Democrats are crowing over the 111th Congress' 'greatest legislative hits' as lawmakers head home for the holidays, but House Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) says those highlights are more like...lowlights.
"The 111th Congress may be history, but its job-killing agenda will weigh down our economy until better policies prevail," he predicted in a statement released Thursday morning.
Price's prediction stands in stark contrast from Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid's words as the lame duck session ended Wednesday night. "We've been productive beyond any historical measure," he said, citing the recently-passed Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal and the S.TA.R.T. Treaty among Congress' accomplishments. "I'm sorry the minority party decided to sit on the sidelines. I know the history books remember who is on the field."
If history books "remember" the Democrats, it'll be for the lawmaking low points passed while they ruled both houses of Congress, Price suggested with his list of eleven legislative offenses.
"ObamaCare" is number one on the list, followed by the "failed" stimulus and "Tax Rate Uncertainty," a shortcoming Price says has been an "added burden on families and small businesses."
But missing from the list of accomplishments is the DREAM Act. The immigration legislation failed to pass Congress in the lame duck session, a development that "disappointed" the president, he said in a news conference Wednesday night.
And immigration reform is also missing from the list of priorities Price provided along with his list of lowlights, which includes preventing tax increases, cutting spending, and repealing health care legislation.
"The country will have a House majority next year that will listen to and respect the views of the public. It will be a majority that aims to reduce spending and curtain Washington's influence in people's lives," Price promised.
The 112th Congress rolls into town January 5.