Why can't Congress just get along?
October 11th, 2011
10:52 PM ET
10 years ago

Why can't Congress just get along?

Washington (CNN) - President Obama and Congress are going through another act of the political theater they have been staging since Republicans regained control of the House last year.

The Senate took a procedural vote Tuesday night on Obama's $450 billion jobs bill. It failed to get the 60 votes needed to go the floor.


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  1. Independent Voter

    It sad that the republican dont see that american people need jobs bad we are going these republicans out of the office

    Watch and see republican you will be voted out of the office 2012

    October 11, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. bienvenido mejia

    I'm not democrat or republican, but I don't know why republicans keep talking about job loses in the usa and the economic is down. But realize that this is the way its becouse bush left the country like that, for obama to change what he has damage make the democrats parties looks like is their problems.but it was bush who when to war without any problems couse his dad have problem with the miled east. The economy is how its is not becouse obama it was like this before he got there. Waow how innorant are the people here just look around and don't blame others for what bush did.

    October 11, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  3. RealityKing

    Thank you American voters!

    October 11, 2011 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. Whoosh

    Remember, the primary objective of the 2010 republican'ts, no- not jobs, no – not the economy, not what's good for America but to make sure President Obama is a one term President. They will lose because they are dying to win. Maybe this time the repubcan'ts will understand the way they do business is not the way the new America does business. Compromise is the key.

    October 12, 2011 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. Four and The Door

    The Republicans are doing an excellent job in congress this year. Finally, someone in Washington giving a hoot about the apparent ease with which it seems for Obama to come up with the idea that the answer to raise taxes. In this environment, the right answer is for the federal government to spend less money, not to raise taxes! Oh, but that would involve actually managing where the money is spent. Obama is not up for that challenge. It is so much easier to just throw our money at problems and pretend that somehow makes it look like he is working. Is it 2012 yet? This clown has spent American debt into at least one downgrade so far. That's pathetic.

    October 12, 2011 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  6. fernace

    The reason why congressional Repubs won't work with Obama is because they want him out of the White House! This shows us their true level of concern about our economic crisis & the plight of American Citizens! They would rather waste 4 years on methodes of "dislodging" him, than working to get our economy back on track! They are not my friends!!

    October 12, 2011 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  7. dimethyletyhltoluene

    the congress is getting along fine...i can find no signs of significant modification of it, or collapse..which is unfortunate...the constitution was shaped to sustain a rural nation of about 2 1/2 million, together with a popular democratic government, the most fragile form that there is...that us is now transformed into technological andplutocratic empire of 300 million, and the original invention, in its design the functions of it, has obviously outlived its time...a neoplutocratic ruling class has been acccumulating power for the last 30 years, and capped that off by literally confiscating wall street and daring anyong to do anything about it, lest the foundering remnants of our economy also be committed to the fire...it worked, and ever since the gop, as the owned instrument of that class, has been working to fix those powers in place irreversibly...our economy has been heisted and our constitution has been glossed surreal by a republican kangaroo court...corruption soaks our professions and our best academic institutions are now as willing to propogate a lie as a truth, depending upon what the payoff will be...this is only a nominal democracy now, and nothing is likely to change that at this side of a national revolt...this IS a class war, and the wrong class is winning...i find it ironic that it was the hitmen of the republican party who finally pointed that fact up...as to why republicans can't get along with democrats...there is no mystery in that...fascists are not inclined to get along with anyone they are not constrained to....this really makes me wonder where authentic conservatives are hiding out...this party does nothing but slash and burn, take and keep...conservation of anything apart from its own swollen powers is no part of its plan at all...

    October 12, 2011 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  8. TEAPARTY Mike

    Republicans and the Democrats who voted against this bill were correct to do so. If this vote had been a straight up and down vote and not one to stop a filibuster, reportedly even more Democrats would have voted no. Several Democrats who voted to end the filibuster said they would not have voted for the bill in an up and down vote. Why is Obama not willing to work with Republicans on a compromise? Republicans have said many times they are ready to work with Obama. Obama is lying when he says everything in the bill has had bipartisan support in the past. Republicans have never supported a permanent tax increase to pay for a one time spending bill. And Republicans have never supported money to bailout states. So the bill will be broken up and some parts will be passed and some will not. Every poll I have seen except for one shows the bill is not supported by a majority of voters. Only one poll showed a majority of voters supported the bill at 52% support. That was an ABC poll and when I checked the poll demographics I found it polled only 25% Republicans even though Republicans represent 32 to 33% of the population. If the poll had not under polled Republicans, support would have been less then 50%. Republicans know this and need not fear a voter backlash for blocking this bill in it's present state.

    October 12, 2011 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  9. willard

    I m feeling belived that presdient obama will be out of presdient cause obama have too much problems with his job for 3 yrs

    October 12, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Obama want money money money to pay food stamps not to create jobs

    October 12, 2011 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    If President Obama was anyone else or ten shades "lighter", they will get along.

    I think, and this is my opinion only, it is difficult sometimes to say, "yes, you're right;" or "I agree, what a great idea" when you are dealing with someone that is different from you, especially if you don't want that person to get any "credit" for what they are proposing.

    You "disagree" because you have NOT thought about it yourself. You rather say, "are you sure?" or "can you back that up?" or "did you test that theory?" and/or "it will never work!" And trust me, I've been there and done that and I believe it was because of "what" I was, more than "who" I was.

    After awhile, I got tired of being on the back-burner. This forced me to say in a very delicate way, "You hired me to do this job; I know this job; everything I have predicted in the past came true; everything you "ignored" in the past you paid for it; so you need to "trust me" and allow me to do what I was hired for.

    They now TRUST ME and it has not backfired yet!! This is the stage President Obama is in and he must stick with it. The Democrats who do not back him up will suffer in the end.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 12, 2011 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  12. PA_outofwork

    Get along, that’s not what the American people want, that’s not why the 2010 election was the biggest loss for the Democratic Party. This “show, political theater” is all the teleprompter president and Democratic Party know. The teleprompter president is in full campaign mode reading more useless speeches! Obama never ran anything but a campaign. Obama knows nothing about “earning money”, running a business, making payroll for employees. Pity the America public.

    October 12, 2011 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Even before republicans took control of congress, they voted against every bill that would help Americans out of the Bush recession. We were fortunate that these lowlifes were in the minority, and a lot of legislation that turned around our economy passed without them.

    October 12, 2011 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  14. portland tony

    I don't think they are supposed to "get along". Throughout history most democratically elected legislatures have fought "tooth and nail" over issues they were elected to support. The problem with today's legislators, especially in the house, is they don't have enough experience to know when to take a firm stand on an issue or work for a compromise. I would like to see house members given a longer term in office so most of their time is legislating instead of running for reelection. The number andofand complexity

    October 12, 2011 07:58 am at 7:58 am |