I guess it takes an idiot to sell an idiotic idea:
"We picked the freshmen who we thought were best qualified to be in a position like this, and Renee was at the top of the list."
Yeah, right. The more likely reason is, Republicans in the House know their position is untenable and election season suicide, so they're moving the pawns into position:
"This debate should not be about scoring political points. This debate should be about cutting taxes for the middle class," the White House statement said.
Republicans say that by forcing work on the Keystone XL pipeline and blocking a proposed federal rule curbing some industrial pollution, they can encourage employment at a time when the economy remains on its knees.
Democrats complain that the bill does not do enough for unemployed people coping with one of the worst U.S. economies in decades. The bill prevents extra benefits for the long-term unemployed from expiring on Jan. 1, but would gradually wind down maximum coverage to 59 weeks, well below the current 99-week ceiling.
The measure would make other changes in the unemployment program, including giving states the right to administer drug tests to applicants for benefits.
Once again, the GOP is holding millions of middle-class Americans hostage, just to get some of their draconian measures turned into law.