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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - John Feehery
Nearly halfway through his ballyhooed "year of action," President Obama isn't getting much traction.
If President Obama thought 2013 was an unproductive year for his agenda in Congress, he probably will enjoy 2014 even less.
President Obama got most of what he wanted Wednesday in the short-term deal to reopen the government and raise the nation's borrowing limit, but the shutdown confrontation showed that the Republican "fever" against him is still running high.
With his job-approval numbers plummeting, President Obama is trying to reclaim the advantage in Washington by convincing the public that congressional Republicans are obsessed with "phony" scandals such as Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service at the expense of economic progress.
"He provides adult leadership," Mr. Feehery said.
Republican strategist and lobbyist John Feehery, who worked for former Speaker Dennis Hastert, Illinois Republican, said Mr.