The U.S. Congress will be back in session on Monday, September 10. The big agenda items will include the Bush tax cuts, and the planned sequestration cuts. They may also try to pass the Farm Bill, or at least some kind of significant drought relief package. Presumably, with this Congress dominated by the wretched imbecility of Tea Party conservatism, there will also be the usual assaults on the rights of, and opportunities for, women, workers, educators and students, etc., etc.
Rep. John Kline (R-MN) will be on the wrong side, intellectually and morally, on all of those issues. And on whatever else might come along.
While typing this, I casually searched “John Kline” and “John Kline news.” Nada of significance, from mainstream media, for the past month. That’s almost certainly because he’s just been privately raising money from corporate interests. MN Central, however, has weighed in with continued perspicacity. Here’s GOP Platform Spotlights Kline’s DoNothing Chairmanship.
OK, so the Great Opportunity Party has highlighted a couple of bills that they will enact.
H.R. 2040 is the National Right-to-Work Act. It was authored by Steve King (R-IA-05) on and currently has 92 co-sponsors. The legislation was assigned to Chairman Kline’s Education and Workforce Committee on May 26, 2011 … and has not held any hearings or advanced the legislation.
H.R. 4385 is the RAISE (Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees) Act. It was authored by Todd Rokita (R-IN-4) and currently has 92 co-sponsors. The legislation was assigned to Chairman Kline’s Education and Workforce Committee on April 18, 2012 … and has not held any hearings or advanced the legislation….
Voters can weigh-in on the whether they agree with the Great Opportunity Party platform, but the message is clear … Republicans want these enacted … just because Chairman Kline and the DoNothing Republican-controlled House has failed to address them, does not mean that they will not push their agenda.
Chairman Kline has dawdled this term … failing to reform the No Child Left Behind education program … but a Romney/Ryan team will no doubt give Chairman Kline another chance … with definitive marching orders.
You can help Kline’s November opponent, Mike Obermueller, here.