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Monday, January 03, 2011

Preparing for the 112 Congress: Will Democrats Finally Listen To The Message From The American People?

Update 1/3/11 5:15 PM - Washington Post: House Republicans set Jan. 12 as the day to pass a repeal of President Obama’s health-care law.
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The Senate and House for the 112th Congress convenes on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011. House Majority Leader-Elect Eric Cantor has introduced the 2011 Congressional Calendar for the House of Representatives. "This year's calendar is the result of substantial input gained by the Republican Transition Team from members of both the House Republican Conference and the House Democratic Caucus, and from many outside reformers. In total, it contains 123 days and 32 weeks of session. Please note that days in session are shaded dark."


As the 112th Congress begins this week, the key question is whether President Obama and the Democrat majority in the Senate will listen to the clear message sent by the American people in November.

Sen.-elect Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) explains in this week’s vidoe Republican Address, “For Republicans, the start of the 112th Congress on Wednesday will mark the opening of a new chapter for our country and our Party. We’re keenly aware that the American people are relying on us to change business as usual in Washington – and we’re well-positioned to do just that. In the House, 87 new Republican members are set to make John Boehner the next Speaker – putting Republicans in charge of the chamber. And in the Senate, 13 new Republican senators will give us greater say in the Democrat-controlled Senate. . . . The American people sent us to Congress with clear instructions: make government smaller, not bigger. And stop spending money we don’t have on programs that aren’t working. It’s now our responsibility to carry out the will of the people.”

Both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times note Republicans in the House beginning work to carry out the voters’ mandate. The WSJ writes, “The Republican majority that takes over the House this week plans an ambitious drive to slash government spending by tens of billions of dollars in the next few months, a strategy that ensures that the capital soon will be consumed by intense debate over how and where to reduce the size of government. . . . Republicans in the House say they plan to move on to offer a far more sweeping package of ‘recissions,’ or elimination of spending previously approved, that will aim to bring domestic spending back to where it was before Mr. Obama became president.”

The Journal also notes, “In another early move, Republicans are requiring the reading of the U.S. Constitution on Thursday—a nod to the tea-party activists who were so important to GOP victories in the fall and the movement's complaints that Congress has reached beyond its constitutional powers under the Obama administration.”

And they NYT reports, “Soon after the 112th Congress convenes Wednesday, Republicans in the House plan to make good on a campaign promise that helped vault many new members to victory: voting to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul.”

As Sen.-elect Ayotte says, “Americans across the country have been taking time to declare their ‘new year’s resolutions.’ It’s an opportunity to clarify goals and make productive plans for the future. Republicans headed to Washington are participating in a similar exercise. As we prepare to start the hard work of governing, we’re doubling our commitment to the principles on which we were elected.”

While Republicans will be responding to the voice of the people in the US House, we are left with the question, what is going to happen in the US Senate still lead by Sen Harry Reid (D-NV). Will Senate Democrats finally acknowledge the message of voters on Election Day? Will they support Republican efforts to reduce spending? Will any Democrats join with Republicans to repeal and replace the unpopular health care law liberal leaders jammed through Congress last year?

Will Democrats Finally Listen To The Message From The American People?

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2 Comments:

Anonymous J Michael Lar said...

No, however, the progressive left is now saying that job creation is job #1. Where were they the past 3 years when they controlled the House and Senate, ran up the deficit, and killed private sector jobs?

1/06/2011  
Anonymous John Eck said...

Yeah, right. Four yrs ('07 thru 2010) of Dems controlling both houses of congress and suddenly they are going to worry about job creation, after all of the job killing bills that they have passed?
Ya want job creation? Pass the FairTax Act H...R25/S296. The stimulus package for the taxpayers.
It's not a Dem or Repub issue, it's a taxpayer issue!
FairTax.org

1/06/2011  

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