It’s official – the Republican minority in the Senate has surpassed the all-time record for obstructionism in the Senate in just half a session of Congress by blocking more bills via filibuster than any Congress before them.
A new report released today by the Campaign for America’s Future details the 62 times conservatives have used the filibuster to block legislation (or force modification of bills) in the first session of the 110th Congress. In just the first year of this two-year Congress, their use of the filibuster in the Senate topped the previous record, reached during the entire 107th Congress.
Eric Lotke, Campaign for America’s Future research director and lead author of the new report, calls the obstruction a “deliberate strategy.” He observes that the congressional Republicans block legislation, then blame the Democrats for getting nothing done. “It’s like mugging the postman and then complaining that the mail isn’t delivered on time.”
This isn’t the first time I’ve pointed out GOP obstructionism, and I’m certain it won’t be the last. A huge part of why Democrats haven’t been able to accomplish their agenda has been because the GOP has been unwilling to acquiesce to progress. There is a solution – replace more GOP Senators and Representatives with people willing to move America forward, and provide progress.