In the best of cases, the differences are worked out, voted upon by the entire Congress and forwarded to the president for signature or veto. Unfortunately, some bills never make it to the floor of the Senate or House because the Senate majority leader or speaker of the House controls the calendar and decides which bills will make it to the floor for debate.
To date, many of the bills President Obama attributes to being part of the stalemate never have been scheduled for debate in the Senate by Reid. More than 160 bills have been sent by the House to the Senate that Reid has refused to act upon. Many were potential solutions to stemming runaway spending, immigration reforms and modifications to our health care crisis.
So instead of bypassing Congress, President Obama should prompt Reid to stop the gridlock and allow the bills to proceed so healthy debate, compromise and cooperation can be conducted as intended.