Remember the shenanigans that Ralph Hall (R-Tx) pulled with the America COMPETES Act? A new version went up for a vote today (one that gave in to the Republican obsession with porn and reduced funding for basic science & science education from $85 billion to $47 billion). And guess what? Every Democrat voted for the bill but only 15 Republicans did. So the renewal failed to pass by 261 to 148 (procedurally, a two-thirds majority was required). Let’s be clear about this – a bipartisan, job-creating bill gets defeated, not by the Democrats but by the Republicans.
And at the the same time in the Senate, the Republicans are delaying the bank regulation bill – seriously, how can anyone think that the GOP is a force for anything good in this country?
[Tip o’ the hat to Phil Plait]
Update (5/29): Third time’s a charm.
Update (6/2): Hall scolds the Democrats for passing the renewal and blames them for keeping $40 billion that they offered to remove (but the GOP turned them down). Brass balls, he has.