November 8, 2016, is quickly approaching and one must consider how they will vote for the future POTUS. There are 270 Republican Senators and Congressmen up for re-election.
Do they deserve citizen’s approval? Republicans have held President Obama and Americans hostage for eight years.
The 115th Congress reconvenes in January 2017, and whichever party holds the majority could have an impact on the president’s efficiency.
Republican Obstinate Attitudes
During the president’s tenure, Republicans filibustered any bill that would aid the economy. They nicknamed the Affordable Care Act to Obamacare. They will continue to defame the plan and work toward a repeal.
The national budget was a bone of contention for Republicans. Each year they threatened to close down the country until the last hour.
Since 1975, Social Security recipients have received cost of living adjustments (COLA) except during the Obama Administration. There was no COLA in 2009, 2010, and 2015. In the first two of those years, Congress voted themselves a raise.
In 2015, the reasoning behind no Social Security COLA was that the projections indicated gasoline prices would remain stable. They did not.
The national average for automobile fuel in January was $2.50, by June it was $2.63, and it began to decline the rest of the year ending at $2.14. The cost of gas should never be a decision tool for COLAs. A better apparatus would be the national averages for rent, food, and utilities.
President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court on March 16, 2016, after Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia passed away on February 13.
Republicans refused to consider Garland’s nomination. On November 8, 237 days will have elapsed without any movement toward Garland’s appointment.
Major issues for Americans
- Planned Parenthood Funding
- Roe v Wade Enforcement
- Social Security
- Federal Taxes
- Affordable Care Act
- Supreme Court Justice Appointment
- Education Reform
- North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality
- Marriage Equality
- Racial Division
- Marijuana Legislation
- National Defense
Republicans Do Not Deserve Re-election On November 8, 2016
Even though Donald Trump has embarrassed the Republican party and humiliated them with his pervy behavior, several prominent Senators and Representatives still support him.
- Paul Ryan: Speaker of the House; Wisconsin 1st District
- Addison Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell, Jr.: Leader of the Senate; Kentucky
There is a total of 469 members of Congress. The Legislative body is split into two chambers; the Senate and the House of Representatives (House). All of these posts will be decided by American voters on November 8. The following is a breakdown:
Senate has 34 seats available.
- Republicans: 24
- Democrats: 10
House has 435 seats available.
- Republicans: 246
- Democrats: 186
- Vacant: 3
Before voting Americans should carefully read the Voter’s Pamphlet issued by their states. Question Senators and Representatives about their stand on the issues and if they support Trump.
Should Republicans once again dominate Congress the next two years, they will continue the stranglehold on America. There will be dissension within the Legislative Branch on the federal and state level.
By Cathy Milne
CNN Politics: List: Which Republicans are abandoning Trump and which are sticking by him?
Real Clear Politics: Trump’s Troubles Inflict Pain Down Ballot
Politico: Republicans fret down-ballot wave
Barron’s: Will the Republicans Lose Control of Congress?
Our Future: The Cost To Our Economy From Republican Obstruction And Sabotage
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