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This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

I believe President Obama did what he needed to do in this conference. Which was to graduate incoming Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans for winning back the Senate for the first time since 2004. And House Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans for adding to their majority. As well to layout where he will be willing and believes he can work with Congressional Republicans in the next Congress that will have a Republican House and a Republican Senate.

I’m not one of these doom and gloom utopian the perfect and compromise is the enemy of the good Democrats. I live in the real world and know that President will have to work with Congressional Republicans as well as Congressional Democrats especially in the Senate if he wants to get anything that is substantial done in the next Congress. So I’m not expecting the President to cave on any of his or the Democratic Party’s key agenda items in the next Congress. He said he won’t do anything that weakens the Affordable Care Act and I believe him.

But here’s where I believe they can work together. The Keystone Pipeline will be one of the first big items that House Republicans will pass in the next Congress. Perhaps within the first month and that will pass with a bipartisan majority. And will be sent to the Republican Senate where it will have bipartisan support and I don’t expect Senate Democrats doing much to try to block the bill. As long as they are involved in it and are allowed votes on their amendments.

As far as infrastructure and other energy policies and issues like immigration and tax reform. If anything is done on those issues, it will have to come from Congress first and probably starting in the Senate. Where traditionally it is much easier to get bipartisan bills passed over there than the House. Trade agreements I believe will be big in the next Congress and where President Obama will have bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.

Whatever happens in the next Congress will probably happen in the first seven months or so because the August recess. As far as major legislation and after that Congress will be back in town, except presidential candidates in Congress. And then Washington politics will switch to presidential politics and the major presidential candidates will drive what happens or doesn’t happen in Washington. So how productive the next Congress will be will depend on House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and what they want to get passed out of Congress and signed by President Obama.
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This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Good news for unemployed workers and I did here a couple of positive things even from Speaker of the House John Boehner. Who basically said the current bill in the Senate is dead on arrival in the House. But would be open to an Unemployment Insurance extension. If it includes an amendment that has something to do with putting these workers back to work. And that could be thing things like new help for education and job training so these workers can get new skills. But also even requirements that these workers even do that for the workers who’ve been unemployed for a long time. And as far as paying for the bill, there is so much room in the federal budget to cut including in the tax code. That they should be able to find something to cut without hurting the economy. Sometimes it is just a matter of Congress actually sitting down with each other and talking about issues and how they feel about them. And when they actually do that you see mutual legislation move in both the Senate and House.
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President of The United States

President of The United States

▶ Presidential Weekly Address: “Pay a Ransom in Exchange For Reopening The Government” – YouTube.

What Democrats should be doing especially the Democratic National Committee and the House Democratic Leadership. Is pressuring vulnerable House Republicans in their districts and urging voters there to call their Republican Representatives. And urging them to end this government shutdown by coming out in favor of the Senate passed government funding bill. That has House Republican budget numbers not Democratic but is a clean funding bill without. Outside language in it like repealing or defunding the Affordable Care Act. You get 20-30 House Republicans to come out in favor of this and even be in favor of a discharge petition. To get the Senate funding bill on the House floor. Speaker Boehner would see he no longer has the votes to block the Senate bill and would call for a vote of it himself to avoid being. Embarrassed by it on the House floor or would stick with the House Tea Party Caucus in order to not lose his job. Either way Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would be able to get the Senate bill to the House floor. And the government shutdown would be over.

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Speaker John Boehner

Speaker John Boehner

Source: CNN: The Lead- House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy: What is Speaker Boehner’s Next Move

Why would the House Republican Leadership put a government funding bill up on suspension. Meaning suspending the normal rules of the House of Representatives and require this bill to get a two-thirds vote in order to pass. Instead of the normal majority-rules vote which is how the House normally operates when the majority leadership wants a bill to pass. If they wanted this funding bill to pass, unless they didn’t want their own bill to pass in the first place.

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President of The Russian Federation

President of The Russian Federation

▶ Putin's Syria Op-Ed Gets Slammed on the Hill – YouTube.

If President Putin was actually serious about ending the violence in Syria. He would stop arming the Assad Regime that is using the weapons against their own people.

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Pressure is on

Pressure is on

▶ White House Makes Emotional Appeal on Syria – YouTube.

Looks like at least according to Susan Davis and I do not have any reason to doubt her. Is that President Obama gives his big speech on Syria Tuesday night which I’ll blog about as well then. And depending on how that speech goes the Democratic Senate led by Leader Harry Reid. Will vote on the Syrian resolution by the weekend or by the end of next weekend. And depending on how that goes the Republican House led by Speaker John Boehner will hold their vote next week. So the President still has time to sell his resolution to Congress and the country as a whole. But how successful he’s at this week will decide whether or not he gets his resolution or not.

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Civil War

Civil War

▶ President Obama on Syria: This Is Not Iraq, This Is Not Afghanistan – YouTube.

The difference between Syria and Iraq is that we know that Syria had weapons of mass destruction. Rather than assuming that they do.

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