Sponsoring a bill with a Democrat that has unanimous support (423-0) is not an act of courage. Being a one-issue moderate is not an act of courage. Because of party bias, 95 percent of US Rep. Jackie Walorski’s message votes will never pass the Senate. Walorski has voted over 350 times with Republican leadership’s message votes (political theater).
On the other hand, our president has signed 127 bills into law. Those bills that pass are bipartisan 95 percent of the time. This is the lowest number of laws passed since 1973 records. This is our laziest, most useless and least productive Congress, but they will receive a COLA increase of $2,800 in January.
With a record number of Senate filibusters, which has slowed legislation, the Republicans have prevented appointment of ambassadors, judges and executives. This tactic prevents progress on legislation and job creation. This is a strategy to drive a wedge between government and the purpose of government.
The goal of the least productive Congress is the Republican takeover of the Senate, and thus Congress. From the government shutdown that Walorski promoted, to 39 “jobs bills” that only reduce regulations and cut revenue, to failure to increase the debt ceiling in a timely way, last-minute action on legislation and investigations into scandals that will lead to an impeachment vote — this is our future.
President Truman faced a similar Congress. His answer was, “The Buck Stops Here.” His executive order desegregated the military. President Lincoln used the Emancipation Proclamation to free slaves by executive order. All presidents have used executive orders.