Republican majorities struggle to get Congress working

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    Republican majorities struggle to get Congress working

    After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of the most telling statistics from the new Congress is this: President Obama's veto threats outnumber the bills Congress has been able to send him.

    When Republicans swept into power last November, they promised a new era of productivity and discipline that would break four years of gridlock. "America's New Congress," they called it.

    But far from striking a bold contrast with the last two terms of stalemate, congressional Republicans have quickly run into familiar obstacles, including partisan paralysis and party infighting.


    Friday, as members of Congress rushed to leave town on a bitterly cold morning, Republicans celebrated their most visible accomplishment to date: sending the Keystone XL pipeline bill to Obama's desk for his expected veto.

    "To the president I would say this: Do the right thing, sign this bill and help us create more jobs," House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said in brief remarks before affixing his signature to the legislation.

    But as members of Congress go home for their first extended break since Republicans took control Jan. 6, they have few other achievements.

    Only two bills have become law — one a leftover from last year that funds a terrorism insurance program important to real estate developers, the other a noncontroversial measure to address mental health problems among veterans.

    That compares with six new laws at this point in 2007, when Democrats came to power in both chambers for the final two years of President George W. Bush's tenure.
     
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    So, are the Republicans just incompetent or were they lying when they promised to break the gridlock?
     
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    Its the *cough* "Freedom Caucus" thats tying Boehner in knots.
     
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    Both the House and Senate passed a Keystone XL pipeline bill.

    Where's your boy king? :dunno:
     
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    who?

    yeah because we really need those 35 jobs Mr. H. :rolleyes-41: Besides, communist China has waited this long for their Canuck oil, they can wait a little longer :thup:
     
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    Whatever you say, dear. :slap:
     
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    partisan much? 35 jobs.
     
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    So you ducked the point. How cute. The president has to sign the bill for it to become law. Blaming Republicans for not being Democrats is about all you guys can offer.
     
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    Does the Executive have to sign a bill immediately upon its arrival? No.

    I should charge you rw'ers for "instructing" you about how your gubment works.
     
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    Same exact post as another Liberal member (Luddly, I think).
    So I'll ask you the same question:
    How does The Obama promising veto translate to congress not doing their job?
    They're passing the bills.
    He's obstructing
     

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