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President Barack Obama and The 112TH Congress

Updated on May 5, 2014

President Barack Obama and The 112TH Congress

President Barack Obama and The 112TH Congress , a work in progress involving constitutional law. On Sat July,23,2011, President Barack Obama and the leaders of Congress met again to try to solve the forthcoming dead line of Aug 2,2011 when the national debt limits of $14.3 trillion will possibly create a default in paying the nations debtors.

The Republican controlled House of Representatives voted and approved a Cut ,Cap and Balance bill, on July,19,2011 which was sent to the Senate for review, debate, amend , approve or deny the legislation. Senate majority leader Senator Harry Reid stated that the Senate will work thru the weekend to discuss approving or denying the bill. On Friday H.R.2560 was brought to the floor, the Democrat controlled Senate voted 51-46 to table the bill

.Constitutional law requires Congress to approve raising the national debt limits. It is highly not possible that Senator Reid’s decision to table the bill came without President Obama’s approval. Again ½ of Congress ( the DEMOCRAT side) failed to take up President Obama’s order to get something done. Senator Durbin adjourned the Senate until Monday, July 25,2011.

This past Friday, President Obama was holding a town hall meeting at the University of Maryland. President Barack ’ ‘I ‘’ Obama criticized Congress for not doing the job of finding a solution to extending the limits on the national debt. The president also spoke of the need to get the economy moving and the need to create jobs for the American people. Obama pointed out that Congress needs to pass the Columbia, South Korean and Panama trade agreements.

The President again chastised the Republican House members for their ‘’ my way or the highway ‘’ attitude in negotiating for a solution to the national debt crisis. Again Obama criticized the corporate jet write offs given to corporate management as a gift from the Republicans. One needs to try to understand as to why the President can find time to campaign, weekly leave Washington for a visit to some city where Obama has a campaign fundraiser. In these troubled times, the President after collecting a huge campaign donation, should consider reimbursing the taxpayers for a portion of the cost of the trip.

President Barack Obama sometimes has not fully divulged all the facts in his speeches before the public.

For instance, the write offs for corporate jets was passed in the Obama Stimulus package which was signed by the President. The integrity of the President has been overlooked by the mainstream media, many of his actions are disingenuous at times. President Obama approved and signed for extending the Bush tax cuts in Dec 2010, now he sometimes states that he wants to change his decision of approving the extension of the tax cuts.

The Columbia, South Korea and Panama trade bills were signed by President George Bush. The trade treaties were not advanced by the majority Democrat controlled Congress ( 2007-2008). In the previous submitted bill there was included the TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA ) section that offered financial aid and retraining of workers dislocated by global competition.

REPUBLICANS REFUSE to include the TAA program in the trade agreements because they believe that the TAA program has no place in trade bills.

The Kennedy Administration created the program. The program was later expanded in 2009 as part of the STIMULUS package to include the SEIU service industry union workers and to extend subsidies to help laid-off workers to buy health insurance. The failure to past the trade bills are due to the Obama administration and the Democrat Senate having insisted that the renewal of the assistance must be a part of the trade bills. All Democrats voted against the South Korea bill because the TAA was not on the agenda.

The Republican chairman of the ways and means committee agreed to have a separate vote on the TAA bill on the same day if the Obama administration sends it’s final version of the trading bills without the TAA program included in the bills. In effect it is President Barack Obama delaying the approval of the trade agreements not Congress. Obama on the campaign refers to the Republican positions on getting things done in Congress as ’’ my way or the highway’’, Really.

The debate in Congress today is whether the limits on the National Debt should be raised above $14.3 trillion. The president on Friday ordered leaders of both parties to the Whitehouse on Saturday July 23,2011 to try to come to an agreement. It was reported that the meeting did not produce a deal as hoped by President Barack Obama. For the past week accusations by the President and other leaders of Congress have not resulted in an agreement. As a citizen, one must wonder why the United States Constitution has not been followed by the President and the majority ruling parties of Congress.

The United States Constitution and Constitutional law requires the House of Representatives to develop legislation after which the legislation goes to the Senate for approval, denial or debate to make amendments to the House’s legislation. After both Houses of Congress approve legislation acceptable to both Houses the legislation goes to the President for signature, if signed the bill becomes law. If not signed by the President the bill goes back to the Congress requiring a 2/3s majority vote to overcome the President's veto. If the vote fails overriding the President’s veto, the bill will not become law.

The Republicans took over majority control of the House of Representatives in Jan 2011.Prior to 2011, the Democrats held majority control of both Houses of Congress from 2007 to 2010.Today,the Democrats continue to retain majority control of the Senate after the Nov 2010 elections.

Majority Leader Boehner discussed the problems of the National Debt limits in Feb 2011 with President Obama. It is clear that constitutional law and important legislative law requires a considerable amount of time to finalize the work of Congress. For the President to place all the blame on the Republican controlled House is to be disingenuous in his statements.

We the people elected our Congressman and Senators to go to Washington to be a part of the United States Government for the purpose of representing us in matters of the country within the confines of the US Constitution. For President Obama and/ or leaders of both parties to deny each and everyone of our Representatives a voice or a vote in legislative matters is denying us the promises of our Constitution. This is not how our government works.

Government by the people for the people must be upheld for the good of the people! WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT ACCEPT LESS.

Your Author Jon Ewall

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      JON EWALL 3 years ago from usa


      an update 10/8/14

      6/4/12 Obama’s Acts Of Treason & Violations Of Federal Laws Congress D’s refuse to act?


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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      President Obama got Congress to pass the payroll tax cuts without off setting the cost as required by the PAY-GO LAW.

      President Barack Obama is hailing PAYGO legislation PAYGO compels new spending not add to the federal deficit.

      Should the people on unemployment (13 million ) consider it a victory for President Obama and the Democrat conrolled Senate?

    • profile image 6 years ago from upstate, NY


      Great clarity to see through the political smokescreen! The Democrats are entitled to their opinions but not their own facts, thanks for blowing the whistle on more hypocrisy. These violations of the Constitution are something I was not aware of and should be given a lot more attention.-WBA

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      jon ewall 6 years ago


      ''Believe it or not ....... a Congress!''

      Congress is made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate, there are some in Congress that the description would fit to the tee. In all fairness, let's not condemn them all in Congress. President Obama said '' that the buck stops here ''. Somewhere in Washington, let's not forget anyone who fits the description in the government.

      The President in his speeches refers to Congress as to why the economy has been slow to recover. It seems that Barack ’’ I ’’ Obama’s idea of Congress is the Republican party members, never once ever referring to the Democrat Senate as a part of Congress. All about politics, one must assume.

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      TSAD 6 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      Excellent hub, and here is another perspective on the matter.

      The English language has some wonderfully anthropomorphic collective nouns for the various groups of animals.

      We are all familiar with a Herd of cows, a Flock of chickens, a School of fish and a Gaggle of geese.

      However, less widely known is a Pride of lions, a Murder of crows (as well as their cousins the rooks and ravens), an Exaltation of doves and, presumably because they look so wise, a Parliament of owls.

      Now consider a group of Baboons. They are the loudest, most dangerous, most obnoxious, most viciously aggressive and least intelligent of all primates. And what is the proper collective noun for a group of baboons?

      Believe it or not ....... a Congress!

      I guess that pretty much explains the things that come out of Washington! :-)

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      Senator Coburn commented on the house cap, cut and balance bill submitted to the Senate. The Senator made a presentation of all the waste in our government pointing out that the house bill if allowed to debate on the Senate floor could have been the solution to the debt crisis.



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      caltex 6 years ago

      Great hub, Jon! I really feel sad to see how this is all playing out. It's no longer the interest of the people that is being upheld, but the interest of the political parties involved.

      I can't believe they've been working on this since early this year. The saddest part is, no matter what one party is going to come up with, the other party is going to reject it anyway without even looking into it. All that for nothing!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub that explains the situation very well.

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      American View 6 years ago from Plano, Texas


      You have said here what I have been saying all along but get attacked for it. In fact in my last forum, the person who did not like the facts I presented, not opinions like his were but facts backed by government reports, reported me to hubpages. He tried to pass off a speech given 3 years ago as if it happened yesterday. When I showed that was the cased he cried to hubpages and said my response challenged his credibility and therefore was a threat. Hubpages took my posting privileges away for 3 days. I hope that does not happen to this great hub. The truth needs to be heard, not kept down. Thumbs up

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Jon, I think we all understand. H

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      JON EWALL 6 years ago from usa


      just got a notice that i'm not allowed to ........

    • Dennis AuBuchon profile image

      Dennis AuBuchon 6 years ago

      Great hub,

      It is great to see someone point out the facts about the current situation. The people/voters need to understand the facts as you have presented.

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      Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

      Jon, You alway lay out an excellent explanation of things. Rated up,awsome, beautiful, useful and interesting.

      Obama still presents nothing. In his last speach on TV he said he wasn't going to point any fingers, then proceeded to do so.

      I hope I'm making sense, my MS is clouding things up. H

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      DannyMaio 6 years ago from New York

      Great Hub!