Friday, December 24, 2010
In its lame duck session, the 111th Congress repealed "don't ask, don't tell" and passed the New Start treaty and the Zadroga 9/11 Health Bill. Bloomberg News and commentator E.J. Dionne point out that these bills are part of the monumental achievements of this Congress. Others accomplishments include the health care law, food safety rules, student loan reform, a financial consumer protection agency, financial regulatory reform and more listed in Nancy Pelosi's speaker's blog. This record also represents something of a rebound for Obama following the November elections. Indeed, John McCain's antics during the final "don't ask, don't tell" debate reminds us that we are fortunate that he was defeated by the presidential candidate who has no problem signing these bills.
In contrast, the incoming Republican House majority, as Dionne states,"is devoted less to a bold agenda of its own than to repealing, scaling back or derailing the accomplishments of the outgoing majority." The image above (h/t: Maddow blog) summarizes the GOP's goals during the lame duck session and the upcoming 112th Congress. Following the painful Bush tax cuts deal, President Obama and the Democrats will have to exercise determination in preventing the Republicans from reversing the progress of the 111th Congress.