Mitt Romney Lies #11 – ” we remember the president’s own party had a super majority in both houses for his first two years”
“And, he blames Congress, he goes after Congress, but we remember the president’s own party had a super majority in both houses for his first two years, so you can hardly blame Congress for the faults that he’s put in place himself’.
From : http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/06/05/romney-demands-an-obama-jobs-plan/
‘I’m not sure how Romney defines a super majority, but my recollection was that the Dems only had a filibuster-proof majority (including two independents) from the time that Al Franken was finally seated (July 7, 2009) until the point that Teddy Kennedy passed away (August 25, 2009). That’s only seven weeks, not two years’.
From : http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2012/06/the-big-lies-of-mitt-romney-v-obama-had-a-super-majority-in-congress-for-two-years.html
‘Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) declared Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union. “In fact, he’s been in office for three years. He got everything he wanted from a completely compliant Congress for two of those three years… We are living in the Obama economy.”
FILIBUSTER – ‘By forcing Democrats to find 60 votes to nearly every action, McConnell and his members were able to block major initiatives’.
FILIBUSTER -‘Democrats mounted a December 2010 push to end the Bush-era tax cuts on income over $250,000, and for millionaires. The GOP prevented both measures from achieving the 60-vote supermajority required to beat back a filibuster’.
FILIBUSTER -‘McConnell’s Senate minority also thwarted the majority in the Democrats’ DREAM Act, which failed late in 2010 even though they had 55 votes in support’.
FILIBUSTER – ‘Senate Republicans blocked key appropriations bills in December 2010 — a gambit that touched off the government shutdown fight in spring of 2011’.
FILIBUSTER – ‘On the stimulus package, President Obama’s initial proposal was well over $800 billion in new spending and tax breaks, but the 60-vote requirement shrank it to well under $800 billion’.
FILIBUSTER -‘GOP opposition to health care reform was a key obstacle to a public insurance option and remained a source of partisan vitriol for months’.
FILIBUSTER – ‘McConnell candidly explained the strategy behind the obstruction early 2011, after reaping the benefits in the midterm elections. “We worked very hard to keep our fingerprints off of these proposals,” he told The Atlantic’s Josh Green, arguing that it was important to deny Dems any claim to bipartisanship’.
From : http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/01/mcconnells-revisionist-history-congress-gave-obama-everything-he-wanted.php
FILIBUSTER – ‘Senator McConnell dispensed with the usual platitudes about working together and declared publicly, “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”
From : http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/print/2011/01/strict-obstructionist/8344/