SIDENOTE : It was one year ago, that John Kline and the House Republicans shutdown the government. It lasted for sixteen days. This is the second part in a series. Click here to read about October 1st activities.
WHY IT MATTERS : John Kline did it one year ago … and the House Republicans are passing funding bills that will expire in May 2015 … after the new Congress is in place and with enough time before the 2016 elections will be discussed … the tactic will once again be to threaten another shutdown … and John Kline has proven that he will support this tactic.
October 2nd wasn’t supposed to be the second day of the GOP Government shutdown … and that changed Chairman Kline’s schedule.
Chairman Kline had a hearing planned … witnesses invited … a bill to discuss
“Examining Recent Actions by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs” Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The hearing is scheduled at 10:00 a.m. in room 2175 Rayburn H.O.B.
Chairman Kline had to cancel the meeting … and proceeded to become a tour guide (and tweeting about it)
@repjohnkline Beyond pathetic. Stop grandstanding at sites you personally shut down, reopen the government, and DO YOUR JOB!
— David O'Connell (@gadgetguymn) October 2, 2013
— Pixie Poe (@PixiePoe123) October 2, 2013
— Greg Woods (@diygreg) October 2, 2013
.@repjohnkline Get back to the Capitol Building and do your real job.
— dgrc (@petomane_ancien) October 3, 2013
— Dub Master C (@DubMasterC) October 3, 2013
— Kate Brickman (@katebrickman) October 2, 2013
Hey, how can they blame John Kline … after all, Congress was still getting paid during the partial government shutdown (currently, Members of the House and Senate earn $174,000 per year).
He saw a job that wasn’t being done … and he stepped in and did it … well at least he did it that day.
Eventually, the hearing was rescheduled for December 3 … more than two months later.
The proposed legislation the Protecting Health Care Providers from Increased Administrative Burdens Act (H.R. 3633) would prevent the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) from exerting jurisdiction over health care providers through “executive fiat”.
So what has become of H.R. 3633 ?
They held another hearing on March 13, 2014 … but Chairman Kline has not scheduled a vote.
When you hear the phrase “Do Nothing House”, do you think of Chairman Kline ?
It doesn’t have to be next year.
Mike Obermueller understands the comments made to John Kline’s tweet … he knows hard-working Minnesotans, warning that the shutdown was unnecessary and that “These men and women go to work every day and do their job, unlike this dysfunctional Congress which thanks to Congressman Kline’s vote, is headed for a government shutdown.” Mike Obermueller added “It’s time to put people in Congress who actually care about rebuilding the middle class.”