October 5th, 2009
05:00 PM ET

What major new laws will Congress pass before adjourning?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama has only been in office a little more than eight months now... but many are beginning to wonder if his political capital is already spent. The president came into office with several top priorities - including health care reform and climate change legislation.

Health care has taken up most of the summer and it's still not clear what the final outcome is going to be. Democrats are close to bringing the legislation to the floor of both houses of Congress for debate. They say they're confident a bill will pass this year... and they see more momentum now than they did under President Clinton 15 years ago - which, when you think about it, is irrelevant.

If health care reform doesn't pass, does it really matter how much momentum it had?

As for climate change legislation - forget about it. The president's top energy adviser says there's no way Congress will be able to pass a bill this year. Which means the U.S. will have nothing to show when talks on a global climate treaty start in Copenhagen in December.

Not finished yet... In the wake of the financial meltdown last year - President Obama and Democratic leaders talked a lot about imposing new regulations on Wall Street. But so far - that's all that is… just talk. Nothing's been done.

Here’s my question to you: What major new laws will Congress have passed by the time it adjourns for the year in early December?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dan from Boston writes:
Hey Jack, I'm a rock-ribbed Democrat who enthusiastically voted for Obama. My enthusiasm is waning. As your question points out, there's not a lot of accomplishment to speak of thus far. I fear the only thing that will get done this year is health care and that will be so watered down as to be useless. Yet it will be hailed as a victory and historic! The Dems control the entire government and the insurance companies and big business still win. What does that tell you?

Jerry from Dallas writes:
Jack, Even if Congress only passes one major law this year, it will be one more than what they passed last year. Health care reform is a right to life issue and Congress must act this year before they go off on their other job – getting re-elected.

Don writes:
Most likely, none at all. None of our elected officials can come up with a way to please the corporations and the people at the same time.

David from Martinsburg, West Virginia writes:
Jack, This is a good question, because if it were up to the Republicans there would not be any laws passed. I do believe that the health care bill will be passed, but it will be a watered-down version.

Beth from Dunwoody, Georgia writes:
While it is true that there has been limited progress on Obama’s campaign agenda, Obama and Congress HAVE accomplished a great deal. While we knew Bush was a bad president, no one knew the economy would tank, credit would freeze, and the car companies would face going out of business. Congressional bills and other action of the Obama administration have resulted in car companies selling cars again, the banks being stabilized, and the economy turning around.

KC from Kremmling, Colorado writes:
The citizens of U.S. elected a Democratic majority to Congress last fall. They wanted change. I guess this proves that it doesn't matter which party has the majority.

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soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. Duane

    You mean they are really going to try and pass something......I have my doubts!!

    October 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  2. David of Alexandria VA

    The Save the Pork initiative (HR345-09) under which every member of congress, whether they like it or not, is required to provide earmarks for their jurisdiction or lobbyist of choice. Not to worry, though, this will still be funded out of stimulus money - so it doesn't really cost us anything.

    October 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  3. Rob of Brooklyn

    They won't pass anything.

    October 5, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  4. Joe CE

    Yu maen ina dddition to the Stimulus. Sorry the crystal ball is out of order, but very likely ones approved by the Hose & Senate.

    October 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  5. Jim


    If they can save the economy with the stimulus bills and rescue health care with a meaningful reform bill, that will be enough to declare victory and enjoy a well-deserved break.

    Reno, Nevada

    October 5, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  6. Jason, Koloa HI

    A major overhaul in healthcare.
    Major oversight laws for banks and wallstreet.
    Major regulations for the insurance industry.
    A major climate change bill.
    A major bill to combat unemployment.

    ............or after I woke up from my daydream, just
    another congressional pay raise.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  7. Tom from Philly

    Well there is their pay increase, keeping their health insurance options many and cheap, and any law that perpetuates the banking and insurance system. Financial reform/regulation and healthcare are probably not coming because congress and the senate are the puppets of the special interest and when was the last time you saw a puppet stab the person with their hand in the puppets back?

    October 5, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  8. Jayne

    The obvious bill to get passed is health care reform and it's looking very favorable for passage at this point.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  9. Penny Muleshoe, Texas

    None that I know of that will amount to a hill of beans to many Americans. There were all kinds of pork barrel projects mixed in with legislation just like ever other administration. The democrats have made 2009 the year of the Freebie where they bailed out Banks, bailed out other countries and ran our public debt up to $11,935,736,271,824.41. That is roughly $38,375.00 for every man woman and child in America. Jack in my humble opinion this congress can not adjourn fast enough.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  10. Michael, Alexandria, VA

    Health Care Reform might be passed, although without tax reform as a companion piece there may be difficulty doing this. If they can work out a deal about the NRA amendment, DC voting rights might pass. if they can work out a deal on commuter taxes, I would rather have them go after DC statehood.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  11. Jerry Alpharetta, GA

    The only laws that will be passed are those that will assure "Cash for Congress." Deriviatives based on pork should do very well.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  12. Jackie in Dallas

    I know what they had BETTER have passed - healthcare reform, at least a return to regulation on the insurance companies, a cap on lawsuits, and accountability on denial of benefits; possibly legislation reducing transportation funds if a state hasn't implemented a "driving while distracted" law; and a retraction on their own raises for themselves. What I'd also like to see is a tax increase for any country that offshores more jobs, and tax breaks for those who bring jobs back onshore.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  13. Carl D.

    Here's the problem I have, it's with the word adjourned, why can't these lazy, losers work a full year, and just get a simple 2 week vacation like the rest of us. In my opinoin, the only thing these leeches will be working on before the big vacation is, voting themselves a big raise, or planning there next vacation.
    Carl in Illinois

    October 5, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  14. Jay

    Probably nothing more then a pay raise for themselves.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:13 pm |
  15. Jackie in Dallas

    By the way Jack, when did you jump on the GOP bandwagon? Every single question you have asked over the last few weeks is intended to criticize or draw attention to what you see as the President's faux pas. Too bad you weren't this vigilant during the Bush Administration until the Presidential campaign!

    Maybe we can elect a new commentator?

    October 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  16. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    Hopefully no no laws. The less this leftist domionated Congress does, the better off we all are.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  17. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    Absolutely none that will benefit the majority of their constituents. Historically the Democrats are known for doing very little if anything and the Republicans are known for doing everything for big busness which increases their own personal bank accounts;

    October 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  18. Chuck in warren, Ohio

    Jack: The GOP will make every effort to screw the American People, not only this year but the next 4 years. Don't hold your breath on anything.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  19. Dennis in Cleveland,Ohio

    I will be AMAZED if they get ANYTHING done!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  20. Keith


    I doubt if Congress will pass any new laws that have anything to do with health care, energy, or Wall Street. They’ll probably vote themselves a hefty raise and extend their recess/vacation.

    Haslet, TX

    October 5, 2009 at 2:16 pm |
  21. JENNA

    What major new laws will Congress have passed by the time it adjourns for the year in early December?

    Health Reform Act will pass before Thanksgiving.

    Two other bills will also pass, they have to do with employer discrimination.

    The first is using ones credit score to deny you employment, the other is using a DUI/DWI against you for employment .

    Employers will no longer be able to pull your credit score unless you are working directly with money or have access to funds that you can steal.


    Employers will no longer be allowed to ask "Have you ever had a DUI/DWI" unless it is a job that requires driving or operating machinery.

    These are the three that I see on the near horizon.

    Roseville CA

    October 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  22. Russ in PA

    If we're lucky – and we won't be – Congress won't pass a darn thing, as Congress is only in the business of paying off lobbyists, and trying to control the economy that is not capable of being controlled. Hopefully enough people will come to realize that government is not the answer. After all, Washington – George – told us so...

    October 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  23. Gail, Plano,Texas

    No major new laws will be passed by Congress by the time they adjourn at the end of the year. They do nothing at all when Congress is in session. In order to have major legislation pass, they would have to work which they do not know how to do. Whatever happened to America???

    October 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  24. Tom Wisconsin

    Jack, I believe Congress will only pass new bills that will produce the best payback for themselves. They certainly are not on the side of the American people.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  25. Rick Medina,OH


    Unfortunately, I think they are basically 'out of gas.' The polarization has become so widespread that neither party can truly lead. We may see an era of 'coalition government.' We are now dealing with many small factions, none of which can bring off legislation without cooperation from others.

    These guys now must learn the lessons of European politicians - how do you keep your job (i.e. get re-elected,) and be a 'player' in actually getting things done?

    Rick, Medina, OH

    October 5, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  26. Ann-Virginia

    They will pass nothing if the Republicans have their way,after all,they are known as the party of"NO."They are so focused on destroying the President that thay have lost all sight of their country & it's success & survival.They will pay for their narrowminded view of American politics at the poles.America is tired of their garbage!!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  27. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, I'm afraid that he will not get anything passed. He is hampered by Reid and Pelosi and the Republicans hatred of all things America, but the bottom line is he had to spend so much money to stabilize the shattered US economy and keep us from going into a depression that he lost the independent voters, who have fallen under the spell of the GOP propaganda machine. It's a shame, too, because the American people need someone to stand up to big business and he has been our one shining light in the past 30 years.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  28. cy

    We may get National Day of Recognition of Walloon-Americans passed. That depends on whether President Obama can get enough Republicans on board to prevent a filibuster. He had to eliminate taxes on country club presidents to muster enough votes for National Loganberry Month to squeak by. I hope Sen. Snowe's vote was worth it.
    cy arlington,va

    October 5, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  29. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    We will be lucky to get a health care package approved before the end of the year.......I wouldn't expect anything more than that.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  30. Tina Tx

    Nothing with all the bickering going on and the fighting. They all make me sick. America is being flushed down the toliet and they won't sit down and act like grownups but keep acting like school yard bullies. Throw the bums out. You been there over 5 years you pack up and leave town.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  31. Heath in Missoula, Montana

    At the very least, Congress had better have a healthcare reform bill passed for the President to sign by the end of the year, or the Democratic members who are up for re-election in the next mid-terms will be in some serious hot water. It seems to me that they are capable of nothing else but disagreement. I think it will be a miracle if they pass ANYTHING before year's end.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  32. Rich


    Are you kiding me, there are two chances that Congress will pass any major new laws, slim and none. The democrats can't get out of their own way. Their too busy trying to get back at the GOP after they more or less had control for 8 years. Instead of fixing things they are only making them worse by arguing about and or adding pork to any bill they bring before the house. Just look back at the stimulus bill where's all the jobs, keeping people on unemployment and extending benefits is not creating jobs. These guys are in for a rude awakening come 2010.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  33. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    Well, first off they will vote themselves a big pay raise because that's in their own best interest. Secondly, they will pass a bill to standardize the shade of yellow to be used on highway stripes or something frivolous like that. You can rest assured that nothing of importance to the people will be passed, that just wouldn't be the congressional way.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  34. Doug - Dallas, TX

    At the rate they're going, not many and the ones they pass, based on the current debates, probably won't do us much good. The Republicans are opposing everything brought forward (health care, financial reform & energy reform to name a few) and the Democrats can't seem to get their majority to agree on anything. The upshot is the American public takes it on the chin and the lobbys continue to rule our elected officials and everything stays the same. And they wonder why we're mad!!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  35. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Yes, Jack, talk is cheap; the supply is greater than the demand and these people love to hear themselves talk but action, well that's not a word they understand. I don't believe any good legislation will be passed this year and then the President can become a lame duck with 3 years left in office.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  36. Lou from North Carolina

    A pay increase for themselves and longer vacations for themselves.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  37. bill rupert

    I think they will get Health Care passed Jack, But it won't do a damn thing to lower the cost of this run away Health Care Industrial Complex. Notice I didn't say system because we cannot call our health care a system. It's an amalgam of special interests looking for biggest return for stockholders they can get
    Congress has not addressed the fundamental reaons why our Health care is too expensive. Administrative overhead (31 cents of every dollar goes to pushing paper and no federal/state intervention on how much can be charged for services. Every other industrialized country has a handle on that-we do not. And until they fix those 2 things nothing will change. Prices will continue to escalate as will our premiums.
    It's a joke!

    October 5, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  38. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Congress will pass what the PAYING lobby tells them to pass.That is why our beautiful country is in so much trouble.I doubt that they will
    pass anything that is not watered down to more inefective government.
    Very sad

    October 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  39. mark pribble Anna Illinois

    As usual they probably wont do anything. They are to worried about all the money they receive from lobbyist, WHAT A BUNCH OF CROOKS. If the rest of us received money from others to sway our minds in decision making we would be put in jail. What a bunch of Hippocrates.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  40. Lori - PA

    Because those in Congress cannot put aside their differences (and let's not forget about pork barrel spending) and focus on how they can help "the average Joe", nothing will get done.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  41. KC in Kremmling, Colorado

    The citizens of United States Elected a Democratic Majority to Congress last fall. They wanted change. I guess this proves that it doesn't matter which Party has the majority. They can't do anything. They have been smothered by so much political crap they can't function at all.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  42. Dennis

    Jack, the major new laws we need passed in this country of ours would have to regulate and elevate business standards back to at least a reasonable and fair standard of practice. So since this would involve big money like Wall Street, big oil and the insurance industry, I'd say it's safe to say it aint gonna happen, no matter who is in office.
    Therefore it is reasonable to assume the law of the land will continue to be, big money does what big money wants. That law was passed a long time ago.

    Dennis / Nashville,TN.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  43. Conor in Chicago

    The Supreme Court is currently arguing over the Hillary Clinton movie and how it relates to the corporate funding of political candidates. I can assure that if and when (and looks more like when) the Supreme Court decides that limiting corporate contributions to political candidates is an infringement of the 1st amendment you will see McCain-Feingold repealed in a New York Minute. After that there will be no need to pass any legislation as our politicians will have achieved their objectives. Instead of secretly serving a corporate interest now they will be able to openly serve a corporate interest.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  44. Dan in Boston

    Hey Jack,

    I'm a rock-ribbed Democrat who enthusiastically voted for Obama. My enthusiasm is waning. As your question points out, there's not a lot of accomplishment to speak of thus far. I fear the only thing that will get done this year is health care and that will be so watered down as to be useless. Yet it will be hailed as a victory and historic! The Dems control the entire government and the insurance companies and big business still win. What does that tell you? Same old, same old.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  45. Kerry Diehl

    I don't think Congress will "pass" much of anything other than a bunch of "political hot air".

    They will indeed try to "cram" some of these major bills down our throats, but hopefully they will have been tempered by our strong voices, some honest common sense and more responsibility in spending controls.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm |
  46. Dan

    None, plain and simple. Many good pieces of legislation on global warming and health care can and have easily passed the house but the Senate has held them up. The way the current system is set up nothing gets done when either party is in charge.
    St. Louis, MO

    October 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  47. Peg from NY

    Alas, I fear None will be passed.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  48. lou

    I would love to see them pass campaign reform laws giving each politician a set amount of money and making it illegal to take a dime from corporations and lobbyists. Maybe we could get some work done over there if politicians were working for the people again, instead of their sugar daddies. 70% of the people want some sort of public option, but they can't get it in the bill? That just doesnt add up.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  49. southerncousin

    This congress will pass anything that takes more money out of the pockets of hard working people who actually pay taxes or restricts their freedoom while calling them unpatriotic, racist, nazis and a mob. They are arrogant and have no sense of personal responsibility themselves. The idiot the unions appointed as president will sign any piece of trash legislation they send his way, in spite of any promises he made during the campain. He lied.

    October 5, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  50. John from Alabama

    Jack: Health care reform will definitely pass this year, or President Obama needs to call a special session of Congress. The reason energy legislation does not pass this year is the Democrats In Congress. President Obama wants Congress to do something like pass energy legislation. The Democrats must be stupid or they do not know how write legislation on energy. This nation had 8 years of do nothings it wants progress made in Congress.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  51. Jim Bailey

    They will pass what ever major new laws the lobbyists pay them to pass.
    Cripple Creek

    October 5, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  52. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Probably none, they haven't managed to do anything worth a damn so far and I don't see things changing.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:02 pm |
  53. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    That depends, Jack, on whether President Obama and the Democrats can let go of the myth of "bipartisanship." If anything's going to get done, they're going to have to man up and do it on their own.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  54. Jimmy in Houston

    We can only hope.....NONE! We can't afford for them to pass anything else.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  55. DT from Fort Walton Beach, FL

    They wont pass anything these days except for (Yet even more) pay raises for themselves...this should surprise noone at all...

    October 5, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  56. G. Johnson in Shreveport La.

    None,as usual.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  57. Lucy

    I bet they'll still be just talking. It never ceases to amaze me how out of touch the government is with the urgency of most of these issues, but hey, it's no skin off their teeth how many people die from lack of health insurance or the mess future generations will have to deal with from the damage we've done the environment. Selfish (insert inappropriate insult of choice here).
    SF, CA

    October 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  58. Maria

    Nothing will be passed by end of the year except blame and hot air.


    October 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  59. Ken M, Millington MI.

    Hello Jack. None ! and That's a damn awful shame.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  60. Simonsays/Orlando

    It's hard to believe that the Democrats have a clear majority in congress and could pass any bill they want without any Republican support. They can't blame the opposition for their ineffectiveness. What are they waiting for? Don't hold your breath on any new major laws.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  61. Wm, Penna

    Last time I read our Constitution it was clear: the Congress initiates and makes the laws. The executive enforces the laws and the courts interpret the law.
    How many congressmen would you expect cloth-coated Democrats to be able to afford? While our friends with the REAL money can afford them all.
    Your question is better asked of our congressmen who are responsible for the mess, and fully responsible to fix the mess they have made.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  62. Paul Austin, Texas

    Lets see Jack it will be stuff important to them only like a large pay raise only for them and a better health care package again only for them. As for the important stuff like climate control they may pass something like shorts and tank tops are o.k. to wear at work in the hot season and extra sweaters and gloves at work are o.k. to wear in winter by federal law and if you need to use a computer using a pen to punch the key board is fine by federal law. In other words don't expect much.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  63. JoAnn in Iowa

    There will be a healthcare bill this year and it will be pretty good. Then next year we will begin the work of modifying it, but it will be a good starting point.

    I think we will also get some new rules for banking and Wall Street. We have to get those greedy guys under control.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  64. perry jones

    with any luck none and it would be nice to see them clean up the ones they already have on the books then maby they could see them and start useing them

    perry jones
    council bluffs ia

    October 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  65. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    I expect that some watered down toothless healthcare bill will get passed and Obama will go through the motions of signing it. But the public will not be fooled. It will do little or nothing for us but will result in greater profit for the industry. Other laws will be surreptitiously passed that will continue to abridge our rights, freedoms and privacy. I also predict that a lot of pork will get pushed through the congressional meat grinder and Obama will sit down at the table for that too – in spite of what he said about pork. Oh yes, and congress will probably pass a raise for themselves and pay for it with our hides.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  66. Don (NH)

    Nothing, nada Jack! At least let's hope nothing. It seems that whatever has or will come up is modified (amended) to the point where it is useless. It is better to have nothing passed than to give away the country to corporate lobbys, the only winners in this exercise.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  67. Tim in Texas

    Health Care Reform will pass, Jack. And that alone is more than what most Presidents are able to accomplish in an entire term in office. As far as climate change is concerned, cap and trade will probably not pass by the end of this year, but there have been some significant changes already. For instance, there is now a federally mandated fuel emissions standard that will effectively cut greenhouse gases by a great deal. Even the 'cash for clunkers' program cuts emissions. In addition, there are funds in the stimulus for a grid as well as funds for developing battery technology and weatherizing buildings. All of these will have the effect of lowering our dependence on foreign fuel and lowering carbon emissions. The president promised progress not perfection, we're getting progress & we need to keep pushing for more.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  68. Bizz, Quarryville, PA

    There is no major laws being passed anymore, especially ones that would cut into the greed on Wall Street. Major laws have become extinct. The Rich control Wall Street and the laws governing them. Any gun laws has to meet the approval of the NRA before any consideration to pass one is made. Right now the special interest groups have just about everything they want. I have voted democrat to see major laws changed or made. The lesson that I have learned is, there are no major laws passed unless approved by the powerful. It doesn't matter which party has the majority, they must do as they are told.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  69. david doherty

    Jack, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say none, unless it's to vote them selves a raise. If that comes up their be all over it like white on the republican party. About the only thing congress can agree on is that they deserve more of our money!

    Dave from NH.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  70. Pamela

    The long answer is "none". The short answer is "none". Congress is not there to pass laws. There objective is to make sure none are passed. And incidently, they get an "A" for that!

    October 5, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  71. Joanne B

    More than likely none. Six bills for one issue, how laughable...instead of all working together to fix teh 15% problem..85% of Americans are happy w/their Health Care.
    Hey Jack, we need a new Congress, and more !
    Joanne B

    October 5, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  72. Mode (PDX, OR)

    Congress will pass laws which are motivated by special interests with short term greed-driven goals, cost future generations billions of dollars they can't afford and then the laws will fail to achieve their ends... so for health care we'll wind up seeing that Americans are less healthy after "health care reform," than they were before it.

    The problem isn't with the Democrats or the Republicans, however, Jack. The problem is with the mentality of baby boomers. They are just different from other generations–they are pathologically individualistic–on the whole. A congress of them can only make things worse, as we've seen over the last 40 some years.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  73. Don

    Most likely, None at all. None of our elected officials can come up with a way to please the Corporations and the People at the same time.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  74. David, Natchez MS

    They will pass a law that says we can't look up. Wear your blinders, the government is here to save you.

    October 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  75. Kevin in Dallas

    Congress isn't going to pass any new major laws because they don't have enough faith in their own ideas to do what it takes to implement them.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  76. GWTripp

    I foresee no new laws being enacted, but I’ll bet several non-relevant issues will pass, like the naming of a street after Ronald Reagan.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  77. john .....marlton, nj

    It is scary and disgraceful what the flaming liberals could do ....... Next term everything gets reversed DAY ONE

    October 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  78. Emma, San Jose CA

    If it is up to the GOP congressmen and women, they will be limited. The Republicans are hazardous to the country's health, unless one believes the country should preserve the rich who can get richer at the financial expense of financially stressed individuals.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:08 pm |

    Any new legislation will be written by and for the betterment of the three biggest campaign contributors.That is Pharma,Financial Sector and Big Oil!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  80. frankie

    I think they need to take remedial history lessons so they can figure out what their job is supposed to be.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  81. Scott Phelps

    Jack: If you never fail, you're not trying enough things. We've become too measured, too cautious. If we don't know the outcome at the beginning, we don't take the risk. That's nuts. If our ancestors had never taken a chance, we'd all still be living in Jamestown.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  82. Dennis North Carolina

    you need to look who paid each congress member the most money.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  83. Ed from the Four Corners

    Maybe congress will pass a few "laws"..... anything major, I doubt if they know how to pass any meaningful or major legislation, especially since the dems live in total fear of the party of NO.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  84. Rory Murray

    How about the cancellation of all contracts with war profiteering private contractors like Haliburton, Blackwater, CACI and KBR?
    How about protecting our southern border from the Drug Cartels?
    Just like Health Care Reform & Climate Change legislation, it won't happen. But I can dream can't I?
    Have a good week!
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    October 5, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  85. Allen in Hartwell GA

    How about one to ban the likes of Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  86. Adam Wood; Des Moines, IA

    None. That's right, nothing. As CNN's Rick Sanchez has done an excellent job reporting, Congressmen get paid to do nothing. The whole system is very frustrating. We elect Congressmen to effect change and to pass laws to effect change, but once they get in office, they accomplish nothing. Almost makes you think that socialism isn't such a bad idea after all, then maybe something will get accomplished.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  87. pat in lexington, Ky.

    I don't know what laws will pass by the end of the year. Your comments make it sund like Obama's term will be over after this year. He has 3 more to go – remember? Do you really think he should get everything done in the first 11 months????

    October 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  88. mitchell, arkansas

    Probably a watered-down version of health 'insurance' reform, that will benefit insurers, and noone else. Other than that, I think the lobbyists have won, once again. The problem is the President and his centrist administration, are endlessly searching for 'change' in the 'center' of all these issues, and there is no reform that ever comes from the center. We've tried that for four decades. If ya wanna make changes in the way Gubmint works, then ya have ta step 'outside the box'. Unfortunately, this administration has found it easy to leave their most vocal supporters 'out of the game'. The liberal-left, where reforms need to be coming from, are being delegated to less importance than conservatives from both parties......,

    October 5, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  89. Lia in Bradenton

    It's a big deal only for wingnuts and pundits who didn't consider that the past two Olympics on American soil were surrounded with controversy ( shootings in Atlanta and financial questions in Utah); the chairman of the IOC, a Spaniard, openly electioneered for a Latino country before he kicks the bucket; and the IOC wanted to make history themselves by selecting a South American venue for the first time ever.
    Obama would have really been crucified had he not gone at all. At least he didn't do a Sanfordism and disappear for five days "on the Appalachian Trail." Why aren't you guys following up on that muck?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  90. Linda in Arizona

    None. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Obama couldn't push a wheelbarrow through congress.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  91. clarence

    jack my guess would be none and even if they did it would only be beneficial to some corporation that paid to have it written for them and furthermore jack if your not careful your going to end up sounding like lou dobbs who i cant stand to listen to anymore 'all mouth no solutions'

    October 5, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  92. Andre R. Newcomb

    Probably a pay raise for themselves.

    Andy of Sierra Vista, Arizona

    October 5, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  93. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, who knows? In this new age of wide open, transparent politics that we were promised, the majority of what Congress and the Administration do is STILL done behind closed doors, loaded with pork barrel spending and politically motivated. Whatever they pass, you can bet that it WILL cost money we cannot afford, consistantly add to the national deficit, and be loaded with pork for their favorite causes. Washington just doesn't know any other way.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  94. Ron from SF

    If they shove the Baucus Health Care bill down our throats, they may not ever pass anything else again. When I look at mandates to buy coverage from only the private insurance pirates, my anger says Tar and Feathers. Congress should really think before they pass this trash, as it force Liberals like me to join the teabaggers and we'll be coming for every Congressional Critter who voted for this thing.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  95. Istvan Domokos Texas

    In deffinately need to pass a healh care reform bill that includes a public option,this is the first step to do the right think to squize the insurance profitaires out from health care. The health care should never be allowed to run by profit oriented enterpises.Just to think of it it sicening to the bone

    October 5, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  96. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    i doubt anything significant. All the proposed bills are horrbly flawed and lacka basic foundation of understanding the problems. How can a good solution be worked out if you don't understand the problem? No way energy legislation gets through, which is good since it is a job killer and will further cripple our economy. New regulations on Wall St, not likely since no one in the administration can articulate the problems. Healthcare not likely. Everyone agrees we need reform, but, the left will see to it that the bill is impossible to stomach and it will end up dying too. Obama is batting .050 in my book. He did get that captain back and kill some pirates. Other than that, very poor first year. But it could be worse. Some of those bills could have passed and sent us on the path to serfdom. Maybe there is some intelligence out there afterall.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm |

    Congress will make a new law making thier yearly raise and bonuses top priority.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  98. Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    If it is up to the Republicans nothing, this is why there should be far more parties, the Republicans think that only they can run the country, well they are right, right into the ground. If the Republican get the House, Senate and the White House back, you might as well call America a failed country, because they will funnel all of the money to their Rich Elite Buddies who got really rich during the Bush Administration!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  99. Willard Gatzke

    Jack, a more important question might be, what law will they NOT pass.
    No meaningful legislation can come from a congress that has so much money at stake behind the scenes. 19 million dollars of corporate money to the 6 members of the finance committee from the very firms they are considering laws to govern. It 's sickening. Conflict of interest?.... no..... business as usual.

    Willard Gatzke
    Canon City, CO

    October 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  100. Pamela holt

    Foley, al. More of the same, nothing....

    October 5, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  101. Lia in Bradenton

    Healthcare reform, of course. And an excellent bill, at that. Without the obstructionists....why are we paying them to be there????

    October 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  102. Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    None!! The democrats are so confused they couldn't flush the toilet let alone pass law!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  103. Terry in Hanover

    They want pass jack, Jack.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  104. Terry in Hanover

    They won't pass jack, Jack.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  105. Jack CArl

    Obama will be a Lame Duck by the end of this year – that is how much "over spending" he will get through after the "scam the American people" with the so called Stimulus.
    All the Pork i the stimulus makes us sick, and yes some of us have read it.
    Joanne B

    October 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm |
  106. Pugas-AZ

    Goose egg. I can't picture any meaningful legislation passing this year. Too much haggling between and within parties. Maybe it's just as well. Let the recovery take its natural course for awhile and see what is really needed in the longer run.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  107. Duane Lock Haven PA

    I,d like to see every campaign promise, President Obama made passed by the end of the year.But I know this is not to be. Obama was the first in my 61 years to get me to vote. But i,m starting to think I wasted my time, and Obaba is just another politcian.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  108. Murphy LARRY

    I know one law that won't pass. That law is a Health Care Plan for the people of this country. No respecting Senator in the United States of America would want you to have the the Government run option Health Plan that that he or she has. WE the people are paying for their Health Plan.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  109. David in Raleigh

    Congress won't do too much before Christmas. Healthcare and cap and trade are stuck in the Senate. They aren't going to move because Senators are afraid of getting voted out in 2010 if they support them.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  110. Chad from Los Angeles

    Hopefully a single payer health-care system. Evidence shows changing to this system will benefit everyone, except wealthy CEO's.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  111. David in Raleigh

    Healthcare and cap and trade will fail. Obama is going to be a lame duck for the remainder of his one and only term.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  112. Mary from Appleton, WI

    Hopefully a health care reform bill with a public option if they have any smarts at all.......

    October 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  113. Aaron S. - Dallas, TX

    Now you're just being silly, Jack. We both know that the Republicans will do everything in their power to stonewall anything of value that Obama proposes, so that they can look back in four years and complain that he didn't fulfill any of his promises. Between climate control, health care, and Wall Street regulations? If we see even one of them pass before Congress adjourns, I'm bringing my umbrella for shelter from the pigs soaring overhead.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  114. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Laws? Does Congress still pass laws? I wouldn't think they'd have time for laws what with all the long-winded speeches, pointless bickering, censures, and non-binding resolutions. Are you sure we're talking about the United States Congress?

    October 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  115. joe m

    the only thing i expect congress, and for that matter washignton, to accomplish before the end of the year is who will be the next lawmaker who will make an A– of themselves. about the only thing that washington has become really good at is giving the apperance of getting things accomplished. unfortunately, it seems anything the government touches goes straight to hell in a hand basket. on second thougt, i'd actually prefer that washington not accomplish anything at all.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  116. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Is it Friday Jack as you usually have a comic type question on that day. The "LEADERS" of this nation need to wake up and do something and especially about jobs as with better jobs a lot of the other issues take a back seat.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  117. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    I think Health Care, considering that we have given Ms. Olyimpia Snow everything but outright cash, wil be signed. Considering that the Republicans wouldn't support a Democratic bill protecting dogs from Michael Vick and some Blue Dog Democrats who know nothing about party loyalty, Obama has no mojo. Our disgusting politics will always slow down our progress. It's a sorry affair!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  118. Nell, Clemson, South Carolina

    Nothing. I've got to agree with Jon Stewart (see last Thursday night). The Democrats in Congress are disorganized and the Republicans will oppose anything the Democrats recommend.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  119. Rufus in Twentynine Palms, CA

    Two major and time tested laws Jack: Murphy's Law and the Law of Diminishing Returns. They're really talented at totally messing everything up beyond all recognation/

    October 5, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  120. Bart Villa-Mcdowell--Long Beach, Ca.

    Let's dream of new legislation for the survival of our young country: If the Senate continues to be the place where 'progress goes to die,' then let's vote to end the Senate, ending corporate financing, insurance thug-lobbists and environmental deniers!

    October 5, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  121. john j. grimes Watertown, Ma.

    Any major laws passed by Congress before adjournment will be of little importance to anybody that I know. Somebody once said that whenever Congress made a law it was a joke and when they tried to tell a joke, it became a law.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  122. Jason, Koloa HI

    A major overhaul in healthcare.
    Major oversight laws for banks and wallstreet.
    Major regulations for the insurance industry.
    A major climate change bill.
    A major bill to combat unemployment.

    …………or after I woke up from my daydream, just
    another congressional pay raise.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  123. Lynn, Mo..

    Probably another pay raise for them and guns allowed in restaurants.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  124. Ken, Beaverton, MI

    Higher taxes on the middle class and lots and lots of Pork.

    October 5, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  125. Marion/Birmingham

    Hard to say Jack,from 2006 to 2008 they past two bills,one was to increase the minium wage. The other was to recognize Cowboy Day. I can hardly wait to see what kind of dribble comes from the leadership of Pelosi.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  126. Mark My Words

    Congress has done enough! With the huge spending programs that did very little to stimulate the economy, I think that those on Capitol Hill need to slow down and stop spending for several months. We need to see what additional effects the actions that the President and Congress will have on the economy in the short term.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  127. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    We'll never know until we start paying for it, just like the bridge to nowhere.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  128. ed in ri

    I have absolutely NO respect for Congress. I'll be more than happy, if the House can pass HR1207 and "audit the fed"! These people, along with all the central banks, the primary reason for economic armagedden 09-10.
    How can Obama make changes with Wall street, when the majority of his cabinet, is in bed with them? So much for full disclosure and transparency!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  129. Melissa

    Honestly, I'll be surprised if they pass anything other than a raise in their own salaries.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  130. Annie, Atlanta

    If they cared for the 99% of us instead of the richest 1%, aka their corporate masters, it would be health care reform. Don’t hold your breath. Isn’t there a way we can cut their salaries and medical benefits, including the in-house clinic they enjoy for a whopping $500 non-mandatory yearly fee?

    October 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  131. Ken in NC

    None Jack. Remember that the party of nuts, “NO” want Obama to fail so they are delaying every action he takes that requires them to be involved. Well I take that back. If you want to crank out guns and bombs for a war, they will jump on board but if you want to do something for the people, forget it. The people are not their problem.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  132. Emily, Summit, NJ


    Give the poor guy a break. President Obama inherited a "hopping mess" from the Bushies. He's stuck with a just say NO bunch of Repubs and a few Corporate Blue Dogs that are determined to undermine the Real Changes that Americans voted for in November, 2008.

    Right now I don't think any members of the Senate and Congress would win a popularity vote.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  133. Delia

    I wish we could be a dictatorship for 1 day, just so SOMETHING could get done. All I see is GOP stall, stall, stall.

    Americans need change soon because that's all we have left in our pockets. That said, I don't think anything will be done by December.

    Katy, TX

    October 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  134. Terry

    None ! This is getting ridiculous, we vote them into office, they get nothing done, then they want a vacation, makes no sense to me, I'm pretty sure me and my other 18 year old peers would do a better job than they are

    October 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  135. Bruce - Delaware

    They will have passed laws restricting every Constitutional right, and passed laws codifying the wealth and power of the Rothschild-owned Federal Reserve Banksters. They will not have passed however any laws that benefit the voters in even minor ways.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  136. Mike Kirschbaum

    No laws, Jack , just raises for themselves.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  137. Frost

    Doesn't matter to me if they pass anything. I'm also going to do nothing to help them keep their jobs.

    Out with the old and outdated congress.. On both sides..

    and for the record.. most of us have been taking notes already on who has voted for or who has stood in the way..

    They will be looking for a job ..

    We were stupid enough to allow them to keep their jobs once.. but not again. They have voted the no vote to us.. and soon we will deal it back to them..

    October 5, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  138. kathy from Phoenix

    How about they vote to limit their terms in office for only 2 times and then maybe they might get something done!!!!! When they seem to be their for an infinite time there is no hurry to do anything but wait for the next vacation.. What a job!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  139. Diane - St.Louis MO

    Hmmm...could we all be so lucky as to have Congress pass a law that current members must all resign by the end of the year!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  140. curtis

    if congress manages to pass anything it will only be a pay raise for themselves and nothing for the people.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  141. George from Tennessee


    October 5, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  142. William

    I'm predicting that it will be a continuation of the trend SNL pointed out: zip, nada, nothing. Not for a lack of trying, but these are conroversial issues with many opposing points of view. I doubt a general consensus neccessary for a new law will occur.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  143. Jeffery

    That depends. First we might want to hire a hall monitor to supervise our elected officials. We can't let children wonder the halls unsupervised. Then we might want to ensure that our congress attempts to do something for the people besides themselves. They need to stop worrying about the next election and place their concerns in more needed areas, like the American people for example. I'm only 24 years old with limited experiences but I'm pretty sure that our elected officials were in fact elected to work for us and not for themselves. Although job security has become an issue lately.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  144. Lyle

    Congress is creating the quagmire it finds itself in...again. No surprise really. Why do we elect these children who think they are still playing and fighting in the sand box. And how does this continue to prevail as the "accepted standard". Obama would have already accomplished much if not most of his goals for this year if the Democrats would figure out that they need to quit squabbling and support him, and if the Republicans would stop crying foul everytime he takes a step in any direction. It's just all too predictable.

    San Francisco, Ca.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  145. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – Possibly health care reform, probably nothing else. Of course the "budget" bill will be passed, and the apropriations and tax bills will be passed, but those have to be passed every year, and take up most of Congress' time anyway. As fro anything "new", the Founders left us a system that makes it very hard to pass anything new, and the Democratci majority has not yet learnd how to solidifiy its own side and steam-roller the other, nor does the Democratic Party act as if the President was its leader. If you expected a Rooseevelt or LBJ Administration this term, you were too optimistic.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  146. Clark R.

    I don't know what Congress will have or have not done, Jack. I do know that it sure would have been nice if the mainstream media had kept such a close, careful watch on our previous commander in chief. For 8 years i watched the media let President W do whatever he wanted because everytime someone questioned him or his policies they were called "unpatriotic." Now the entire media is present and ready to criticize President Obama if his tie doesn't match his shirt and I am sick of it. The media needs to sit down, shut up, and remember that Mr. Obama is trying to clean up a big mess that was made over 8 very long years.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  147. Sonya

    No reasonable person should expect one man, including Obama, to solve all the world's problems in 9 months. What I would like to see is a comparison between Obama's first 9 months and the first 9 months of other presidents such as Regan, both Bushes, and Clinton. We shouldn't expect Obama to move mountains in a single bound when past presidents could not.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  148. Jerry


    Even if congress only passes one major law this year, it will be one more than what they passed last year.

    Health care reform is a right to life issue and congress must act this year before they go off on their other job – getting re-elected.


    October 5, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  149. jim Blevins

    President Obama probably came up with the best analogy - changing the direction of America is like changing direction of a massive ocean liner - it takes time. If he can get a reasonable health care bill next year, it will be a notable presidency. I really don't expect anything major this session.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  150. David A Whitaker

    Jack this is a good question, because if it up to the republicans there will not be any laws passed. I do believe, that the health care bill will be passed. It will be a water down version of healthcare bill.


    October 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  151. Rayshaun H.- New York

    Well Jack, I am hopefull that some version of health care reform will be passed, although likley watered down and without the public option, it would still represent more progress on this issue this country has made in more than 40 years. In addition I would hope any efforts by the congress to help increase jobs production would clearly be a necessity for this year.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  152. Shantell

    If course not, Jack. Their too busy pointing fingers at each other to do anything worthwhile for the country.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  153. Stephen Fox

    Jack, I believe they will strip the mandates from the health care bill (because they're illegal and unconstitutional, and stretch beyond the limitations of power for Congress), and will instead focus on insurance reform.

    Earlier this year, my brother had to have a medical procedure done to his back. He found out pretty quickly that, if a hospital|doctor sees that you're going to use an insurance company, that hospital|doctor jacks up the price. As it turns out, it is often CHEAPER to go it alone, without insurance, and pay for it yourself, because of what amounts to *GOUGING* of the insurance companies by hospitals and doctors.

    This is the kind of thing that needs to change. The hospitals and doctors should not be able to raise the prices for the SAME procedure, when they find out you're using an insurance company. When they do that, everyone (using that insurance company) sees their premiums go up–and even the person deciding to use an insurance company to pay for his medical procedure gets to pay those higher premiums (all thanks to the hospitals and doctors who wanted easy money).

    A similar thing happened in the CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY some years back, and people finally got tired of seeing rates raised on them unexpectedly, and having to pay all kinds of surcharges and fees.

    I think Congress will ultimately focus on what people really need: reform with the *medical corporations* and *insurance companies*, rather than individual citizens (i.e., mandates). That's where the problem is. It comes down to a simple contract between insurance company and individual: and an individual should get what he|she pays for, not be dropped. People are just looking for a fair shake, not an authoritarian government. 🙂

    –Stephen Fox
    Panama City, FL

    October 5, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  154. Robbyn

    It's hard to get anything done when you have almost 40% of the population that has gone Rogue and completely negative. Conservatives are so pissed that the Democrats are in office that they have lost sight of what is important for everyone including their own party. It's sad but Fear and Negativity has taken over. This president has a lot on his plate and because others are so against his presidency they are keeping America from moving forward. I pray that God steps in and remove the negativity from the hearts of these sad and closed minded people. The world is changing. Get over it or move to an island with all the rest of the fear mongorers!!!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  155. Dana

    I think the Health Care Reform will become the face-saving act of "change" and probably the only reform that will get passed. However, I doubt that it will resemble the original Health Care Plan that was promised to us during Obama's campaign. Its disappointing to admit, but Obama and the Democrats have shown that they do not possess a spine and are always looking for a compromise.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  156. Dave, Pittsburgh

    Are Congressional pay raises considered laws?

    October 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  157. southerncousin

    The democrats control congress and the white house and they represent a constituency that is used to having the rest of the country pay everything for them due to their lack of a sense of personal responsibility. It is quite easy to give them everything the want and to blame the republicans for their plight rather than tell the truth. You know the truth, like if their are no death boards in health care reform, why did they have to pull the language that was being misconstrued, like when the president says health care will not be available for illegal aliens and the pelosi bunch won't allow identity checking in the bill, 2010 cannot come soon enough to vote this bunch of crap out of office and then 2012 when we can vote the big piece of crap out.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  158. Marc Taylor in Kansas City

    Not if the Republicans have their way.

    Jack, let me ask you and your viewers... Do you ever remember a party so bent on killing all legislation? I think not.

    This has much less to do with Obama's political capital and more to do with the economic and military messes he was left and the political environment he faces... he'll get it done, but not until the American People get completely fed up with the Republican "help".

    October 5, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  159. ken from conn

    I don't think anything will pass! But if the healthcare bill passes, it will be a "stolen passed bill", not in the best interest of the country. I believe the only reason that Mr Obama wants to pass this bill, is to generate billions of dollars comming in, not for health care but to spent on anything they want and claim a victory and try to energise his supporters and this country that things are now better and getting better! That's far far far from the truth!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  160. Ginger Goode

    I am sure they will pass a new bill so they ALL get an larger pay increase than they do now. I wish they would all serve the people as well as they do themselves. Thank god I exercise my right as an American to vote.

    Thanks – Love you and your hightlights on Wolfs show! Your way cool! Imagine, my husband always refers to you as "old grumpy". I think you ask great questions and make all of your views think. Now, can you get them to do that in our goverment? Keep up the good reporting.

    Take care,
    Ginger Goode
    Mt. Holly, VA

    October 5, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  161. Henya, Ca

    I totaly agree with Richard, Kankakee, IL.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  162. Robert H Rawley

    Jack, to those who say private enterprise is the ONLY solution to guarantee Health Security for every American, please ask them each of the following questions:

     How many of the 98 banks that FDIC has taken over this year bailed out the US Government?
     How many times has Citigroup, B of A, or Chase bailed out the US Government?
     How many times has Goldman Sachs bailed out the people of the United States?

     How many times has Chrysler bailed out the US Government?
     How many times has GM bailed out the US Government?
     How many times has AIG bailed out the people of the United States?

     How many Savings and Loan associations have bailed out the US Government?
     How many airline companies have bailed out the people of the United States?
     How many farmers’ coops [or agribusiness’ conglomerates] subsidize the US Government?

     How many insurance companies force the people of the United States to subsidize National Flood Insurance?
     How many people have lost their private health coverage in the past five years due to corporate bankruptcy filings?
     Why are medical insurers waiting on a subsidy from the people of the United States before they cover every person in the United States?

    We absolutely NEED the backing of the US government to guarantee Health Security for every American through open access to Medicare.

    …IN ADDITION, abolish Medicaid because it enshrines in law the second-class status of the poor. Let every American of any age BUY into Medicare if they choose, based on their ability to pay.

    Palm Springs, CA

    October 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  163. Deb

    I want to say that the problems our President faces are ones I would not want to have to try to solve. Can we please consider giving him time to get his Presidential feet on the ground and then start running? Where was all this "hurry up" when the problems were being shoved under the carpet by previous administrations...yes, democrat and replubicans alike. He's an ambitious and very optimistic fellow, but he is only months into getting the real perspective of our Nation's serious and "supersized" ills.

    These problems are not going to go away quickly–if you consider climate change or the health care dilemmas, they took dozens, probably hundreds (climate) of years to come about. Can you honestly expect one president to figure out what went wrong, what needs to be changed and how to accomplish that in a matter of months....you know, NEW EMPLOYEES GET AT LEAST A ONE OR TWO YEAR PERIOD OF PROBATION–WHY NOT GIVE OUR PRESIDENT THIS SAME COURTESY?– Not to mention he's bucking a world that is not too pleased with the US right now, and add to that persons within his own Country who want him to fail... Not much of a welcome wagon for anybody if you ask me.

    Give this man and the people he has chosen and continues to select to asses matters before making decisions that could only make matters work...to think before they strike, jump of sign!! How would you like to be President and have people nipping at your heels all the time?

    PS: Jack...love your portions of the show. Hope you're doing well. I'm rooting for you too!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  164. Jackie in Dallas


    I with you on that dude! I opened my mouth to say I didn't support the war in Iraq and got called a traitor, unAmerican, and unsupportive of our troops (regardless of the fact that I'm a Vietnam era vet myself)! Did they analyze everytime that Bush flew to Crawford for his week-long (or longer) hiatuses from the busy work left to him by Cheney? Congress has sat on their collective tails for far too long, granted themselves far too many payraises, and far too many perks. It's time that they tried to live on what WE make!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  165. Julius, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada

    About the only thing they will pass is gas... anything else will be tied up in the constipation of lobbyists and political gamesmanship.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  166. Dave from NH

    Hopefully none...haven't the Obama adminisrtation done enough damage to the American economy? First the stimulus we "had to act quickly" on, and then the automobile industry which has been crippled if not destroyed. "Many more will lose jobs" is not what an American president should be touting proudly. No more knee jerk moves, please...

    October 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  167. ken

    The only law congress needs to pass is the right to have public referendums. The big mistake our founding father made was not to allow poeple the right to referendum. The people are powerless. We are running on empty.


    October 5, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  168. Steve

    Hi Jack: What major laws should they pass before "their December break? It is obvisious that the Health Reform Bill is a no brainer.But
    unfortunately the issues coming up in regards to Afghanistan is again going to slow "regular program," and they are not going get done what they should be getting done. I believe they have caught guys such as
    Medoff and Drier, but how many more are out there, or is it just the tip of the iceburg.If they come out with government regulations(too many
    and too late) it is a very thin ice condition they are dealing with, especially with the economy trying right now,......... to recover. I think you call that a "Catch 22 " Right Jack ?

    October 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  169. TIm bernard

    Big changes need to happen for congress to function properly, none of our major problems can be fixed in two years so why are their terms so short. When they are elected they already have to start gathering money for re-election. Al this enables lobbyists to fund the people who are going to play the game and get rid of the ones who rock the boat by funding re-election of their opposition.
    Tim Minot, Maine

    October 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  170. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Healthcare will be pass and as for the environment there is a limited timeframe for the U.S. to send the message to other nations they too will be part of the solution.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  171. Josee Holcomb

    Few of our Presidents have faced a mess as large as what President Obama inherited from President Bush. Why, when no one said a single word about the horrid war, the huge debt (that grew through out the Bush Administration), the buy out without rules or checks and balances, the laws and acts that have eroded our freedoms, and his total ruin or our reputation as a fair and just nation....yet just 8 months into this new administration we are critical of every single thing the new President does. We would never have been this critical of President Bush or we would have been accused of bing unpatriotic. Give President Obama a break,,,consider the awful mess he is dealing with in both national and international affairs...all left overs from President Bush...not getting the Olympics is a big nothing...egg on our faces?...let's look at the dozens we had with President Bush and no one commented. Let's try a little of the same with this President and help him get his work done.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  172. thom nelson

    Health care. YES. if Obama has the balls to support meaningful healthcare including the public option, he can and he will be re-elected in 2012


    October 5, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  173. Beth, Dunwoody GA

    While it is true that there has been limited progress on Obama’s campaign agenda, Obama and Congress HAVE accomplished a great deal. While we knew Bush was a bad president, no one knew the economy would tank, credit would freeze, and the car companies would face going out of business. Congressional bills and other action of the Obama administration have resulted in car companies selling cars again, the banks being stabilized, and the economy turning around. AND more progress on Health Care Reform than any of his predecessors. Seems like a lot to me!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  174. Karl from SF, CA

    Chill out people. It took Bush-Cheney eight years to drag us this far into the toilet. With Republicans being of no earthly use whatsoever, Obama has to chart the course himself and the Blue Dogs aren’t of much use either. It will get done. Stop wringing your hands already.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  175. Emma, San Luis Obispo, CA

    In addition to Healthcare reform soon to pass before the end of the year; the following is what President Obama and the DEMOCRATIC Congress has already passed and signed into law.

    Cash for Clunkers Extension Signed: Thursday, August 6, 2009

    Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act Signed: Monday, June 22, 2009

    Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act of 2009 Signed: Friday, May 22, 2009

    Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act Signed: Friday, May 22, 2009

    Helping Families Save Their Homes Act Signed: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act Signed: Wednesday, May 20, 2009

    Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act Signed: Wednesday, April 21, 2009

    Omnibus Public Lands Management Act Signed: Monday, March 30, 2009

    Small Business Act Temporary Extension Signed: Friday, March 20, 2009

    American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Signed: Tuesday, February 17, 2009

    DTV Delay Act Signed: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act Signed: Wednesday, February 4, 2009

    Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Signed: Thursday, January 29, 2009
    Not bad for 9 months huh?

    October 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  176. Gary in Opelousas, La

    The U.S. Olympics belong to President Obama. Forgive me, but I must have REALLY gotten something lost in translation. Health care crisis, war, joblessness... Read More…and you want to talk about Obama, Chicago, and the Olympics? Laughable. This is just another attempt by some of the mainstream media to make the President of the United States appear to have done something wrong…or have this presented as a perceived failure on part of his Presidency. It’s an insult to any reasonable person’s intelligence to keep calling this a ’story’ as if it’s worth the consistent attention.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  177. lynne from NC

    Probably nothing because lets face it, the two-party system is nothing more than two kids fighting in the sandbox over a toy that has been damaged and crying for help.

    While they're either further to continue to meddle with foreign countries or lying about death panels they tend to forget that real people have real problems that need to be addressed. We need a viable third party people to stop this mess.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  178. Jamie in St. Louis

    I'm not sure what they'll pass, but I'm sure whatever it is it will raise the deficit and in some way raise taxes on us or businesses that will then be filtered down to us.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  179. ken from conn

    none.. Maybe? through a back door! Let's send 80,000 new troops to afganistan and get it over with. Get out and 1. concentrate on the economy and 2 ( not in that order ) defend Isreal to the death

    October 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  180. Dan - Eustis, florida

    Is this a trick question? What, if anything has Congress done. Boehner
    works on his phoney tan, Cantor and the rest of the just say no
    Republicans sit on their thumbs and Pelossi and the panty waist
    Democrats just do nothing but complain. Congress is nothing more than
    a sick joke on the American Public.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  181. terry Rousseau

    I believe that Congress will pass the Health Care Bill. Already the Congress has enacted laws to assist consumers against these predator credit card companies. And for the President, he has done more than what Bush has done in his eight years in office. Give this administration a BREAK! I have never seen so much criticism in a President's or this Congress first 8 months in administration. Perhaps because he is our first black President!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  182. lkr

    I'm afraid nothing of substance. I am hoping for a health care program with a public option, and acceptance of pre-existing conditions.

    Now that I'm done daydreaming, Ill stand by my first sentence.


    October 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  183. Maggie from VA

    Hello Dave from NH: Excuse me, but it took 20 years for our economy to get into this mess...and you expect Obama to clean it up in 9 MONTHS?

    October 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm |
  184. Patricia Leviege

    My comment is about folks wanting our PResident to fell:

    Anybody praying for our President to fell should have his or her heads exam. Politics is like a sales pitch, some folks would do anything to win. Even if their position lacks a real plan that gives us real change we need. Be honest, we had 8 years of the Republicans and our country suffered under their leadership. I did not ever once wish Bush to fell.

    Let’s get real, when President Obama fell, Americans fell. What I hear from RUSH Limbaugh and other stupid folks is unreal. This is not an election season, when one contender peels off his opponent for cynical reasons. Having 8 years of pure incompetence was disastrous as we are witnessing today.

    I pray for blessings for President Obama so his strength, wisdom, and leadership will help fix all the mess the last 8 years caused. An election season will come around again so BRING IT ON THAN. This is not the time.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  185. g ontario

    I think republicans adjourned the day obama took office and willbe adjourned for the next 3 yr,s

    October 5, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  186. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    It does not matter now, our industries our in Mexico or China or they on life support. Afganistan is a money pit and we have no money. Isreal keeps building settlements

    October 5, 2009 at 5:49 pm |
  187. Steve, Clifton, VA

    LoL!!! What "Major" new laws were passed the past 8 years except permission to go to an unnecessary war and tax cutes for the wealthiest in the country.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  188. Terry Tidwell

    Idont know if they will pass anything by the end of the year.I am tired of the senate,congress,and house of representatives.They do not listen to the people,only the lobbiest.Do away with them and have a general election of the people on health,energy and everything else.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  189. Charlotte

    I am still praying that the Health Care will pass and believe it would if
    the Republicons would stop acting like children and do what's best for our Country and not their pocketbooks. I worked in Ins. for years and know how it works and they will pay BIG bucks to keep the bill from passing. I've always voted for the man not the party and I will never vote Rep. again. I'm white, Christian female, and I voted for Pres Obama. I have no regrets and believe he will show, in time, that he is the right man for the job. How many President have faced all he has and manged to please everyone in the first yr. None I can remember and I am 72 yrs. old. We watch May God Bless the USA with common sence again. Sorry so long. Bless CNN also

    October 5, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  190. Eric Steven - Sykesville, MD

    None. And you can quote me on that!

    October 5, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
  191. Dave

    Health care Jack because everyone has use a lot of political capital and the country needs it along with jobs.

    October 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  192. Reid

    None, I hope. Like children, Congress should be seen and not heard.

    October 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm |
  193. Phil, Georgia

    I don't know Jack, but the Democrats have done more in 6 months than Republicans did in 8 years. Its trully a double standard, democrats always have to do triple as much for human society to prove they represent the people,,,,while republicans continue to be selfish, greedy, and get passes for doing nothing.

    October 5, 2009 at 6:01 pm |