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Rick Nolan protests House adjournment despite looming sequestration

by The Big E on February 16, 2013 · 2 comments

First Republicans in Congress helped the Bush Administration destroy the economy. Then they held the economy hostage over the debt ceiling demanding austerity measures all the while protecting the 1% and corporate tax dodgers. Their shenanigans lowered the US’s credit rating.

The only solution President Obama could negotiate with them was a short term solution that if Congress couldn’t permanently deal with the debt ceiling, we’d have massive across-the-board cuts called sequestration.

Now with sequestration looming, what have Republicans in the US House done? They’re going on vacation.

“With millions of jobs and our nation’s economy in the balance, and only four legislative days left until the March first sequester triggering drastic, across the board spending cuts that will negatively affect every senior citizen, every child, and every middle class family in my district and across America, the Republican leadership adjourned the Congress this morning for nine days,” says Rep. Rick Nolan (DFL-MN).

Nolan and Democrats in Congress voted against adjourning.

“Politics aside, the people of Minnesota’s 8th District expect and demand that their Congress stay at work to achieve a bipartisan, balanced solution to our budget and debt situation,” Nolan continued. “A solution that includes responsible spending cuts, increased revenues, and economic growth to generate the middle class jobs we so desperately need.”

“We simply cannot continue to govern this great nation by crisis management,” Nolan concluded. “I will continue to do all within my power to get this Congress working again for middle class Americans who expect no less.”

give2attain February 16, 2013 at 7:21 am

During the SOTU Obama made it clear that he demands that tax and spending increases be part of the solution.  The House gave him tax increases in January, and allowed him to delay the spending cuts.

Yet instead of getting serious about cutting spending, he spends the time focused on immigration reform and gun control.  Both of which could have sat on the back burner for 2 months until he worked out the financial problems we are facing.

I realize that both Bush and Obama share responsibility for the HUGE increases since 2007.  However it is up to our current politicians to work the yearly spend back down.

JML February 18, 2013 at 5:25 am

The House hasn’t been working, they’ve been campaigning, which is Rep. Nolan’s point. They have a lot of work to do, and instead of actually legislating, they’re skipping out early and waiting to see what the Senate does. Talk about abrogating their duty to the country!

But I like the way you immediate dump the blame on the president regarding spending cuts, it’s nice to see you’re still getting your talking points from Faux News and the GOP national committee.

You’re an idiot if you think gun control can wait for 2 months…or are you getting those talking points from the NRA, who is desperately trying to run out the clock and hope people forget about Newtown. The time to do it is NOW.

Immigration reform has been in desperate need for over a decade in this country. But we’re supposed to not talk about it because you’re freaking out about a deficit that’s NOT actually a serious economic problem? And BTW, it was caused by a) the Bush tax cuts, b) the unpaid Bush wars, and c) the economic downturn caused by deregulation  and lack of regulation in the housing industry and financial markets (whose idea is that again…the GOP).

A deal can be had on the sequester, but not if GOP stooges insist on an unbalanced approach. It won’t happen if GOP zombies demand that the president and the Democratic Senate do it their way. Notice a pattern here? One side caused the problem. One side is the roadblock to solutions and progress. One side is stuck in a binary ideological trap that is FAILING the United State.

The House should stay in session and do some damn work, instead of grandstanding and campaigning.

You go, Rick!

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