A Difficult Political Task

By Hashim Arain

Photo Credit: Huffington Post

Photo Credit: Huffington Post

The reaction after the Midterm Elections on the night of November 4 was that President Obama would have a hard time getting legislation passed through Congress. The Republicans have control of the House and Senate after winning big in the election. It certainly will be difficult for the President to get anything meaningful through Congress, considering Obama’s already tense relationship with them in the past.

According to CBS News, Obama is currently strategizing how he can get Republicans to work with him this time around, and some have already questioned his strategy of working with them, while at the same time planning on doing executive orders on issues that don’t need Congress’s help at all. Some are split on whether this thinking by Obama can work or not. Obama has had a hard time trying to get some legislation that deals with his agenda through Congress, and I think it’s going to be even more difficult getting things passed with this new incoming Congress.

According to the New York Times, President Obama and Congressional leaders met over lunch on Friday after the election to discuss legislation that they’re going to try to work together on. They also reported that House Speaker John Boehner told Obama that if he takes on any issue with executive action without Congress, such as with the immigration issue, then that’ll ruin the working relationship between the President and Congress.

The big issue that President Obama and Congressional Democrats want to deal with in the new Congress is immigration reform, and it seems like Republicans don’t want Obama to enact legislation by executive order that Obama seems to want to do. If Obama acts on immigration reform with executive order, then that might result in Congressional leaders from both parties not wanting to work with one another.

President Obama has always had a tough relationship with Congress, and it looks like it’s about to get even tougher with this new Republican-led Congress. The American people wish more bipartisanship was occurring in Washington, and that lawmakers can work together to solve the nation’s problems, according to the polling site Gallup some Americans are not optimistic that the Midterm Election outcome will change things in Washington.

The information provided by Gallup shows that Americans are getting fed up with the ongoing gridlock that is rampant in Washington, and that they want lawmakers to get along with each other and work with one another. It’s going to be a difficult road for the Obama White House for the last two years of its presidency and they will have to try to get meaningful legislation through the Republican controlled Congress, which is not an easy task.

Maybe Democrats and the White House need to make some concessions on legislation if they want to get it passed, if it has to come to that then so be it. It’s really unfortunate that not enough negotiating happens between Congress and the White House, and the country has to suffer as a result of that. Hopefully this new Congress and the White House hear the American people’s calls for cooperation with one another, but I certainly have my doubts that it’ll happen.