Next Up: Debt Ceiling Showdown
But can you have a showdown if Obama refuses to show up?
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 3, 2013 7:24 AM CST
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell could be the dealmaker on the debt ceiling, as well.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – President Obama signed the fiscal cliff tax deal last night, and you know what that means: Time for the debt ceiling fight! Technically, the government has already reached its $16.4 trillion borrowing limit, and is relying on "extraordinary measures" to get by. By the end of next month, those maneuvers will likely be exhausted. Republicans, still smarting from the cuts-free cliff deal, are eager to use that deadline to initiate a new battle in what the Washington Post terms "Washington's permanent fiscal war." But there's a problem: Obama insists he won't play that game.

"I will not have another debate with this Congress over whether or not they should pay the bills that they've already racked up," Obama said Tuesday. Indeed, the cliff debate may have marked the end of all negotiations between Obama and House leadership, the New York Times points out. Instead, he may stick to the blueprint of negotiating with Mitch McConnell and pushing deals through the Senate. McConnell yesterday called on the Senate to introduce debt ceiling legislation early next month, but as part of a "serious effort to reduce Washington's out-of-control spending." Moody's yesterday warned that if Washington didn't do something to "bring about a downward debt trajectory" it would probably join Standard & Poor in downgrading the US' credit rating, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Jan 6, 2013 11:27 AM CST
congress responsibility which they are not following Responsibilities of CongressThe most important responsibility of Congress is that of making the laws of the United States. In both houses the work of preparing and considering legislation is done by standing committees, and in addition there are special committees in each house as well as joint committees with bicameral membership. The two houses have an equal voice in legislation, but revenue bills must originate in the House of Representatives. Bills, after having been passed by each house separately, must be signed by the president of the United States within 10 days of their submission, or they become law automatically, unless Congress is not in session. If vetoed by the president, a bill may become law only by its repassage by a two-thirds majority in each house. The Constitution requires a regular annual meeting of Congress, which, since the passage of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933, begins on Jan. 3 each year. The president may call an extra session of Congress or of either house. The proceedings of each house are recorded in the Congressional Record. Only the House of Representatives may impeach the president or other federal officers and the Senate alone has the authority to try impeachments, but each house is the judge of the qualifications of its own members. The Senate must ratify all treaties by a two-thirds vote and confirm important presidential appointments to office, including cabinet members, judges of federal courts, and high-ranking officers of the armed forces. Because of this and because it is the smaller body and its members enjoy longer terms of office and virtually unlimited debate, the Senate is regarded as the more powerful of the two houses.Congress, as a whole, reached the zenith of its power during Reconstruction. Throughout its history many critics have charged that Congress operates under antiquated machinery and processes that are inadequate. Procedural reforms proposed have included the adoption of a rule of relevancy in Senate debate, employing joint hearings on similar bills, liberalizing the methods by which a bill may be discharged from committee for consideration, and abolishing seniority as the basis for committee chairmanships.Read more: Congress of the United States: Responsibilities of Congress —
Jan 6, 2013 11:21 AM CST
The presidents duties are as follows and hes following them The President is the head of the executive branch and plays a large role in making America's laws. His job is to approve the laws that Congress creates. When the Senate and the House approve a bill, they send it to the President. If he agrees with the law, he signs it and the law goes into effect. If the President does not like a bill, he can refuse to sign it. When he does this, it is called a veto. If the President vetoes a bill, it will most likely never become a law. Congress can override a veto, but to do so two-thirds of the Members of Congress must vote against the President. Despite all of his power, the President cannot write bills. He can propose a bill, but a member of Congress must submit it for him. In addition to playing a key role in the lawmaking process, the President has several duties. He serves as the American Head of State, meaning that he meets with the leaders of other countries and can make treaties with them. However, the Senate must approve any treaty before it becomes official. The President is also the Chief of the Government. That means that he is technically the boss of every government worker. Also, the President is the official head of the U.S. military. He can authorize the use of troops overseas without declaring war. To officially declare war, though, he must get the approval of the Congress. The President and the Vice-President are the only officials chosen by the entire country. Not just anyone can be President, though. In order to be elected, one must be at least 35 years old. Also, each candidate must be a natural-born U.S. citizen and have lived in the U.S. for at least 14 years. When elected, the President serves a term of four years. The most one President can serve is two terms, for a total of eight years. Before 1951, the President could serve for as many terms as he wanted. However, no one had tried. After two terms as President, George Washington chose not to run again. All other Presidents followed his example until Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt successfully ran for office four times. Early in his fourth term, he died, in 1945. Six years later, Congress passed the 22nd Amendment, which limits Presidents to two terms.Rate This Answer
Jan 6, 2013 8:58 AM CST
What really irritates me is I know this guy who worked 10 years in a factory then lived off his girlfriend for the next 30 years taking drugs and drinking now he has lost his health so the government gives him disability and his check is $1,666.00 per month on disability to his girlfriends relief. I worked for 45 years and my social security check is $848. a month. This is the kind of policies that make people like me hate congress.