From The Hill newspaper
How are House deregulation bills piling up in the Senate? According to House Republicans, increasingly like cord wood.
"We've been doing a whole lot over the last 10 months," Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) said Tuesday night. "Passed a lot of legislation, I think we've had about 800 votes. Unfortunately, a lot of those good ideas are stacking up like cord wood over in the U.S. Senate."
For the last several weeks, the Republican message has been focused on the "forgotten 15" — the nickname for various House-approved bills that would ease federal regulations and are awaiting Senate action. Republicans seem to have developed the "cord wood" metaphor in September, but took it fully on board in October.
"Mr. President, jobs have been job number one for House Republicans since the beginning of this year," Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) said October 13 in response to President Obama's call for Republican jobs bills. "In fact, major portions of the House Republican Plan for America's Job Creators have been stacking up like cord wood on Senator Harry Reid's doorstep for months."
Obama's criticism that Republicans have done nothing to help the unemployment situation is the clear impetus for the oft-repeated phrase, and has prompted the GOP to point out that Senate Democrats have failed to even look at the forgotten 15. . . .
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