proposed legislation

Your House of Representatives (Freedom Fried Mix)

¿Welcome to Freedom?

“Really? Twelve years after Freedom Fries, we’re now embracing a Freedom Foyer?”

Steve Benen

Ask yourself if you really, really want to know. After all, this is what it looks like when House Republicans get to work.

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Benen, Steve. “What in the world is a ‘Freedom Foyer’?” msnbc. 27 October 2015.

An Example of How It’s Going to Go

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) (L) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wait to speak at the "Exempt America from Obamacare" rally, on Capitol Hill, September 10, 2013, in Washington, D.C.  Some conservative lawmakers are making a push to try to defund the health care law as part of the debates over the budget and funding the federal government.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“‘Vote for me because I introduced a bunch of bills that didn’t pass’ is a tough pitch to sell on the presidential campaign trail.”

Steve Benen

In truth, there isn’t really much to add, but if you’d like the detail, the inimitable Mr. Benen does provide:

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., arrives for the Senate Republicans' policy lunch in the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty)Cruz, Paul, and Rubio, meanwhile, are championing all kinds of proposals, but between them, they have precious few laws. There’s a difference between those who push legislation and those who actually legislate.

Consider the problem in a different context: imagine if I told msnbc, “I had great ideas for hundreds of blog posts.” If the network asked me how many I wrote, and I responded, “Well, I haven’t really gotten around to following through on my ideas,” msnbc probably wouldn’t be too pleased.

Wait, what?

Trivia time: Word association―”light bulbs” … go.

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Benen, Steve. “Senators adopt legislative strategy with 2016 in mind”. msnbc. 17 February 2015.