by William Teach | September 22, 2011 7:39 am
There was a vote Wednesday on a temporary spending bill, and the narrative is that John Boehner has lost control of Conservative Republicans and Democrats are now in control of the process. How about the narrative that Democrats are so spending drunk that they cannot even cut a measly $1 billion?
The House stunned Republican leaders Wednesday by rejecting a temporary spending bill that would have funded the government through Nov. 18.
The vote failed, 195-230, after Democrats pulled their support for the bill and Republican leaders were forced to scramble for enough votes entirely within their own ranks. Four dozen conservatives voted against the bill because it left spending levels for 2012 higher than the cap set in the House GOP budget.
The defeat hands leverage to congressional Democrats in a dispute over federal disaster funding. Democratic leaders objected to a GOP provision cutting funding from a Department of Energy manufacturing loan program to offset additional money for disaster relief.
The House was already on a collision course with the Senate over the level of funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The House bill included $3.65 billion for FEMA, with about $1 billion of that money offset by a cut to an energy program supporting loans for the production of fuel-efficient cars. The Senate had already approved $6.9 billion in disaster relief, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had vowed to try to amend the House bill to match that level.
That’s right, Democrats objected to $1 billion in cuts for fuel efficient cars. They say it creates all sorts of private sector jobs through subsidies to car manufacturers. And, it probably does at least save some. But, why is the government propping up private companies in the first place? Especially car companies, which should be able to afford developing advanced technology themselves.
“I have serious objections to the pay-for in this legislation,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said. “I have a bigger objection that we would have to pay for disasters. We never paid for the tax cuts for the rich, they never were paid for. We never paid for the wars in Afghanistan in Iraq, they were never paid for.”
And the cat’s out of the bag: Nancy Pelosi goes full liberal and exposes that she is against the Afghanistan war, after we were, you know, attacked by Islamic terrorists. Oh, and then there’s this
Republicans also disputed the Democratic opposition to offsetting disaster aid, saying it had been done several times previously, including when Pelosi was Speaker of the House.
So, she’s done it before. But, the GOP now has the House, so, she must demagogue.
Anyhow, there is apparently $4 billion left in a fund for giving subsidies to car manufacturers. But, a $1 billion cut? Obviously that means the world is ending. What cuts would the Democrats approve of if they vote against a bill over $1 billion?
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