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February 9, 2011

HOUSE GOP LEADERS LOSE ANOTHER ONE.... Let's just say the week isn't going as planned for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).

He brought the Patriot Act to the floor yesterday, expecting easy passage. He lost. Boehner brought a trade bill to the floor, but had to pull it after rank-and-file Republicans balked.

This afternoon, the House GOP leadership "endured another embarrassing floor loss," this time on U.N. funding.

A bill that would retrieve money already paid to the United Nations failed Wednesday afternoon 259-169, 290 votes were needed for passage. The bill is the third to fail under House stewardship this week. The U.N. bill would have return $179 million that was paid into the U.N. tax equalization fund.

The measure was brought up under House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) signature budget slashing initiative, known as YouCut, under suspension of House rules that required two-thirds vote for passage.

Several GOP sources said Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) had lobbied against the U.N. bill, at the urging of New York city officials. King had spoken to New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly about the funding.

King spoke on the House floor Wednesday, saying defeating the bill is "a matter of life and death."

This didn't persuade many in the GOP caucus, but the argument nevertheless carried the day. As with the vote on the Patriot Act, a House majority supported the GOP proposal, but to expedite matters, the measure was placed on the suspension calendar, so it needed a two-thirds majority, and came up far short.

This morning, Boehner told reporters, "We've been in the majority four weeks. We're not going to be perfect every day."

A month into the new Congress, it appears Republican leaders are still struggling a bit in the "leadership" department.

Steve Benen 4:50 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (17)

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"Not going to be perfect every day". So tell me which day was perfect. And where is the jobs program Mr. Boehner.

Posted by: wordtypist on February 9, 2011 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

You can do a "do over" with money paid to the U.N.?

Posted by: ComradeAnon on February 9, 2011 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

I read where some senators want to extend the patriot act for eternity.

Seems they dont want the war on terror to ever end.

Bizarro world.

Posted by: Kill Bill on February 9, 2011 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

If this had happened under Pelosi, the Washington Post and the rest of the inside the Beltway crowd would be discussing on Page 1 why she hadn't resigned by now.

Posted by: arkie on February 9, 2011 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

"..in the majority four weeks..."!

Ah HAH! Then - how can you take credit for any economic recovery (however slight).

I know, I know.. spit in one hand, expect consistency in the other - you end up with ...

Posted by: sduffys on February 9, 2011 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

Terrific, I love the smell of Republican defeat in the morning.

And the afternoon.

And the evening.

Posted by: Mo Rage on February 9, 2011 at 5:11 PM | PERMALINK

"But it's my first day!" - Homer Simpson

Posted by: Todd for VT House on February 9, 2011 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

How many times in her entire tenure as Speaker did Nancy Pelosi bring a bill to the floor and not get the result she expected?

Posted by: Rachel Q on February 9, 2011 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

Probably thought the UN would be an easy target. So much for theory, consistency, and verisimilitude. But when, as of late, did Repubs ever care about anything but greed.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on February 9, 2011 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

Whatever her other faults Pelosi could at least count votes. Yes she lost a few squeakers that she expected to win. But I don't think she ever got caught flat footed three times in row in less than a week.

Posted by: thorin-1 on February 9, 2011 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

Hopefully Speaker Pelosi will have a spoonful or two of schadenfreude with her coffee tomorrow.

Posted by: Donny J on February 9, 2011 at 5:46 PM | PERMALINK

@Rachel Q, 17:21

I think at least once, also in the case of going the "short" route of requiring supermajority for something that seemed to be routine. Can't remember which one it was, the 9/11 responders, maybe?

Vis Boehner's:
"We've been in the majority four weeks. We're not going to be perfect every day."

Nobody's expecting you to be perfect every day. But it looks like being half-decent once in a blue moon is going to be beyond you and your cohorts, too.

Posted by: exlibra on February 9, 2011 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

I've been around since the mid 1950s, and I can attest to the fact that Republicans can most effectively campaign and get elected.

It's just that outside of Ike, I haven't seen a one who could actually govern! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on February 9, 2011 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK

Oh dear...It appears Speaker Boehner has been caught speaking with his little boehner...


Posted by: James in LA on February 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM | PERMALINK

Boehner and gang will do anything to avoid admitting THEY HAVE NO WORKABLE SOLUTIONS. Those who screamed the loudest are all mouth. Where are the jobs Bachman, Cantor, Boehner.

The roof collapses and their solution is to cut funding to those offering shelter with no thought as to how to go about replacing the roof. That will show those liberals huh?

Wasn't enough to come close to another republican great depression under Bush and the clueless on the economy repubs, the voters allowed 'em back to prove how much worse they can make it.

btw...off topic but if I hear another idiot make the claim that this is a country based on Judeo/Christian principles I'll go nuts. It's as if they believe there were no principles before such time. People just sat around murdering children and stealing before ever hearing "Thou shalt not kill", etc. ("god, who would have thought...")

The American Indian had these principles long before Christians invaded.

They are simply moralistic principles which man came to realize all on his own just before coming up with the Bill of Rights and habeus corpus.(ha)
People prayed just as fervently to Zeus and sacrificed just as intently as Christians do to their God or whoever you believe your 'Creator' to be.

Accepting without question is not faith...it's stupidity. Hell, If I were God I could come up with a better plan than the ones I've been told...and maybe that's the idea. (Just a rant)

Posted by: bjobotts on February 9, 2011 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

Soon Boehner will have tears running down his face while begging his republican colleagues to find another speaker who won't dissolve in tears at the mention of his being a republican without influence, but with the most orange face turning to red and black with failure.

All the republicans know how to do is stop progress, not able to govern.

Their clearly stated goal is to prevent Obama from being elected; nothing about dealing with the country's economic collapse by them or any other employment for their surrounding peoples of 300 million who sometimes are referred to as "americans," but who it seems they never met.

Posted by: Art D. on February 10, 2011 at 2:26 AM | PERMALINK

Au contraire Mr. Boehner... you ARE perfect.

Number of pieces of legislation signed into law: 0.

Posted by: ckelly on February 10, 2011 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK



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