HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Places » U.S. » Maryland (Group) » Busting the "Ineffec...

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 04:08 PM

Busting the "Ineffective" Claim: Changing Bills and Working Across the Aisle.

Last edited Mon Apr 18, 2016, 10:43 AM - Edit history (1)

Van Hollen is running an ad stating that Donna is considered one of the least effective Congresspersons in office. It is true that there was some research done on the records of Congresspersons, but it was based on one criterion - whether the individual could get a bill out of committee and onto the floor. Donna has NOT flooded the committees with bills. That's not how she operates. Donna reads each bill thoroughly and looks for ways to amend the bill to make it serve Marylanders. For example, when she first came to office, there was an appropriations bill with a list of states with disadvantaged children receiving free dinner. Maryland had always been eligible, but none of the incumbent Congressmen, including Van Hollen, thought to add Maryland to the list. Donna did, and thousands of Maryland children get free dinner. Another thing she did was modify the bill for closing military bases. She had NASA Goddard removed from the list, saving 10,000 jobs. She also read every word of the Affordable Care Act and so that there was no oversight to keep insurance companies from raising their rates. So she tied a condition into the bill that states had to review rates, and decide whether they could be raised.

These are the types of things that she does, and she's very good at them. So, the claim that she's not effective is misleading, and only based on one criterion of what a congressperson should be doing in office.

As for working across the aisle, here are two examples from the campaign office.

- In 2013, she reached across the aisle to work with fellow Women's Caucus Member, GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. (An aside, she was instrumental in getting VAWA passed in 1994 as the Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, where she also lobbied successfully to pass the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban)

- She again worked across the aisle in her capacity as Ranking Member of the Space Subcommittee with a GOP representative to pass a NASA Reauthorization Bill out of the House.

2 replies, 882 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 2 replies Author Time Post
Reply Busting the "Ineffective" Claim: Changing Bills and Working Across the Aisle. (Original post)
qwlauren35 Apr 2016 OP
elleng Apr 2016 #1
qwlauren35 Apr 2016 #2

Response to qwlauren35 (Original post)

Sun Apr 17, 2016, 04:46 PM

1. Thanks for this explanation, lauren.

I hope the nuance of her ways doesn't prove to be a hindrance. Of course van hollen's taking advantage of it.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to qwlauren35 (Original post)

Mon Apr 18, 2016, 10:40 AM

2. Two examples of reaching across the aisle.

Got this from the Edwards campaign. I didn't ask for a ton of examples, so in addition to the ones, above, they gave two more.


- In 2013, she reached across the aisle to work with fellow Women's Caucus Member, GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. (An aside, she was instrumental in getting VAWA passed in 1994 as the Executive Director of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, where she also lobbied successfully to pass the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban)

- She again worked across the aisle in her capacity as Ranking Member of the Space Subcommittee with a GOP representative to pass a NASA Reauthorization Bill out of the House.


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread