The rules of both chambers of Congress allow the leader to be the gatekeeper
regarding the bills that can be brought up for a vote. In the House of
Representatives the Speaker is the leader. The Speaker is John Boehner. In
the Senate the Leader is Harry Reid. When we hear the President or any
politician talking about the "do-nothing" Congress we need to look closely
at the leaders of both chambers. They each, in their respective chambers,
control what is going to be voted on that will eventually be formed as a
bill to be sent to the President for him to sign into law or veto and send
back to Congress.
The House of Representatives has sent at least 357 bills to the Senate for
debate and voting. The Senate Leader, Harry Reid has not allowed those bills
to be presented to the Senate for a vote. The Senate is sitting on 357 bills
that cannot be sent to the President for his signature or veto. Harry Reid
has squelched those bills and failed to act on them in the Senate.
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When the democrat President points to Congress
and accuses that body of being a "do-nothing" Congress he is really
talking about the Senate that is democrat controlled; more
specifically, he is talking about the democrat leader, Harry Reid.
To remedy this "do-nothing" status, all the President has to do is
pick up his phone he brags about so often and call Harry Reid and
tell him to quit sitting on the bills that have passed the House and
been sent to the Senate.
The President's overreaching and circumventing Congress is
politically motivated and could be stopped but for two men in
government: The President and the Leader of the Senate; both
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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