Remember Bill? He was the star of the 1974 hit “I’m Just a Bill” by Schoolhouse Rock.
During the three-minute episode, Bill explains the steps that must be taken for him to reach his ultimate goal of becoming a law.
“Well, it’s a long, long journey
To the capital city
It’s a long, long wait
While I’m sitting in committee
But I know I’ll be a law someday
At least I hope and pray that I will
But today I am still just a bill”
Congress works when the process outlined by Bill in the video occurs. The U.S. House of Representatives has followed this process since Republicans took control in 2010. Week after week, month after month, bill after bill is sent over to the U.S. Senate.
What’s supposed to happen after a bill passes in the House? Well, let’s ask Bill.
Sadly for Bill, the Democratic-controlled Senate, led by Harry Reid, is where bills get stuck.
If you compare the two chambers more closely, it’s clear: one chamber follows the Schoolhouse Rock (read Constitutional) model, and the other does not.
- Since 2010, the House has passed nearly four times as many bills as the U.S. Senate.
- Of the 119 bills signed into law by the President, 73% have originated in the House.
- The House has passed six spending bills (so far) for fiscal year 2015, compared to the Senate’s zero.
- Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has been allowed twice as many amendments to bills as all Republican Senators combined.
Yet President Obama continues to crusade publicly, blaming House Republicans for the gridlock in Congress. Instead of traveling around the country, maybe he should travel 1.6 miles to Senator Reid’s office and encourage him to take up the stacks of jobs bills collecting dust on his desk.
Or maybe Senator Reid should just watch this to remember what’s supposed to happen after Bill passes the House.