Tag Archives: Republican Congress

Enumerati

Most Americans See Congress as a Failure

68%

A new CNN poll finds 68% of Americans judge the Republican Congress a failure so far after last month’s Obamacare repeal and replace plan died in the Senate. Approval of the current Republican leaders in Congress has dropped from 39% in January to just 24% now.

Poetic Justice

No Zest to Investigate

As the White House devolves into chaos and confusion,
And Team Trump responds with rebukes and accusations,
Why hasn’t the Congress
Moved to address the mess?
And where is the Republicans’ old zeal for investigations?

Enumerati

Big Majority Opposes How Boehner Handled Netanyahu Speaking Invitation

66% to 33%

Spread by which a majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House, a new CNN/ORC poll finds.

Verbatim

Obama: Pass a Bill Already

Pass a bill. You don’t need me to call a vote to pass a bill. Pass a bill.

— President Obama, quoted by the New York Times, urging Republicans to vote on the bipartisan immigration reform bill that overwhelmingly passed the Senate.

Verbatim

Graham Calls Shame on GOP

Shame on us as Republicans for having a body that cannot generate a solution to an issue that’s national security, that’s cultural, that’s economic. I’m close to the people in the House, but I’m disappointed in my party. Are we still the party of self-deportation?

— Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by The Hill.

Verbatim

Why Republicans Don’t Need to Govern

You can’t simply assert, like it’s some sort of natural fact, that Republicans ‘must show they can govern’ when an alternative course is available. Not only is it not a secret — this other direction — but it’s being strongly urged upon the party by people who are a key part of its coalition. … The alternative to ‘show you can govern’ is to keep President Obama from governing. Right? Keep him from accomplishing what he wants to get done in his final two years and then ‘go to the country,’ as Karl Rove used to say, with a simple message: time for a change! This is not only a valid way to proceed, it’s a pretty likely outcome.

— Jay Rosen, on his PressThink blog.

Poetic Justice

On the Playground

“We won! We won!” the Republicans say,
“Now you must do things just our way!”
But Obama, he’s coy,
He’s no little boy,
And it’s a whole different ballgame he plans to play.

Verbatim

Is Congress Abdicating Its War Powers to Obama?

“There’s one power Congress has that it doesn’t want: The power to declare war. And that’s certainly so seven weeks before congressional elections.

Bloomberg reports. “The House will vote today on an amendment that gives the administration the authority to train and equip Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama’s strategy for destroying Islamic State. But it is silent on whether the president can deploy U.S. forces in the region. Some say Congress is setting a dangerous precedent by abdicating its war powers.”

Verbatim

GOP Representative Says House Could Impeach Obama

He’s just absolutely ignoring the Constitution, and ignoring the laws and ignoring the checks and balances. The problem is, what do you do? For those that say impeach him for breaking the laws of bypassing the laws — could that pass in the House? It probably could. Is the majority of the American people in favor of impeaching the president? I’m not sure.

— Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA), asserting the House “probably” has the votes to impeach President Obama, Politico reports.

Enumerati

Voters Want GOP Congress to Counterbalance Obama’s Policies

53% to 39%

Margin by which voters say they’d rather see the Republicans in control of Congress as a counterbalance to President Obama’s policies than a Democratic-led Congress to help support him, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll. Meanwhile, Obama’s job approval rating, after a slight winter rebound, has lost 5 points among all adults since March, to 41%, the lowest of his presidency.