House Republicans’ Full Plate

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson    

Here are some of the bills filed since January 5 by members of the new House majority. They’re here to show you, as if you didn’t already know, where their heads are. (This is not meant as snark, honestly.)

H.R. 1 – Reserved for the Speaker. By tradition H.R. 1 is the Omnibus Budget Act.
H.R. 2 – Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act – Eric Cantor + 177 cosponsors
H.J.Res. 5 – Amending the Constitution to control spending – Jeb Hensarling + 2.

H.R. 21 – Reclaiming individual liberty (repeal the health care reform individual mandate) – Scott Garrett + 47
H.R. 25 – Repeal the income tax, abolish the IRS, and establish a national sales tax – Rob Woodall + 51
H.R. 38 – Defund the health care reform act – John Fleming + 14
H.R. 39 – Take the polar bear off the endangered species list – Donald Young + 0
H.R. 43 – Eliminate “diversity” visas and give them instead to people who earned advanced degrees and get jobs in the U.S. – Darrell Issa + 0
H.R. 45 – Mandatory sentencing for undocumented immigrants who come back to the U.S. after being deported – Darrell Issa +0
H.R. 49 – Establish oil and gas drilling in Alaska – Donald Young + 0
H.R. 59 – A bill to defund the President’s special advisers, often characterized as “czars” – Steve Scalise + 13
H.R. 67 – Extend expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT act – Michael Rogers + 0
H.R. 68 – Prohibit federal funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting – Doug Lamborn + 0
H.R. 86 – Repeal the estate tax, the gift tax, and the alternative minimum tax – Michele Bachmann + 2
H.R. 87 – Repeal financial reform – Michele Bachmann + 2

H.R. 93 – Cut discretionary spending 10% across the board, excluding defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs – Marsha Blackburn + 0
H.R. 94 – Cut discretionary spending 5% across the board, excluding defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs – Marsha Blackburn + 0
H.R. 95 – Cut discretionary spending 15% across the board, excluding defense, homeland security, and veterans affairs – Marsha Blackburn + 0
H.R. 96 – Prohibit the FCC from regulating the internet – Marsha Blackburn + 62
H.R. 97 – Amend the Clean Air Act so that it doesn’t cover greenhouse gases – Marsha Blackburn + 64
H.R. 98 – Make it harder for undocumented immigrants to work in the U.S. By “improving” Social Security cards and establishing an employment eligibility database – Dan Dreier + 8
H.R. 99 – Cut the income tax, repeal estate and gift taxes, and much more – Dan Dreier + 0
H.R. 103 – Allow seniors to opt out of Medicare, giving them instead get a voucher for a health savings account – Marsha Blackburn + 5
H.R. 105 – Repeal health care reform – Dan Burton + 0
H.R. 118 – Let states opt out of establishing health care exchanges under the health care reform act – John Fleming + 0
H.R. 119 – Prohibit the IRS from hiring anyone to implement, administer, or enforce health care reform – John Fleming + 0
H.R. 123 – Make Bush era tax cuts permanent and repeal the estate tax – John Gingrey + 0
H.R. 127 – Defund health care reform – Tom Graves + 10
H.R. 141 – Repeal health care reform – Steve King + 1
H.R. 143 – Repeal the estate tax – Robert Latta + 17
H.R. 145 – Repeal health care reform – Connie Mack + 0
H.R. 152 – Use the national guard for border control – Ted Poe + 11
H.R. 153 – Ban the EPA from spending any of its budget on cap and trade – Ted Poe + 19

Before you throw up your hands in despair, remember this: In the 111th Congress, nearly 400 bills passed by the House and sent over to the Senate never reached the Senate floor. How many of these bills do you think are going to reach the Senate calendar? Of those, how many do you think will be approved by the Senate?  And, of those, how many do you think Obama will sign?

I don’t think the people who filed these bills have any illusions about their future. Rather, I think they’re either tea party folk or people playing to the tea party, fulfilling promises they made in their campaigns. Having filed their bills, they can now campaign on how the majority in the Senate dissed them.

I did get a chuckle out of Rob Woodall’s filing a bill to repeal the income tax. Was he in the House chamber when his colleagues read the Constitution aloud?  If he was there and awake, he would have heard the Sixteenth Amendment: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

Tsk, tsk. All that talk about adherence to the Constitution, and then Woodall scraps it all.

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