Debt Ceiling Fight Already Over
What’s the point? I mean, when the GOP can’t even cut pork out of a spending increase bill disguised as a relief bill. This should have been easy. Approve relief funding, dump the pork. Instead members of the GOP side with DEMS and help them pass the pork. As one article said, this is the new voting block. Obama looks at this and KNOWS they have no back bone to cut spending when they won’t lift a finger to prevent NEW wasteful spending. And what is going on the Paul Ryan these days? Did his calculator break while he was on the campaign trail? This is a disgrace. We continue to borrow from future generations to spend money we don’t have.
WHEN DID GOVERNMENT BECOME THE ONLY ENTITY AND OPTION? WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR. CHANGE THE DEBATE.
Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) sponsored an amendment that would have administered a 1.63% cut to discretionary programs to fund the $17 billion baseline bill. “The time has come and gone in this nation where we can walk in here one day and spend nine or 17 or 60 billion dollars and not think about who’s paying for it,” said Rep. Mulvaney.
However, the measure was defeated 162-258. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) voted against the Mulvaney amendment; Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) voted for it. Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Hal Rogers (R-KY) blasted the effort to offset spending, saying it would involve “devastating slash and burn cuts” that would “totally discriminate, cutting the good and the bad.”
On top of the $17 billion bill, Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) offered another amendment that added $33.7 billion to the aid package. That measure passed 228-192, with 20 Republicans from unaffected areas voting for it. As Human Events notes, the Frelinghuysen amendment was loaded with superfluous spending, including “$500 million for weather forecasting and to help create an ocean zoning plan–the later one of Obama’s pet projects. Also included are $10 million for FBI salaries $2 billion for road construction across the country, as well as funding for the Head Start program, roof repairs at the Smithsonian, and $150 million for fisheries across the country.”