Archived: Failure to Compromise may Stymie the House


The reelection of Barbara Boxer to the U.S. Senate and the reelection of a majority of the Democrat members of the US House of Representatives will allow California’s Congressional delegation to retain their seniority, although Democrats and Republicans may be switching leadership roles on a number of key committees.

Though Republicans have made a major sweep of the Congress, turning out a number of Democrats in other parts of the country, it will be some time before they achieve the seniority that most of California’s elected representatives in Washington D.C. have spent their political careers pursuing, often at a cost to their constituents and the state.

Signaling the continuance of partisanship that has become the norm in the nation’s Capital, the presumed new Speaker of the House, Rep. Boehner has already said there will be no compromise by the members of his party when it comes to their agenda.

Without Democratic votes, however, he’ll find it hard to get legislation passed.

Boehner forgets that the president can also play hardball by vetoing any legislation to undo the new health care legislation or regulation of the financial industry, to name just a couple.

Unfortunately, the political posturing already taking place, much as it did when the Democrats took control, does not bode well for getting much done in the House during the next session.

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