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GOP bills to defund United Nations, extend PATRIOT Act blocked

By Sahil Kapur
Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:35 EDT
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Republicans fail on procedural votes twice in 24 hours

WASHINGTON – House Republicans may need a new whip counter.

For the second time in the span of 24 hours, the new Republican majority failed to pass a bill under a procedural rule requiring a two-thirds majority that would expedite the vote. Both times, they wrongly believed they had it in the bag.

A GOP measure Wednesday would have compelled the Obama administration to ask the United Nations to return $179 million to the US in ostensibly overpaid funds. It failed 259-169, falling short of the two-thirds majority.

Only two Republicans voted against it, but not enough Democrats crossed the aisle to help push it through.

This followed a vote Tuesday on a bill that would have extended three key provisions of the PATRIOT Act, which failed 277 to 148, some 23 votes shy of a two-thirds majority.

Unlike the UN bill, it was unraveled in no small part by dissent from within the Republican caucus, as 26 GOP lawmakers voted against their party leadership.

The two failed votes reflect the harsh reality of governing in the majority. The PATRIOT Act vote in particular hints at the prospect of dissent from within Republican ranks. During the last two years, while they were the opposition, Republicans could usually count on virtually unanimous support from their own members.

“I think the Republican leaders have a real challenge,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday morning, as quoted by Talking Points Memo‘s Brian Beutler. “I think their party is divided.”

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    And in the same 24 hr period one Republican wasn’t even able to have an affair… The Republicans have become total failures!

  • Anonymous

    That was his own fault. Didn’t he get the memo that republicans only have affairs with members of the same sex? Preferably in airport men’s rooms.

  • Wyrdless

    “I think the Republican leaders have a real challenge,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday morning, as quoted by Talking Points Memo’s Brian Beutler. “I think their party is divided.”

    Good news

  • Anonymous

    Good! Now they know how it feels! Boner and his constant crying have made him weak and ineffectual. While cantor, [one of the self named young guns] has shot his mouth off once to often, was over confident in his abilities. I don’t suppose their voters are watching this and getting the message. I hope the party keeps on splitting.

  • Anonymous

    Hey now! You’re overgeneralizing… Republicans have lots of extramarital affairs with men, as well as, women, girls and boys! Please don’t undercut their credibility!

  • Javaman

    LIke everything else the repukes touch: epic fail.

  • Anonymous

    Either the tories are getting smarter or the “blurred-dog” democrats are losing it.

  • Anonymous

    Epic ineptitude!

  • Anonymous

    Some times, a Republican saying “NO!” is a good thing…

  • http://smugmug.com/other/anoceanapart Maheanuu

    You left out all the pigs, sheep, goats, horses, cows and gerbils……

  • Ma’at

    What a bunch of fucking morons. And look at their priorities … abortion, defund the U.N. etc.

    Demographics baby and the Right is DEAD.

  • Anonymous

    This nation is in a crisis, unemployment, health care, high price of gas, food, economic meltdown and all these clown ass Republicans can do is bread and circuses?

    Is the Republican election slogan for the next two years going to be “Bread and Circus Now”?

  • Anonymous

    You’re right. republicans are truly the equal opportunity party: they will fuck ANYONE. Or anything, for that matter.

  • Anonymous

    179 million $$$ plus the 100 billion $$$ … sure could help alot of Americans…its their TAX $$$$$

  • Anonymous

    Where are the jobs, Mr. Boehner???

  • Guest

    “Republicans fail on procedural votes twice in 24 hours”

    I don’t usually pray but I pray this is a trend.

  • Anonymous

    Whether I agree with this rejection or not (I do, incidentally), I’d feel a lot better if my congressman were not taking bribes from the special interests that want the vote to go one way or the other. Only public funding of campaigns will clean up congress.

    Jack Lohman
    http://MoneyedPoliticians.net

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/KSIB2PGTAXFCPCMQ74NRZ4UUJM Beerman

    What incompetent Boobs!

  • Anonymous

    How can boner command any respect when he is about to outed as an adulterer in the National Enquire? That’s probably not the issue but it is fun to say. If he wants some success he might try proposing some job creating bills.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, bugroff. You don’t have a clue what is going on, you just like shouting “Democrats BAD! Republicans GOOD!” Animal Farm is over that way. Have a nice time there.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, boobs are beautiful. These guys are putzes.

  • Anonymous

    Wah, wah, waaahmbulance!

  • Anonymous

    Where the hell are all the jobs ??? Trying to extend parts of the Patriot Act sure will put food on the table. Lying Bastards

  • Anonymous

    This comment thread made my day. Thanks you gentlemen.

    GOP = Gay Oldfuck Party. Looks awful cramped in that closet.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    This is what happens when you give children leadership positions.

  • Anonymous

    Lucky the Patriot Act didn’t expire before the Super Bowl. Think of all those Spaniards who would have been watching the game for free!

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20030429-261.html

  • mjcc1987

    Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge. You clearly have gargled and spit.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    Your hissy fit is amusing. The teabaggers are fucking parasites.

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    haha

  • mjcc1987

    Right after we deal with the petty little things the religious bigots sent us here to do. Maybe in a year or two we can get around to jobs for 100K plus people.

  • Anonymous

    Oh you’re so entertaining.
    “I don’t care either way even though Democrats didnt do the right thing”

    Yeah you’re sooo unbiased by facts.

  • Anonymous

    Power brokers? The UN? Hahahaha

  • Anonymous

    The GOP likes to pretend they have the Tea Party under control but all along it was their party splitting in two.

    Pelosi would have known what the hell was going on and would have the votes within a margin on 2.

    Republicans are impotent.

  • Anonymous

    Of course the Defunding UN bill failed. It wouldn’t have passed in the Senate and Obama would have vetoed if it got to him. We would be in extra shit on the International level if we pulled out of the UN…. Not really surprised about the Patriot Act either.

    Republicans will fail in 2012

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    HA! From the “NO” Party to the LOSER Party (DADT repeal and other “Lame duck” bills passed) healthcare repeal, these two bills killed). What a difference a day (Nov 4 2010) makes. I hope this record of failure continues.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    They have to light up the social/religious issues because there is only one functional path to take to create jobs.. close the loopholes, and they already said “no” to that. If they can’t distract, they have even more nothing than they do now.

    And, of course, there’s the pretending that “defunding a billion or so” will make up for the $70 billion in tax cuts to the rich they just forced through.. if they can’t show those tax cuts for the rich didn’t fuck us, they will all be given a pink slip in 2012.. over 60% of the public didn’t want to give the rich more, that will only go higher once more people see that tax cuts for the rich don’t actually do anything but make us all poorer.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Your Hallucinogens are failing ya!

  • Anonymous

    Ole’ Boner looks pretty limp 2 me……………….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    Huh.. the Dems (and some teabaggers) said “NO” to the Patriot Act .. by “not crossing the isle”.. and you cry about $170 million? No whimpering about the $70 BILLION we gave to the richest people on the planet because it would be “mean” to demand they help support the nation they are looting?

    you people really do have broken brains.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    And those same Dems refused to authorize the Constitution violating Patriot Act as well. Damn those Dems! defending your Constitutional rights!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    It’s “right” to destabilize global peace keepers, our allies, our friends, the people that help us keep the world safe? .. so, then, you think it’s “right” that government gets to spy on you on a whim with no probable cause — gets to “sneak and peek” and rifle through your stuff?

    Why do you hate the Constitution and global peace?

  • Anonymous

    uhh, if i’m not mistaken, i think the US owes the UN money Someone got it backwards. Check it out and know.

  • Lincoln Paradox

    I’m pretty sure that we owe the UN a lot of back dues from the Bush43 years.

  • Anonymous

    The story is wrong or my calculator is. The story says that “he PATRIOT Act…failed 277 to 148, some 23 votes shy of a two-thirds majority.” If you multiply 435 by .66 you get 287.1 so certainly 288 would easily be a 2/3rds majority. I guess the Republicans in the House better find a whip who can count to 288. And Raw Story better find a journalist who can use a calculator. I always knew the Republicans were dumb, but I at least thought they could count by 1 to 288. I was wrong.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ hounddogg

    i guess the “cavalry” is being led by General Custer…

  • Anonymous

    It will, it will…for the thousands of spies running around the USA.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, the good news is the wheels on the GOP wagon are starting to fall off! The Tea Party will continue to push their agenda and Micth McConnell and the Weeper of the House will have to eat some crow, big time!

  • Anonymous

    I want to know where the jobs are? Didn’t they expect Obama to fix the economy 2 weeks after his inauguration…that after 8 years of Bush republicans destroying the economy. Where are the jobs? No one talks about the jobs.

  • Anonymous

    The correct number is 290 votes. 2/3rds = 67%

  • Anonymous

    “Their” party is divided, Mr. Hoyer? Don’t you mean “our” party?

    Deflect much?

  • Anonymous

    Oopps they did it again. :))

  • Anonymous

    Of course the Patriot Act should die. It was made up by people who didn’t care about the Constitution.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GQQIJ5U6H3BDGSXIMPCJSHHUPY Pee Pee

    I, for one, welcome our new, procedurally stymied robot overlords.

  • Anonymous

    Or a neo Lucas Parmiter, without the charm.

  • Anonymous

    I am still reeling a bit from the spectacular DADT repeal. I just hope the Dems didn’t give away the store to get it.

    Notice that the phony baloney Log Cabin Repukes are still pushing their suit, trying to get it to the Supreme Court.

  • Guest

    Republicans are good at winning elections. Too bad they’re lousy at governing.

    I just hope the electorate is paying attention.

  • Anonymous

    The Dems are too busy with lobbyist to notice. The ones who aren’t with their lobbying friends are too intimidated by the republicans to notice or care.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSVG73USMG342DWORQKIEJ6HVQ Bob

    They did what was right. They blocked the attempt to fleece the UN and they blocked the unconstitutional Patriot Act.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately with everything going on in Egypt no one is paying attention to their mis- steps.
    If the Democrats would all stick together..we could just get some compromise going..

  • CozmicSeer

    Seems like most of the Rethugs have taken the prerequisite lobotomy in order to become more perfect Rethugs. Their actions on items like this show a total lack of intelligent thinking or representation of the people of this country. Shouldn’t there be a law that says all members of Congress should have to have a minimum IQ above average(probably would get rid of 90% of the Rethugs and quite a few Democraps immediately).

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    This is what happens when you give LEMMINGS leadership positions.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    You forgot to capitalize Right. And you guys are so hepped up about making English the official language.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    You are truly demented.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Perfect.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    He can’t help it. Inbreeding will do that to you.

    As for the teabaggers, I see them as a still fluid force that could conceivably be diverted in the other direction by the proper infusion of liberal cash and a bit of PR.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    But Alito, Scalito, and Tomato have ruled that such limitations are unconstitutional. One wonders if the U.S. Army would support a transition to democracy.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Stupid Republicans? That’s not a trend. That’s their platform!

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    And don’t forget the Middle East rathole down which we have been throwing trillions of dollars, when the Egyptian people have shown that democracy doesn’t require money.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Their voters, at least the ones I have seen at work, are walking around all glum-faced with their heads down because their baloney line about spreading democracy has been co-opted by Julian Assange and the Tunisian and Egyptian people. Viva la revolucion!

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    That’s minority leader.

    By the way, have you seen his Wikipedia photo? He looks like Alvin the Chipmunk.

  • Anonymous

    Yea, but when public funding of campaigns is “voluntary,” it is constitutional. Otherwise, to prohibit such, they would actually be mandating private money (which are usually high enough to be called “bribes”).

    See http://fairelectionsnow.org/about-bill

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Uh, fellah, Hoyer is the DEMOCRATIC minority whip. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steny_Hoyer

    Maryland is a majority Democratic state. One of the reasons it’s the Land of Pleasant Living.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    [This reply intentionally left blank due to the stupidity of the above remark]

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Yeah, but make sure sheep abortions are illegal. Don’t want to lose any potential sheeple.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    Ha ha. Never thought of gerbils.

  • Hassan i Sabbah

    It’s one of them super-sized closets they have on the ritzier side of town.

  • Anonymous

    **It’s about time we had some diversity in the Republican Party. They’re still a bunch of caustic christians, but there’s also a few REAL fiscal conservatives in there. May they drink each other’s milk shakes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    yep the Repubs are divided all right.
    Half of them are certifiable kooks, the other half totally out of their Fricking minds. LOL

  • Anonymous

    If Rand Paul is against the doublespeak named “Patriot Act” then I applaud Senator Paul. The greatest damage to America is done from within by shattering the Constitution with treasonous laws like the “Patriot Act.”

  • Anonymous

    As one connoisseur to another, heh.

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