Year in Regret: House GOP Gives Up On 2023 After Accomplishing Nothing for the American People

As House Republicans head home for recess having accomplished nothing this year, DNC National Press Secretary Sarafina Chitika released the following statement:

“In a surprise to no one, House Republicans are giving up and heading home for the year after spending all of 2023 focused on their baseless political stunts instead of accomplishing anything meaningful to help the American people. At every turn, the House GOP majority made clear that its priority is doing Donald Trump’s bidding while abandoning our allies abroad, stonewalling progress on the southern border, and refusing to work with President Biden to deliver for the American people. The country has been subjected to the MAGA Republican chaos in the House all year long, and next November they will make sure that this clown show is run out of town.” 

Just this week alone, President Biden and Vice President Harris remained committed to helping our allies abroad and leading on the world stage, announced new updates to our nation’s infrastructure, launched a new gun safety initiative to keep our communities safe, touted new actions to lower prescription drug costs, and continued to deliver on growing the economy from the bottom up and middle out.

ABC News: “Families of Americans held hostage by Hamas praise Biden’s commitment to their release”

USA Today: “Zelenskyy, Biden deliver last-ditch plea to Congress for Ukraine aid”

WHYY: “Biden was in town to tout a $22 million federal grant enabling the Philadelphia Fire Department to reopen Ladder 1 and two other stations, Engine 6 and Ladder 11. The grant is part of a COVID-era reconstruction bill Biden signed in 2021, providing funds to local communities for various infrastructure and assistance projects.” 

Heather Long, Washington Post: “Just In: November was another strong month of job gains. The US economy added 199,000 jobs (about 30k came from UAW strike workers returning)

Unemployment rate: 3.7% (It’s been under 4% for 2 years)

Wage growth: 4% y/y (vs 3.2% inflation)


Bloomberg: “US Payrolls Rise 199,000; Jobless Rate Drops to 3.7%”

Associated Press: “The White House on Wednesday hosted nearly 100 lawmakers from around the country to discuss how their states can try to better reduce gun violence. ‘You’re not in it alone,’ Vice President Kamala Harris told them.”

The Hill: “President Biden will travel to the National Institutes of Health in Maryland on Thursday to deliver remarks highlighting how a signature piece of legislation is capping prescription drug costs. Biden will make the short trip to Bethesda to announce that dozens of pharmaceutical companies will be required to pay rebates to Medicare because they raised drug prices faster than the rate of inflation.”

All year long, House Republicans did nothing but cause chaos, physically fight each other, drag on a baseless impeachment sham, and try to push through a losing MAGA agenda that hardworking Americans continue to reject. 

Politico: “The House GOP now resembles a failed state. The party elects leaders with no capacity to lead members who have no interest in being led. McCarthy is like one of the succession of short-lived Soviet leaders who followed the long reign of Leonid Brezhnev, before the radical disruption of Mikhail Gorbachev at the end of the Cold War.”

The Atlantic: “McCarthy’s defeat was the result of a bitter power struggle within the GOP, and especially due to the efforts of Representative Matt Gaetz, a hard-right rebel, who forced the vote. The House is now without a speaker, and more chaos is sure to follow. The GOP still holds the House majority, but it is a deeply riven and dysfunctional party.”

Politico: “‘Clean shot to the kidney’: McCarthy accused of elbowing conservative who voted to boot him”

Daily Beast: ‘“You’re Pathetic’: Enraged McCarthy Reportedly Shoves GOP Colleague”

Aaron Rupar: “Rep. Tim Burchett claims on CNN that Kevin McCarthy hit him from behind with ‘a clean shot to the kidneys’ and calls him ‘a bully’”

USA Today: “When Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas) was asked Tuesday on Capitol Hill what he’s hoping to gain from an impeachment inquiry, Nehls responded: ‘All I can say is: Donald J. Trump 2024, baby!’”

Washington Post: “Still lacking evidence, House GOP votes to formalize Biden impeachment inquiry”

Semafor: “These days, the RSC is best known around Washington as a GOP policy shop responsible for crafting proposals to balance the federal budget, often through changes and cuts to Social Security and Medicare.” 

Semafor: “A new budget proposal from the largest House GOP faction is reigniting a battle over the future of Social Security and Medicare.”

Take it from MAGA House Republicans themselves: They literally did nothing this year. 

House Republican Chip Roy: “I want my Republican colleagues to give me one thing that I can go campaign on and say we did. One! Come and explain to me one meaningful, significant thing the Republican majority has done.”

But at least the House GOP milked every last minute before recess. 

New York Times: “Got Time for Milk? An Overwhelmed House, Somehow, Does.” 

“With one day to go until Congress plans to call it quits for the year and members head home for the holidays, the House got down to pressing business on Wednesday, using its precious remaining time to pass legislation to bring whole milk back to America’s school cafeterias.”