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August 10th, 2011
05:38 AM ET

Talkback: Should President Obama call Congress back to deal with the budget?

Following months of bitter negotiation over raising the debt ceiling, Congress has been on vacation since reaching an eleventh hour agreement on legislation in early August.

Since then, America's credit rating has been downgraded by Standard & Poor's and the stock market has taken a beating, prompting lawmakers from both side of the aisle to urge Congress to return to work on Capitol Hill.

Talkback: Should President Obama call Congress back to deal with the budget?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on today's broadcast.

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  1. Mitchell

    Golf, constant fund raiseing events, flying here, flying there, giving speeches that mean nothing, vacation after vacation, etc., etc. When would this great leader find time to call congress back to Washington.

    August 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  2. Geronimo

    Hell no! Congress would further severely damage the U.S. and only blame others while taking no responsibility for their destructive agenda of "my way are the highway" . The American people need to vote these dum idiots out of Congress and give them a permanent vacation!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  3. Roberto

    Absolutely NOT!! Keeping Congress away from Washington is the only way to limit the damage they do to the country.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • Steve

      Yes call them back. It is absurd to think that after this debacle of failed congressional leadership they would get the opportunity to "get a break". The Dems have lost their voice of the people and the Republicans have allowed their party to be taken over by a minority of loud talking "quasi-economic terrorists". The winners in this "trash" is Wall Street, Corporations and the ultra-rich. The losers are the 90% of us "other" americans who have no lobbyists.

      August 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  4. Larry

    Of course, these fools should be called back into session. Their "solutuion" accomplished nothing. The problem is still with us. The so called super committee will not decide anaything. After all, some of them will be up for election nest year.

    August 10, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  5. Gary Fader

    Congress ,AGAIN, displayed its lack of responsibility to do America's work when they closed down for vacation after creating the current crisis.The President should not have to call back our officials we elected to represent us in Washington to take care of America's problems. If the congess does not go back on it's own, then the American people need to make better decisions at election time. If the President is forced to call them back,he should do it.It is a growing problem for millions of citizens evey minute and the critical nature of the situation demands attention now!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:59 am |
  6. Bill

    Am I missing something??? At this time the deficit arguing is only making our economy worse.
    I care about JOBS JOBS JOBS!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  7. Dan Geho

    I think the President should call Congress back into session immediately. A few ground rules and a proposed agenda: RULES: 1. Arrest and prosecute Grover Norquist for blackmailing members of Congress. 2. Sensure any member of Congress who signed his pledge, which is an abdication of their duties to fairly represent all America instead of special interests. 3. Use common sense (I mean good sense because it seems to be uncommon.) to do what's good for both business and middle America. 4. Absolutely NO contact between legislators and lobbyists. AGENDA: a. Good sense easing of regulations which unnecessarily inhibit investments and hiring. b. Continued tax relief for the middle class. c. Incentives for business to bring jobs back to America and regain our dominance as a manufacturing power. d. Close loopholes and develop a simple and fair tax structure.
    Stewartstown, PA

    August 10, 2011 at 7:51 am |
    • Edward

      Absolutely after letting them have a small amount if time to hear what their locals tell them.
      The outrageous Wallstreet swings this week are a result if the failure to negotiate seriously about the debt sbd the fact that we have a world wide economy. To portray members for political advantage and tea party sound bytes is outrageous and part of the problem. We need solutions not criticism or blame. No absolute statements. Congress has too many perks such as the sweet deal pension most Americans would love to also share. I would make them work for a pay they really earn. No perks that all Americans do not a,so share, I think they act like a bouncy if uneducated power hungry fools. Bring in experts in economics. Fix the broken health care system. Give us all a health plan we can be proud of. Everyone knows Medicare if filled with fraud. No reason why we need a Medicare system, va or plan could be done if it I done right. Most people without HMOs have outrageous deductibles, problems getting name brand medications or competent new doctors because of the crazy managed plan laws. Yet shy are profits up for Health Insurance companies and their CEO.'s? Can't believe the supposedly richest country in the free world doesn't believe I can discern a way to give citizens free quality health care.


      August 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  8. Barb

    I'm still shaking my head in disbelief that they had the audacity to leave with the FAA in such dire straits. It's like they are completely out of touch with any kind of reality. We have a boatload of ignorant "Tea Party" freshmen who have no idea how Washington works. It's like watching toddlers screaming in a playroom. , personally, am quite weary of the lot of them. I can't believe I ever shared the beliefs of Republicans or Democrats!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:47 am |
  9. Terry Clark

    Our state legislature is in session for 60 days every 2 years. The common sentiment is that it should meet for 2 days every 60 years. The same is true for our federal lawmakers. Americans are better off when congress is NOT in session. Please do not call those buffoons back from their vacation.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  10. IL

    No. They need to rest their minds and Egos. They are not little people playing a video game. They need to remember they've beem emtrusted with the lives of people. This is not a game. The people have probably made some unreasonable demands; they have made some unreasonable promises. Make some mind changes and say why. We're in this together and Congress has been entrusted to make adult, life enhancing, life saving decisions. Come back with a new mind set for the people. Don't worry about being re-elected; you will be if you're responsible.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:39 am |
  11. JG

    Not only does the President should call Congress back to work; there needs to be deadlines on each and every area that these so called Congressmen needs to work on. Nor only are they not deserving of a five week break (cut it down to two three weeks, like the rest of us); and Congress should start by taking a paycut for lousy performance.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  12. Rodney Klein

    Absolutely. Aside from taking off 5 weeks, this Country is in a major tail spin. We have so many issues to address- from the budget deficit to social issues, not to mention estate taxes that sunset at the end of 2012. DONT leave it to the last minute- put together an agenda and get these matters addressed. This is not a Republican V. Democrat issue- it is about us- the United States! Bring them back to DC!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:28 am |
  13. Rayme

    Without delay! The crisis is not just economic and unemployment, it is a cancer on the American psyche. Congress could not, or would not, take care of the country's business during their regular session. The President should demonstrate leadership by calling them back; rolling up his sleeves alongside our elected officials; and telling them this is a time when we need a Manhattan Project style of brainstorming to develop viable short and long term solutions. Cancel the bus tour. Insist all elected officials participate. Get something done NOW!!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:26 am |
  14. Name*Lg beckner

    Of course! Being the laughing stock of the rest of the world already, Congress on vaca is just more fodder for jokes about our inept system! WHERE IS THE LEADERSHIP???? ON VACATION!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:25 am |
  15. Bill

    Am I missing something??? At this time the deficit arguing is only making our economy worse. I care about JOBS JOBS JOBS!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  16. Clay

    Yes, congress should be called back.......then fired!!!

    The cuts should start with a 20% pay cut of congress with a freeze on their salary increases! And what's up with congress getting a lifetime of supreme health benefits for free courtesy of the tax payer?!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 7:23 am |
  17. Chris Yoda

    Congress is barely in session 1 of 3 days as it is. During a crisis could you please bring your multi-million dollar a$$e$ back to Washington, and ACT as if you care at all for this country. I'm sure those who put you ALL in office will appreciate it. TY

    August 10, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  18. Travis

    Of course he needs to, I am not allowed to leave work for a vacation when work NEEDS to be done, now if we were in the fabled and seemingly lost black ink, then sure vacations are wonderful. But till then, no vacation for the

    August 10, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  19. William

    As somebody who has been laid off five times in twenty years, I have done whatever it takes to find employment. I have also remained faithful in paying my taxes and obligations.
    I think American government should also follow that model and be diligent about finding a solution to this enormous economic crisis.
    Those of you in power are supposed to represent the people, not just your own interests and pocketbook.
    Please stop pulling the financial rug out from under America.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:21 am |
  20. Jim Murry

    It would simply be viewed as another political move by the President against the Republicans. If they did come back they would just continue to bicker and would accomplish nothing. Let them cool down, get back in touch with their constituents and come back to Washington with some productive goals in mind. While they are gone the President should create an advisory panel made up of business leaders and top economic professors from every top university to prepare a real non partisan plan to solve this U.S. economic problems. The lawyers in Congress are incapable of creating anything that goes beyond what their "party" wants.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:09 am |
  21. joe

    Most of the corperations in this country are 24 hour operations. Why not government. At most jobs the work dosnt stop until the job is finished. Mayby the rest of us should just follow the leader and take the next five weeks off to. As a matter of fact,everytime the president or any member of gov takes a vacation we all should take one what's good for the goose is also good for the gander.

    August 10, 2011 at 7:06 am |
  22. vgirl1

    Anyone ever hear of Separation of Powers in the Constitution? A better question would be," Should the President call on Boehner and Reid to call back the Congress". They are the only ones with the authority to do so.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  23. Mark

    Yes. World economies will not recover until America has confidence in its leadership and its long-term economic plan. Lock the doors, no press conferences, and don't come out until you have a fix. Get on board or get out.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  24. Chris Urban

    What's the difference between our federal and state government and a street gang? Both have their crooked leaders, both take money for protection, both take bribes, both flap their lips about nonsense while real issues are not being dealt with.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:32 am |
  25. michael from miami

    Yes he should! Most American can't afford a vaction, and in the mist of our economic crisis concress takes a break. Wow! Even if the president was unable to do so. Congress should volunteer to comback on their own. They must be exaulsted formall of their bickering!!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  26. John Langer

    They should be called back and all Income and Bennifits should be suspended until they resolve the issues. Let them feel the pain we do. They are there to Govern no Bicker.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  27. michael a cooks

    Yes he should! Most American can't afford a vaction, and in the mist of our economic crisis concress takes a break. Wow! Even if the president was unable to do so. Congress should volunteer to comback on their own. They must be exaulsted formall of their bickering!!!!!!

    August 10, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  28. Gary Hanzak

    The president could learn a lot from David Cameron's book on how to deal with a crisis. In response to the British riots, Mr. Cameron returned from vacation and recalled Parliament immediately to address the civil unrest. Mr. Obama needs to demonstrate a higher level of leadership and quit trying to appease all quarters and deal with the credit mess and address the American need for jobs.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  29. Dan M


    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  30. Johnny J.

    I'm not sure any of us want to see their disgusting faces anytime soon. If I see Eric Cantor's arrogant smirk, Harry Reid's mousy demeanor, John Boehner's impotent leadership or Dick Durbin's meaningless optimism it will be way too soon. Obama should do what he should have done during the debt ceiling talks – invoke executive power and just make things happen himself since Congress appears to be totally inept at accomplishing anything. Let Congress take a long, long, long in forever.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  31. Bouba

    Oh yeah ...Mr President you got to call this lazy officials to get back to work ASAP i think they are showing no concern about what is happening in the country i am paying there salary with my tax money they better get back to washington...

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  32. Dan M

    Yes, Congress should be called back to deal with the nations woes. And they should be put on paid leave of absence until they do their jobs. We in the public section would be fired from our jobs for such lack luster performance. Why are they any different ? Heck, take away their premium reserved parking spaces too for punishment like parents should trreat a bad children.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  33. James A.

    There is just too much talking about everything...... Yes they should be called back,,,,never should have left with so much to do.99ers need help too,does anyone even care ??????/

    August 10, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  34. Stephan L

    Absolutely, I believe that our politicians forgot the reasons why they were elected and lost focus on what this country was, is and will (should) be. When a company is in crisis, you don't see management take vacation. They make decisions, sometimes not always good for everyone involve. Congress must cancel vacations, leave their ego and personal agenda at the door and work together as a whole. (Wishful thinking I guess)

    Now it's time for them to adopt the famous world of JFK "Don't ask what your country can do for you, but what you (congress) can do for your country.


    August 10, 2011 at 6:21 am |
  35. david johnson

    I think that the president should call congress back to washington. i for one am tired of watching congress set back and watch the economy fall apart because of politics. go back to washington and work together. for a change do what we pay you to do.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  36. tobaccoroadsenior

    Unfortunately for Obama he's doing the same as he's done since taking office, NOTHING!
    Yes, Yes, Yes, he needs to recall them, address congress in a joint session, lay out what he expects in no uncertain terms and demand they get it done, NOW.
    Semper Fi

    August 10, 2011 at 6:20 am |
  37. Frankie

    It's extremely funny that Michelle Bachmann wants President Obama to call the Congress back, like that would get her off the constant campaign trail and get her to do some actual legislating.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  38. TJ

    Absolutely! Why should our elected officials get to take a MONTH off when the average American who actually has a job is working longer and harder for less pay. We all know they won't have a deal without tons of fighting, might as well get them started now.

    August 10, 2011 at 6:12 am |