As their list of failures piles up, Republicans freely admit they don’t plan to accomplish anything this year. Politico reported this week :
“In short, if there are hopes of sending President Barack Obama the comprehensive immigration bill so many have lobbied for, or the Employee Non-Discrimination Act before 2014, they’re likely to be dashed.
“Both privately and publicly, top D.C. leaders are voicing skepticism about anything happening this year. In a recent meeting with his Republican leadership colleagues, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) joked that the House shouldn’t even remain in session in December. As the schedule stands now, the House anticipates being in session eight days next month, after working seven days in November.
“Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 3 House Republican, told activists last week that there isn’t enough time to complete immigration reform this year.”
Democrats Recruit Problem-Solvers As Antidotes To This Reckless Republican Congress
Fortunately, the American people won’t have to settle for Republicans who stand in the way of reasonable solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.
After hearing from their communities about the devastating impact of the shutdown, problem-solving Democratic challengers have stepped up in districts across the map. Since the Republican government shutdown, nine new Democrats have announced in competitive districts. Top new recruits who were motivated to run because of the Republican government shutdown and who will serve as an antidote to this reckless Republican Congress include:
Aimee Belgard, NJ-03
After reports surfaced that the Burlington County Freeholder was
considering running in this seat that President Obama won twice, Congressman Jon Runyan announced his retirement, with aides citing frustration with the Tea Party Republican House. Belgard said in her announcement that “We have more political gamesmanship and irresponsible discord than I can ever remember in Washington. We need a change from the ego-driven politics that shutdown the government and brought our nation to the brink of default.”
Joe Bock, IN-02
The official at Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health will give
voice to constituents frustrated with Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, who won by the skin of her teeth in 2012 and who recklessly voted to keep the government shutdown and to default on our debt. Bock said: “The government shutdown was a great example of the inverse of what we need to be doing to exude confidence and show the kind of stability that’s required for people to be investing and offering people jobs and giving people raises.”
Pete Festersen, NE-02
The Omaha City Councilman had declined a run last summer, but reconsidered after Congressman Lee Terry voted to shut down the government and deny paychecks to hundreds of thousands of workers, while keeping his own because he’s “got