Middle Class Loses in GOP’s Political Games

Another week of Republicans in charge of the House, another week playing politics with the lives of the middle class instead of creating jobs.

House Republican refusal to vote on the bipartisan Senate transportation bill has already cost American jobs. Will the GOP run out the clock for the sake of politics or will they pass a conference report by the end of the week?

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday odds are better than even that lawmakers can reach a last-minute compromise on a transportation spending package, but said it is up to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to make the deal happen.  Federal funding for road, bridge and rail projects – and as many as 3 million construction jobs – expires on Saturday, putting lawmakers under pressure to either come to an agreement on a two-year package proposed by the Senate, or craft a short-term extension at current funding levels…”But, we’re still looking at Speaker (John) Boehner to help us get that over the finish line so we will see what happens on that,” Reid said. Boehner is the top Republican in the House. [Reuters, 6/26]

It’s easy for Speaker Boehner to  take his eye off the ball when the House GOP has so many other games to play, such as:

Leading a politically-motivated witch hunt

@OversightDems: A must watch: New Video Documents Unsubstantiated Claims and “Blind Alleys” During Investigation of Fast and Furious

Giving the silent treatment to yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on the Arizona immigration law which former Governor Romney called a “model” for the nation

While many lawmakers today rushed to issue reactions to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Arizona’s immigration law, two of the top Republicans in government — Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) — were not among them.  [Roll Call, 6/25]

Misreading tea leaves while repeating an “all repeal, no replace” mantra and pledging to strip patients’ rights and put the insurance companies back in charge

@GOPLeader: If the Supreme Court strikes down only a portion of Obamacare, the House will move to repeal the whole thing.

Bowing before that “random person” Grover Norquist instead of closing tax loopholes for companies that ship jobs overseas—even as former Governor Romney  tries to explain away the difference between his “outsourcing” and “offshoring”

[GOP Chairman Dave] Camp invited anti-tax activist Grover Norquist to his panel’s hearing room last week to tell fellow Republicans that closing tax loopholes in 2012 does not make sense. [The Hill, 6/26]

With millions of Americans out of work and the clock ticking on middle class priorities, the country can’t afford any more games from the GOP.

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