Put Down that Pen!

From the Washington Examiner

House GOP presses Obama to put down pen, put on negotiating hat

By Susan Ferrechio | JANUARY 30, 2014 AT 8:30 AM

cantorMajority House Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., speaks at a press conference on Wednesday….

House Republicans told President Obama on Thursday he doesn’t have to follow through with his threat to legislate without Congress because many of his State of the Union ideas overlap with GOP proposals.

In a four-page letter sent to Obama ahead of the annual House Republican issues retreat, the top GOP leaders outlined key areas where the the Republican-led House could work with the president. And they told him the “year of action” he proclaimed in the State of the Union speech should not exclude Congress.

“Under our constitution, most action requires the Congress and the President to work together,” GOP leaders say in the letter. “Naturally, we don’t agree with all the proposals you outlined in your speech, but where there is potential for agreement we believe that it is critical that we come together to advance the interests of the American people.”

The letter is likely to put pressure on Obama, who has defended his need to act unilaterally by accusing Republicans of refusing to cooperate. The letter clearly aims to dispel Obama’s claim.

“We haven’t given up on working with you to find areas of common agreement where we can do good things for the American people,” the GOP leaders write in the letter. “Let’s get to work.”

The letter outlines four GOP proposals that encompass the priorities Obama unveiled on Tuesday night, including skills training, increasing the production and use of natural gas, workplace flexibility and boosting federal funds for medical research.

In March of 2013, for example, the House passed the SKILLS Act, which would reform federally funded job training, in part by streamlining and reducing overlapping programs.

The legislation would also make it easier for community colleges to participate in job training and would eliminate some of the requirements job seekers must fulfill in order to receive skills training.

Democrats have long opposed the legislation, however, in part because it reduces the influence of labor unions in the job-training system.

In December, the House passed legislation to increase funding for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health. Democrats opposed this measure as well, calling it politically motivated because the cost was offset by eliminating federal funding for party conventions.

Democrats also opposed the House-passed the Working Families Flexibility Act. Democrats dubbed the bill the “More Work, Less Pay Act,” because it would allow employers to replace overtime pay with comp time. Obama threatened to veto the measure.

In the letter to Obama, Republicans acknowledged that Democrats do not entirely agree with the GOP proposals but they urged Obama to “revisit” his veto threat.

“We further request that If you have specific concerns about the legislative text, we meet at your earliest convenience to discuss those differences,” the letter reads.

Republicans will meet privately for the remainder of the week in Cambridge, Md., to work on establishing the House GOP priorities for the legislative year.

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Ok, I am not going to quibble about decorum.  That said, can’t a letter to a President who is threatening to by-pass Congress be a bit more, let’s see … more direct and less formal?  We’re in a real crises here.  Or am I over-reacting?

I’ve had my say.  Your turn.

Mrs AL

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28 Responses to Put Down that Pen!

  1. I’m with ya on that, Mrs. Al. Why the hell didn’t they just write “Stop What You’re Doing or We’ll Have You Removed”…?

  2. Kathy says:

    This letter may be somewhat sincere, but it more resembles a chess move. It does two things: it negates O’s statement that the GOP won’t work with him and it’s a tool to be used come election time. It tells the voters – ‘See, we tried to work with him, so vote for me and I’ll keep fighting for you.’ It’s doubtful O will put down the pen though.

    Another thing that caught my attention in this post: “the annual House Republican issues retreat” They gathered at a Hyatt Regency resort in Cambridge, Md. to discuss issues and eat seafood. Sorry to get off topic, but stuff like this pegs my meter. I’m pretty sure there are meeting rooms in DC they could have used, instead of wasting more taxpayer money on hotel bills.

    • Mrs AL says:

      Excellent observation relative to the chess move, Kathy! I most certainly will await to see if this tactic works.

      As for taxpayer monies being used, both Rs and Ds stand guilty.

  3. Hardnox says:

    I’ll agree with Kathy that this is a tactical move but I don’t have any faith that they will stop zero if he bypasses Congress. Zero knows it too.

    • Mrs AL says:

      Then why waste the time and energy, Hardnox? Seems to me we are past the point of playing nice. There is no cooperation from the Executive Branch. Wonder what the bloody back-up plan is. It also seems to me that we are reaching a point of no-return. Either clean up this mess (no matter how long it takes) or just allow the country to be flushed once and for all.

      Woa, I sure got turned sideways, eh?

      • Hardnox says:

        Good questions. The GOP is terrified of the media. That didn’t stop the left when R’s were in charge. The GOP’s only back-up plan is to woo Hispanic and independent voters.

        The R’s problem has always been messaging. They attempt to explain minutiae when instead they should be talking about bold plans. The left doesn’t suffer from that problem.

        In fairness, the R’s are hamstrung by the media and they allow them to control the conversation. Anytime a bold leader emerges the R’s go into crab syndrome and pull the outlier back into the basket.

        The R elite are convinced that the message should be polite so as not to appear angry. In my estimation this plan is stupid. The R’s seem neutered and they won’t gain support from those they are trying to woo.

      • Our “point of no return” will be reached in November and if we don’t take the Senate AND the House, we’ll have but one choice left and THAT won’t be pretty.

        What I’d like to hear is that they met at the Hyatt Regency, with M.G. Vallely, and laid out their plan IN CONCERT with the TEA Party, (a wet dream of mine, of
        course).

        Yes, I know – “go have another drink”, right?

  4. Buck says:

    When the GOP ideas overlap Obama’s ideas it is time to get rid of the GOP

  5. I.R. Wayright says:

    I do believe we are going to see a “year of action.” Just not the kind of “action” they expect.

  6. CW says:

    You’ve got it right, Mrs. AL. These idiots don’t know what they’re doing.

  7. tannngl says:

    No real drive to support the Constitution.

    The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
    — U.S. Constitution, Article VI, clause 3

    Useless drivel

  8. One of these days, someone is gonna get some cojones, and make like John Wayne in “McClintock”

    The American people are getting fed up,,, and the employees don’t REALLY want to piss off the boss~! Not when “he” has 300,000,000 fingers,,, ,,, ,,,