Republicans were dealt a one-two punch last week with two articles revealing similar tactics of stonewalling and obstruction in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate and from the minority party in New Mexico’s Roundhouse.
The articles show that Democrats are eager to pass bills that will improve the lives of New Mexicans by growing our economy, improving our schools, and protecting our environment. In the U.S. House, over 400 bills have been passed, including bipartisan measures like protecting net neutrality and reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.
Republicans, on the other hand, are working to slow down the legislative process at every level of government. Even bipartisan and uncontroversial bills are being held up by Republicans who refuse to do what’s best for their constituents.
See the full scope of Republican obstruction and stonewalling:
Vox: House Democrats have passed nearly 400 bills. Trump and Republicans are ignoring them.
Democrats in the House have been passing bills at a rapid clip; as of November 15, the House has passed nearly 400 bills, not including resolutions. But the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee estimates 80 percent of those bills have hit a snag in the Senate
House Democrats have passed a wide range of bills since they came to power in January, ranging from a sweeping anti-corruption and pro-democracy reform known as H.R.1, to bills to save net neutrality, pass universal background checks for guns, and reenter the United States into the Paris climate accords.
They have also put a large emphasis on health care, a defining issue of the 2018 election after Trump and Senate Republicans attempted to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Democrats have focused on bills to lower prescription drug costs, protect preexisting conditions, and condemning the Trump administration’s legal battle to strike down the ACA in the courts.
But on major policy issues — like health care and infrastructure, or even bipartisan ones like net neutrality, the Equal Pay Act, or even a simple reauthorization of the longstanding Violence Against Women Act — Democrats’ bills are continuing to languish in the Senate.
Read a full list of major bills and resolutions passed by the House here
Santa Fe New Mexican: Outnumbered GOP turn to quorum games to slow Dems
At times during the 2019 legislative session, as Democrats tried to take up certain bills in committee, Republican legislators would be, well, absent — depriving the panel of enough lawmakers to conduct a valid meeting under the rules.
“We didn’t hurry to get into the building,” acknowledged Rep. Randal Crowder, R-Clovis.
“They have refused literally every offer to work together on legislation,” [House Speaker Brian] Egolf said. “Every time we have tried to get them engaged in the process of forming legislation or scheduling bills on the floor, they said they’re not interested in working with us on anything.”
Other Democrats were critical as well.
“That’s an extreme measure by the minority,” said Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque. “The minority is having a tough time accepting they’re in the minority. Hopefully they won’t go to those extremes because it damages our democracy.”
Read the full article here
DPNM spokesperson Miranda van Dijk released the following statement regarding Republican obstruction:
“Republican obstruction and stonewalling is bad for our democracy and bad for New Mexico. Democrats are working on bills that will improve health care, create a more equitable economy, and protect our environment. By slowing down the legislative process, the GOP is making it nearly impossible to make bipartisan progress on these critical issues. Instead of playing political games, these legislators need to start doing their jobs.”