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November 3rd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Lame-duck Congress' first order of business?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Despite the fact that the Democrats took a real beating yesterday, the Democratic-led Congress will soon be back in Washington for a lame-duck session. Heavy emphasis on the word, "lame."

Because this Congress allowed so much unfinished business to pile up before the elections, there'll be no shortage of things to do should they actually decide to tackle some of the people's business.

There are the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of this year. If nothing is done, the biggest tax increase in American history will land on our doorsteps January 1.

There's the issue of expiring unemployment insurance for two million Americans.

And don't forget about the budget. Lawmakers need to either pass another temporary measure to keep the government funded - or pass the remaining spending bills for fiscal year 2011. The second won't happen, the first has to.

Other pending issues include the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.

Don't hold your breath on any of this stuff. Congress will only be in session for a few weeks before the Christmas recess.

Plus, insiders say this lame-duck session could be more unpredictable than most since the balance of power is shifting. They say Republicans could spend at least a week figuring out who will take leadership roles in the next Congress.

More importantly, it's likely the Republicans won't be in the mood to do much cooperating, since they'll be running the show come January.

Here’s my question to you: What should be the lame-duck session of Congress' first order of business?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rich in Texas writes:
Tax cuts. As a small business owner who will be penalized for being successful, I will not be buying any new equipment or hiring any new employees until I know what the cost of growth is going to be. Most businesses are not the bad guys, nor are we greedy, but we do deserve to benefit for our hard work and risk if we are lucky enough to make a profit. Don't even get me started on health care.

Peter writes:
The lame-duck Congress should pass a major jobs bill, as they should have done two years ago. Monetary policy has shown its limitations with – what is it, three? – jobless recoveries in a row? We need some good hard demand stimulation to kick this economy into gear.

Ray writes:
What they should do is come back to D.C., cancel their holidays, and get to work just like anyone else scared of losing their job!

Gordon writes:
Let the Bush tax cuts expire and try to pass legislation which removes the income cap on Social Security deductions.

Melissa writes:
Welcome to being totally screwed. We all thought it was bad before, it's going to be much worse now. Nothing is going to get done for the next two years.

Arnold in Michigan writes:
Hold a joint session of Congress and resign.

Dennis in Pennsylvania writes:
Their first order of business should be to go to the supermarket and get some boxes and start packing. There is a reason they are going home and should start their journey as soon as possible!

Bev in Colorado writes:
Put on Munchkin costumes and wait for Sarah Palin and Christine O'Donnell to lead them through the corridors of the Capitol singing "Follow the Yellow Brick Road."


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soundoff (175 Responses)
  1. Conor in Chicago

    I think this Lame Duck Congress should immediately return to the good ole days of Republican rule when I was a traitor for thinking Iraq was not sound global security strategy, a Communist because I support unions, and an awful person because I don't believe in God, or that The United States is Christian nation. Setting that tone that existed from 2000-2008 will be the best way to move forward with Impeaching Obama in the House just for the fun of it, giving tax breaks to the wealthy so they can invest in China, Brazil, and Dubai, and inching the country closer to Religious Dictatorship by continuing the funding of propaganda instruments such as Fox News.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  2. David Alexandria, VA

    Take whatever uncertainty out of the economy you can: Extend the tax cuts for all Americans to allow businesses to create jobs; put the ObamaCare on notice of iots demise; Agree to work together fo the American people, not re-election.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  3. George Granger

    Try to sit in the same room together without beginning to exercise their 2nd Amendment rights🙂

    November 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm |
  4. Kathie

    How about something original–work together on behalf of the people who they are supposed to represent not their own self interests and those of their special interests/lobbyists/corporate America. For years congress is so preoccupied with infighting that nothing happens and I will not hold my breath for that to change.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Peg from N.Y.

    How about a game of duck, duck, goose!

    November 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  6. Gerry

    Initiate legislation to repeal Health Care, Cap & Trade & salvage what they can from TARP. Provide documents that Obama is eligible by birth to serve as President of the United States.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Ax

    November 3, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  7. Joe Hanson

    Passing a budget!

    November 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    To create jobs.......even if the GOP has to tax American Corporations for producing off shore, vs. tax incentives, to bring manufacturing back on shore.

    This country cannot give American business free rein to manufacture all of the goods sold here, out of the country. Pure and simple.

    November 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  9. Dave

    First order of business should be for them to vote in mandatory term limits.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  10. james in greenville, nc

    The first order of business? Hide the good furniture until the Democrats get back in office.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  11. Ed from California

    Give the keys to the republicans right now, let them take the "people"s" will to task. I hope it all works out for the nation and the republicans. I don't really care who leads us into prosperity, as long as we are lead into prosperity. And not back to 2008! I'm so happy that I'm retired, and be living in California!

    November 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  12. Chris Harding

    Not to be Lame!

    November 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Paul P.

    Simple. Controlling government spending through freezing the defense budget, cutting entitlement programs, be it Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid and gradually phasing out the Bush tax cuts. You can't fix the economy without addressing the debt crisis seriously. Unfortunately, to do that, the GOP would alienate their own base...and I don't forsee that happening. Like you called it Jack, a 'lame duck session'.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  14. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Extend the Bush tax cuts!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  15. John from Alabama

    Jack: Let the republicans lead instead just saying "no". I believe nothing important will be accomplished in lame duck session of Congress. Let raising the debt ceiling to the new senator from Kentucky. The Republicans can tell Americans their preexisting condition will cause them to lose their coverage, tell them their children will be off their insurance at 21 years of age, tell them that their health insurance can be dropped even if they have paid thier premiums. The republicans can take off $200 billion off the deficit by bring the troops home from Afghanistan in January 2011. President Obama would probably like that one.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  16. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack, the first order of business should everyone in Congress say a prayer and hold a moment of silence for what is about to come.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  17. dennis in minneapolis minnesota

    They should drop their Republican and Democrat titles. Now that the campaigning is over, they should get together and have real conversation. We put these people in office to make very big decisions. Now stop arguing, and get it done.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  18. Tom, Switzerland

    Get rid of the electoral college!

    November 3, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  19. Loren

    Fix the economy. Unfortunately, getting Congress to agree on practical measures is like herding cats and with a President who is unwilling to do the real work of getting responsible legislation passed (there is no financial reform if there are no controls on swaps), there doesn't seem to be promise of any real improvement. Once again, it will be up to the American spirit to get us out of economic doldrums fighting against the stupidity of Congress.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  20. Brian, Baton Rouge

    They probably shouldn't do anything but pass a continuing budget resolution.

    Kick the can down the road to January, when all these new Republicans and Tea Partiers join Congress, and let THEM make the hard decisions about taxes and spending.

    It's easy to say "NO" to everything; it's a lot harder to come up with ideas of your own.

    I look forward to seeing the balanced budget that the Republican House will no doubt come up with.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  21. Annie D.

    Well, since the Democrats will probably cede power to the Republicans immediately, I imagine all the tax cuts will be extended which will put us in the hole on the Chinese credit card even further.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  22. David

    To declare peace and sign a truce in Washington so the government can start governing again.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  23. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    to STOP the Republicans from extending the Bush tax cuts. the country can NOT afford them.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  24. Joe R - Houston

    Develop and implement a strategy designed to dismantle our offensive military empire – or – END the FED which would accomplish the same thing.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  25. B.J., Quincy, Il

    Repealing the no raise for Social Security.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
  26. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Kill the tax cuts for the wealthy and keep them low for the rest of us.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  27. Louise Wilson

    The second definition of lame duck is 2. on the stock exchange, one who cannot fulfill his contracts. The number one problem the exit polls showed as to who was to blame for the economical disaster was Wall Street. First order of business? Fix Wall Street.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  28. Roy Koriakin

    First thing Congress needs to address is why the Republicans swept the election. I still don't believe the majority of the politicans both Democrats and Republicans understand why this this happened. It's not that people want the healthcare ripped apart, or other Democratic agenda ripped apart. It's that in the middle of the worst ressesion in our history since the great depression, our polititions in power the Democrats spent six to eight months or longer to push through the healtcare package, when at this time the American public wanted 100% of the time spent on the economy and jobs.
    Wake up politicans or next time we will vote you out again.
    Stop wasting time and fix this country, bring our jobs back.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  29. southerncousin

    Lock Pelosi out of her offices and take away her plane.

    November 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  30. Kevin K

    First, President Obama needs to address the new Congress and apologize for calling his opponents the republicans enemies. How can he get any respect if he can't show any.

    Next should be the sale of Nancy Pelosi's Jet. We didn't need it then and we still don't need it now.

    Then the work can begin with the transparncy we we promised, where both sides work together (for a change) for a change in the way things get done.

    Otherwise he might as well go on vacation for the next two years.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  31. Pisher from Harrisburg

    The lame duck's Congress' obligation to the people is to pass as much job producing legislation as possible for those out of work who are going to lose their homes this winter as possible. Republican pundits have already declared that this new Congress is a mandate for "gridlock" and so, if there's going to be gridlock the next two years, let it there be a road to prosperity preceding it, so the gridlock bums can be thrown out in 2012.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  32. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The Dems should do what the Republicans did immediately after the November 2008 elections and that is start to plot on how to regain power. Perhaps they could take a page from the Republicans playbook and become the party of "NO"

    November 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  33. LucyPH

    Read the part of the Hippocratic Oath that says "do no harm" and go home to shop for the holidays!

    November 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  34. Mark, OKC

    REPEAL OBAMACARE ! ! !

    November 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  35. Gordon NJ

    Restore the Eisenhower era tax rates on Millionaires. Those were the good old days of 'Leave it to Beaver' and booming American industry that make Republicans wax nostalgic. Yes, bring back Ike's 90% top-bracket tax rates on all those Wall St bonuses and absurd corporate salaries. That's one way to bring down the deficit in hurry.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  36. Shane in Boston

    Give themselves a pay raise for having survived the midterm elections. Sounds about fair to me.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  37. Steve from Santa Monica

    CREATE JOBS! Obama's solution was to give other people and businesses money and say, "You go create jobs." The U.S. government needs to get hands on and create jobs NOW, not wait for future tax breaks or government programs to drag on into future years. The CCC created jobs NOW. Temporary jobs on the federal payroll get people working NOW. Federal funds for state-created jobs get people working NOW. The people in Congress coming up for re-election in 2012 can kiss their jobs goodbye unless they get the 17 million Americans jobs who gladly want full-time jobs.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  38. Tripp, Dallas

    There only ONE appropriate course of action for THIS Congress. Shut it down and GO HOME!!!

    November 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  39. Marc, Houston

    Easy – extend any tax breaks that are non-controversial (that means most, but not all of them). Waiting until next year and making them retroactive wastes government administrative resources – probably millions. If these guys are serious about the deficit, they need to start sweating "the small stuff" that, in times past, they ignored, wasting our tax dollars.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  40. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl how about another raise, some more perks, and some parting gifts for those that so deservingly lost.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  41. Chris

    Extending the bush Tax Cuts for families making under 150,000/yr. If they pass for everyone them Obama should veto them.

    Chris in Rochester NY

    November 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  42. Jim

    Jack,

    The Bush tax cuts have to be number one. If the Republicans stall it trying to get tax cuts for billionaires, they will, once again, trash the economy.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    November 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  43. Rich - TX

    Tax Cuts. As a small buisness owner who will be penalized for being successful, I will not be buying any new equipment or hiring any new employees until I know what the cost of growth is going to be. Most businesses are not the bad guys nor are we greedy but we do deserve to benefit for our hard work and risk if we are lucky enough to make a profit. Don't even get me started on health care.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  44. Jack

    extend bush tax cuts, then go home....

    November 3, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  45. Bobbi from L.A.

    Legalize marijuana under the Federal Law, and get rid of DADT. Those two things would stimulate each state's prosperity, and allow gay people to feel included without mandatory silence and fear of being exposed by someone who hates them.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  46. Leslie

    Go on vacation and get ready for the 2012 elections because we all know nothing is going to get done in the next 2 years.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  47. Bea, the City Limits

    President Obama's first order of Business will be to put all of the 'lame'
    ducks in order first, Jack. Starting with John Boehner in front and ending with Ron Paul in Back.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  48. JackieinDallas

    What, you want the House Democrats to try and push through legislation that will then be overturned by the new House? I HOPE that they aren't that dumb! That gives the Republicans a way to look really effective in their first couple of months. In the Senate, they won't accomplish much, anyway, with a gridlocked party split and a threatened Republican filibuster.

    What they ought to do is to really find out what their constituents want, and act on that, instead of trying to placate their big corporate sponsors. Ain't ever gonna happen, though! (just thought I'd throw in the colloquial terms, since you are so fond of "Ragin Palin")

    November 3, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  49. Don

    If the public think that the gains of republicans are going to create jobs for them, that have been duped.

    November 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  50. Jim

    Jack,

    Do nothing. They've been lame all along thanks to the "Party of NO!" Now that the Republicans will be in charge it will be the Democrats turn. Afterall, turnabout is fair play.

    Jim in Denver, CO

    November 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  51. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Decide whether or not the Bush era tax cuts will be extended. Then they need to deal with the inadequate health care reform bill as it has no option for controlling how much insurance companies can charge a person or family. Next, they need to deal with the economy and high unemployment rate. Just put the American people first.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  52. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Are you kidding me?

    What they should do is try to take care of the People’s Business that they have been neglecting for the last ten years. But you know as well as I do that they will continue to sell off whatever bits and pieces of the United States that are still intact.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  53. Bob in Tampa, Fl

    Repeal the election.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  54. gordon

    Let the Bush tax cuts expire and try to pass legislation which removes the income cap on Social Security deductions. Oops, that's two.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  55. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Change the Senate rules to speed up the process of passing bills.
    No more Filibusters unless they actually stand up at the podium and rant without taking a break, a drink, or a trip to the restroom.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  56. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    They should already be organized, but maybe I give them too much credit, and they should determine their top priority and put something out there before Christmas. If they stand by their campaigning, the budget needs to be addressed ASAP. They can demonstrate their resolve and slash the budget and get it to Obama by the end of December. The tax cuts should go hand-in-hand with the budget and they should pass the 2 together to show they can balance a budget, not just talk about it

    November 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  57. dennis in pa.

    their first order of business should be to go to the supermarket and get some boxes and start packing! there is a reason they are going home and should start their journey asap!

    November 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  58. Paul Austin,Texas

    First order should be to pass a new law that limits terms to 2 times and you have to sit out at least 2 terms before being aloud to run again. My guess is that they all will continue full speed ahead and do nothing like the ones elected last night will do.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  59. Carol Auburndale, Fl

    Ram through anything you want done before the pubs take over the house in January. It is what the democrats should have done from the time they took over the majority. It looks like they would have learned early on the republicans were not going to work with them and just went ahead and done what was best for the country. Now they are stuck being the party of NO for till the next election cycle or till the American people say enough and put term limitations on them and get rid of all the career politicians.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  60. Carl

    Jack,
    First order for this Lame-Duck Congress is business as usual, which is sit back and collect a huge pay check. Totally ignore the will of the legal American people, pander to all minorities, and the most important thing of all is just to keep self serving themselves.

    Thanks for nothing Congress, I live in the corrupt state of Illinois,
    where all of our govenors do at least 2 terms, the first in office, the second in prison where most politicians belong.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  61. Jeff In Minnesota

    Jobs, jobs and jobs. Congress needs to figure out what they can do to improve the business environment and as a result allow businesses to generate jobs. One of the things that they need to understand is why the banks that we saved are no longer lending to businesses. I know that regulators have placed restrictions on lending practices, but are those too restrictive and therefore adversely affecting lending or are bankers just restricting lending on their own.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  62. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Immediately extend the Bush tax cuts across the board to remove the uncertainty. The few that will be remaining need to read the health care bill so they are ready to deal with fixing the mess they rammed through. Those that will be leaving can start packing up their offices and help Nancy Pelosi clean out hers as well as the tax payer provided jet she will no longer have access to.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  63. Tina Tx

    According to what I been hearing the Republicans have felt like the dead ducks in the water. Their refusal to get along and play nice did not help but the Democrats tried and when it did not work they went it alone. They tried and lost. I just hope the healthcare is not repealed because I cannot afford it now and if it is repealed I hope the Republicans like paying for my care at the county hospital because that is where most of us will be over running the er room.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  64. Thom Richer

    Withdrawing all troops before taking (another) vacation. The continuous and increased magnitude of death and damage, of the past few weeks is proof positive that little if anything has been accomplished or will ever be by our invasive occupation of the Middle East.. Remaining there even a day longer is insanity. These terrorist actions go to prove the country will revert back to its past state of chaos and civil war whether we stay one more day or two more years. Our government leaders know this, our military leaders know this and the countries involved know this. So why wait?

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  65. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    They should work on as many bills as they possibly can just to see who these so-called new Republicans really are.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  66. Gary H. Boyd

    Extending tax relief that will otherwise expire shortly. That can be done immediately. Next up would be legislation that cuts red tape and provides assurances to the business sector so they can begin investing in plant, equipment and people once again. These two steps would provide an immediate shot in the arm to the economy which was the number one issue in the election. Beyond that, a 10% reduction in the size of government across the board would be nice.
    And, as a last "first step" how about Congress foregoing its annual salary increase.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  67. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    They need to decide what kind of jet to give John Boehner, the new Speaker of the House, so he can get back and forth between his golf outings and Washington.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  68. David LaBossiere Marlborough, MA

    Thier first order of business better be to work together like most adults and get the tax breaks, unemployment, and stop gap spending bill passed to keep the doors open and lights on. They better start remembering who pays thier salary and who they work for. I think the American people are a bit tired of the childish behavior out of both sides at every level and are ORDERING them to start working on the problems that face this country as ADULTS!

    November 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  69. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    See how much money they can stuff in their pockets before they get to go back home and hopefully have to work for a living

    November 3, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  70. steve in fl

    Declare SCOTUS officially as a clear and present danger to the security of the United States.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  71. Joseph Feng

    The thing they should not do is extend any of the Bush tax cuts. We have empirical evidence that the economy did much better with the Clinton levels of taxation and a balanced budget, while the deficits produced by the Bush overspending and tax cuts were worse for the economy. Think of it as a Leffer curve applied to the size of government: it is bad when taxes are too high, it is also bad when there are zero taxes and zero government services, and the optimum is somewhere in between. Clinton was closer to that optimum than Bush.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  72. katiec Pekin, IL

    The republicans have not cooperated for two years, why should they start now.
    A quote from Demint and echoed by many republicans:"Our goal is complete gridlock for the next two years. There is no room for bi-partianship or compromise. Only acceptable outcome is total victory and any politician that disagrees will be considered a traitor., This is war".
    This is really representing the American people and our country, isn't it?? Heaven help us these next two years.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  73. Arnold MI

    Hold a joint session of congress and resign.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  74. jim

    End Obama Care and while doing so end all Medial deductions from the Tax Code. If you want to remove Government from Healthcare then remove it altoghter.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  75. Ken in NC

    Do the Palin thing. Resign.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  76. Randy

    CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM! Everything else is just window-dressing and the political show they put on for the public to feel part of the charade.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  77. jim

    Do nothing. Let the next Congress make the decisions so Obama can do what they did for 2 years and what Bush did for the two previous years, reject them.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  78. Bob, in Florida

    If I were the Democratic leader in the House, I would NOT DO ANYTHING, nothing, nada, and make the statement opening each and every session of Congress, "This is your government doing nothing, No spending, no programs, no laws! How do you like smaller government, now?"

    November 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  79. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    The republican party needs to stall on anything Obama try's to push until after the change of hands .

    November 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  80. kevin

    The first thing they should do? Well to tax the crap out of big corperations that sends american jobs over seas and give them tax breaks for bringing jobs back to America doesn't that seem like the logical thing to do.Passing the extension for unemployment benefits for the millions of people out of work and if they don't pass it how can any business survive nobody will have the money spend on anything and the people of The USA has to wake up and see what is really going on here.We must stand up and do something and not rely on our government because they get the money from big corperations and special interests.Government doesn"t run this country its the big business and big corperations do.Why do we want to give those big corperations tax breaks for manufactureing the goods in another countries which are american jobs?

    November 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  81. Lynne NJ

    If Obama wants the gay vote, DADT has to go first. It is obvious that gay marriage is on the back burner in the back room.
    I think a New Deal approach should be adopted by the Obama Administration. And, I think he ought to announce every policy objective he wants to accomplish and every time it is thworted by the Republicans. I think the Dems need to forget their loses and put their armor on and go to battle for the poor and middle class.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  82. Ricky Grant

    Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

    Ricky
    Rochester, PA

    November 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  83. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    While the Democrats still can get things passed, they need to:

    (1) Extend unemployment benefits for all the millions who are out of work! And not for 6 lousy weeks but for a meaningful time, like a YEAR at least. The economy is NOT going to get any better in the next year.

    (2) END THE WARS. Bring our people home, if it takes an executive order!!!! That wopuld be a big start in cutting spending.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  84. Joe CE

    Pass a prohibition o Corporate political sepending and require that all organizations that pay for political ads publish a list of contibutors a wseek before the election and a final accounting 30 days after the election.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  85. Karl from SF, CA

    Hey Jack, how about "public only" financing and take our elected officials off the open corporate market, eliminate the filibuster and any terms beyond a second one for any office.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  86. Bob, in Florida

    I think the first thing the lame duck Congress should do is to pass a national voting law requiring "NONE OF THE ABOVE" selection on every ballot race. If "NONE OF THE ABOVE" win then the candidiates who ran are eliminated and the election process has thirty days to run new candidates in sixty days in a new election. The only amendment allowed to be attached is a federal "NON-VOTING" TAX of one hundred dollars for those qualified Americans who do not vote, collected by the states when applying for drivers licenses.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  87. Dennis north Carolina

    end the war , bring the troops home, and the economy.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  88. Kim Smith

    There is an abundance of serious issues to address, but mark my words, the first thing they will do is give themselves a raise. Republicans and pseudo-Republicans (tea party) have just put the final nail in the middle class coffin, and the annexing of the American Dream to China by corporate sleaze bags has just recieved the green light. See ya all in the bread lines.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  89. Deborah Seibert, co

    Lame ducks should NOT cast ANY votes. They have been FIRED. They should resign immediately. Non lame ducks should extend ALL
    Bush tax cuts and go home.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  90. Jeanette Hawes

    Hello Congress, NO Christmas break for any of you this year!!!!!

    Keep your seats there all through the rest of this year until you can leave there with resolutions that make sense to the PEOPLE!

    Any of you know good and well when crisis hit, everyone is on deck until the HOUSE ( AMERICA) IS SAVED!!!

    I SAY, no more salaries to any one who leaves for a Christmas holiday while things are like this!!!!

    November 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  91. katiec Pekin, IL

    It will be interesting, to say the least.
    The republicans harp about the deficit but support the continuation of tax cuts, perks for the wealthy which adds billions to our deficit.
    The only cuts they want to consider are ones which will make middle class America the victims. Repeal policies that benefit our health, veterans, senior citizens, unemployed, less fortunate, disabled, women and children.
    Hopefully the misinformed people who supported them will change their minds when further destruction of our country once again is instigated.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  92. honest John in Vermont

    They will give themselves a raise. Oooops. They already did that. Ok. They should outlaw lobbyists in Washington. Oh, can't do that since the outgoing will get a new jobs on K Street. Maybe they could seal our Southern Border from illegals? Nah. Too much work. Maybe they could give the banks and corporations more money and industry friendly laws–they will surely get paid for that.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  93. KDS Irvine, CA

    The Bush Tax Cuts Jack. If they expire, then we're in some serious trouble. Any word on how Nancy Pelosi is feeling today? This morning on the radio the song "Ding Dong the witch is dead" from the Wizard of Oz was playing.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  94. Rev. Lee Davis

    The first thing that they need to do is to heal the partisan wounds ripping this country apart by their own example...it's time to face reality; wake up and smell the coffee...this country faces some very serious, very tough problems that neither Democrats or Republicans can solve...what ails this country can only be solved by Americans who whether they agree or not, are willing to talk to each other and hammer things out for the common good of the majority of our citizens not just a privileged few....sometimes this means reaching a compromise...

    November 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  95. Mary Steele

    Jack,

    To do something they have refused to do which was a strong factor in them losing, getting us back to work by declaring that employers must verify their employees so the 7+ Million jobs illegal have can go to OUR unemployed!!

    Yorktown VA

    November 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  96. Ralph Spyer

    First , we won the two wars must end. Second let the Republicans come up with some ideas and solutions, see how long big business let the Republicans party try to get deport 12 millions Mexicans and there discount labor. See how long big oil let us leave IRAQ, See how long big busness let us clamp down on China and their exports.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  97. steve - virginia beach

    Their first order of business should be to acknowledge that this is our country just as much as it is theirs and that they understand yesterday's message that We the People are the employers and they are our employees. Then apologize to us for what they have done. Then they should show their sincerity by passing the legislation necessary to create 8.5 million jobs for Americans by denying illegal aliens the ability to get jobs or benefits thus forcing them to self-deport. They won't but you asked what should they do.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  98. Bev, Colorado Springs

    Put on Munchkin costumes and wait for Sarah Palin and Christine
    O'Donnell to lead them through the corridors of the capitol singing
    "Follow The Yellow Brick Road".

    November 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  99. JackieinDallas

    You mentioned the 2 million Americans whose unemployment run out in January. You conveniently left off the millions whose unemployment died back last summer, thanks to the Republicans in both houses.

    By the way, that includes me, a staunch tax-payer for 40+ years whose possible jobs have been given to younger, cheaper workers in this country or outsourced to workers in other countries (thank you GWB for rewarding companies who outsourced them). I'm a college-educated, white-collar worker with specialized training and 30 years of experience. Thank, Republicans! See if I EVER vote for any of you again!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  100. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Make Bush taxes permanent

    November 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  101. Julius Lariviere, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

    Apparently, the first order of business is going to the repeal of the Health Care legislation... to the Repubs I say good luck with that– even if the House passes it, the Senate will rebuke it.. or the President will veto it.. so you are going to go through a long process like that? How about you start with the economy, and getting Americans back to work... that should be priority #1... but no change from the TEA party it looks like... politics before change.. a good ol' Conservative axiom was used successfully - don't tell the voters until its too late.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  102. Linda in Arizona

    Your first commenter, Conor in Chicago, said everything that needs to be said. Since the republicans have NEVER cooperated, and their only goal is to destroy the Obama presidency, I expect them to be planning their impeachment strategy forthwith.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  103. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    They need to dust off their feathers. They have been down in the dirt fighting to keep their searts. Some will be waiting to hear their swan song.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  104. Dennis D

    1st order of business is simple. Measure Maxine Waters and Charlie Rangel for orange prison jumps suits.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  105. Chris - Ohio

    Pack their bags.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  106. David

    The Lame-duck session should do what congress does best: nothing.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  107. Dolores Surprise AZ

    The Democrats should not cave in to t he Republicans, like they always do, Get rid of the BUSH tax cuts for the rich....Obama promised that in his campaign and he needs to keep that promise....You know the saying, the rich get rich and the poor get poorer. It's time for the tables to be turned and let the rich pay their way.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  108. lynn

    A Budget , God forgive that they so something.......

    Visalia, calikfornia.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  109. Kathy

    The first major issue to address when Congress comes back is EXTENDING UNEMPLOYMENT filing date for the unemployed! This is unacceptable if nothing is done on this issue. Also, addressing a Tier 5 for ALL unemployed.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  110. Vel Champion

    The first order of business should be putting in a time clock and making congress punch in to collect a pay check. If they really want to find ways to cut the budget, they should all start earning their pay. If they are out on the campaign trail, they should all punch out and go off the clock and we should not have to pay them. Bet we could save a bundle on this idea...

    November 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  111. Sri

    Bush taxes permanent

    November 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  112. Bill

    Jobs for people over 50 years old!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  113. Rob in Saratoga Springs, NY

    Here's a great idea. A balanced budget. What ever happened to having a budget approved by the new fiscal year. We're well beyond that timeframe and still don't have a full budget approved.

    You mentioned that if the Bush tax cuts expire, it would be the largest tax increase in American history. We also have the largest deficit and national debt in American history. It's time American's get back to reality and start paying for their debt.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  114. Joe C Aston,PA

    Jack , this is simple. Start the session and create a new resolution to do nothing. Then turn out the lights and leave. We have had enough of them. Our country is in ruines because of decades of inetp congressional idiots who lack the backbone to do their job and the people's business.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  115. Trevor

    Democrats took the congress in 2006 on an anti-war message. While in power they didn't even try to change our foreign policy to the non-intervenionist stance they promised. Many of the people elected in 2006 are going to be out of a job soon so they should at least attempt to do what they promised. Get us out of Iraq and Afghanistan now. All other issues are trivial when Americans are needlesly dying in foreign wars the people no longer support.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  116. Dennis D

    I think the 1st order of business should to propose new elections laws where citizens must demonstrate sound mental ability. Meg Whitman was perhaps the most talented and accomplished candidate in 2010 in ANY race accross America. Californians need their head examined for taking Brown over her,

    November 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  117. Red Ruled

    The first the Dems should do is admit they should not have pushed thru health care reform. But they won't. That having been said, EXTEND THE BUSH TAX CREDITS for everyone.

    No one remembers the tax credits were put in place after an economic collapse following 9/11. The economy is still too fragile to let them expire.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  118. Neal Ajek

    it sould be tier 5 unemployment extension we need help

    Neal Ajek

    November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  119. Mike in Hoqiuam, Wa.

    Find their bullet proof vests.. Because in about a year in a half, We are all going to be saying "Where are the Jobs". The Republicans will then spend the next two years pointing fingers at Obama as it will be all his fault. Just like they have done with Clinton for all 8 years of the Bush Admin. These idiots are just as bad as the Idiots they are replacing..

    November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  120. Terry from Kansas

    How about do the people's business instead of trying to figure out how to stifle the government as they have been doing the past two years. Instead of bashing each other's political agenda, do something right.....your jobs that you were elected for.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  121. Renee Peoria,Ill

    As usual, what should be first on their agenda, working together towards real solutions to the countries' problems, will be last on their list. Emphasize WORKING TOGETHER. I don't expect they're ever going to do that, which is why both party's days are numbered.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  122. Douglas

    It would be nice to see Congress tackle some things that actually effect the American public. Creating a 21st century infrastructure would be great. So would education reform. Unfortunately I don't see any of these items being discussed in the near future.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  123. Peter Mikkelsen

    The lame-duck congress should pass a major jobs bill–as they should have done two years ago. Monetary policy has shown its limitations with - what is it three? - jobless recoveries in a row... we need some good hard demand stimulation to kick this economy into gear.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  124. Dennis D

    1st order of Business should be to investigate how Harry Reid won after trailing in late polls. Find out how he stole the election,

    November 3, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  125. Bob Chupp

    Jack,
    The first order of business for the new congress...They should RESIGN!!!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  126. ray

    what they should do is come back to DC, cancel their holidays, and get to work just like anyone else scared or losing their job!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  127. Ron

    Its the Tax Cuts, stupid.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  128. Michael Phillips

    I think the Lame Duck congress should pass an extension for the 99'ers because alot of them are going to lose their insurance or have already lost it.

    This will mean that there will be NO real spending at stores this Christmas as families struggle to survive on one income or none.. or while others become homeless.

    I'm not a politician just an average person. What do I know right??

    November 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  129. Brian (From Chicago)

    Extent Bush's tax cuts for anyone not making a million dollars a year. I don't know why everyone keeps calling it a tax increase. It was a tax cut that had an expiration date. It was meant to expire for the very reason that it is unsustainable in bad economic times.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  130. Chuck Terrien

    First order of business? Bring the troops home NOW. Congress needs to publicly announce their resolve to refuse to further fund the wars, and publicly challenge Obama to order our heros home NOW.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  131. Calvin

    The lame duck Congress should get the ball rolling on the single thing that would fix the entire disdain and despair surrounding our so called "Democracy". Term limits on all Representatives, Senators, and the Presidency. Cap it at a SINGLE 2, 3, 4, or 6 year term.. I don't care.. but CAP IT. No more running for re-election from day 1 you take office, that way maybe every decision you make won't be based on your political future and might actually help people.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  132. Jay

    Repeal Health Care – for Congress.
    Cut the Budget – of Congress.
    Tax Cuts for Congress – by paying them less.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  133. Ann from Atlanta, TX

    Give themselves a big fat pay CUT! Let them see how 98% of the rest of us feel.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  134. mr. smith

    They need to budget some form of paying off our debt. It is the only way we will become better as not only a country but as united states of america.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  135. cami

    extend tax cuts for everyone. pres says he wants a family to be able to afford to buy their kid a winter coat – and that will stimulate the economy. how about those with more money who will come in and buy a few coats, boots, fun hats, winter toys – like snowmobiles, skis...maybe a four-wheel drive vehicle? Let people have their money to spend it in our stores! Get the spending going. People and businesses need to feel confident that THEIR money will be THERE and then they will spend (and hire). EXTEND THOSE TAX CUTS FOR ALL!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  136. Antoniofrom D.C.

    These two sides need to stop acting like the Crips and the Bloods. Is cooperation truly so difficult that the both of them can't fail together? I think not!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  137. Steven

    Democrats and Republicans need to leave the party id's at the door. Sit down with the leaders and the President and get a real plan of action put together. Tweak the healthcare bill to fix issues with it and fix this economy. Time for serious leadership is now.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  138. Ed

    Perhaps a triage needs to be completed before any of the pending issues be rushed through. Congress should view and future action as needing funding and work on passing a interim budget then the tax cuts since taxes are not something that people can typically adjust to quickly.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  139. Pedro G

    The lame duck’s Congress's first order of business is to pass a "balanced budget". There is no need to spend another penny in dumb ideas, and the "new Congress" should not repeal the President's hallmark Health Care legislation. It is just beginning and we are seeing the fruits of it and wait until it is in full effect come 2014!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  140. daryl

    first thing...dems pass bill for public spending for campaigns, and healthcare for all...they now have nothing political to loose

    November 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  141. Gigi Oregon

    The first thing they should do is pass all the request that the people wanted done. Isn't that why the U.S. is mad? The reason the Democrats lost was because they moved too slow. If come January the Republicans don't move fast enough on what Obama was promising to do to win the 2008 election the Republicans will be voted out come 2012. Now wasn't it all about jobs... it's all about jobs!
    I want the debt paid down and China paid off. And forget the tax cuts for the rich and greedy who would borrow money from China rather than pay from there pocket the war. I'm shocked we borrowed money from communist China who did that anyway. Now... there is a subject that should have come up during the elections.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  142. Paul , Il

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, as far as the so called "Bush tax Cuts" I'm unsure how i feel about them but i do know "middle class america cannot take a tax increase we are already being taxed to death and thats always the republicans answer "let's sock it to the middle class" while we sit back and make out pockets fatter. There needs to be something done with unemployment as well there are jobs out there maybe not what we want but they are there and as long as we are letting people collect unemployment for 2 years unemployment is not going to get better because some choose to be unemployed , my uncle says why would i get a job when i can sit home and get free money, number one issue on capital hill needs to be "GET AMERICA BACK TO WORK" God bless you Jack and god bless America.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  143. Julie

    Tax cuts should be the first and only agenda item in the coming lame duck session.

    As a single woman who makes $130,000 a year, I already have to turn over 40 percent of my earnings to the local, state and federal governments each year to pay for the 50 percent who don't pay any taxes at all.

    A tax hike will break me.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  144. rocky brumbelow b22@bellsouth.net Brumbelow

    Congress should pack up and go home, after they make George W. Bush's tax cuts permanent, they have done enough damage. Please send Nancy,and Harry with them.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  145. Bob Schroder Piedmont Quebec

    I think they should attack something really tough like prayer in school

    November 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  146. Ted

    Congress's first order of business should be to write their own letters of resignation. They have already got paid for more work than they have produced. If I left my job to go campaign, I would not have a job to come back to. I would love to see these guys figure out the unemployment line.

    Puerto Rico

    November 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  147. Cody RI

    Jack, heres an idea maybe the congress can actually hold session on a Friday (as they promised two years ago and have rarely done) and maybe they can work there way up to actually getting something done. But I am not holding my breath.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  148. Doug Copeland

    Doug – Baltimore

    The first thing these lame-ducks should do is repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and show that they're not as lame as they appeared to be earlier this fall when they came so close to getting rid of this bigoted policy. Let's face it, no profound act is going to change the economy any time soon so why not make good on at least one promise Obama and the Democratic-led congress made when they were elected. The Republicans in the House will be in no rush to move on this issue.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  149. Catherine Ives

    Tax cuts have somehow become enshrined in the US like a national religion with both parties and especially the Tea Party. In the meantime we are fighting two wars, have troops stationed all over the world, have an enormous national debt, a gigantic trade imbalance, a huge debt (mostly to China) and going into the hole every minute, and huge entitlement programs. As someone said: if you don't want pay taxes and you don't like Big Government, burn your Medicare card like protesters once burned their draft cards. We can't expect government to do everything we demand that it to do for us and whine that we don't want to pay our taxes. Get a grip America! And Tea Party do the math if you have some kind of calculator or adding machine. Or add up on your fingers or whatever it is that you can do.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  150. Tyler Asgrimson

    I might be a sixteen year old but even i know that the first thing we should do is to incourage people to go out and spend money because the largest part of GDP is the consummer. So we need our government to come out and tell us to spend money and not have goverenment drive GDP like Obama has been doing for the last 2 years. So then when we can kill 2 birds with one stone.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  151. Stefanie

    As much as I want to believe that the Congress members will work to get things done so we can all have happy holidays, I know the Republicans will refuse to cooperate- why would they do what's right for the people under democratic rule when they can wait and do the "right" things in January and take full credit.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  152. George F, Southgate, Michigan

    1. extend the unemployment insurance compensation for the 2 million Americans that will run out in december
    2. extend the Bush tax cuts for the 97% of Americans that will run out on Jan 1st
    3. pass legislation that will give companies tax breaks and/or incentives that bring jobs here from oversees and discontinue tax breaks that allow companies for shipping jobs oversees

    November 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  153. Jim Dopkus

    Pray!
    Springfield, Or.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  154. Jim Blevins

    The first order of business must be to establish detente. As Obama said, there are certain principles that neither side will give up. It is not obvious that there is anything outside the red lines that neither side will cross. But if their is anything, it must be found.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    November 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  155. Tim in Texas

    Stop listening to the American people. We're stupid. I mean that, we are really stupid. When forty percent of the electorate in Delaware vote for somebody to run the country who thinks that scientists have created mice with human brains, then you know we're stupid. Listen, fifty percent of the people have less than average intelligence. Stop listening to them. Listen to people who have above average intelligence, and here's a hint... They don't wear tea bags stapled to their hats, and they don't idolize Glenn Beck. They do know how to spell, how to do math, the basics of macro economics, and they know what the continents and countries are. Start there.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  156. Shaun

    I believe that congress's first order of business must be job creation. I have watched most of my family and friends, as well as myself, lose their jobs as small businesses continue to close with no equal job or even a less paying relevant job available to try and support their families or themselves to the point where with the little money I have; I give away so they can feed themselves!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  157. Tina

    I think the 'lame duck' congress should try to pass through immigration reform. This would solve a lot of issues. It will help the economy by increasing tax compliance among illegal immigrates, the collection of the $5,000 penalty, and new jobs within or outside the government to aid illegals with the transition to citizenship. It will also help the healthcare, medicare, and social security. Many illegals are using the healthcare system without paying. They are living under the radar. If they are citizens with social security numbers, it can be easier to collect the medical fees they rack up. With an aging work force, illegals (and Hispanics) are becoming a majority in our nation and the average Hispanic is probably younger than other races. I think making illegals citizens would bring tax compliance and help to fund social security and medicare. People say they broke the law but they are here and we would be stupid to try send them back!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  158. bill in new york

    the first thing the new congress should do is to acknowledge the fact that world powers come and world powers go and that it's already time to stop taking america's place in this world for granted...we need to invest in this country, stop the hand-outs and start making it more attactive to do business in america; when was the last time you wore something that was made in the usa?...personnally, i'd prefer my grandchildren learn american english in school rather than chinese..

    November 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  159. ttown

    The unemployment benfits extenstions that are due to expair on Nov 30. With the Rep in control of the House it won't matter to thoses who voted them in if there are no jobs or money for the holidays.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  160. La'Ondrill Brown

    I may be a 23 year old kid who knows nothing about politics, but in opening a lame-duck session, our leaders should be trying to actually understand American people from this current day and age. If we are to remain the great country we once were some form of revolution needs to happen. Do you really think the Tea Party (or anyone else) has any idea what the term "moving forward" means?

    November 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  161. Lance C, Reno, NV

    Coming to a concensus that they will work toward mutual - I repeat, mutual - goals. NOW.

    Nevada's Tea Party candidate, in her allusion to the Second Amendment remedies for the problems in Washington, expressed the sense of urgency felt here by many. All members of both chambers need to feel that sense of urgency, direct it toward themselves, and not tolerate the spirit of partisanship any longer.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  162. Sharon

    The first order of business should be all elected officials (Republican and Democrats alike) MUST grow up and begin acting like mature responsible adults. The finger pointing, name calling, high school bullying mentality between the parties has destroyed America's pride. It is no wonder our children see nothing wrong with bullying each other in school today, look at the negative behavior of the role models running this country. Republicans may have succeeded in taking the majority of elected offices this time but it does NOT mean they will remain there. It seems both parties have forgotten they are elected by and working for the American tax payers and not just one or the other political party. The newly elected officials should always remember they are only in office on a temporary basis, we will always have future elections. They (Republicans and Democrats) should never forget that. Regardless of what political party they represent, they ALL represent the AMERICAN people FIRST AND FOREMOST. I am sick and tired of being humiliated by the garbage coming out of elected officials mouths and the ignorant blame games. We are being disgraced by the childish behaviors and it is time for it to end. They need to focus on AMERICA and bring this country back together, as one!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  163. Raymond W. Stone

    The first order of business should be to pass a rule requiring all bills considered, to have a maximum of 50 pages. The Health act at approximately 2500 pages is the most misunderstood, misstated bill in History. So few people have read and understood it, that it became fodder for the worst propaganda campaign in history. The people fear the hidden consequences and huge authority for change by as yet unnamed committees and members. How could you vote for a bill that gives an unnamed committee power to change something as important as health care? We democrats were subjected to extreme exposure and the mess brought unqualified idiots into office on the coat tails of the loudest complainers. It will be many years before our party and our civilization recover.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  164. John A

    Have Republicans live up to their commitment to repeal Obama-care by leading by example – i.e,

    demand that their own insurance provider bar their children from medical insurance if any of their children have any pre-existing medical conditions;

    demand that their own medical insurance be cancelled if they or a familiy member undergoes cancer treatment or requires other "expensive" medical coverag

    November 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  165. Sheila Montrond

    First order of business they need to attend to is fixing the economy and health care. Democrats and Republicans need to find a way to work with each other on this for the sake of the american people if they don't then get ready everyone to say hello to the toughest years of our life.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  166. Matthew from Orange, Ca

    One word: EDUCATION. Find a way to pull this country from the lower mires of the education ladder and propel us back on top. From education comes good ideas and the know-how to achieve them, which translates into jobs, small businesses and better efficiency in running local and statewide governments. When we are making and saving money instead of losing jobs and savings through horrid taxation, we might actually look back on the government of 2010 with some historical satisfaction. EDUCATE!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  167. Jeremy Seattle

    Secure Our Border! NO Shamnesty aka fines.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  168. Ryan from Missouri

    I think the very first thing that Congress should do is repeal the terrible DADT policy. It was a depressing day when the Senate failed to finally do it, but now it's easy to see that if nothing is done before January, nothing will be done at all. And seeing as how so many in Congress will be ousted in the next session, there should be no reason why they can't leave their mark on history, and do the right thing.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  169. Nanette - Florida

    Of course extend the tax credits!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  170. Ray Watson

    I think that the dems had better concentrate on jobs, jobs, jobs if they want to be a factor in 2012 elections, and secondly, to lean on the benefactors of funds to repay those enormous loans(bailouts) given them in the recent past, thirdly they had better show better "working together" with the upcoming new congress. Ray

    November 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  171. lynnej in nc

    Since the Republicans keep whining about the deficit and the need to control spending, how about they cut their salaries to $15,000 to $20,000 a year with no benefits? Many are millionaires why not?

    I've always been told that when there is no money, you start cutting back yourself.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  172. Benjamin F. Childress

    I’ve been participating in American Politics for over 40 years, watched from B/W televisions with my Dad to my own Flat Panel TV Monitor NOW. I have no real problem with the absolutes of Powers be, it either Democrat or Republican or vice versa, get it!! We as a country are in a universe Black Hole—TWO WARS and growing, A NATIONAL ECONOMIC NIGHTMARE, HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT and fluxing, all this, with no ends of any of it in sight. I've lived the history of the collapse of the Soviet Union and Communism and NOW as I watch this MY gov’t have a fear for our futures.. WE GENTLEMEN HAVE TOO MUCH ON OUR PLATE FOR SIMPLE-MINDED PERSONALITY ISSUES. Please start to get the jobs which you are elected to do DONE!!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  173. Robert C, George, M.D

    I am surprised that you did not mention tonight, of the various problems facing us all, that the scheduled Medicare cut on Dec. 1, could affect millions. An additional cut of 6.5% is scheduled to go into effect Jan.1, 2011. I am retired so this does not affect my income; however I am also a patient! Shouldn't this have been on your list, since it potentially affects so many people?

    November 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  174. Public Servant from DC

    I work in a govt office. We have open positions that we need to fill, yet we can not because congress has not passed our budget. If congress wants to reduce the unemployment rate, they should pass our budget. We'd love to hire people!

    November 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  175. Bruce

    Burn NAFTA

    November 3, 2010 at 6:52 pm |