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What Congress has to do this session

What Congress has to do this session

“The rules are such that Congress is not supposed to appropriate money to programs that are not authorized,” University of Minnesota political science professor Kathryn Pearson said, “but as Congress often does, it can waive such rules.”

  • The expiring tax cuts instituted under President Bush;
  • The expiring payroll tax cut passed in Obama’s stimulus bill;
  • The $1.2 trillion funding cuts to domestic spending and defense programs, and more.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Mike Downing on 06/18/2012 - 10:42 am.

    Restore the separation of powers!

    President Obama has been ignoring and sidestepping our US Congress. The most important thing to do is to restore the legislative role of the US Congress and stop President Obama from dictating through Executive Orders what he can’t accomplish as a leader.

    • Submitted by Pete Barrett on 06/18/2012 - 05:51 pm.

      Yeah, Right

      As if Obama is the only President to have issued Executive Orders, like he just invented them last year or something.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 06/18/2012 - 03:42 pm.

    There is no room for leadership

    in a political environment as hostile as today’s. There is only room for carving out constituencies.

    For my money and whichever side of the aisle you find yourself on:

    Farm Bill: leave ‘food stamp’ funds alone. When those dispossessed by the recession lose their’s they will remember who it was that limited the availability. Their kids will do better in school, too.

    NCLB: Scrap it, period.

    Student loans: spend the money on reducing the consumer’s cost of higher education, not subsidizing loans. You’ll get more bang for your buck, even though it may mean fewer votes come November. Re-writing the rules on student loans and bankruptcy would be of more help to those who are already too far in the hole to ever see daylight.

    Violence Against Women Act: why is it we have federal legislation on this?

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