the midterm elections approach, President Obama has taken to criticizing Congress, particularly the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, for failing to act on issues like immigration and student loan debt, urging them to "stop just hatin' all the time" and get to work.
On Saturday, though, one member of the House Republican caucus lobbed the charge right back at the president and his "do-nothing" Democratic allies in the Senate.
"President Obama enjoys complaining about Congress, but the fact is, his own party controls the Senate, and they need to get to work," said Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., in the weekly GOP address. "Of the bills that have been signed into law, more than 75 percent of them have originated in the House. What's more, right now, Senate Democrats have failed to take action on more than 340 bills passed by the House -- many of them have bipartisan support, including most of the 43 jobs bills that are stuck in this do-nothing Senate."
"Even when it comes to a crisis like the one on our southern border, House Republicans passed a commonsense solution, and Senate Democrats left town without doing the hard work to pass their own," Collins said, referring to the recent surge of unaccompanied immigrants, many of them children, crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. "That's just irresponsible - there's no other word for it."
The House-passed bill would have allocated $694 million to the cash-strapped agencies dealing with the border crisis and expedited deportation proceedings for people found crossing the border. Senate Democrats refused to take it up, though, and the president issued a veto threat, saying it would put "arbitrary and unrealistic demands on an already broken system."
What the hell is this ridiculous thread about anymore? Jesus Christ has ATS become embarrassing to be a part of.
originally posted by: tavi45
a reply to: mymymy
It's about spreading propaganda, scapegoating Obama, and pushing racist based political agendas in the guise of debate. I'm told this is the one forum where decorum and courtesy is a little more flexible.