Congress is having a hard time getting anything done. This is true in general but has been especially true with this specific session. The common complain from the left is that the minority won’t even let votes come to the floor and live by a simple majority. Everything requires 60 vote to pass.
The republicans are just blocking everything Obama wants to do. For example:
Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked an “insourcing” bill from Democrats that would have ended tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas.
The Bring Jobs Home Act also would have given a tax incentives to companies that bring jobs back to the United States. The measure failed to advance on a 56-42 vote, with 60 votes needed to end debate on the bill.
Earlier in the week, Republicans also blocked the Disclose Act, which would have required the disclosure of campaign contributions of more than $10,000.
Seemingly another example of the republicans abusing the power of the minority. However, might there be another side to the story?
Republicans were considering supporting the insourcing bill until Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he wouldn’t include any GOP amendments.
The democrats have “ruled” as the majority since Obama took office. He even referred to his unwillingness to consider republican ideas when has said, “I won.” There may be fewer bills being passed, there certainly is debate on whether that’s a feature or a bug. But f blame is going to be cast, it needs to be cast where it belongs.