New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, who recently withdrew from a long-awaited US Senate bid, revealed he was “disturbed” after conversations with dozens of Republican senators, who apparently wanted him to be a “roadblock” until the GOP takes over the White House. Sununu Recount The Washington Examiner this month that he was initially “pretty close” to running, explaining, “I wasn’t ready to make an announcement, but I was like, ‘OK, that makes sense. I think I could be a national voice. ‘” But after talking to “most” of the GOP Senate caucus, Sununu reportedly soured on the role once it became clear they wanted him to be a legislative mule.
“They were all, for the most part, happy with the speed at which they were doing nothing. It was very clear that we just had to hold the line for two years,” he told the Examiner. “OK, so I’m just going to be a roadblock for two years. I’m not doing that.”
“It bothered me that they were okay with that,” the governor added.
Sununu’s comments come in the wake of an intense legislative stalemate between Democrats and Republicans over voting rights, an issue that became the center of President Biden’s agenda following negotiations on the ‘Build Back Better Act’ – the president’s $2.2 trillion social safety net plan – fell a share.
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On Wednesday, Senate Republicans successfully obstructed Biden’s sweeping voting rights overhaul — known as the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act — that would standardize voting laws in all 50 states. and suppress voter suppression. Not a single Republican backed the measure, even though the bill is backed by nearly 70% of Americans, according to a Navigator survey from November.
With Republicans dashing Biden’s hopes of passing the party’s two signature pieces of legislation – the “Build Back Better Act” and the “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act” – Democrats are now wondering if their fellow believe in something other than senseless obstructionism. .
At a press conference on Wednesday, Biden echoes the spirit of Sununu’s remarks, asking reporters, “What are Republicans for? What are they for? Name me one thing they are for.”
That same day, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dodged questions when asked to present the official GOP agenda. “That’s a really good question,” McConnell said. “And I’ll let you know when we get it back.”
According to a recent Axios report, the Kentucky Republican privately told colleagues and donors that Republicans had no legislative agenda and were more interested in separating Democrats.
Meanwhile, the House GOP caucus appears to be taking the opposite strategy, according to The Washington Post, with its leadership drawing up a “list of political promises” designed to boost support for the party in 2022.
Among those leading the effort are House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who both ardently supported Donald Trump’s voter fraud plot and voted to overturn the 2020 elections.
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Playing an advisory role to McCarthy, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who crafted the “Contract with America,” a legislative platform largely tied to the GOP’s successful campaign to overthrow both houses in 1994.
Gingrich told the Post that McCarthy doesn’t think an anti-Biden agenda is enough for 2022, saying, “We need a positive message.”
“I think that’s clearly what McCarthy wants to do and I’ve offered to look into things and offer advice,” Gingrich added. “There are a lot of people in the Chamber working on it. It will be a widespread commitment.”
While the exact details of McCarthy’s agenda remain hazy, the outline of the plan is clear.
So-called “parental rights” are expected to take center stage as Republican state officials continue to denounce the alleged instruction of “critical race theory” – the prevalence of which seems to be Verry much exaggerated. To remedy this, McCarthy has already issued an informal statement “parent’s bill of rights,which includes provisions such as the “right to be heard” and the “right to know what is taught in schools and to see the reading material”.
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The House speaker is also expected to convene seven “issue-specific task forces” that will tackle a variety of other policy goals, such as countering China’s economic prowess, tackling the recent crime wave, securing the country’s borders, regulating big tech, reducing business taxes, removing environmental regulations and reducing inflation.
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Soaring consumer goods prices have proven a constant source of whataboutism for Republicans, even as year-end jobs numbers indicate Biden has steered the economy through an unprecedented economic recovery. since taking office. Fox News called inflation “superior weaponthat the GOP is wielding against the Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.
Throughout 2021, the consumer price index rdare 6.8% – the biggest increase since 1982.
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But when it comes to fighting inflation, lawmakers have always had to walk a tightrope, said Brian Riedl, who served as an aide to Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
“There’s nothing that gets the messages across well, cuts inflation dramatically, and is painless,” Riedl told the Post. “It’s easier to criticize inflation than to craft a real solution for the future, and that’s the box Republicans find themselves in right now.”