How the GOP tried and failed to make Obama a "one term president"

July 9, 2013
By Seth Maloney | 3 comments

In the first 6 months of Obama's 2nd term, GOP obstruction has only allowed 15 bills to come to his desk for signing. When Reagan and Nixon had a split congress, they each had 60 or more in the same amount of time. 

But in Obama's first term, a few might remember that the GOP's goal was to make him a one term president. From 2009-2013, here are a few of the standout filibusters that took place:

  • H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness Act
  • H.R. 448 - Elder Abuse Victims Act
  • H.R. 466 - Wounded Veteran Job Security Act
  • H.R. 515 - Radioactive Import Deterrence Act
  • H.R. 549 - National Bombing Prevention Act
  • H.R. 577 - Vision Care for Kids Act
  • H.R. 626 - Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act
  • H.R. 1029 - Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act
  • H.R. 1168 - Veterans Retraining Act
  • H.R. 1171 - Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization
  • H.R. 1293 - Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act
  • H.R. 1429 - Stop AIDS in Prison Act
  • H.R. 5281 - DREAM Act

  • S. 3985 - Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act
  • S. 3816 - Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act
  • S. 3369 - A bill to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs, and other entities
  • S. 2237 - Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act
  • S. 2343 - Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act
  • S. 1660 - American Jobs Act of 2011
  • S. 3457 - Veterans Jobs Corps Act


The GOP's use of the filibuster has taken on a new meaning than even 10 years ago. Its "proliferation," so to say, has been extremely obstructionist and in the cases listed above, used to force Obama to be a one term president. 

These policies have made the GOP a much different party than it was in years past, and where many Senators might go to Washington with the same passion that Mr. Smith did, thinking the filibuster could change minds and move hearts, those days are gone.  



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It's been some time now since I've seen the congress so polarized. It gotten so bad that I'm losing interest in anything they have to say. The Republicans seem to have one interest and that is to obstruct at any cost and stand against any good works our president is trying to accomplish for the betterment of all Americans. It's frustrating as a citizen to witness such dislike and hatred and I think it's high time that the Republicans are removed from establishing any majority in either house for a long period of time. So, let make it happen! Thank you, P. DuCre

Peter DuCre

It is extremely frustrating to watch a bigoted, racially motivated congress act so carelessly and so thoughtlessly regarding their constituents just to further their agenda which is to destroy the middle class.

Toni Nash

Shame on the GOP! They have collectively stolen from the American people opportunities galore. They have taken job opportunities from veterans as well as from civilians. They have taken tax breaks from small businesses, help for senior citizens, for heavens sake read the list, look what these people have taken from all of us. It isn't only about what they have denied the people of this country, but they have taken away the possibilities, the things this president could have accomplished. I believe Barack Obama is a great man, he may have been a great president too, we will never know because of what these people have done. Take a good look at what he has accomplished even having to fight every step of the way. Shame on the GOP, what might they have accomplished working together!

Janet Gilberti
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