The Republicans ran away with the elections last night but now they have to show the American people they will lead. It’s not clear that the Republicans understand what Americans want them to do.
Speaker Boehner said the House will go after bills that promote jobs, energy, tax and regulatory reform while Ted Cruz is demanding that we stop amnesty and repeal Obamacare.
We could end up with gridlock, not because of Barack Obama and Harry Reid, but because the Republicans can’t get their act together.
Why can’t all of the issues be on the table?
Most Republican candidates ran on repealing and replacing Obamacare but it seems that might be on the back burner – way back on the back burner.
The majority of Americans want something done about illegal immigration but some Republicans in leadership positions think that primarily means legalizing all the people who are here illegally now, a move which would ensure a permanent Democratic majority in the near future.
Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that the first items on the Republican agenda are jobs, energy, tax and regulatory reform bills. He didn’t mention Obamacare.
Perhaps he wants to send those bills that are the least controversial. Keystone XL will probably be first. The Republicans believe they have the votes to override a veto.
“It’s time for government to start getting results and implementing solutions to the challenges facing our country, starting with our still-struggling economy,” Boehner said in a statement.
“Americans can expect the new Congress to debate and vote soon on the many common-sense jobs and energy bills that passed the Republican-led House in recent years with bipartisan support but were never even brought to a vote by the outgoing Senate majority, as well as solutions offered by Senate Republicans that were denied consideration.
“I’ve also put forth a five-point roadmap for harnessing the emerging energy boom in America, resetting our economy and restoring the American Dream for our children and grandchildren. It calls for fixing our tax code, solving our spending problem, reforming our legal system, reforming our regulatory system, and improving our education system.”
He said the priorities came from constituents.
He wants to get the economy going again by his own words. One of the biggest job killers has been Obamacare but he made no mention of it.
Darrell Issa said that we have to pass “sensible legislation.” Kevin McCarthy basically said when pressed on Obamacare – not now.
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House Majority Leader, was on Fox last evening while the election results were coming in. Megyn Kelly questioned him about whether or not he would press to repeal Obamacare. She had to pull it out of him that he would but he qualified it saying he’d do it when he had a replacement.
The longer Obamacare is in effect, the more entrenched it becomes. However, Obamacare is so entrenched now that it will be a mess trying to undo it.
Back in April, speaking at an Ohio Rotary Club, Boehner said simply repealing the Affordable Care Act “isn’t the answer” and it would take time to transition to a new system.
Wouldn’t it be nice though to know that they have a plan for Obamacare?
Another contentious issue concerns our open borders and the de facto amnesty Obama has in place as a result of his failure to follow immigration law.
Boehner has made statements about illegal immigration that have concerned many.
At the same Rotary Club meeting, he said, “Here’s the attitude. ‘Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,’” Boehner whined. “We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. . . . They’ll take the path of least resistance.”
Boehner said he’s been working for almost a year-and-a-half trying to push Congress to deal with an immigration rewrite.
“I’ve had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn’t say it was going to be easy,” he said.
A rewrite under this president would provide him with the opportunity to enshrine his open borders ideology into law because he has no intention of closing the borders. In a speech Wednesday, Mr. Obama said that fewer illegals are crossing the border, a statement not based in fact.
What will Boehner and McCarthy do when Mr. Obama legalizes millions by New Year’s?
Some members of Congress plan to fight.
Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Pat Roberts of Kansas, Mike Crapo of Idaho, and David Vitter of Louisiana sent a letter to lame-duck Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada today saying that if President Obama takes unilateral action to grant amnesty to illegal aliens it “will create a constitutional crisis.
They have already notified Harry Reid that they would help him enact a measure to stop Obama from unilaterally granting amnesty.
We know Reid won’t pass any such measure.
The same congressman said if it goes forward, they “would use all procedural means necessary” to make the Senate focus on the constitutional crisis they say that this “lawless amnesty” would create.
Speaker Boehner has the upper hand. If the conservative factions fight his priorities, he has the numbers to move on without them.
There is a war brewing. Which side will the American people choose, if any? Americans are already stretched to their breaking point on the issue of D.C. dysfunction.
The American people didn’t necessarily choose Republicans with this election, they voted against Obama and the path he is taking us down. Republicans have to get their act together. They need to keep sending bills through, including “sensible” Democratic bills and bipartisan legislation, Obamacare, et al, take it all on – multi-task. It isn’t rocket science. Just keep sending bills.
The president’s press conference Wednesday was a doubling down of his policies, the ones he said were on the ballot. He isn’t going to work with Republicans but he has his pen and phone ready.