Last night on the show, Rachel had a fascinating conversation with Doug Heye, a Republican strategist, a former communications director for the RNC, and a top aide in former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office. The two, not surprisingly, discussed what Americans can expect from the Republican-led Congress.
And while the whole interview is certainly worth your time, there was something Heye said that got me thinking. He was stressing the point that there are worthwhile measures that passed the GOP-led House over the last two years, but they got stuck in the Democratic-led Senate, and those bills may now stand a better chance of success. In fact, Heye offered a specific example.
“[Democrat] Carolyn Maloney had a bill that passed with 383 votes in the House to move forward a National Women’s Museum. The House passed that, the Senate won’t move it,” Heye said. “You would think with everything that we’ve talked about in the past two years with the war on women, it would be the House Republicans blocking Women’s Museum, not Harry Reid stalling that bill.”
And that got me wondering about whatever happened to the legislation authorizing the women’s museum to be built on or near the National Mall. Did the Democratic Senate Majority Leader really ignore the idea?
Actually, no. The Hill ran this report just last month.
House champions of legislation to jump-start the creation a women’s history museum in the nation’s capital are upping the pressure on Senate conservatives who are blocking the proposal in the upper chamber.Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), lead sponsors of the House-passed bill, are urging Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to drop their hold on the proposal in hopes of salvaging the legislation in the waning days of the 113th Congress. […]The pair derailed the effort of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to fast-track the legislation via unanimous consent.
So, Harry Reid didn’t “stall” the bill, so much as he tried to pass it, only to run into opposition from conservative Republicans.
The New York Daily News editorialized in September, “Two Republicans who happen to be men are inexcusably blocking a drive to establish in Washington a National Women’s History Museum that would chronicle the achievements of half the nation.”
This wasn’t even the first time.
As long-time readers might recall, in 2010, a Democratic Congress was also poised to authorize the National Women’s Museum, but the bill couldn’t overcome Republican obstructionism in the Senate.
It’s still possible that the bill will get floor time during the lame-duck session, but in the meantime, its supporters should realize that it’s not the Senate Democrats who’ve held up the project.
Related video: Here’s the interview with Doug Heye: