FilAm Republicans call on Obama to bridge gap between parties

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 17, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO – The political bickering between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans has certainly had an impact on how things are run in Washington. A deal may have been struck between lawmakers, 16 days after the government was partially shut down, but their differences have taken a toll on the country.

President Obama signed a bipartisan deal approved by Congress last night, which will finance the government through mid-January and raise the debt ceiling through early February.

The shutdown though took $24 billion out of the U.S. economy and furloughed about 800,000 workers.

“These last few weeks have inflicted completely unnecessary damage on our economy,” said President Obama in a speech in the nation’s capital today. “We don’t know yet the full scope of the damage, but every analyst out there believes it’s slowed our growth,”

He said if Republicans badly wish to change his policies, they should win an election. But the GOP may have a harder time winning votes this time around. A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that a new high of 74% of Americans disapprove of the way Republicans handled the budget crisis.

Filipino-American Republican leader Charito Benipayo fears this anti-GOP sentiment could hurt them in the next election. “I just hope not,” she said. “But there might be some effect. We cannot say.”

But she pointed out that President Obama was as much to blame for the standoff in congress.

“One word to define him — is stubborn,” she said. “But I wish the Republicans would soften up on him.”

Another Filipino-American Republican leader Nimfa Gamez said that for this crisis not to happen again, President Obama needs to take the lead and bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans.

“It just doesn’t fall on one party in particular,” she said. “It falls on the leader. That’s why he was made a leader—to oversee both parties.”

She said, now that a deal has been reached to temporarily fix the budget, both sides—under the president’s leadership—should find long-term solutions to the crisis.

“They should really sit down and talk to come up with solutions,” she said. “We cannot just keep going on like this…where we keep raising our debt ceiling.”

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  • Roy
    18 October 2013 at 12:03 am - Reply

    Obama got what he want on debt ceiling deal. Sen Mitch McConnell GOP minority floor leader, sold out his party and received $2Billion earmark(pork barrel) for his home state Kansas. At $7Trillion debt, the future of our children is already mortgage to pay the bills.Over $ 7 Trillion debt, the future of our unborn grandchildren will pay the debt… Hindi pa sila napapa-nganak may obligation na silang babayaran dahil sa mga Democrat Party control of the Senate….Hoy… gumising na kayo….

  • Jorge Buesa
    18 October 2013 at 8:32 am - Reply

    I don’t think this clowns will be around next time ? Don’t vote for this clowns.

  • Delia
    18 October 2013 at 11:25 am - Reply

    Every single time politicians meet in the halls of power to make laws, they are not interested in anything except how they can get more money, assert more control, and invade the privacy and personal lives of American citizens. Especially the citizens who oppose them.

  • Tonya
    21 October 2013 at 10:03 am - Reply

    First of all, Balitang America NEEDS to play a level playing field in the area of news coverage of BOTH parties. You are pro-Democraps, if you are not aware of it. You feature videos of pro-Obummer in your interviews even on Isyus where the results lean towards anti-administration. You are becomming like the MSNBC, ABC and CNN media whose top officials are tied to high ranking White House, as brother/husband/ relatives. Add to this the print media like Washington Post, now also owned by a Obummr big donor.

    The Executive and Legislative branches are now actually 2 against one – the legislative being a split between the majority Democraps SENATE let by Reid and the majority Republican House led by Boehner. It is quite clear to the GOP that Boehner and Cantor, and McCain, McConnell in the Senate needs to be replaced by more conservatives in both Senate and House – these 4 GOPs have become RINOs (sad to say, but their actions speak louder than their words)

    Obummer IS a community organizer and he may not fully understand the meaning of LEADERSHIP and NEGOTIATE, , , , as he is so full of himself.