Jul 23, 2012
What’s in a Name…House Republicans Setting A Record Today
With only 8 legislative days left before the Republican Majority leaves for a five-week Congressional vacation, House Republicans will set a record today.
A record for creating jobs? No. Protecting Medicare? No. Strengthening the middle class? Not even close.
Today House Republicans will set a record for the number of bills renaming things — Post Offices, Courthouses and Visitors Centers. It will be the most of these name changes in one day by this Republican Congress — which is saying something. A recent CNN report found that 1 in every 5 measures this Republican Congress has brought up was to rename a U.S. Post Office.
“House Republicans have gotten really good at finding ways to get their members paid $174,000 a year for doing nothing that strengthens the middle class,” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “While Americans are looking for work, students are struggling with debt, and seniors are trying to afford prescription drugs, House Republicans’ priority is to rename Post Offices? News flash to House Republicans: failing to protect the middle class but making time to change the name of Post Offices helps explain why voters hate this Republican Congress so much.”
House Republicans have mastered the art of passing bills that fail to create jobs, recently holding their 33rd vote to repeal health insurance reform at the cost of $50 million to taxpayers.
Today, House Republicans Are Scheduled to Approve the Names for 10 Different Public Properties. [House Republican Cloakroom, accessed 7/23/12]
House Republicans Had Never Scheduled More than 9 Votes to Name Public Properties in a Single Day Before Today. Prior to July 23, 2012, House Republicans had not scheduled more than 9 votes to rename or re-designate federal properties in any legislative day during the 112th Congress. [House Republican Cloakroom, accessed 7/23/12]
One Fifth of the Bills Signed into Law Were to Approve Names of Post Offices. “Of the thousands of measures introduced, only 132 passed both. About one-fifth of those measures were to approve official names for post offices.” [CNN, 6/19/12]