The House cast a vote (unfortunately merely symbolic, because the Senate won’t be agreeing) to keep the IRS from enforcing Obamacare.
Look at the way the article describes the impetus for the bill [emphasis mine]:
The House voted Friday to prevent the IRS from enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare, a bill meant to exact revenge against an agency that Republicans say is incapable of neutral enforcement of the law…
Friday’s vote was the 40th time the House has tried to fully or partially repeal ObamaCare. But it was also a chance to slam the IRS, which Republicans say has shown itself unworthy of neutrally enforcing the controversial law.
“The IRS is already out of control, abusing its power to tax and audit the activities of honest, hardworking Americans,” House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) said. “The IRS has betrayed the trust of the American people.
“Democrats want to give this agency more power and authority?” he asked. “They want this agency involved in Americans’ healthcare? No way.”
The entire article has 686 words, according to a word counter tool I just used. But these are the only mentions of why the Republicans may have voted this way. Nothing about the fact that there was an actual thing that the IRS actually did that has made the Republicans “say” this. Nothing about the fact that what the Republicans say is like, you know, true.
It’s as though Republicans just make stuff up out of the blue, in order to thwart Obamacare. The rest of the article continues that theme with quotes from Democrats to that effect and denials from Republicans.
It ends on a nice note:
Most Democrats said the House was wasting more time by passing a bill that was sure to go nowhere in the Senate. Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), who was recently honored as the longest-serving member of the House in U.S. history, offered his own historical take on the GOP bill.
“Aren’t you embarrassed to go a 40th time in a fruitless, hopeless act?” he asked. “The Republican Party is like the Bourbons of France: They forget nothing because they never learned anything.”
You know something? To a large extent I actually agree with Dingell on that score, at least in terms of political wrangling and political strategy. The Republicans seem like babes in the woods to me compared to the Democrats.
By the way, about that “longest-serving” bit, Dingell (whom I previously knew next to nothing about) is aged 87. He has been in the House, representing an area near Detroit (actually, two areas; his district was redrawn slightly recently) since—wait for it—1955.
That’s a long time indeed, fifty-eight years. All in the House. Astounding.
By my calculations, Dingell entered the House at the age of 29. Before that, he was in the army and then a lawyer in private practice and prosecutor. And before the army, Dingell was a page in the House. The page position was probably obtained because Dingell’s father was a member of the House as well, for 22 years—the same seat which Dingell junior successfully ran for and took over when his father died in 1955.
So that part of Michigan has been sending a Dingell to the House ever since 1933.