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Democrats, Not GOP, Mostly Controlled Congress Under Obama

Bethea Wrote: Sep 13, 2012 7:45 PM
July 21, 2009 Dem: 57 Indy: 2 Total:59 Vacant: 1 Senator Byrd returned to Senate; Senator Kennedy still ill Aug 25, 2009 Dem: 57 Indy: 2 Total: 59 Vacant: 1 Senator Kennedy died Sept 24, 2009 Dem:57 Indy: 2 Total: 60 Vacant: 0 Paul G. Kirk appointed to fill Kennedy seat Feb 4, 2010 Dem: 57 Indy: 2 Total: 59 Vacant: 1 Rep Senator Brown elected to Kennedy seat The only time the Dems had enough votes to prevent filibuster was from Sept 24 to Feb 4. Of which, Congress was only in session 67 days. Dems did not have control of congress for the full 2 years.

Instead of accepting responsibility for the nation’s ills, Obama apologists regularly blame Republicans in Congress for blocking the president’s recovery agenda. This contention ignores the fact that the GOP controlled only one half of Congress for one half of Obama’s term. Democrats have run the Senate for his full term, and controlled the House of Representatives for half that term.


In other words, during Obama’s time in office Democrats exerted 75 percent of Congressional control. He got approval for his stimulus package, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank banking regulation, and all his major initiatives. If he had really wanted to...