God Motto More Important Than Jobs For House GOP

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image of the wall of separationThe Republicans really are in their own little world. Instead of trying to help the 99% they instead voted on a “God check” bill titled “H.Con.Res 13 — Reaffirming ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States.” The jobs are where…???

The resolution, which went through an expedited process requiring acquiescence of two-thirds of the House, passed 396 to 9, with all but one of the no votes coming from Democrats; two members voted “present.” The Senate had passed a similar measure in 2006 when Republicans controlled that chamber.

Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House majority leader, said earlier this year that he would try to prevent votes on measures that were not “substantive and meaningful.” The House did not vote, for example, on an independent resolution, passed in the Senate this year, to honor the troops who carried out the mission that killed Osama bin Laden. His office did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

In God We Trust, With the House’s Help

Symbolism isn’t reducing the increase in people getting food stamps or the unemployment rate.

The resolution is as meaningless as the hand checks we use to do in grade school.

Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said on the floor of the House:

“Today we are returning to irrelevant issues that do nothing to promote economic growth to put Americans back to work,” Nadler said. “We’ve seen this before. In the 107th Congress, we passed a bill to reaffirm the phrase ‘one nation under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance and reaffirm the national motto. We went so far as to reenact into law word for word the existing law making ‘In God We Trust’ the national motto, just to be sure. No one had threatened it. No one had said ‘it’s not the national motto.’

“This resolution today, which has no force of law, simply restates the national motto once again,” Nadler noted. “Why have my Republican friends returned to an irrelevant agenda? Why are we debating non-binding resolutions about the national motto? The American people are demanding action on the president’s jobs legislation. And yet here we are back to irrelevant issue debates, the kind of thing people do when they have run out of ideas.”

Yep that and the Republicans don’t want to do anything to really fix the economy.


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