While President Obama is moving quickly to do what he can to revive the American economy, congress continues to stall around with confirming his economic and state department staff over tax and other background investigation matters. It is very difficult for the Obama Administration to operate with so few key staff members in place to work on the economy and foreign policy, yet has managed much action on a number of important areas including the economy, health care reform and sending Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton out on foreign policy visits to world capitols.
Congress needs to understand that the American public is hurting and needs to speed up the confirmation process so that the Obama Administration can have more staff to deal with the economy and also foreign policy matters. This is a critical need.
The fact of the matter is that Timothy Geithner has sometimes almost looked a little foolish some days, and this is largely because he doesn't have much staff in place because of the slow action by congress to have all of the important background materials to research every major economic issue. And Secretary Of State Clinton also looked a little awkward as well on her first visit overseas because most of her key staff haven't been confirmed by congress yet. In fact, Timothy Geitner is largely on his own on many matters because he has so few staffers.
The American public expects action from this new administration. Congress needs to give President Obama the staff he needs to do the job.
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