One more thing I don't understand, if you can share, how was the bill introduced directly into the senate, from what it sounds like?http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/1...n_1005900.html
Edit: OK... from what I gather, in the US system, you can introduce a bill in the Senate, it need not be passed in the lower house first unlike Westminster-based systems. As long as both houses pass it, then the President signs it into law.
So in this case, It looks like Obama played the populist card by introducing it directly into the Senate, to demonstrate the Democrats backed it fully but showing the Republicans are "sabotaging" America. He knew if he introduced it into the House of Reps it would die straight away.
So much for the "You should pass this bill" speech.
Things are getting funky. And not in a good way.
With cloture, essentially the Republicans control the Senate and hence can block any bills. Top this off with a Republican-controlled House Of Reps and things are going to be very, very hard for Obama. This is only going to get worse.