Thursday, December 3, 2009

Steny Hoyer to speak at CAP next Monday

If anybody's interested in sneaking out of work next Monday afternoon, this should be a really good talk:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer will appear at the Center for American Progress Action Fund to discuss the minority party's role in Congress and the current Republican leadership's record of pushing them to be the "Party of No." From creating jobs and addressing the economic crisis, to health reform and climate change, the Republican leadership has put up roadblocks rather than work constructively to find solutions to the challenges facing our country.

The Majority Leader will discuss the history of the "Party of No" strategy, which is based on the assumption that the minority party benefits most when Congress is deadlocked. He will also discuss historical examples of constructive minorities in Congress, to demonstrate that more productive alternatives are possible—alternatives that would enable Congress to better address the needs of the American people at a critical time in our nation’s history.


You've gotta RSVP, the RSVP is on the page I link to.

9 comments:

TJE said...

Will he explain how GOP is obstructing a House with 258 D's and only 177 R's?

Evan said...

I have a feeling the Senate will be mentioned quite often.

TJE said...

Interesting question is whether party of no is a bad label when it comes to health care legislation.

Lachlan said...

Obstructing a Senate with a Dem supermajority?

Evan said...

While the Dems have 60 in their caucus, there are only 58 Democrats in the Senate.

Evan said...

What I mean is that the two non-dems are two of the most radical in the caucus: Sanders might actually demand a strong public option for his vote, and Lieberman is...well, Lieberman.

Lachlan said...

Right, and doesn't that render meaningless the whole 'Republicans are obstructionists' meme? After all, even if their caucus votes en bloc every time they don't have the power to block any legislation without defections from the Dem caucus.

Evan said...

Not especially. They have attempted to cloud, obstruct, confuse, and otherwise muddle the debate quite often.

Lachlan said...

Would you like some cheese with your whine?

The GOP hasn't obstructed...because they can't. At least not without Dem defections. This argument won't be valid until next year.