March 22nd, 2010
06:00 PM ET

What would you like to see Congress do next?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

So whaddya got for an encore? And do we have the stomach for it?
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If you liken the passage of health care reform to a birth, the pregnancy was difficult and the labor and delivery were worse.

But - now that the health care baby is here, what's next? There's no shortage of issues facing this country that demand attention from our government.

Start with immigration reform. Tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Washington this weekend, frustrated with the lack of action so far. The president promised to make immigration overhaul a top priority in his first year... but we all know what happened there.

It's an issue that has defied resolution. Congress failed to agree on immigration reform under President Bush... and with the highly partisan atmosphere in Washington today, I wouldn't bet they'll have any more luck this time.

There's the economy... with nearly 10 percent unemployment, bringing the jobs back is issue one on millions of Americans' minds. There are also skyrocketing deficits and our more than $12 trillion national debt - that we are unceremoniously dumping on future generations.

Add in reform of the financial institutions, no coherent energy policy, education, and gays in the military… the list is long.

Not to mention a whole basket of foreign problem including two wars, nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea and a disintegrating situation between Israelis and Palestinians.

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Geoffrey writes:
Major financial reform. Roll back the Clinton era law that allows credit default swaps, roll back the Reagan era "reform" that removed usury and removed limits on interest rates. Roll it all back and then regulate it. Demand simple, easily understood contracts for all loans and insurance. Just think of the special interest commercials CNN will sell then! Ka ching, Jack.

Chandler in Rockaway, New Jersey writes:
Wake up and realize we are at war with China, India, and Saudi Arabia (among others) and we are losing. Badly.

Craig in North Beach, Maryland writes:
What should Congress do next? How about take a nice long bath? After all the wheeling, dealing, and mudslinging that occurred with health care reform, I think they sure could use one.

John in Marlton, New Jersey writes:
Repeal the 'health care' bill.

Carrie writes:
Reverse NAFTA. Bring some of those manufacturing jobs back to this country. That was the start of our economic demise.

June writes:
Go home and stay there, they have done enough damage.

Donald in California writes:
I would like to see the Democrats continue to support what this president promised the people he would do. Health care is almost taken care of, so work on Don't Ask, Don't Tell being over-turned, get out of Iraq, immigration reform and jobs.

Linda writes:
Given the appalling displays of ignorance we have seen over the past 13 months of health care "debate," I suggest some serious education reform.

Marc in San Diego writes:
I'm not sure, but what I am sure of is that the GOP will be against it.

Larry in Springfield, Ohio writes:
Face a firing squad.

Filed under: Congress
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. Arlene, Illinois

    After watching most of the Health Care debate on television
    over the weekend I've come to the conclusion that we have
    the most inept people in Congress and it shows.
    If they had taken this much time and energy talking about
    Health Care, and used that when they were debating going
    to war in iraq we probably wouldn't be there today.
    I say throw " All the Bums Out", thats what should be done next.
    You mean to tell me there wasn't one single person in any one
    single Republican District that supported Health Care, give
    me a break

    March 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  2. Moe Dallas TX

    Take advantage of one of the many Government re-training programs and try a new vocation..

    March 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  3. bob z. fr. pa.

    bring our troops home

    March 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  4. T Thomas in AbileneTexas

    Jobs for Americans.How can Washington do anything less?

    March 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  5. marlene in mich

    I would like to see the Senate end the partisanship and pass the reconciliation bill, pass a law to create term limits for Senators, and vote on President Obama' nominations for positions to be filled. Marlene in Mich

    March 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  6. Michael Alexandria, VA

    Immigration reform and let the Tea Partiers roar, Jack.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  7. Bud Rupert

    Since we're on a winning streak Jack. Lets go for the Single Payer.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
  8. Steve - Michigan

    Wasn't THIS enough?

    March 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  9. Henry

    Congress needs to address the economy and reform of Wall St. The economy needs more stimulus and Wall St. needs a swift kick.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
  10. Christian Jones

    I would like to see Congress tackle Immigration Reform, because secured borders means more jobs for Americans, who contribute greatly to our economy.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  11. M.Tripp

    Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Oops! Sorry, Jack. I can't remember what answer I gave to the question. But did I say JOBS?!

    March 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  12. Conor in Chicago

    Financial Reform seems like the next logical step. With how contentiouns the Health Care debate was it seems only logical to concentrate on this just shy of the Mid-Terms. Financial Reform is pretty straight forward: Making sure the economy can't tank again jumps across party lines. So long as this reform isn't percieved as invasive as health care seemed then it should work wonders for the Democrats come November.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  13. BEVERLY-Mystic,Iowa

    The trainwreck that was our economy is back on track, as is health care, (which was also the main drain on the economy, & will create many new jobs, especially with the incentives provided by the President, to allow more people to train as doctors, nurses, lab technicians, etc.), I'm a very happy camper. My concerns have all been addressed, so now I don't care what else they do, or don't do. Because of the President, my dreams for America have all come true. Mr. President, a grateful Nation thanks you.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  14. Jim Z..Ft. Worth...Texas

    Jack..get us the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan...now...There is the bucks to finance the health care of this nation..Why spend it on an another Viet Nam...we are very slow in learning in this country..almost to the point of being retarded..no offense to the mentally challenged..

    March 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  15. Johanna

    I would like to see Congress tackle the energy policy. My utilities are getting higher and we need a way to keep this from escalating out of control.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  16. Derek L

    Congress should start passing energy reform. Every month we send billions of dollars overseas. Lets spend the money here in the United States! Support NAT GAS Act (H.R. 1835 and S. 1408)

    March 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  17. Francap

    Congress should start investigating all the crimes and cover ups of the banking and financial institutes who have stolen our money

    March 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  18. june

    There are two things I would like to see.
    the first being regulate wallstreet and banks. They really need it.
    The other Immigration. All the name calling that has happened from the health care bill, they all need to resign and start over.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  19. Linda

    Grow the heck up! Stop the shouting from the floor..."you lie", "baby killer"... Would also be nice if they would take the boards out of their butts and get down and really work on the "people's business"....or is that just something they say they are going to do during the campaigns?????

    Linda – Oklahoma!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  20. el!as

    Do their jobs! As they did with the health care reform bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  21. Terence

    Jack, I would like for Congress take the rest of the year off with pay. They have already added trillions to our deficit . If they stay home we will be ahead of the game and not spend any more of our money. Even the Repubs would vote with them on this. Just think bipartisanship at its best.
    Terence, NJ

    March 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm |

    Pres. Obama and Democratic leadership victories of healthcare reform issue comes to reality of "CHANGE" from their 2008 campaign. Congress must do next is Immigration reform, this issue can cover the political fracture of healthcare reform debate. Immigration is more difficult and divisive. Pres. Obama should kept his promise on immigration reform to act this year.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  23. Thom Richer

    Address the immediate removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq, and Afghanistan and end these wars with a jarring finality. No other country occupies another country's land with military force. Why us? And why for such a long and unreasonable length of time? I do no longer believe it is for any justifiable or moral reason and cannot understand American's apathy for such immoral governing. This is a corporate war with no end in sight with countries that will never succumb to Democracy by any means...war or negotiation. This misdeed by the Bush administration and its continuance under Obama's administration has been a contrived selfish waste of time, lives, and money from day one and will be each and every day we remain.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    March 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  24. tired of politics

    work on creating full time good paying jobs

    March 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  25. Jill

    Fund new industries such as green technologies to create jobs.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  26. george coleman

    George from Jalisco, Mexico.

    I am an American citizen and proud of it. I think Congress should take an extended vacation, go home, stay home and not allow any lobbyist representing any group to visit any Congressman/Congresswoman, either Democrat , Republican or Independent on behalf of somebody else's interest. If they remain at home, maybe they'd learn to listen to their voters because they bump into them on the streets and/or other social gatherings, which gives the REAL people an opportunity to let their feelings be known. There's no need for Capitol Hill anyway. We've got a very elaborate communication system which isn't being utilized by Congress. Electronic security doesn't seem to be working anyway because somebody always leaks something to the press for their own reason, usually politically motivated. They're just people like the rest of us and they should be forced to stay home like the rest of us.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  27. ralph

    Cape Coral Fl.

    How about just doing something to help us! and not themselves

    March 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  28. Kim Smith, Dodge City, Kansas

    Secure our borders, clamp down on wall street, close all foreign military bases, break up A.I.G. In reality, their next step is probably to give themselves a raise.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  29. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    I'd like to see them pass financial reform, including a consumer protection agency, and reinstate the portions of Glass-Steagle that prevented banks from dealing in risky derivatives. We can't let this happen again!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  30. Steve

    Get our country back on our feet and give a bailout to the small businesses of America.

    Laguna Niguel, CA

    March 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  31. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The next thing that I would love to see "all" congressional men and women do next is:
    on business solutions for the American people!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  32. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)

    Cease funding foreign wars

    Bring ALL the troops back home

    deploy them along our southern & northern borders

    Win the War on Drugs

    March 22, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  33. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Make the persecution of our service people illegal. End Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

    If we call ourselves land of the free and home of the brave, let's allow ourselves freedom to live our lives as God intended, and be brave enough to correct an injustice whenever we realize we have one.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  34. Phyllis G Williams

    Jobs and Immigration

    March 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  35. Joe CE

    Modify the Trade Agreement to allow US firms & worker to compete fairly with countrie with mo heath standards, no heath insurance, no social security, no heath & safety standards,and bo environmental regulations – all cost money – free trade only with countries that match our standards.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  36. Dave

    ...Congress do next? ...focus on almost exclusively on putting people back to work.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  37. Talitha

    I would like to see them create jobs for Americans, and close the southern border to Mexico. Now is not the time to do Immigration reform, because if they do, they will be RESPONSIBLE for starting a CIVIL WAR right here in the states........legal Americans will do "any" job.

    Walnut, Ca.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  38. Dennis North Carolina

    Jobs and the economy are the next step for congress and then the debt.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  39. Jan Davis

    The next big reform movement should be a cleaning out of the fatcats and big banks on Wall Street. Two banks that are especially horrible are Chase and CitiCards. These people get big bonuses, a big salary, and special benefits while the rest of us struggle each day to make it in this economy. It is time to make things more equitable in our society.
    Jan in TN

    March 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  40. B Smith

    Congress needs to work on stopping the wars, pronto. And those that want to water down the health care bill need to find a more suitable line of work, hopefully, out of government disservice.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  41. Jim from WV

    1. Deal with the unruly Congress and Senators that have been jerked-up instead of raised up. Didn't we leave that behind in the 3rd grade?

    2. Vote out these one hit wonders that call themselves republican. If the majority of the country supported their ideas we would be under President McCain's rule...God help us!

    March 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  42. Rovielle

    Get a once-in-a-while-well-deserved break after last night historic vote.

    Palm Springs, Florida.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  43. Ardis

    I would like congress to learn how to work together like mature adults.
    Wouldn't that be something!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  44. honestjohn in Vermont

    Jack, First I would like them to kick the lobbyists out of the Congressional influence business, but that will never happen because its just too, too much extra money for Congress to line its bulging pockets with. Reality, we need create more jobs and train people for those jobs too. There is no good reason for America to be a Third World power when it comes to employment. In concert with employment we must regulate our banks and Wall Street so we don't have another financial meltdown next year.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  45. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Pass a damn law that limits the number of lobbyist a company can send to Washington and amount of money that they can stuff in the pockets of the congressman that the people elect and send to congress for the purpose of taking care of the peoples business.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  46. Christopher

    take on Immigration Reform

    March 22, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  47. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Two things. First, I would like to see Congressmen and women learn to respectfully differ with one another–and not act like a bunch of street hooligans. Second–jobs and the economy has to be positively dealth with–yesterday.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  48. Miss M

    I would like to see them address the issue of childhood hunger in this country (a much more pressing issue than health care). Rising homelessness, historic jobless rates and declining GDP also need attention.

    Missy M. Phoenix, Arizona

    March 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  49. Ed from California

    1.Start re-regulating the financial industry from the bottom-up.
    2. Let's stop the tax loopholes that our companies used to take our jobs overseas or south of the boarder.
    3.Start bringing our outsourced jobs back.
    4.Get out of Iraq.
    5.Start investigating the over prescribing of narcotics by our educated "Doctors".
    5(a). Take away the above doctors license's from "practicing" medicine, forever. More like drug dealing.
    5(b). Punish these "Doctors" by having them pay for the Rehab and the recovery of their clients, out of their own pockets. (NO re-reimbursement by malpractice insurance. The Drug dealing doctors can sell their homes or cars or whatever).

    That's it for the rest of this month. More next month. Our country is in a mess and it's going to take some time to fix all the wrongs.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  50. jeff schiffman

    drop the gloves and get some real govement work done in a fast timely manner without wasting tax payer dollars and turn this country around to be a giant again ,if they dont a big push broom will in november.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  51. Dee




    March 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  52. Ken in Pinon Hills California

    What I would like to see will never happen. For instance, get rid of the thousands of lobbyists who bribe and run our government. Let us be honest with ourselves, it isn't we the people, it is they the people, those with the money.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  53. Kevin from DC

    Jack, this is the funniest question you have asked so far. Let's start with Congress working together, for the people by the people. However I do not see that happening. I would imagine that there will be a lot of "explanation of Healthcare ( on both sides), and lobbying for 2012 elections.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  54. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Work out an energy bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  55. Freddy in Tulsa

    Financial reform and regulations. Don't let the Wall Street bankers rip us off again.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  56. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY


    Overturning recent Supreme Court rulings that defined corporations as individuals should be next on Congress' agenda. The beauty of the health care legislation is the hope that the era of checkbook politics might be ending. We need to continue that trend.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  57. Marc from San Diego

    I'm not sure, but what I am sure of is that the GOP will be against it.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  58. Dr. Jim Farrow (New Orleans)

    The President and Congress need to move this year on strong financial and banking regulation and reform. The Republicans are, of course, against it but on this one a large majority of Americans are for strong reregulation and consumer protections. The Democrats need to get this done before the November mid-terms now that they have the momentum.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  59. Homeless D in Atlanta

    I would like to see Congress get us OUT of iraq and Afghanistan, and quit spending us into insolvency with these wars!

    I would much rather that our country hire hit men, or form an elite group (like the israelis have) that would seek out terrorists and just kill them, instead of waging war in which innocent people are bound to get killed or maimed, and which sdestroys so much property.

    It would be a LOT less expensive to fund such an elite group, than it is to fund our troops all over the place. Plus, it would ave the added benefit of bringing our troops HOME, so that in case anyone ever does attack us they will be here to defend us!

    Oh, yeah, I'd also like to see real campaign reform, and term limits.

    None of this will EVER happen!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  60. Ingvar

    Reduce health care costs!
    We have the highest healthcare costs in the world and rising. Still we are unhappy with our healthcare. Go find out why the French, Germans, Dutch, Swedes, Swiss and Canadians are happy at half our cost. Can someone in the Congress Budget Office do the benchmarking and find out where we pay more?
    And, finally, who in the world would like to double their costs to get our healthcare?

    March 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  61. Dexter Hansford

    I would like to see the congress deal with the oil and Gas industries greedy intrusions on the low to middle income earners by means of the pump price. The greed at the pump will undermine any recovery efforts.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  62. ken from jefferson city

    Jack,energy gas prices are going up and we need jobs a across the board solution would save us money and create millions of jobs and
    it would help all americans.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  63. Neatha from Kansas City

    Reinstate the banking regulations that were removed. Continuing to allow the banks to operate as they did before will only result in the same result.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  64. frankie

    Stop whining and sulking and posturing, and apply the considerable talents of both parties, to making sure the health reform bill goes forward as smoothly and successfully as possible.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  65. Randy Handy

    Repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and encourage men and women continually subject to hatred and inequality to protect us from our nation's enemies.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  66. Jacqueline

    Immigration reform

    March 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  67. Paul from Michigan

    Kiss and make up.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  68. Russ in Johnston

    Get the hell out of DC and out of our wallets!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  69. Charles

    Renounce their own cadillac health insurance plans and put themselves on the same exact plan that the least of us "little people" is subject too.

    Scottsdale AZ

    March 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  70. JW Georgia

    It's probably too late at this point, but the Congress should have addressed energy, debt and economy long before now. They've fiddled for years and Rome has just about burned down, and the fools still don't even seem to smell the smoke.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  71. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    The most impactful thing Congress can do next is to learn to play together in the same sandbox. Last night's victory for the Democrats show that parties can go it alone, but this is not the preferred way our country's leadership should operate. If the Congress could learn to play together, maybe it would be a symbol for all of us to follow if we want to get something done.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  72. Joe


    We seriously need to pass – HR 4789.
    We should be allowed to buy into Medicare. Insurance companies need real competition to be honest.
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    March 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  73. Michael,Chapel Hill,NC

    Bann all purchases from China.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  74. Ron in Indiana

    I wouldn't mind seeing them fix the economy but that might be asking a little too much.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  75. Subhash

    Dance to the tune of the President not withstanding the will of the pepole.Is this how things ( disgruntled congressmen) are manuplated in a decomcracy ?

    March 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  76. Jennifer

    Richmond, VA

    Vote for the reconcillation legislation and be more like the House!


    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  77. Sue, Ct.

    More on the job front, more to help the middle class regain their status, education, climate change, intrastructure, and more on banning access to guns.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  78. Sue, Ct.

    The middle class needs to regain their status.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  79. David Sisters OR

    Jack there's a bunch of them they should be able to tackle more than one thing at a time, in fact they have to-lots of problems, not much time. Jobs, economy, immigration, and environment. Just dont throw in walking and chewing gum in on top of that list

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  80. Lucy, Austin, Texas

    Without fail, Obama needs to fight for reform in our financial market. Wall Street devastated our economy and turned around and made money on the bailout money. They didn't learn any lessons and continue operating with no restrictions.

    Wall Street should no longer be allowed to borrow interest free from the Federal Reserve and we need to ban sub prime mortgages and financial instruments like credit swaps. We must have restrictions that protect the American investors better from corporate greed.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  81. Barbara Borowy

    To begin with they can start acting like adults. Instead they are acting like a bunch of children. They are working for me. I am paying their salary ,and I want my money's worth ,or they can get out and find a job some where else.
    Would like to see then do away with out -sourcing and bring the jobs back to the USA where they belong. This never should have been done in the first place.

    Barbara B. Fort Worth, Texas

    March 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  82. gunny

    Find themselves in contempt of the Constitution! Then resign. What are they going to tell me to buy next. At least an M16 would be constitutional!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  83. Brian Kennedy

    Jacksonville, AL
    I would like to see congress pass this as the 28th amendment to the constitution:

    "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and Representatives and all other branches of the Government; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and Representatives and all other branches of the Government that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States"

    Just to be fair.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  84. JD

    Canton, Ohio
    Jack I would like to see Congress (the whole government for that matter) STOP playing politic's and representing just special interests and truly REPRESENT THE PEOPLE....not just the wealthy, religious,big business or their supporters but ALL Americans. When will the government work for the people....When will the people work with the government to secure our future and our childrens future. Taxation Without Representation.... We have came full circle....Democrats will try to improve our lives and livelyhoods by making hard choices and Republcans will represent the elite and their special interest groups..using religious fervor as a stepping stone. Look at the last 70 years in the political areana and tell me I am wrong...This whole collapse of our financial system began with Reagen's trickle down economics and it is also no great surprise that every socially needed fix of the day has been passed by the Democratic presidents through our time......after a period of Republican controlled Foreign policy or economic fiasco......Of course this is just one Americans view....OR IS IT.....GOOOO OBAMA and Democrats...SAVE THE COUNTRY from special interests.....

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  85. Greg, Ontario

    Your congress should pass a law making lobbying of people in any level of office illegal. Can you imagine the savings to the tax payer if contractors were picked by price and quality? There is health care paid for.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  86. chris

    jeack what's the point they won't listen to us anyway unless we are oil or health car lobbyist they only listne to those not us average overtaxed americans

    March 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  87. Donald Ainsworth

    Jack, I would like to see them work on all the other promises President Obama said we would do in his campaign. More Jobs, energy independence, re-negotiate Trade Treaties. Oh and also if their cadillac health care plan is not taxed, that should be first on their agenda!! Don from Wapakoneta, Ohio

    March 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  88. Gary in El Centro

    They need to focus on job creation, and then lets move on and tackle immigration reform.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  89. Rory Murray

    The answer is simple. I want to see of them all Create and then Get REAL JOBS!
    Rory Murray
    San Bernardino, CA

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  90. LS in Rochelle, IL

    Congress should repeal the exemption from the anti trust laws that the insurance industry enjoys. I envision the royal screwing the American public will receive in premium hikes if Congress doesn't act on this matter and actually force insurance providers to compete for business.
    There is no competition when one or two insurance companies control the rates in a state.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  91. Geoffrey

    MAJOR financial reform. Roll back the Clinton era law that allows Credit Default Swaps, Roll back the Reagan era "Reform" that removed Usury and removed limits on interest rates ... roll it all back and then regulate it. Demand simple, easily understood and well understood contracts for all loans and insurance.

    Just think of the special interest commercials CNN will sell then! Ka Ching Jack.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  92. Skeetz

    Jack, the laundry list is huge, where to begin? Fair trade, job creation, financial reform, immigration reform and then energy reform.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  93. david

    I think it should be the illegal immigration problem because i think that biggest problem with the country today its a big reason for health care crisis and high unemployment

    March 22, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  94. Patricia/Georgia

    What is shows is that this is a President who will stand up for what he promised. He has been a gentleman all during the most difficult year and with so much false rhetoric about his policy and his life. No other president has had to endure some of the garbage spread by Limbaugh,Beck, Hannity and Boertz but he prevailed and he got this bill passed. Congratulation President Obama...you are made of tuff stuff and many of us are proud of you.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  95. Willie (NYC)

    I can see it now, responses to this question will be on the margins of extremes. Republicans will yell arbitrarily that this spells "IMPEACHMENT!" Truth of the matter is, Obama will go down in history along with the heroes of this country. Having achieved health care for all will not reveal its desirable traits until way after Obama is no longer in office. I for one believe that Obama has delivered change. Post partisan is only possible when the opposite side isn't beyond reach.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  96. martina

    Well Obama has been working on many things all at one time. He just passed a jobs bill that Was with Republican votes. No matter what picture is painted in the press or outside the White House in order to get anything passed you have to have support for that bill. I think the Republican has 240 amendments to the bill just passed, is not that joint support? I see the actions but I hear opposite words from the Republicans.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  97. james armstrong

    I've always had healthcare for my family and myself, which has been provided by the employers that I worked for during my lifetime. It has been more then adequate coverage, over the years, with all of my families needs being taken care of as needed. But where government is concerned, nothing seems to be adequate, and that's where we're at right now. It looks like we are now comitted to Obama Healthcare, at least for a while, until the citizens realize that Government needs to get out of our lives, totally.
    Jim Armstrong, Taylor, Arizona

    March 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  98. Wilson

    Campton, Ky
    Jobs, Jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs,!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  99. judy w

    It would be nice if Congress decided to do something about
    placing some regulations on the banks and financial institutions of this country. The economy is in bad shape and it should never happen again. We need regulations!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  100. Carla from Birmingham

    I'd like to see them serve the will of the people. That would be refreshing.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  101. Brian Smith PhD

    Institute strict term limits, outlaw lobbyists and special interest influence, outlaw all mass media campaign advertising, make it a requirement that the media cover ONLY four three hour debates based on only the issues. In other words, cut out the media circus at election time. Don’t allow elected officials get so entrenched that they become indentured to big money lobbyists and influence. Force the candidates to run on the issues instead of how much advertising they can muster. Do you think Johnny Adams, Tommy Jefferson, or Jimmy Madison had 30 TV spots and sound bites? NOPE! They ran for office the old-fashioned way; they ran on the issues debated fairly.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  102. Angie

    I want them to now concentrate on jobs, bring back jobs, especially giving us an even playing field for jobs.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  103. Scott Stodden

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Jack nothing more right now but creating jobs in this country should be the focus of the Obama administration! So many people are struggling with not having a job, so many businesses are not hiring or shutting down and we must create jobs to save America and the American people! We got Health Care done my fellow Democrats and what a great victory it was for America now we need to focus on jobs and then after we create jobs we have to solve the immigration problem facing the United States and we can start by doing like Lou Dobbs used to say on CNN "By patroling our borders" that's the only way your going to truly solve immigration!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    March 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  104. Louis Zoellar Bickett II from Lexington, KY

    Immigration reform, though it may give the Tea Party and the radical GOP a heart attack–they are nothing but a bunch of fanatics, red-necks, homo-phobes, and fatt-asses!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  105. candy

    Gingrich insists the 2010 and 2012 elections will be an opportunity to "save America from a left-wing machine of unparalleled corruption, arrogance and cynicism.", Well Gingrich is describing the Republican party to a tee. The Republicans chose not to be bi-partisan, they never intended to be. So get rid of the old stuffy GOP members, and start fresh by putting in some young congress members that will work for THE PEOPLE,not for any PARTY.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  106. Ronald Holst

    Jack i think I speak for my self and many many MORE AMERICANS when i SAY WHET THIS COUNTRY NEEDS IS TO GET THE HATERID AND THE HATERS OUT OF POLITICS This is going to the extreme when we have supposed law makes yell things like You Lie . and Baby Killer on the floor of the house . if we do not i am afraid that with the first black President we could be shoved into a 2Nd civil war .and this one not over slavery but one for what kind of nation this will be the holier than though or the right or the rest of America .either way we should all step back and take a deep breath before we open our mouths and listen to what others have to say and to be listened to . The Anger is what will
    bring down this nation . On all sides ! mark My words .
    Ron In San Antonio TX.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  107. Michael McManus

    When LBJ was President the Republican Party didn't announce the day after his innauguration; a mission statement that they refused to allow the country to be governed by Democrats.
    Obama can only invite them to a birthday party; he can't make them sing. The Republicans should be sent to thier rooms and each be made to write "Waterloo" five hundred times.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  108. Darwin B Phillips

    Shut down Rightwing Radio starting with Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and all of the other liars and traitors of this Country that have the timerity to call themselves Patriots, none of thier crap is Free Speech !!! it's traitorus and dangerous to the Country !!!

    aka Twobears from the Northwoods of New England

    March 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  109. Instructor in Illinois

    Now that Health Care and its drag on the economy has been moderated and 30 million offered a chance at health insurance, the administration and Congress must focus on jump starting the economy and generating jobs. But with the GOP stopping at nothing to stop everything, unfortunately the nation will continue to suffer.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  110. fay, gilbert, az

    First of all, they should bring ALL of our troops home from the shitholes they have been living in for the past 8 years.
    Then they should get on the jobs front and stop shipping our work offshore to some third world country..
    Then they should kick out all of the Mexicans so that we Americans can find jobs and maybe this country can become solvent again.
    Then they should apologize to seniors for lying to them about death panels, they are coming make no mistake about it. It is already happening with "hidden charges" for prescription meds and people not being able to afford them.
    Then they should all pray to God for forgiveness for paying for Billie Joes abortion because her boyfriend forgot to wear a condom.
    The list is endless, Congress is a bunch of sleazy scumbags, that is mild trust me, it is not what I wanted to write.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  111. Alex in Gig Harbor

    I would like to see banking and investment reform. It has been almost two years since the deregulated investment banks drove the economy off of the cliff. There has to be reasonable rules to prevent excessive risk and consumer exploitation.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  112. Doreen in Atlanta Ga.

    While immigration reform is important (as are energy, education, infrastructure , wars, etc.) , we must get a handle on our loss of jobs and manufacturing . Do we plan to pay unemployment checks forever, rather than solve the very sobering problem of our outsourced economy? If we don't tackle this next, all the rest may be moot.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  113. Rick Medina,OH


    Congress should first reflect on the fact that they have a President with over a year's experience learning how to push legislation in a highly charged partisan environment. We'll learn soon which battle Mr. Obama chooses to focus on next; members of Congress of either party should be slow to dismiss his chances. One can only hope that these folks will focus on areas of agreement, rather than continue to perfect the art of shrill dissent.


    Medina, OH

    March 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  114. Karen Mandracchia

    Why don't we take the health care ins away from the Rep and put them in the same sinking boat as other Americans, you will see how fast they change there minds. We are sick and tired of paying for their great coverage, when we have none!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  115. barb

    The next thing Congress should work on is TERM LIMITS and benefits for Congress. How are they able to vote themselves a cost of living raise when no one else can do that????? How about pensions they don't pay into. Getting term limits on the national ballot as well as state ballots would be a major feat!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  116. Jimbo Of Southside Chicago

    At this point in time, after so much damage to our country and its future, as I see it, I would like to see Congress do absolutely, positievely, unequivically, NOTHING!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  117. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    Would like financial institution reform ... real reform ... reinstate Glas-Steagal and the anti-trust laws. Then, as you mentioned, energy issues to provide for energy independence but to do so responsibly to protect the environment. Then there is employment and the need to establish an economic environment to bring industry back to the US. To do that the international trade agreements will have to be revisited. And then there is the need for improvements in the Food & Drug Admin to better monitor our quality of foods & the abiltiy to identify sources of bacteria, etc. when they occur.

    In other words, we need Congress to do it's job. The GOP needs to get off their butt and start governing instead of complaining. This is a democracy people ... sometimes the other party is in office. Just do your jobs and comply with the oath of office you too and represent us not just your party.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  118. MCreasman

    Do you really think this Congress is going to do anything the citizens want?


    March 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  119. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Put the American people back to work and end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to bring our boys home. Why not try a little isolationism for a while and let our country get its' feet back on the ground and regroup. Stand behind the UN to put some teeth into its' policies.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  120. Brian in Chicago

    I'd like to see a substantial financial reform package first. And then I believe we need an updated energy policy that encourages the dramtic implemenatation of alternative energy nationwide. It is alternative energy afterall that Obama singled out as the single item that will move our economy foward for the next decade.

    I wish the media would start covering the fact that China is buying the major oil fields in IRAQ after the United States spent a trillion dollars liberating the country.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  121. Joel

    I would like to see them do something together. Of course we all know that's nearly impossible with the tone in Washington. Both sides are treating the halls of Congress like Congress High. The 431 Representatives and 100 Senators should all take a deep breath, stretch, realize that they are adults, and grow up. Work together on education so that the children of America are again elite competitors in a tough multicultural job market. Work together on our economy because our lives depend on it. Work together on immigration reform before it gets even more out of control and we won't be able to turn the tide to a trend that is sustainable. They can get things done if they really want to. Why don't they want to Jack?

    March 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  122. Guy from Hawaii

    Without question...Go after the extortionist practices of credit card companies, banks and other financial institutions. I'm not talking about the recent slap on the wrist. If these companies could hire thugs to go out and beat money out of people they would. The banks got bailed out...bail the people out by allowing them to pay back their debt with no further accrual of interest and a reasonable payment plan or even forgive them their debt with no further penalties. I know a lot of people that just can't pay their debts and some who just refuse to pay on principal. The banks gave too much credit. A nation of "gotta have it now" consumers bought into it. The consumer must be ready to be defiant, not be intimidated by the financial institutions and be ready to call their "bluff" of threats and contact your congressional representatives to get tougher on them.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  123. Pamela holt

    Foley al. I would like to see them bring a end to the Iraq and afganistan wars, and start building up our economy. I had heard president bush during his Administration say that he was going to make the streets in Iraq safe for all iraqui children. I thought that was a stretch, considering the streets or even their own back yards are not safe , for American children. We need to do something strict, with pedifiles, and president Obama, having two young daughters of his own, must know that the time is now!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  124. Linda in Arizona

    End the illegal wars and make some jobs happen.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  125. Reynard

    I would love to see Congress begin to act like adults. The behavior of our elected leaders now mirrors that of students in the halls of local high schools; full of rumor milling, name calling and popularity contest driven rhetoric. They can't effectively tackle anything else acting like children. I wonder how many of our nation's founders are rolling in their graves because of this disgraceful behavior.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  126. ChasGlass

    Next, we need a properly incented private-sector jobs bill to take immediate effect.

    I would propose a jobs credit for employers that pays off initially upon payroll increases, and in suceeding years upon retention of the employees whose hiring resulted in the initial tax credits.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  127. Clifford Rocque

    I would like to see congress get really serious about a jobs bill. Something on the scale of the Manhattan Project a full court press to employ Americans. Anyone who wants a job should be able to get one

    March 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  128. ajks

    As a teacher, I get about a week off for spring break. After having spent the majority of my spring break trying to figure out my tax forms to file, I would like to see the whole system of taxes overhauled! It only took a hundred years to pass a health bill, maybe they better start soon or I won't get to enjoy it before I die–probably while I am filling out the book of forms!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  129. John from S. Dakota

    Okay, now that the health care issue is over, let's get America back to work.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  130. Deborah Calimese

    Deborah Calmese
    Justice, US.
    thank you President Obama for caring about others and doing something about. Next we should tackle jobs and financial reform.
    Also, just an aside, Isn't Rush Limbaugh leaving the US since HealthCare passed?
    Just asking.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  131. morgan

    Jack, it took a year and half to get health care. The minority party is work on the next election they don't have time to work on legislation.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  132. Ken in NC

    I would like to see Congress replaced next with real grow-ups.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  133. Christopher

    Get our troops out of the middle east and focus on domestic problems

    March 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  134. Terry C. from Illinois

    JOBS, JOBS, JOBS – Obama and the Democrats need to change Americas "trade agreements" such as the NAFTA and Global trade agreements that reward companies with tax breaks for "outsourcing" American jobs.

    Penalize companies who outsource, make it illegal forcompanies to have offshore tax-havens, make it illegal for companies to had out bonus money in the same year as that company has a lay-off of workers

    March 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  135. Bruce

    I don't get it, why don't american's want to help other american's? dont they see that they will benefit from health care reform? That repulicans are just living in the now and not for the future of america? Maybe being a canadian I have some bias, but the comments I read here or the comments I read on the internet are just RIDICULOUS!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  136. Sonja of Atlanta

    JOBS...JOBS...AND MORE JOBS!!! I have many friends who are extremely unhappy with being unemployment. Even though Republicans may not believe this, ALL my friends along with many people I speak with during my day prefer to be working than collecting unemployment benefits. PLEASE!!! Let this be the next agenda. The American People want to work. Our nation was built on it.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  137. alex larson

    start looking for a new job

    March 22, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  138. Paul South Florida

    I'd like to see the Republicans be good sports. They foaught and lost. Brush off the dust, get the pout off your face, and learn that just saying "NO" does not work. Thet better change their behavior, quit fear tactics, and contribute in a positive way. IUf they continue on their current path, they will find themselves exactly where they are now, a minority by their own devise.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  139. Annie, Atlanta

    Reinstate Glass-Steagall before Wall Street crashes the world economy again. If there’s a profit to be made, you bet the banksters are at it. Rein them in. Some prosecutions would be nice, too, though I won’t hold my breath.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  140. M.A.

    What do I want next from Congress? Some integrity. Some maturity. This bi-partisan harassment and fighting is now becoming ridiculous and the 'herd followers' of America are taking notice and acting the same way.

    What happened to professionalism? Etiquette? Manners? Acting with integrity? Members of Congress are acting just as poorly and immaturely as some of the demonstrators.

    It's time to bring back decency, morality, and maturity to the leadership of this country. This is getting ridiculous. And it's embarrassing. We voted you into office to act respectfully, not to make this a circus. Grow up!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  141. Mike

    Jack, I'm a 5th Generation Texan. When I was little, and did something wrong, no matter the consequences, my Daddy taught me that I had to 'own up to it if I did it.'

    I guess that goofball who hollered 'Babykiller' last night isn't a real Texan, now that the world is so befuddled at his asinine outburst, he is now trying to change his statement, to 'that bill is a...etc'. Did he say the first part under his breath?

    Or, maybe he just doesn't have the backbone, and won't own up to his own mistake. He makes the rest of us in the Lone Star State look stupid.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  142. Clifford Rocque

    When is the last time you saw a politician put it all on the line for something he believed in? In the midst of threats and gloom and doom predictions about the end of his political career, he pressed on to do what he saw as the right thing for the average guy in this country. I applaud Barack Obama and am proud to say he is my president. It will never be admitted in Washington but the really big reason that most republicans are against anything Obama proposes is the color of his skin. From the very beginning the Republicans have focused on how they could destroy him and never ever intended to support anything he did, country not withstanding. Well this man of color has accomplished something that would never be accomplished by another president in our lifetime because of the courage and sacrifice required. God bless Barack Obama and our country...

    March 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  143. Bob - Pittsburgh Pa

    The first thought is probably not publishable.
    But since we are on this big fairness kick in DC, how about a complete overhaul of the tax code and implement a fair and equal system of taxation. Every man, woman, and child who somehow utilizes a government service should be responsible for sharing some of the burden. Since this includes uncodocumented workers as well as tourists, it should be in the form of a sales tax.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  144. Silas Kain - Boston

    The next order of business is comprehensive campaign finance reform which dismantles the national primary process and decentralizes power in the Democrat Kremlin and Republican Beijing. Everything in the People's House, Jack, is dictated by contributions to campaign war chests. Hawks get funded by the military industrial complex. Doves get funded by unions and progressive organizations. And now corporations will be able to send their subliminal messages without restriction. Politicians pick and choose quotations from our forefathers in fostering their cause. Well, here's one for them:

    "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

    That was Thomas Jefferson some 200 years ago. Sounds to me like we better stock up on tents, bottled water and rations. We're in for a long, hard decade.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  145. james franklin

    hey jack, i am so glad that this healthcare bill passed...it is not perfect..but it is a huge start...it is about time we the people started taking care of the poor and less fortunate people in this country..and these so called capitalists republican christians that are for the most part against this bill, need to read their bible over again...if jesus were alive today would he be a capitalists ?? ..lol..i don't think so..he would be more in the lines of a socialist than anything.....read his teachings jack !!!! jesus says u can't love money and me ...you have to make a choice..and most republicans love money..christians pick and choose what parts of the bible they want to live by and they misinterpete most of jesus's ways of living !!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  146. Leo

    I would like to see the Republican party make a contribution to the US Citizens by chairing a bill or something worthwhile for the average US citizen. I have seen the GOP do nothing for 8 years and critizie the Democrats for the last 14 months for trying. I am tired of paying for your (GOP) health care (Govt), your gas and your security for doing nothing. You do not represent my ideas, beliefs, nor values. Since you do not have a CARE in the world for common citizens, you will feel the pain come election day.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  147. Michael

    I would like for congress to go in permanent recess until such time the current leadership is removed. The Democratic leadership is corrupt at its core and remains the single worst enemy of Americans who value liberty and freedom.

    The arrogance of this group of dishonest power hungry people make me ill! I look forward to the resurgence of honesty, integrity and true leadership with some resemblance of maturity.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  148. Gregory Miami Beach, Fl.

    I doubt taking on Immigration or any other big ticket item would be wise at this time, at least until the benefits kick in from the last one, because the political capital has been spent and he must wait for the returns. Meanwhile rebuilding our infrastructure and replacing our outdated electrical grid would be a great idea!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  149. Mari, Utah

    So many comments about JOBS! People do not realize that neither a president nor Congress can demand jobs! Where has everyone been in the last 30 years while corporations and factories took their jobs overseas?!

    President Obama SIGNED A JOBS BILL, last week. There are tax credits for employers who hire people!

    Congress must end benefits some corporations have of hiding money overseas!

    Congress needs a bill that will give tax breaks to corporations bringing call centers, manufacturing jobs, etc., home to the U.S.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  150. Rebecca

    Next move on the health bill should include, as you have shown so many times, some type of regulation for hospitals. How can the government allow hospitals bill them pacifiers at over $100.00 each? Or cough syrup at more than $40.00/cm3? Or costs that differ if you pay from pocket or by insurance? In the end, it is still the general public who pays for all of this.
    Aren't we all aware of how these costs hit us in our taxes?

    March 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  151. Lee - Houston

    It seems weird that you would even suggest that the government gets into the "unconstitutional" act of job creation.

    To me it seems that all we can do is complain. We are imperfect and therefore the leaders that we "vote" for, to do our business, are also imperfect. The real truth is not that our government has become broken but that it was flawed from its conception, just as “we the people” are.

    If we are honest we know in our own intimate relationships that we take the good with the bad. Therefore there are good things about a Democratic Republic but there are also bad things that come with this type of manmade government. However, I'm sure that you will agree that America's bad is much better than many other forms of manmade government’s good.

    So, the truth is that these efforts on the part of the government are always a watered down promise from an imperfect system. Really this is the way our government was designed. A real dictator like a Nazi can force laws down exactly the way he wants.

    Therefore, Obama has made unprecedented efforts to change things but so far he hasn’t been able to really live up to all of his promises and I don’t think he will, but really neither will “we the people”. I also image though that you will probable complain about efforts of growing jobs. Obama likely will be call a Nazi and socialist for that too.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  152. Phil from Colorado Springs

    I think the Congress should work on job bills.I live in a city,that touts itself in it's conservative ideology.I personally think it's a right wing mega-church stranglehold that needs a infusion of reality..So what's so wrong with a little socialism?It doesn't hurt that the rich in this town,who own everything,continue to make profits..right?Just plain and simple greed.Shame shame shame

    March 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  153. Karl from SF, CA

    Simple, Jack, do some Congressional housekeeping. Do away with the Senate Super Majority of 60 and make it maybe 52 or 55, enact term limits and real public only campaign financing, including eliminating lobbyist gifts of any kind for any reason. Make the thieves really represent their constituents and live on the salary we pay them, and then go back home to their real career job when their term is up and let someone else have a chance. In other words, put both public and service back in public service, then we can get a lot more serious problems solved a lot faster.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  154. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Fix the school system of course!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  155. Tony in Los Angeles

    We need the economy in balance before we start "creating jobs" or training for jobs that do not yet exist or for which there is no customer base – such a "green technology." We need to start making things (manufacturing) again, and not just be a customer to the "third world" manufacture who will actually make (build) 95% of a product, ship it to us, then we insert one screw and call it made in America. We need to aim for an economy that is founded by our hands, our shops, our poeple, our wharehouses, away from an economy where everything is just purchased online from only God where.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  156. Ken from CA

    Congress will amend laws allowing Pres. Obama borrows more money from China to fund Health Cares of those 32 millions who benefit from this newly passed welfare (I do not think it's insurance).

    March 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  157. james franklin

    the next thing i want to see congress tackle is get rid of the special interest..they need to be banned...it is time that the people take back what was given to them by our forefathers..the people should rule this country...not the insurance companies, the oil companies, the banking system, etc....most of ur republicans want derugulation...well that is what got us in the mess we are in right now..to much deregulation by both president bush's...

    March 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  158. Calebsr

    I would like to see a lot done about gun control.If it was up to me, I would round up every gun in America and have one Big bondfire and burn them to ashes. Our government over the years has got us so caught up in the wars around the world that no one is looking around and realizing that we're killing of our own that all of the awrs put together. No one wants to speak out about the gun problem, so we'll keep wathing the daily killings in our urban and suburban areas.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  159. madina

    It is interesting that the men in their expensive black suits keep saying that the American people don't like this bill. These men in black are fully covered with the best health care plans and don't have to worry about how they 'll pay their physician visit or hospital bills. They have as yet to show me one uninsured person stand next to them and say that they do not want this bill. It's almost as if they are saying that the American people do not deserve the same insurance coverage that they have.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  160. Donald in CA

    I would like to see the democrates continue to support what this Preesident promised the people he would do. Healthcare is almost taken care of so work on Dont Ask Dont Tell being overturned, get out of Iraq, immigration reform and jobs. Most of the folks who complain about this President and majority congress didnt vote for them in the first place.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  161. Katja in Bradenton, Florida

    How about act like they actually work for the people.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  162. Ronald Holst

    Jack How about civility, bring it back to the congress and senate . !

    March 22, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  163. Carol - Chattanooga, Tn.

    Kiss and make up.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  164. Matt

    How about they actually work together for the good of the people and quit worrying about what their perceived party values are...American's are fed up with inability of congress to get anything done.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  165. Josh

    Jobs Jobs Jobs

    March 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  166. Ben

    Time for congress to tackle the energy problem. If America wants to be the most prosperous nation in the world we need to be self-sustaining.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  167. bob Elling

    Next put the country back to work then make college education affordable for all HS graduates with good grades!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  168. ricky youngblood

    1) Freeze immigration to help unemployed people in this country.

    2) Cut deficit

    March 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  169. lesa

    I am happy that the bill passed. It show that somebody cares about the less fourtainant people in this country. I too have some stories to tell just because of not haveing to afford healthcare. Thank God for the President that cares about his country and not so much about politics. Thank God for Nancy Poloski, prisident could not have picked a better person for the Job. Thank God for the Dems that took a stand, in their own rights and the people rights in America. Thank God they were able to stick together and stand up for what is right for the people. This bill is about saving lives and not saving seats. this bill is about the equvillance of equal in this country. So the Republicans, should be shame for their actions, possing threats, and crying like babies. is'nt that contradictive of them to even act like babies or children, some of which they don't want to have insurance. Get over it. its been a long time coming.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  170. colin lewis

    Simple: I'd like to see them grow up.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  171. Mike Dayton

    I would like Obama to turn his attention to resolving the Israeli/Arab conflict

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  172. Jacob

    I would like to see congress end this 'War On Drugs'. Its time that in the midst of health care, we include federal medical marijuana or, dare I say, legalize marijuana altogether. The 'War On Drugs' sounds like something a drug addict would make up anyway, scary that its made up by the people we elected

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  173. Chet Bowen

    In my opinion, I think education is the best option for focus. The economy, alternate energy sources etc. can only benefit from more people getting a better education. Education, after all is the prime source for overall national improvements in every conceivable area.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  174. Linda

    Given the appalling displays of ignorance we have seen over the past 13 months of health care "debate", I suggest some serious education reform.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  175. Dennis Olson

    Solve the budget problem, of course. Since the useless Iraq/Afghan/Pakistan war is costing us close to two trillion dollars a year......does anybody else think that we should get out now and save ourselves from financial ruin?

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  176. AndrewC

    Congress should focus on :

    1) Reducing wasted spending for the Federal Budget

    2) Finding ways to spend money on creating jobs

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  177. Eric Miller

    Immigration Reform should be the next topic for Congress and the American People. We need to know all individuals in our backyard and Immirgration is a must of our great president.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  178. bill

    take a pay cut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  179. pat in michigan

    I believe the Congress should outlaw the ability of American corperations to outsource jobs overseas.America First will help America Last!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  180. Harold

    Jack, I would love to see them all go to kindergarten and learn how to get along.

    Bracebridge, Ontario

    March 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  181. Cecelia Ward

    Nothing. They can't do anything if the Republican party won't work with the Democrats. Obviously they don't understand that this isn't just about parties anymore.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  182. Barry (Cordova, Tennessee)

    Jack, My advise to the President and congressional Democrats is to pick issues on which bipartisan agreement can more easily be found. Thins have become far too divise and it's time to find areas where the majority of Americans can agree/

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  183. l00ker

    Focus on creating jobs, rebuilding schools and rebuilding our national infrastructure. All of which should have been the focus since day one.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  184. Bob In Florida

    Congress SHOULD ABSOLUTELY put about 5,000 Wall Street financiers IN JAIL FOR TEN YEARS AND tax the hell out of each and every Wall Street Financier until DOUBLE the first THREE TRILLION DOLLARS that was stolen from the American people be repaid. Then put stringent controls and oversite into place to regulate Wall Street.

    Then Congress can ENFORCE the immigration laws of this country with predjudice putting ALL hiring offenders in jail for ten years.

    After that, we can get on with more mundane issues of the country.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  185. Ivaylo Ivanov

    Jack, I'm a junior in high school right now, and I would love for Obama to tackle education and the rising costs associated with college. I want to attend a public university that is not in my state, and am looking at paying $25,000 per year in order to obtain my college diploma.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  186. Jay Pellis

    Although a high speed rail project would be great for jobs, I do not see that as ever passing. However, it could not hurt for another highway bill. Our highway infrastructure at one time was marvelous. Now, bridges, tunnels, and major highways need to be fixed, saved, or updated.

    As fuel efficiency increases, so will the number of cars on the road. Lets be road efficient.

    The bottom line: Jobs. A highway will will bring jobs at all levels, from road workers, to manufacturing, to administration.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  187. Taylor Holmes

    Energy reform should be next. Not only can we invest in our future fiscally, but we can stimulate engineering, education, we can create jobs that will never be outsourced overseas, and most importantly, we can stop funding both sides of the war on terror. Renewable energy is not an option if we are to survive in the future – it is a necessity.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  188. Bob

    I would like the Republican's in Congress stop talking about abortion because no money will be used from the health care bill, and they can't tell others what to do with their personal life. I would like them to stop talking about killing babies and talking about all the peohpiles in their churches and hypocrites that attend their churches and how fraudulent thier family values is. Not one of these jerks have talked about kids being abused in churches. I am starting to believe they are not against it.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  189. Gigi Oregon

    Now that health care has been voted in for every American let's now clean up and regulate banking and a new tax structure that will be fair and simple for all and not just the rich. Let's clean house while we have a President who is not afraid of the threats of a party, that feeds on the poor and says they are the Christian party they have given Christianity a bad taste.. I think the American people became angry enough during these past few weeks when Republicans kept saying "the people don't want health care". I think the people must have let their Democratic Representatives know they did want health care. I have news for the Republicans many poor and middle class Republicans wanted health care. I hope they continue to be poor losers in this. It will feed our support in truly wanting change now that we have tasted victory.

    Don't just blog, write or email support to your government representatives that have given American its first taste of dignity in a long time.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  190. Dee

    Congress should have been working on creating jobs for the past yr instead of this broken healthcare bill. But what the heck if they spent a yr on this why not take the next yr to repeal it and write something that makes sense.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  191. David A Whitaker

    Jack give the Presiden Obama thee days before you push in front of another train. Then let him deal employment and tip toe up to immigration. That should be another circus of event, he will be socialist again etc...

    Martinsburg, WV

    March 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  192. goody31@hotmail.com

    Small businesses have to get bailed out to altimately boost the economy. they bailed out the wrong guys, the big guys who could afford to take a hit. they did it to thamselves

    March 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  193. Ben

    Energy policy.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  194. Bev

    First of all, our President and congress did a wonderful job getting healthcare through.
    I would like to see them go to jobs bill next and am sure they will.
    Lighten up, I'll bet if you were down and out our President would be there to help you out.
    He is taking care of the wars and Repubs will be against that as they want many, many wars.
    Maybe Israel and the Palestinians can learn to take care of themselves and stop acting like Iraq and Afghan. Those people don't want to stop fghting.
    Our economy will be much better if Americans will buy made in U.S.A. instead of foreign countries.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  195. Ande Stone

    The civil rights of America's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender minorities need to be addressed. Anyone can be discharged in the military for simply being attracted to members of the same sex regardless of the important role they play in protecting and serving our country. The time for change is now, yes we can President Obama!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  196. Rick Denson

    Geeze Jack... that's an easy one. How about work together? For sure then all our nations problems would be solved efficiently, effectlively and transparently no matter what the crisis or problem that is next. If you can... pass this on the the GOP leadership. Oh I forgot... the GOP Party of "No" doesnt listen to you either. Sorry!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  197. M J Porter

    What should Congress do next? How about regulating Wall Street so we don't have another complete meltdown?

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  198. Dave in CT

    Now that the health care deal is done, I suggest a recess from now until late October would be beneficial to the voting public and the "cough" public servants.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  199. Mark from Naperville

    What would I like to see them do next? How about being true to the values they claimed to believe when they took office, how about not having their hand out to every lobbyist trolling the hallways of congress, how about working with each other instead of against each other, how about representing american values and not just a segment of americans? Of course they will do none of this, so my answer to your question is they continue to do "nothing" at an alarmingly consistent and astonishing rate, at least that way they can't disappoint me any further.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  200. Michael Stenman

    Tackle immigration reform, secure our borders, make undocumented workers work their way to legalization, put an end to this issue once and for all.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  201. Wayne from New Brunswick Canada

    Come up with a long-term coherent plan for balancing the budget within 5yrs and a deficit reduction strategy thereafter. Identify the areas where the painful cuts will have to be made and start with the military and the many unnessary bases all over the world. Time for other nations to step up with policing the world under a U.N. mandate.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  202. Carrie Crawford

    Reverse NAFTA – Bring some of those manufacturing jobs back to this country. That was the start of our economic demise.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  203. Brian

    For what they get paid, can't Congress do more than one thing at a time?

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  204. Jim Schroeder Jr.

    Congress could save billions of dollars by shutting down these pathetic wars in Iraq, and Afghanistan. Close over 700 military establishments around the world in over 135 countries. Close Guantanamo, and take all of this money that nobody seems to be worried about, and pay for health care. We not only could pay for health care, but have a lot of money left over, without raising taxes.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  205. Sly, Alpena, Michigan

    Not congress Jack, "The Democrats" The Republicans are a non-issue, as we all witness on the Health Care Bill.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  206. RickFromDetroit

    Economic Stimulus. A $600. rebate check issued once a month and made continuous for 3 to 6 months until the economy improves. This is what the Congress should have done at the beginning of the recession instead of all of the bailouts. The only problem with this is we couldn't have reset Wall Street, and our affordable housing program [falling real estate prices] would not have happened.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  207. Shelly

    I'd like to see them grow up and do their job. Squabbling and outbursts are childish. They should be setting a good example for our children on how things are handled. Right now they're falling short on all accounts.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  208. Chad

    Show up to work and really work. And stop spending money we don't have. I wish I banked with the bank they use and just keep writing checks.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  209. Vanessa Knox

    I am a student and in most of my classes people feel that the problem with the health care industry isn’t the outrageous practices of insurance companies but that we have “ to many illegal immigrants”…so I say immigration. I’m sick of hearing the argument.
    Vanessa K
    Madison WI

    March 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  210. John, Fort Collins, CO

    With the passing of the health reform bill, I would like to see Congress pass legislation providing financial aid for doctors and nurses seeking degrees in primary healthcare. With the multi-billion dollar demand looming from 32 million additional people seeking health benefits, it would it might be wise if our country ensures there are sufficient providers to meet the need.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  211. Claudinei Souza

    Immigration reform should be next! President Obama promissed to get on the issue in his first year in office, we voted for him and i thinhk he should at least keep his word.

    Claudinei, Atlanta-Ga

    March 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  212. Carlyn P from Atlanta, GA

    I would like to see Congress strengthen or even enforce regulations on companies that send American jobs overseas, and reward companies that bring jobs back or create jobs here in the States. I think it would inspire substantive job creation, energize the economy, and help ease the budget crises that so many local and state governments are dealing with.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  213. Ray

    What an interesting question Mr. Cafferty! How about, why does it matter what we want? If there's one thing for sure we have learned from this past weekend is that our voice, our needs, and our worries matter NOT in Congress; that despite our biggest cries and far reaches, this government is in fact NOT for the people. But since you asked I'll tell you; I'd like to see Congress try to get back all that money which we paid to all those rich banking pigs and use THAT money to pay for THIS new Mandatory Health Bill.


    March 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  214. carlos duque

    congress should now reworked their sweet deals both pay and retirement plans so we can star helping the economy but as we know GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE JACK, we got a better chance of having chayne take hillary to the prom

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  215. Michael Patterson

    I know everyone says jobs are job one (and they are really), but until we tackle campaign finance reform, we will keep letting big money rule us. We will do something on jobs, maybe immigration, but the next huge reform – like the huge reform passed yesterday and to be signed into law tomorrow – will be campaign finance reform.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  216. Berks county native

    What difference does it make? The party of no will just continue to act like a spoiled child and just say no to everything they do out of spite.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  217. Sandra MacSweeney

    Make a long due reform on immigration. Make both employers and employees pay taxes!!! The border construction is nonsense! Issue ID and tax the illegal immigrants, because I was an immigrant once and since my first day I always pay taxes on my income...

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  218. Joan

    I would like to see Congress pass very strong legislation completely overhauling our financial system including banks, the stock market and insurance companies. These industries have brought this country to its knees with worldwide repercussions. Nothing else in this country can operate successfully without taking care of this issue. It affects the homes we live in and whether Americans can afford to own or rent homes; it affects whether Americans can afford a decent education; it affects whether any American can get affordable health care and whether Americans get and/or keep jobs. These industries will continue their greed-maddened actions unless they are stopped. Any law passed must have all loopholes closed. No more speculative trading (to stop the rise of the cost of gas at the pump for one thing), no more hedge fund trading, no more million-dollar salaries or bonuses while raising premiums. It isn't ok to say that private enterprise should be left to its own devices if it is committing what would be a crime if any other industry or individual committed it! Strong laws must be passed and enforced for this country to regain any of its previous standing in the world. If these industries are not completely overhauled, we will most likely see this once great country become a third world country.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  219. Dan

    What would I like to see Congress do next? I'd love to see every member who voted for this abomination get in line and sign up his or her own family for the new health care package, instead of living off the sweetheart insurance programs they give themselves.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  220. Charna

    Nothing! I wish it worked like here in Texas where the legislature only meets for a few months every two years.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  221. Kerry Messerle

    I don't really have to think about this much; it won't even be my idea. What it will be is an effort to take something from me that I worked very hard to acheive and some politician feels it is such a desirous thing that I should be forced to share it with those who were too damn lazy to achieve it for themselves.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  222. Daisy

    I believe President Obama should focus on domestic issues. Jobs should be made a priority. I believe we need to start being a little selfish, lets invest in America. Let's bring back jobs, let's secure our borders. There is still so much to be done at home.

    Orlando, FL

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  223. Danny

    The economy will run its natural course, and I believe health care reform, in the long run should (hopefully) help turn the economy in the right direction. The administration should turn their attention back to the Middle East, increasing efforts to bring our sons and daughters home, and increasing pressures on Israel and Palestine to find peaceful negotiations once again. I am already proud to have voted for Obama. If he can bring our children home, and help Palestinians and Israelis come back to the table, he will have achieved great things indeed.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  224. Jim Carroll

    Create a Reserve-Retraining Work Force which would solve the
    unemployment problem. See plan at the internetfreepress.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  225. Corey Chapman in New York

    I think Congress should go back to the immigration topic. After a while hardworking immigrants who contribute to our American economy and continue to do so without breaking any laws should become a citizen. I would rather share land with a hardworking immigrant than a lazy ungrateful native.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  226. zora

    i am writing from Toronto, Canada and i would like to see the congress do something about the immigration system. My boyfriend has been living in Michigan for 6 years and the court keeps putting his file on hold. He pays taxes has no criminal record and works. we are unable to get married because the court keeps putting him on hold.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  227. John in Atlanta

    Get rid of the H1B and L1 visa programs, Americans can't find jobs yet we allow foreigners the opportunity to compete against us, I'm sure the program had a need but that need has long past.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  228. Willie Gene Wynn

    When the President attempted to address all of those issues in his first few months everyone (including you and other press folk) said he was trying to do too much. All he was trying to do is address the problems that have been around for years (and generations) and prevent them from staying around for years (and generations) to come. But it appears that WE, the American people, have gotten so use to our elected representatives dragging their feet and putting off legislature that when someone comes along and begin to call them to task and demand that they do 'the people's work' we end up telling that individual to 'stand down'. Let's break away from the past and demand those fold tackle all of these issues and stop putting them off into the future. If we would take care of our problems now we wouldn't have to worry about what we are 'doing to our kids'. What would I like to see them do now? Their jobs! Just their jobs!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  229. Adan

    I want to see congress repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) policy. Now that we have given 32 million uninsured Americans, how about we end discrimination in this great country of ours, for which many sacrifice their life in silence due to this unjust and detrimental policy.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  230. Tony

    I would like to see Congress do something about Social Security. They keep saying it's boke but nobody is trying to fix it. The other thing they could do is put in term limits because none of them have done anything beyond their first term. The original intent of congress was to work for the American people, not for their own wallets. Disgusted with both parties in Massachusetts.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  231. margaret

    Immigration!!!! Maybe we will get some of our jobs back from undocumented workers. Make the laws stricker when it comes to Driver License. Last week I was in a car accident and the other driver couldnt speak english ( he said), so if that the case I argued then why are you driving? Every stop sign, every slow down sign is in English. Who allows these people to drive anyways. And who is hiring them?
    I think the employers should be fined heavly if they hire undocumented workers.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  232. Ann

    Jobs, jobs, jobs and extend unemployment benefits until we get jobs, jobs, jobs!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  233. Mickey LeRoy

    I would like to see Congress just get the job done--the Republicans refuse to participate in helping solve this country's problems. Like spoiled three year olds-they won't play unless they own all the marbles. And, watching them stand in front of a microphone losing those marbles is like watching "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" over and over and over. The Democrats whine and the Republicans act like they need a medication check. Makes it tough to show any respect for any of them. This country needs these people to govern-step away from the microphone and get to work!!!!! Mickey in Washington

    March 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  234. Susan

    Next? Let's take a moment to rejoice at this amazing Health Care reform victory for Pres. Obama and all the millions who will benefit including the "Tea Party" idiots already calling for reform. I am sure there is reform galore necessary to get this country wrestled away from corporate special interests. How about financial reform, energy reform, election reform, immigration reform, subsidy reform, for starters. For now, let's celebrate!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  235. Mia-IL

    The next thing I would like Congress to start working on and pass would be immigration reform. Immigrants are a vital part of the U.S. and something needs to be done to help them in their fight for legalization.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  236. Charlie Drumm


    After witnessing the process of passage of the Health Care Reform Legislation, I have absolutely no appetite to see the Congress take on any more Legislation this year. They are going to be preocupied with justifying their actions about Health Care to the Supreme Court, and the populous anyway.

    King Charles from New Jersey

    March 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  237. AL

    Do what they elected and getting paid for, if you guys ca not get it let me spell it out , make our lives easier. Sometimes Congress reminds me like a kindergarten full of kids foolish and pathetic. And they supposed to represent American people ? they can't even represent themselves properly....

    March 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  238. ro of la

    I think that the Republicans need to go home and take a long vacation because they only want to be there to say no to any legislation that the president is for. Since they are not going to do anything to move the country forward why be there. Let the Democrats do all the work. The democrats do not want the president and the country to fail.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  239. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    of course I do like your comparison :
    If you liken the passage of health care reform to a birth, the pregnancy was difficult and the labor and delivery were worse.

    but Jack, on this day allow me to add a dose of hope for future plans for Congress especially on jobs and other reforms....no pregnancy, no delivery and no child are ever the same! We always learn from our first pregnancy and delivery and it may not get easier because we always prepare to expect the unexpected on different issues but from experiences we get to know how to keep on going and limit the coming of any future stomach aches...!:)

    March 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  240. peter

    I would like them to deal with the jobs. obama does that after what he just did with health reform and he will go down in tne books as OBAMA THE GREAT!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  241. betsy

    the ECONOMY!we need jobs,jobs and more jobs!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  242. BigD GottaGoTell It, Minnesota

    Jack– Congress + Senate have to:

    1-EMPLOYMENT & Immigration
    3- ECONOMY +

    March 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  243. Thomas in Tampa, Fl

    It's not what anyone wants, it's a matter of priorities and jobs should be on the top of any member of congress list but as we all know they dont live our reality I'm sure they'll find something from their planet.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  244. Carolyn J.

    I'd like to see them get American jobs back from China and prevent more from going over there but quite frankly I don't think politicians from either the Republican or the Democratic party have enough guts to take this on. Their loyalty is no longer to the American people – it is to corporate America.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  245. Riverdivine

    Now that Congress has begun to address the healthcare of our people, Congress should address the healthcare of our Earth, Air, Water...which of course is integrally connected to the health of our people.

    In a word:
    Alternative ENERGY! Forget about drilling in Alaska.
    Lets MOVE on implementing Solar, Wind, and Sea- forms of energy which are free, abundant, and do no harm to our earth, or our people. We already have the technology. Why not enact legislation that offers true incentives to businesses, and jobs to individuals, and lets get going on our developing a green economy for our country.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  246. Nathan

    Focus on energy and infastructure over the next few months then move on to immigration. The U.S. needs to be on the leading edge implementing new/renewable energy plans. This will create jobs and secure our future. Immigration can wait a little bit I don't see them (the illegals) going anywhere for awhile. Finally, a plan for paying back the U.S. debt needs to be devised over the next couple of years. If only all of the above could be accomplished in a matter of a couple of years red states and blue states its like the bloods vs. crips no one wins!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  247. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Our change in the way we live in regards to energy and climate change would be the next monumental change for America.

    Cap and trade is the only way to drastically reduce unemployment as we must begin to lead in this manufacturing area, protect the environment, and begin to reduce the deficit. It will be a bitter pill to swallow, and will indeed increase energy costs, but does any other issue matter if there is not a planet in which to have issues?

    March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  248. Chuck

    Hello Mr. Caffert:

    Boy you sure know how to tantilize the viewers with you brand of questioning. Now that helath care is somewhat becoming a reality, immigration is even more complexed that health reform. Jesus said in the Gospel of Saint John 10:1 "illegal entry into any place or system is the behavior of theives and robbers." I ask "what do you consider those who illegally and unlawfully enter into another country to be?" The Obama Administration would be wise to leave immigration reform till his second term begins.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  249. Karen

    How about a very long vacation. Might as well start now..they will be done in November anyway ..good job Mr hope and change..maybe they won't mind sacrificing you when you run again? Much love..an independent

    March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  250. RT

    From W. Lebanon, NH:

    I think we need to focus on full time job creation, now that the health care bill has been passed. So many people are out of work, and, where it is good that there are some jobs out there, part time jobs aren't necessarily good jobs. They don't offer benefits- most of them- and pay less than what people make in unemployment benefits. We need to encourage people to go back to work by providing more full time employment, that offers benefits, instead of saying we are providing jobs when those jobs are only part-time, some seasonal, with no benefits.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  251. Donna Hill

    Take the rest of the year off WITHOUT pay, then they might finally understand the importance of job creation.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  252. Pat Southern CA

    Stop the war Wolf stop the war...to date over 6,000 are dead at the cost of over 900 trillion dollars. That would buy a lot of health care and bail out education shortfalls for generations. Seems they don't mind getting people killed but throw a fit when asked to save lives right here in the US.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  253. Gloria

    It really doesn't matter what he tackles next. The Repubs will see to it that it will take the rest of his Presidency to accomplish it. For the life of me I don't understand why there had to be so much back and forth on the Health Care Reform. Over two hundred of their suggestions were added but they still refused to vote "yes". No bill and I mean no bill is going to include everything that is wanted by a particular group. If the Repubs were so concerned about the "little" man, why didn't they do something when they had the chance. Thank you Mr. President for not being a "bought" man and have the backbone to stand up and try to accomplish what your were elected to do. If some people had "read" the platform he ran on and not just listened to what everyone else was telling them, they would realize that everything he is trying to tackle is what he "PROMISED" to do. GO MR.PRESIDENT

    March 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  254. steve- virginia beach

    Pass truth-in-campaigning and truth-in-legislation laws that mirror the truth-in-advertising laws. A truth-in-media law would be helpful as well.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  255. Bill Perdue

    Hi Jack, In all honesty I don't care what Congress does next – Congress will do what Congress will do!! BUT would you do the American public a favor by giving your buddy Wolf Blitzer a dictionary. That was he could check his script and get his word usage right. epitaph refers to deceased persons and only deceased persons. Thanks, it would really improve his image and by association yours. Bill

    March 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  256. david kean

    send all the illegals home by blocking any chance for employment and put all the proffessional free-loaders to work...no choice.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  257. Robert Mears

    Congress has to look at themselves in the mirror. The voters have been watching thru the window. They need to become a function of the government. Their behavior is beyond reason. You ask what they should do next?...NOTHING... This ideological self centered group of bimbos could not agree to how to get a jackass out of a brier patch!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  258. Albert Leonetti

    Congress must focus on the growing deficit and related deficit spending. I beleive that this is the single largest threat to the country. It is unacceptable for congress to pass a budget that increases the debt approx. $8.5 trillion over the next ten years. Each and every member of congress should be held accountabe for participating in addressing this issue now. Other than sound bites, I do not feel this issue receives the proper attention from the mainstream media. Every member of congress should be questioned on their plan to resolve.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  259. charley

    I would like to see Congress grow up and legalize marijuana. With all the killing going on at our southern boarder and the cost to the government and consumers as well...it's time for a change

    March 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  260. Ken

    Come on Jack, do you really think that Health Care has been the only focus of the President & Congress? You now have a very intelligent President who is capable of multitasking. Just because the media has only chosen to focus on the most volatile issue doesn't mean there hasn't been other work done. The war in Iraq is winding down, a job's bill was just passed, the economy has been a constant focus.
    This President & Congress has done more in 1 year then was done in the entire Bush years.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  261. maria, california

    They should secure the borders and enforce immigration laws! By doing so they would bring millions of jobs and billions of dollars back to the American people. Americans do not want Amnesty and are tired of supporting people who are here illegally. Let them go home and make their own countries better to live in. Get out of ours.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  262. Kyle in Wisconsin

    The next major issue Washington must focus on is job creation and enhancing the economy"s recovery. No questions asked. This topic affects every other single form of legislation in one way or another from immigration reform to relations in the middle east, honestly, so it must be addressed. I feel that the recently passed jobs bill will only create jobs where employers we're really on the fence, and the primary focus of law-makers should be bringing forward legislation that can spur hiring as well as overall consumer demand because both are necessary for a sustained recovery.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  263. Mike

    It seems the past few months has really solidified the impression that Washington is displaced from reality in America. They give themselves raises, lifetime benefits, exclude themselves from policies which others are under and seem to hold themselves above all the rest of us! What part of "they work for us" do they not understand? Can we just ask both sides to kindly exit and we'll elect more? Everything will simply be a standoff from here on out.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  264. Julie Cloud

    Dear Jack,
    I would love to see Congress get corporation money OUT of our political system and fix our voting system so that we can be sure that the true voice of the majority of American voters is heard.and that there are no more debaucles such as the one we saw when we as a nation voted Al Gore as President. Julie Cloud
    Illinois resident

    March 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  265. Ron Watson

    ***Move to a digital currency***

    In this modern age, why do we still print and circulate untraceable currency? We need to replace good old fashioned cash with deposit driven digital currency. All income, sales, transactions, taxes, and monitary transfers go across across either privately secured, or government supported debit cards and credit cards. Crime of all types would take a serious blow. The drug trade would collapse and the flow of money past our borders could be taxed and used to help pay for the system, crime prevention, and our new healthcare system.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  266. Ian S

    I would like to see congress continue thinking about the future. How can we as a nation insure our children inherit the best nation possible? Cut deficits once the economy is stable, incentivize saving (to increase national investment), and reinforce patriotic duty. We should make college more affordable and more appropriate. We should pay children to get As and high Bs in middle and high school. We should help children understand why education is important. I know my remarks aren't the most organized, but there is much the congress needs to address. (I'm from Nevada.)

    March 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  267. david ( seattle)

    write legislation to make the cruiselines pay the proper rates..$150.00 per passenger or no more cruiseline seasons.. right now we have to close our libraries becuz the propertytax gets raided by our corrupt port officials who built 4 terminals with foreign company labor due to travel junket coercion all so the banks can get paid thier 6% bond payments every month. and the international council of cruiselines..(mickey arison and lim kok thay of hong kong ) can get a tax subsidy for infrastructure business expenses our senators allow.. we need sober negotiators.. we are getting shaken down by the international maritime organization members spilling oil every year in u.s. waters and our federal judges (ricardo martineZ) allowing hong kong shipping off the hook becuz they claim they dont have3 to adhere to u.s. oil spill response laws becuz they are not u.s. citizens... blockade the unimak pass. takeover the i.m.o. flags of convenience undermining the 1st world

    March 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  268. Judy - California

    I would like to see the banks regulated more closely so we don't have a repeat performance of the sub prime mortgage episode. Also a little immigration reform would suit me just fine too.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  269. Jim

    Jack, the next thing Congress should take on is jobs creation. After that, there should be some serious regulation of the financial industry. Immigration reform should be on the back burner because Mr. Obama is the President of the United States and, by definition, immigration reform concerns people who are not U.S. citizens.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  270. R. Briano

    I have been illegal in this country for 19 years now, working since I was 16, paying taxes, Yes we illegals pay taxes, a lot, just like every one else. And I for one over my death body go back. I kind'a feel at home here you know?.
    So very please, just like I have work with you and for you for so many years tend me a hand and help me to get in the legal path... Please!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  271. Lyn

    It seems now that Congress needs to focus on the seriousness of illegal immagrents. We need to get a grip on this and bring our troops home, make our boarders safe with our troops, get more staff with in the "INS" and round up more illegals and their US born children and transport them back to Mexico. It is wrong that then come here have kids to use as a squaters rights status. This has got to STOP now. Our rights are compremissed. People who get visa's come here legal and obtain legal status the legal way. They are being disrespected by allowing illegal aliens to stay in the US. LETS GET ER DONE!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  272. Nick

    Congress needs to address reform on Wall Street. "Too Big To Fail" is an affront to a free market economy.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  273. Rene Ayers, Mableton, GA

    Hi Jack, we seem to be on a roll, I say lets go for immergration reform next. I'd like to see the debate on that issue. I like this F – the next election and let's get things done attitude.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  274. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Disband. Republicans made it clear from day one of the Obama Administration that there would be no bipartisanship. They do not want any part of any regulation on financial institutions, mining, water, or air standards, they'd like to see the end of the minimum wage, scrap the 40 hours work week along with all child labor laws. Do it the old school way, the was it was done in the 19th century.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  275. Earl

    Jobs are next! And don't expect any help from Republicans. They're too busy having a hissy fit over healthcare reform.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  276. Ron hanson

    After watching the house vote on CNN on Sunday, The Republican Party should be a shame of their party for not having one vote in favor of health care. This is a party that is suppose to have moral values and family values. They truly favor insurance companies and big business. Congress needs to go get jobs and get the economy going. Ron

    March 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  277. Andrew

    IMMIGRATION REFORM must be next on the agenda, we need to fix our broken system, secure our borders and take the people out of the shadows.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  278. Bob

    Now that they've damaged small business, big business, people who work, people who own stock, young people, old people, and almost every other category except unions and government employees, how about all of them resigning and being forced into the garbage that has just been forced upon the rest of us?

    However, the Pelosi/Reid/Obama triumvirate of big spenders certainly can't let it rest with only ONE trillion-dollar mistake, can they?

    March 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  279. Dee

    After one long year on one only bill they need to take one long vacation,come back after the elections. Maybe only at that time they will start working two three four bills at the time if ever they come back at all....

    March 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  280. Ted O' Fresno

    They need to stop making the other guy (depending on what letter is under thier name) the boggie man. The two parties working in Congress spend to much time telling us how bad the otherside is. Hearing 20 congress people from the same side recite the "talking points" of the day, tells me they are not working very hard. Doing that, requires them to not even think hard! Congress should do the work we hired them to do. If they campaign on there records, I don't think anybody should be re-elected.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  281. Jerry Nichols

    I would like to see the deficit addressed. The economy really can't recover as long as the deficit is increasing. The value of the US Dollar is in decline on the world market, caused by our increasing debt. William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt had the concept correct (They were Republicans). "Trickle down has never worked we've fallen into Recession each and every time we have tried it. Originally Income Tax was on the Wealthy and the Extremely Wealthy (with no tax on the working class. This stimulated the economy. Economies are driven by consumption and by nothing else. And, the rich get richer by fulfilling the needs of that consumption.
    Although, it would also be nice to stimulate research into some progressive technologies. It will avail nothing if we don't take steps to keep the production that results here in the United States. We're good at giving our wealth away.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  282. will

    We need to address the Israeli-Arab conflict. General Petraeus is right. This issue is of major importance for American security and strategic interest in the region. This dispute gives influence to Iran through it terror proxies Lebanese Hizbollah and Hamas. A credible peace process would further isolate Iran and help unite a front of Arab and Israelis against Iran. This issue is used as propaganda by Al Qaeda to gain support throughout the Arab world. The conflict also weakens more moderate Arab countries that are aligned with America because of the perceived bias for Israel in the conflict. The U.S. is never going to abandon Israel. It is in America's strategic interest to have a strong Israel. But it is also in America and Israel's interest to have an independent Palestine. As Mrs. Clinton said today demographics, ideologue, and technology do not make the status quo sustainable.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  283. Morlene Sanford

    Harmony would be nice.

    New Albany, OH

    March 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  284. Dave

    Do the best for the most!!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  285. Flyingwolf, Manchester NH

    In my personal opinion, I would like to see some legislation to allow non-oil based energy sources to flourish and allow some independence to home owners who are tired of seeing large corporations draining their resources for power and heating.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  286. michael

    Congress should work on health care reform for the US government. I think a great idea to save money from our budget is to get rid of health insurance for congressman and senators. Lets give them a $3000 tax credit and let them buy insurance in the private sector

    March 22, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  287. Keith H.

    I would like to see congress take on taxes, create a system that is less demanding on the middle class. But is fair to all within this country, I tired of working to assume that one day it will trickle down. I have been waiting for this so called trickle down B/S for the past 25 years.

    Stop crying about cost of this health bill, where were you when we comitted $10,000,000,000.00 per month for this war. Where were you regarding spending to create Home land Security and the cost to support it. Just stop crying and get back to work.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  288. William Niblo

    Energy, Energy, Energy

    March 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  289. jim Blevins

    Obviously, jobs are the priority, but with the stimulus and the most recent jobs bill, I don't know what more can be done. However, eliminating the root cause of the "great Recession" is work that badly needs doing. An appropriate set of laws are needed to prevent the bankers from again creating such a problem.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    March 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  290. Veronica, California

    Well I am awfully lonessome for a job, I was layed off in july 08. In order to keep my house I have taken in some boarders. One is a single dad and is a realitor and is looking for the banks to release property so he can start selling, the other is a student @ uc Riverside and he would like not to worry about not getting his required classes and my last boarder who is a retiree would like medicade to be accepted by more doctors. We all would like to see all our troops come home. And we all would like to see Congress multitask, there is so much to do!

    March 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  291. Peter, Mandeville, LA

    I would like to see the members of Congress work together, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as Americans. The bitterness and bipartisan anger is without precedent in this century, perhaps harkening back to 1860 when Abraham Lincoln was elected President. And look what happened the next year.........................

    March 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  292. steve- virginia beach

    Actual immigration and homeland security reform- mandatory eVerify combined with cross-referencing IRS and Social Security databases when employers hire. Managed immigration based on our ability to support it with jobs, healthcare, etc. And mandatory demonstration of status- citizenship or legal presence to get driver's licenses or DMV IDs with status noted on the ID.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  293. Gablic -Accra,Ghana

    Jack.. "A word to a wise it's enough" Middle class parents and children are distressed, if Democrats can survived through this ugly hateful and commonsensical debate then they really know what is next for America.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  294. dustycowboy

    I am retired, but JOBS, JOBS, and more JOBS for those who need the; rebuilding our infrastructure; then energy independance, evironmental concerns, resolution to foreign wars, tax simplification reform.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  295. madina

    In my 16 year nursing career I've come in contact with several hundred uninsured patients- across all age groups, who have suffered severe consequences as a result of a lack of preventative care- if you could only see their faces when they found out the their conditions could have been prevented. No one should have to go through that in the United States of America.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  296. Bruce - Delaware

    Put the dollar on gold backing – dissolve the Federal Reserve – make peace with the Arab countries – stop Israel's punitive genocide against Palestine – ban the disaster of ethanol – immediate disclosure of all UFO treaties and technology – permit free energy to be produced without killing the inventors – make the Neocons declare themselves as a separate party – ban second terms for all elected positions in the US ...

    March 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  297. Andres Saenz

    1. Withdraw our troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. We've lost thousands of our brave men and women in uniform, and not to mention hundreds of billions of dollars since 2003. Let the Iraqi and Afghan governments exercise some of their own sovereignty in their own country, we need to stop babysitting them.

    2. Reduce the corporate tax so that companies can retain jobs and be encouraged to hire more people, so that we can end this recession once and for all.

    3. Find a way to reduce our national debt and our federal budget deficit without borrowing money from foreign countries like China.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  298. T Lane

    Education. If we continue to disregard the education and well being of our nations children, the world will suffer. Education is key in developing responsible, intelligent, and capable citizens for both the survival and enrichment of this country. Every single child born in the U.S. deserves a quality education. Watching the news daily is a clear indication of where we our headed politically, financially, morally, and spiritually, because of our inability to teach our children how to be responsible, productive adults. We are a nation that has left our children unsupported and unprotected. If we are appalled by adults behaving badly in this decade, we can only expect this bad behavior to get worse in decades to come. As a result of our nations many dysfunctional education systems, our communities will continue to decline. Unless education becomes a priority, we can only expect our children to reach adulthood, uneducated and ill equipped to be of service to their families, communities, and society.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  299. Daniel B.


    Congress is dysfunctional and the best thing would be to address that issue.

    It is lazy to say that say that congress is dysfunctional because of bad leadership or a lack of integrity among congressmen. The problem is more systemic: instead of developing relationships across the aisle, congressmen must constantly campaign and beg for money. This process rewards the hyperpolarizing candidate and punishes those who are willing to compromise. The solution is that the government should finance all campaigns.

    But since the problem is boring and does not involve the marginally insane screaming at each other on TV, we can expect more of the same.

    March 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  300. kelly

    Congress should tackle what will be the demise of our country. We spend more on oil, electricity, and natural gas a month then medical insurance. At least the medical industry provides well paying jobs, whereas Wall Street and oil executives make all the money! We have one oil company in the US, where is the competition and fair trade?

    March 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm |