There are a lot of things wrong in our government and failures in congress that we can point out, but this is one of the most blatant, undeniable, and all around bi-partisan issues. If there is one example we need to get things moving, it's this. It's not just an issue on the bill, but also an issue on how bills are passed through. It's time to call out our representatives, their failures, our governments process failures, and once and for all force them to change their ways through sheer public knowledge.
On December 7, 2011, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, (R Va.) indefinitely postponed a scheduled markup of the legislation. The bill currently has 235 co-sponsors- 153 Democrats and 82 Republicans. A bill needs 218 votes for passage by the House of Representatives.
This bill had enough support and co-sponsors to PASS had it finished going through the process and gone to voting, but Eric Cantor prevented any voting to occur by indefinitely postponing it.
How are we allowing him to override the majority of congress? Blockading the democratic process. We should be absolutely outraged at this. This should be the headline across all media.
Contact your representatives: http://www.opencongress.org/people/representatives
Write your local media! Write to all media!
60 Minutes did a great piece on Insider Trading. Ask them for a follow up and to investigate actions like this by Eric Cantor, who attempts to blockade democracy. CBS 60 Minutes contact info here or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do everything and anything you can to make people aware and to make this big news. It's not just about this bill, it's about people in congress abusing their powers to sideswipe discussion and taking an authoritarian approach over democracy.