In the 2014 elections, Republicans promised to put to President’s powers in check, and stop him from overstepping his bounds. Were in June of 2015, and this promise is completely dead already, and this vote yesterday proves it.
Yesterday, the Senate passed the Trade Promotion Authority bill that would limit Congressional say in the formation of treaties with other countries. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution states:
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.
With that in mind, the Trade Promotion Authority bill should be seen as unconstitutional, but Congress doesn’t care about that. TPA has been billed as an easier way to put trade agreements through to passage, and with the TPA now going to be signed by the President, passage of trade deals is more likely than before. No longer will Congress have a say in what is in the treaty. That is an abdication of power on behalf of the Republicans and Democrats who voted in favor of this.
With that in mind, I’d like to remind you who the GOP Leadership is. You have John Boehner (R-OH), the Speaker of the House. This man belongs in a prison, in my opinion, but that’s just me. Boehner and his henchmen, including House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, pushed the TPA through the House, making it must pass legislation. Those who refused to vote for it, even to bring it up for a vote, were punished. Mark Meadows (R-NC) lost his subcommittee chairmanship of the Government Operations Subcommittee when Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a “conservative” and Boehner ally, stripped him of his title, for not voting for the TPA to come up for a vote. Chaffetz is reported as saying this:
This past weekend, in an interview with Politico, Chaffetz, using a sports reference, compared his action against Meadows to how a coach “needs to make a change on the field.”
Thankfully for him, he got his title back.
But it doesn’t stop there with those that have been punished by the Speaker and his core power group. The Daily Signal did a video on the 11 Congressman who have so far been punished under Boehner’s leadership:
- Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, removed from Budget Committee
- Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa, denied a spot on the National Republican Congressional Committee’s fundraising initiative for vulnerable House members
- Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona, removed from the GOP whip team
- Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas, removed from Budget and Agriculture Committees
- Rep. Walter Jones of North Carolina, removed from Financial Services Committee
- Rep. Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, removed from the GOP whip team
- Rep. Mark Meadows, lost his chairmanship of House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee
- Rep. Richard Nugent of Florida, removed from Rules Committee
- Rep. Steve Pearce of New Mexico, removed from the GOP whip team
- Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona, removed from Financial Services Committee
- Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida, removed from Rules Committee
But it’s not just the House leadership that stinks. The Senate side is bad as well. McConnell is very tight on his power there. McConnell’s insistance that the TPA be passed, and his actions on the PATRIOT ACT, and his opposition to the “fillibuster” led by Ted Cruz on Obamacare, and many other things like putting through the CROmnibus and not stopping Obama’s Executive Immigration actions.
McConnell complained that he couldn’t do anything with the DHS funding bill that would have put an end to the Executive Actions. Even Boehner called him out on it, to show just how bad of a leader he is. When a spineless hack calls you out, you know things are bad.
Simply put, the GOP DESPERATELY NEEDS NEW LEADERSHIP. It’s not something to mull over for a little bit, then forget. It needs to happen. The spineless people need to kicked out of office, and replaced with people who stand true to the Constitution, and want to reduce the size of government, and not those who will put it to use for their own good.