*Is President Obama too much of a loner for legislators in Washington? Well, if you believe a new report from the AP that’s exactly the case.
They point to the situation where Obama is requesting billions to deal with migrant children streaming across the border, but lawmakers – both Republicans and Democrats – complain that after six years in being in power, the White House is clueless when comes to working with Congress.
Top GOP leaders got no notice of the $3.7 billion emergency request. The administration sent contradictory messages about what it wanted to deal with the border crisis. And as the proposal drew fierce criticism, the White House made few overtures to lawmakers in either party to rally support.
House and Senate lawmakers in both parties plus several senior congressional aides said this past week that the handling of the proposal by Obama and the White House is emblematic of the administration’s rocky relationship with Congress: an ad hoc approach that shuns appeals to opponents and doesn’t reward allies.
Combined with a divided Congress — GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate — and election-year maneuvering, neither basic nor crisis-driven legislation is getting done.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., described the lack of communication between the White House and Congress as “stunning.” He said he first learned many details of Obama’s border request from news reports.
You can get the rest of this AP report at MSN News.