Keystone Kongress Strikes Again

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The Boehner led GOP is continuing to show us how not to run the House of Representatives.

“The House yesterday failed to extend the life of three surveillance tools that are key to the nation’s post-Sept. 11 antiterror law, a slipup for the new Republican leadership that miscalculated the level of opposition,” the AP writes. “Republicans brought up the bill under a special expedited procedure requiring a two-thirds majority, and the vote was seven short of that level.”

Roll Call called yesterday the “worst day” of Republicans majority “so far when internal GOP divisions resulted in a pair of unexpected and unwelcome defeats for the new leadership Tuesday.” First, “In the afternoon, Republicans abruptly yanked a bill that would extend expiring Trade Adjustment Assistance programs, which provide worker education and retraining, after it became clear that conservative objections to the spending would doom the floor vote.” And then, they lost the 26 members on the expedited version of the Patriot Act.