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In 2010 the Republican Party seized the House of Representatives by promising to do all they could to create jobs for the American people. They didn't.


Non-Job Creation Legislation of 2012

1-2-2012: Congress will return to session on January 17th. They will work for six whole days this month. Must be nice. Don't expect much Federal job creation during this period.

1-18-2012: Here we GO!

On Tuesday, the 17th, the House selected a new as-yet-unnamed Sergeant-At-Arms. On the 18th the House will attempt and fail to vote down Mr. Obama's request for a debt increase. The House will then adjourn until Monday. No jobs were created.

1-23-2012: Not much today. Just a panel discussion on doing business with the military, plus some GOP shenanigans called the Legally Binding Budget Act of 2011. Simply put, it's an attempt to make the president culpable for lousy budgets. No jobs were created.

1-25-2012: Speaker of the House John Boehner claims that the GOP passed 30 jobs bills in the past session of Congress. Well, they passed 30 "somethings" but they certainly had little to do with job creation. Follow the link and laugh.

1-27-2012: The House held hearings on Wednesday trying to cut retirement benefits for federal employees. They also redefined what an "aircraft" is. They then took Thursday off. No jobs were created.

1-30-2012: On Friday, the 27th, the House was in session for a whole four minutes.  No jobs were created.

1-31-2012: Today the House voted on a motion to consider the repeal of the CLASS Program, part of the Affordable Health Care Act aimed at helping low-income citizens get health care. It passed on party lines. Don't expect it to escape the Senate. No jobs were created.

2-3-2012: The House proposed a bill that keeps welfare recipients out of strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores. The actual purpose of the bill was to have Democrats vote against it so that their Republican opponents can claim Democrats are FOR such nonsense. The bill passed 395-27 but it will die in the Senate, so ha-ha-ha, GOP. No jobs were created.

2-6-2012: Last week House Republicans approved language for debate on two bills that would gut Federal programs without having to pass specific legislation. This would, essentially, equal more tax cuts for big business. No jobs were created.

2-8-2012: The consistent upward trend in employment numbers would seem to be an excellent time for the GOP to bask in glory as good shepherds of the economy. But even though they've done absolutely nothing to increase employment for the past year all they can do is grumble that "More should be done". For once, they're right. No jobs were created.

2-10-2012: House Republican's are watering down the insider trading bill so that Democrats will vote against it. Thus, come November, our GOP pals can say that Democrats are actually for insider trading. What more could we expect from these useless conservative sleazebags? No jobs were created.

2-13-2012: Today there will be exactly one hearing about "exploring all energy options." It should be called "exploring oil energy options." Meanwhile, Senate Republicans are trying to kill the Violence Against Women Act. No jobs were created.

2-15-2012: So which party has introduced "the most partisan" and "worst transportation bill that Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood has seen in 35 years"? Go on... guess. (Hint: It wasn't the Democrats.) No jobs were created.

2-17-2012: The House will presumably vote on and pass the payroll tax extension today. Then they'll leave town for ten days in order to celebrate Presidents Day. Cushy gig. No jobs were created.

2-20-2012: Congress is out this week on an extended Presidents Day vacation. Between now and April they're going to take four weeks off. Who the heck made this ridiculous schedule? (Hint: It was the majority party in the House. The idea being, I suppose, that the less Congress is in session, the less gets done.) No jobs were created.

2-27-2012: The Congressional Circus is back in action after a week off for President's Day, and today they'll be considering H.R. 4078, "The Regulatory Freeze of Jobs Act of 2012." It's worse than it sounds as its intent is "to provide that no agency may take any significant regulatory action until the unemployment rate is equal to or less than 6.0 percent." Cue the sad trombone sound. No jobs were created.

2-29-2012: The House failed to pass the Research Works Act, which would have prohibited federal agencies from releasing the result of taxpayer-funded research. No jobs were created.

3-2-2012: Yesterday the House spent most of the day debating and passing the San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act. Meanwhile, in the Senate, Democrats, plus Olympia Snowe, fended off the execrable Blunt Amendment. In addition, Speaker Boehner vows to continue contraception fight. Because it's all about jobs, right? No jobs were created.

3-5-2012: On Thursday, the 1st of March, the House unanimously voted to allow itself to give oral histories of the civil rights era, then condemned Iran for finding one of its citizens guilty of apostasy. The House then took Friday off. No jobs were created.

3-7-2012: On Monday the House spent two whole hours naming two federal buildings and then adjourned. On Tuesday they shuffled paper all day regarding a Bureau of Reclamation bill involving hydropower development. No jobs were created.

3-9-2012:
The House spent all day Thursday debating H.R. 3606, the "Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act". It is better known as the "Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act". What it actually is, is a financial market deregulation bill. What it REALLY is, is a fake jobs bill. No jobs were created.

3-12-2012: Last Friday, March 9th, members of the House attended a hearing in Saranac Lake, NY, to discuss a farm bill. No jobs were created. Today, the House has scheduled a single hearing on (Are you ready?) "Explosion of Federal Regulations Threatening Jobs and Economic Survival in the West"... in Elko Nevada. DAMN those regulations! No jobs were created.

3-14-2012: The House is in another recess until Tuesday, the 20th of March. No jobs were created.

3-19-2012: The House is theoretically in session. They're back in Washington but nothing much is scheduled this week except for hearings. They might as well be painting their bedroom's black and listening to Led Zeppelin albums. No jobs were created.

3-21-2012: On Monday, the 19th, the House was called to order at 4PM. They then spent the next four hours arguing a bill that would allow Israeli nationals to receive nonimmigrant visas. No jobs were created.

On Tuesday, the House convened at Noon. The GOP spent the balance of the day trying to steal a Virginia park to fence to their industrialist buddies. No jobs were created.

3-23-2012: For the past two days the House has been debating H.R. 5, the "HEALTH" bill, which is actually about tort reform. No jobs were created.

3-26-2012: The House took last Friday off. No jobs were created.

3-28-2012: The House debated FCC transparency, baby monitors, and a transportation bill but nothing of note passed. No jobs were created, either.

3-30-2012: The House voted to end Medicare again but, thankfully, they signed a 90-day extension to the transportation bill. No jobs were created.

4-2-2012: The House vacated the premises early last Friday and won't be back in session until the 16th of April. No jobs will be created.

4-16-2012: The House is back in session but it's mostly just nuts-and-bolts stuff this week. Although a vote on another corporate tax cut bill (H.R. 9) is in the offing.

4-18-2012: The House voted down the Buffet Rule, awarded Lena Horne a posthumous Congressional Gold Medal, then argued the rest of the day about rules to "enhance" hunting, fishing, and shooting. No jobs were created.

4-20-2012: The House passed "The Small Business Tax Cut Act" (H.R. 9) but they might as well have named the bill "Ponies For Everyone" because it wasn't about small business, and it will never pass the Senate. No jobs were created today.

4-23-2012: The House was in pro forma session to keep President Obama from assigning badly needed federal judges. No jobs were created.

4-25-2012: The House spent the day dealing with the legislative version of cleaning their room. In this case it meant passing bills that dealt with adjustments to the boundaries of parklands, land swaps, and the like. No jobs or anything remotely like them were created.

4-27-2012: The House pased a couple of suspension bills (The DATA Act and the Small Business Credit Availability Act). They also passed CISPA, which is distressing, but the prez has promised a veto. Looking forward to that. Oh, and no jobs were created.

4-30-2012: On Friday the House approved a bill that lowers the interest on student loans, but tacked on a rider which guts the Health Care Act. It's designed to result in a presidential veto, at which point Republicans can claim that Mr. Obama doesn't care about higher education.

To which I say "Fuck these Republicans! Fuck these horrible, greedy, useless, poisonous bags of scum!"

5-9-2012: The House is back in session but they only passed a handful of suspension bills. No jobs were created.

5-11-2012: The GOP-led House passed several bills that denied the Obama administration funds to fight for progesssive issues. Read the dismal details here. No jobs were created even though Speaker Boehner again claimed the GOP had a tight focus on jobs... when being specifically asked about why his party is passing so much anti-gay legislation. Fuck this guy. No jobs were created.

5-14-2012: Last Thursday the House passed the Sequestration Replacement Act, designed to fatten the Pentagon coffers at the expense of the elderly and the poor. It is destined to die in the Senate. No Jobs were created.

5-16-2012: The House was not in session on Monday, but on Tuesday the legislators busied themselves passing noncontroversial suspension bills. Ho-hum. No jobs were created, but you already knew that.

5-18-2012: The House passed a watered-down Violence Against Women Act. Basically, if you're an immigrant or a native American woman, you're fair game for any sadist. They'll pass a major defense funding bill tomorrow and then will take the next week off. No jobs were created.

5-21-2012: On Friday the House passed a bloated defense spending bill, even though they were obligated to cut defense spending as part of the Super Committee agreement. Not only did the new bill include discriminitory language it also included an amendment allowing the government to institute propaganda against the American people. The president has vowed to veto this bill. No jobs were created unless you count the military contractors rolling in effluent streams of your tax dollars.

5-23-2012: Say it with me now: "The House is in recess until the 30th of May. Must be nice to have so many vacations. Oh, how I hate those indolent GOP swine."

6-1-2012: Another day, another abortion bill. This time the "Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act." Which was designed to stop abortions based on sex or race. Seriously. It failed to pass. Apart from that bit of nonsense the day was one long last-minute rush to pass bills that pay the government credit card. No jobs were created.

6-4-2012: Last Friday three Democratic (Hahn, Kaptur, Tonko) amendments to increase funding  for energy efficiency and renewable energy failed, while three Republican (Hultgren, Chaffetz, McClintock) amendments to reduce funding of energy efficiency and renewable energy also failed. No jobs were created.

6-6-2012: The House was not in session on Monday but on Tuesday it spent the day amending water and energy bills, mostly shuffling money from one account to another. It was not a job creating event.

6-8-2012: The House passed a bill to repeal a new exise tax on medical devices. The GOP refers to this as a "jobs bill". Another waste of time as the Senate will not consider the bill. In the meantime the GOP is still losing its shit over incandescent lightbulbs, voting to restrict funding for the application of energy-efficient lighting (The GOP evidently believes that CFL's are manufactured in Hell itself.) Job creation was not in evidence.

6-11-2012: On Friday the House voted to cut funding for Open World Leadership Center, the Congressional Research Service, and the Washington Botanic Garden. But, on the bright side, they voted themselves funds to print some snazzy new pocket-sized editions of the U.S. Constitution to hand out to constituents. As always, no jobs were created.

The House is in recess until the 18th of June.

6-20-2012: The past two days have seen nothing fancy from the House. Just a couple of suspension bills and some laws aimed at American Indians. No attempt was made to create jobs.

6-22-2012: The clusterfuck that is the Republican-led House of Representatives spent much time dawdling over the transportation bill, the only meaningful jobs bill under consideration. (Don't get your panties twisted about the "jobs" part of this bill. This same bill must be extended each and every year and the only time there's any opposition is when the president is black.) No jobs were created.

6-25-2012: The House adjourned on Friday, the 22nd. No jobs were created.

6-27-2012: The House was pro forma on Monday but was in session until almost 11:30 Tuesday night. Nothing got done. They couldn't even agree to name four post offices. No jobs were created.

6-29-2012: On Thursday, the 28th, the House passed several Homeland Security bills, named a couple of post offices, and voted to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of.... something, because the right-wing base is screaming for blood and they must be appeased. No jobs were created.

7-2-2012: On Friday, the 29th, the House grudgingly passed the Transportation Bill, which has never been a problem up until now, and mortgaged the future of college graduates. No jobs were created.

The House is now adjourned until the 9th of July.

7-11-2012: The House spent the entire day Tuesday debating the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. This is the 33rd time in 18 months that they've tried this. According to the Congression Research Service these votes have cost the tax-payers $50 million dollars. For the record, the House has voted on exactly one jobs bill in the same time period. No jobs were even remotely created.

7-13-2012: On Wednesday, the 11th, the House voted for repeal of the Affordable Care Act, then stopped to discuss golf. I am not kidding. No jobs were created.

7-16-2012: Having failed to ACTUALLY repeal the Affordable Care Act the House took Friday the 13th off, 'cause it's SCAAAAARY. No jobs were created.

7-18-2012: The House was in recess on Monday the 16th. On the 17th it passed both a Department of State appropriations bill and the Insular Areas Act of 2011. (Insular areas are, generally speaking, small islands which the U.S. claims for itself.) No jobs were created.

7-20-2012: The House spent the 18th and 19th debating the massive Defense Appropriations Bill. No jobs were created.

7-23-2012: The House spent the Friday the 20th debating the massive Defense Appropriations Bill. No jobs were created.

7-25-2012: The House spent the 23th and 24th marking time until the August recess debating various suspension bills (requires a 2/3 vote), one of which prohibits the issuance of new regulations on business until the unemployment rate falls below 6%. Need I add which party authored such a nonsensical piece of tripe?

7-27-2012: On Wednesday the 25th the House voted to require a full audit of the Federal Reserve. On Thursday the 26th the House spent most of the day passing amendments for suspension bills, plus one whole hour to fix one typo. No jobs were created.

7-30-2012: The House took last Friday, the 27th, off because it was SUCH a tough week accomplishing nothing.

8-1-2012: The House was in recess Monday the 30th. On the 31st they took votes on three bills. One was to reduce executive positions subject to Senate approval and one was to make tax delinquents ineligible for federal jobs. These were essentially job-reducing bills, so of course they both passed. The third was an anti-abortion bill. It failed. Negative jobs were created.

8-3-2012: On Wednesday, the 1st, the House passed a series of ho-hum suspension rules and eventually voted down a revision of the Bush tax cuts that would have only taxed earnings in excess of $250k.

On Thursday, the 2nd, the House passed a resolution that said the government should keep its grubby mitts off the internet.

The House will now be in recess for the next five weeks. Maybe.

9-10-12 & 9-11-12: The House is finally back in session and the past two days have seen a flurry of voting on various bills, but they all ended on the same note:

"Motion to reconsider laid on the table and Agreed to without objection."

Meaning "Okay, we voted for this turkey but we're going to give it old skunk-eye once more before passing it along to the Senate."

9-12-12: The House passed bills to: extend the FISA Act, promote competitiveness in American manufacturing (don't get excited), and a land swap in Minnesota. No jobs were created.

9-13-12: The House passed nothing today, and for the first time in modern history, in the midst of a terrible drought, the House will not pass a Farm Bill. Not only have no jobs been created but our nation's farmers are going bankrupt. No jobs were created.

9-14-12: The House reauthorized the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, then limited taxpayer exposure to a 2005 Energy Policy Act. No jobs were created.

9-17&18-2012: The House took the first two days of this week off, because they CAN. No jobs were created.

9-19-12: The House approved: funding for Colordo fish recovery, Mescalero Apache's right to lease water rights, passage of an Iranian boogey-man rule, meaningless lip music to Georgia (Asia), a pancreatic cancer initiative, astronauts right to retain personal artififacts, improved fiduciaries of veterans, donations by tax-payers to the IRS, freeing dead veterans from educational debt, change in interest rates for the Small Business Act, the tracking of cross-border violence, aid to Burma, banned Chinese drywall, provisions for a National Pediatric Research Network, and the easing of rules to allow veterans to become EMTs. No jobs were created.

9-20-2012:
The House approved:
limiting the Secretary of the Interiors authority to issue regulations untils December of 2012, plus several incomprehensible child welfare bills. No jobs were created.

9-21-12: The House approved the "Stop the War on Coal Act". I needn't remind you how pointlessly absurd this bill was. No jobs were created.

9-24-12: The House took the day off. No jobs were created.

9-25-12: The House played a little game called "Hmm, I wonder what they're doing in the Senate today?" Otherwise, bupkis. No jobs were created.

9-26-12: The House took the day off. No jobs were created.

9-27-12: The House took the day off. No jobs were created.

9-28-12:
The House passed three bills regarding privacy and security issues. No jobs were created.

10-1-12 through 10-5-12: The House is taking the week off. No jobs were created.


11-13-12: The House passed a bill that limits U.S. participation in a European emissions trading scheme (S. 1956), and passed another bill that transfers certain functions from the GAO to the Department of Labor (H.R. 6371). No Jobs were created.

11-14-12: Amended the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 6570), amended the Revised Organic Act of the Virgin Islands (H.R. 6116), amended a rule pertaining to tropical possessions relating to bootleg cigarettes (H.R. 5934). No jobs were created.

11-15-12: The entire day was spent debating the modification of rules for the importation of products from the Federation of Moldova (H.R. 6156). No jobs were created.

11-16-12:Passed a bill modifying the rules for the importation of products from the Federation of Moldova (H.R. 6156). No jobs were created.

The House is now in recess until the 26th of November.

1-26-12: The House pledged unwavering support for the state of Israel. (Man, that took some guts.) They're also still talking about Moldova. Who cares about Moldova? No jobs were created.

11-27-12: The House passed a bill concerning annual reports about our maritime borders. (H.R. 6025) Also passed three minor Homeland Security bills. (H.R. 5913, H.R. 5997, and H.R. 6238) no jobs were created.

11-28-12: The House named six post offices and two federal buildings. That's ALL they did the entire day. No jobs were created.

11-29-12: The House debated and ultimately failed to pass a minor immigration bill. They then went home early. No jobs were created.

11-30-12: The House passed H.R. 6429, "To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to promote innovation, investment, and research in the United States, to eliminate the diversity immigrant program, and for other purposes." No jobs were created.

12-3-12: The House spent forty minutes discussing a bill to amend the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. That's all they did. No jobs were created.

12-4-12:
The House granted permanent resident status to six people and referred an energy efficiency bill (H.R. 6852) to committee. No jobs were created.

12-5-12: The House agreed to keep the internet out of the clutches of the U.N., struck the word "lunatic" from federal law, and made revisions in title 36 of the United States Code.

12-6-12:
The House took the day off. No jobs were created.

12-7-12: The House piddled around waiting to see what the Senate was up to, eventually calling it a day just before lunch. No jobs were created.

12-11-12: The assembled House rolled into work at 2PM, then adjourned until 6:30. They then shuffled their feet until 9PM. No jobs were created.

12-12-12: The House passed the Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act (H.R. 5817), failed to pass the Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 6190), passed the No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012 (S. 3542), passed the DART Act (S. 1998), passed the Frank Buckles World War I Memorial Act (H.R. 6364), passed a bill that "Designated the ranking of a certain named Member of a certain standing committee of the House of Representatives" (H. Res.830). No jobs were created.

12-13-12: THe speaker of the House appointed conferees to oversee the nit-picking of Senate-passed bills. No jobs were created.

12-14-12: The House Took the day off. No jobs were created.

12-17-12: The House authorized the issuance of right-of-way permits for natural gas pipelines in Glacier National Park (H.R. 4606), passed a bill making technical corrections to the legal description of land held in trust by the Mission Indians (S. 3193). The Hlouse also condemned the attacks in Newton, Connecticut (H. Res. 833). No jobs were created.

12-18-12: The House extended the visa of Sopuruchi Chukwueke. No jobs were created.

12-19-12: The House agreed to authorize a revised edition of House rules, passed the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act (s. 1440) passed the Medicare IVIG Access Act (H.R. 1845), named three courthouses, six post offices, and two veterans affiars offices.  Amended the Hatch Act, amended title5 of the U.S. code (H.R. 6016). no jobs were created.

12-20-12: The House named five post offices and two veterans affairs offices. Passed the Spending Reduction Act (H.R. 6684). No jobs were created.


Summary: So how "Do-nothing" was the 2011-12 Congress? Record-breaking bad:

the do-nothing congress chart


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