Congress Commemorates Historic March on Washington

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House Republicans and Democrats met in the grand Statuary Hall of the Capitol to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Wednesday’s ceremony was led by House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic… leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
The anniversary of the historic march is Aug. 28, but Congress is supposed to be in recess then. The anniversary comes as President Barack Obama is touring the country to promote his agenda including jobs and economic growth.
The 1963 march drew approximately 250,000 people to the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial. Its purpose was to call attention to economic inequality, but is most remembered for Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.

House of Representatives Threaten To Close Government

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“Congressional regressives are doing everything in their power to prevent the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare or Covered California) from ever going into effect. Having lost the initial vote on it, then lost the Supreme Court appeal, then staged 38 votes to repeal it in the House (none of which went anywhere), then refused to provide adequate appropriations to implement it, they’re now threatening that they’ll close government down in September unless Obamacare is denied all funding. They have no respect for the institutions of government or for our democracy; theirs is a win-at-any-cost approach that, like Newt Gingrich’s desperate antics in 1995 — shutting the government down because he didn’t get his way — will convince any Americans who still need convincing that they’re a bunch of fanatics who deserve no role in our system of government. Let them do what they want, and then let Americans decide in 2014 to get rid of these radical regressives once and for all.”
Robert Reich, Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration.

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