'Poison pill' bills being introduced in Congress
Impact of popular bills to hurt opposing party
- Duration 4:29
- Date May 14, 2012
Impact of popular bills to hurt opposing party
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Address is hard at work churning out plenty of bills but.
Very few of them will become law this election year.
Both parties accused of crafting legislation just to make the other side look bad come November's election.
Would Democrats and Republicans both focused on fighting for control of congress.
Can actually get anything done before November.
Let's talk about it with Tom -- the executive editor at real clear politics dot com are real clear politics I should say Tom thanks for being with us.
It themselves -- -- let's pretend that he wanted to get some important things done in this country you could.
Produce legislation that would protect women from violence that sounds like a good thing.
You could keep student loan rates low you could build roads and bridges.
Those are all bills pending before this congress.
But virtually none of them has a chance of passing.
Is that true.
That's true and -- to your pick your intro it's because both parties are we're in an election year.
And it's all boiled down to sort of posturing.
Even beyond that -- take a standalone bill for example the house voted.
For that bill but they voted to fund it by cutting spending cutting one of a piece of Obama's health care legislation which no Democrat supported you had a bill in the senate.
That the -- wrote that bill and they supported the funding -- student loans.
By raising taxes which no Republicans are gonna support they're viewed as poison pills to either party.
And so you have a lot of that going on as well -- -- so nothing's gonna get done in this congress and the parity is after the elections over.
The lame duck congress is gonna have to take out not just smaller bills like this but huge huge issues like taxes and and entitlements but all that stuff we'll have to be done between.
You know in November and and the new year when the new congress gets -- and well the the last time around in 2010 when we had congressional elections we had a a huge wave of incoming Republicans especially those with Tea Party support.
They were effectively elected to cut spending and -- -- the deficit right.
That's right annual we have going on as we have two parties with drastically different visions for for government and and that shows up not only the legislation but also again that the Tea Party -- they feel like they were elected to it to stop.
President Obama and the Democrats agenda and not to compromise.
On their principles and so you have you have two parties that are at loggerheads and right now.
Because the Democrats feel like they have a shutter retaking the house only need about 45 season because Republicans feel they have a -- retaking the senate they only need about five or six seats.
Then both doubts all about trying that you know.
Posture and position themselves for for possibly winning -- November obviously get the president to -- looming over everything but doesn't this happen.
Each time around I mean every four years or maybe every two years.
Sure in election years that's typically the way it gets done or what -- the way things happen but it does seem to be someone acute.
Because of I think the first part of Obama's administration Republican sort of felt like with the stimulus which very few of them voted for health care legislation which no Republicans voted for.
That they really feel like.
That the well has been poisoned I think the two parties in addition having different views they really don't like or trust each other they really sort of portray each other as having.
Impugning each other's motives for what they're trying to do and calling each other nasty names that's what you have congress sitting there right now about a 50% approval rating which.
Is you know they've been down at that level for for a while which.
It basically brilliance and having its -- of only from.
Family friends -- -- doesn't have the advantage go to the Democrats here because the president can point his finger at congress and say that's a do nothing.
Dis functional organization.
-- from the president's perspective yes he can point to the house and he can sort of -- Democrats in the senate don't like this argument very much either because they're part of congress and Obama's portraying them as part of the problem.
But he can try to portray Republicans in the house that way on the other hand Republicans can portray Democrats were leading the senate they can point to the fact that.
Harry Reid and the Democrats were supposed to be leading have not pass the budget in over three years so this is an issue that's gonna cut both ways and again.
You'll see both both sides.
Angling as best they can't make those arguments come November while sums -- gridlock is a good thing because the government.
Can't get in the way so we'll see Tom Bevan from real clear politics Tom thank you.