Does Congressional Bickering Among The Democrats Stall Obama’s Policies?
President Obama cannot get very far without the help of congress, and with the continuing partisan stonewalling on key provisions aimed at helping ordinary Americans, his second term remains a mystery. The president went on record—taking the side of 85% of Americans—who disapprove of the work Congress is doing. His democratic colleagues would prefer the president speak directly with Congress to cultivate better relationships on Capitol Hill. At the moment Congress is very unpopular in the eyes of the American people. It has a 15 percent approval rating while Mr. Obama is approved by 52 percent, according to Gallup.
In November 2012, two-thirds of Americans surveyed said they expected Congress to act like “spoiled children” in the fiscal cliff drama. President Obama has been unable to push his legislative agenda forward, at times, from members of his own party whose opposition to tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans or the fiscal cliff negotiations have been stalled.
In fact, some Republicans said publicly that it would be okay for tax rates to go up on some people. But as the deadline approached, the White House sent Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a list of possible concessions he could offer Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Reid threw it in the fire. McConnell eventually called Vice President Joe Bidden to hammer out a deal.
In response to the bickering, Obama has decidedly moved his proposals for the nation forward where he can with the hope that his Democratic colleagues will vote for his policies in the end.
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