Remind me again why electing Republicans is preferable to electing Democrats?
Remember when the GOP told us that they couldn’t do anything to stop Obama because they only controlled the House. Now if they only had the Senate, they could take control of the bad policies and decisions Obama is making.
So we did that. We strengthened the Republican majority in the House and gave them a pretty sizable majority in the Senate.
And then they decided to deal with major issues during the lame duck session where they caved in to Harry Reid and Barack Obama on every dime and fully funded everything until September 2015 except Homeland Security which only got a couple months of funding. Remember?
At the time National Review wrote:
Republican leadership’s refusal to kill programs like the Ex-Im Bank or farm subsidies when they had a chance, their resurrections of crony tax breaks (including roughly $9 billion of green-energy ones), the likelihood that they’re still going to reauthorize the federal Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (“TRIA”) during the lame duck, the fact that the omnibus includes a one-year reauthorization of the Overseas Private Investment Corp, a federal agency that subsidizes wealthy U.S. companies investing in foreign countries . . . they’re all the signs I need that this Republican Congress is getting ready for business as usual.
The bad news began when they decided to go with an omnibus bill (that Democrats like, or were supposed to like), rather than a long-term CR, and to rush ahead with it before citizens and members have any time to read the thing – in spite of promises by Speaker Boehner that he wouldn’t do that. The signs all point to massive disappointments to come for those of us who believe in small government. Well, unless you consider the renewed eligibility of white potatoes under the WIC program to be the kind of victory conservatives have been waiting for.
An omnibus bill always guarantees a spending bill bloated with goodies.
Peter Suderman has a short list:
Naturally, with so much money in play, the bloated bill is packed full of goodies—or, as Sen. John McCain put it, it’s “jammed full of shit.” You can see for yourself by perusing the Senate Appropriations Committee summary: $25 million for “school meal equipment grants,” $1.7 billion in “water and waste loans and grants,” a $37 million increase in funding for the Food and Drug Administration, $6.1 billion in ownership and operating loans to farmers, $871 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection service (an increase of $49 million), an $81 million increase in FBI salaries and a $21 million pay bump at the Drug Enforcement Agency, $7 million in new anti-heroin funding, $3.2 billion to improve federal weather prediction, $141 million for a “next generation computing” program at the Department of Energy, a $53 million bump—up to $2.61 billion—for the National Park Service.
No wonder Harry Reid sees the cromnibus as a victory.
But not to worry. The Republicans promised to stop Obama’s illegal amnesty after they take over in January. With the House AND the Senate we can stop Obama and his illegal amnesty dead in their tracks. That was the time and place to have the fight, not on the whole budget. Wouldn’t want to incontinence any government workers.
So the House did it’s job. In spite of Boehner, they passed a bill to fund Homeland Security and prohibited the Department from spending a dime on illegal amnesty. And they sent that bill over to the Senate where Democrats took up the new role of obstructionists. They went full on filibuster rather than send a funding bill to Obama to sign that defunded amnesty. Because Obama and the Democrats would have a hard time selling the public that somehow Obama’s veto wasn’t what shut down Homeland Security, the Republicans did by not funding illegal amnesty.
And when you add to it the fact that only 15% of Homeland would actually shut down, because 85% of the department is considered essential, this was a shutdown that no one would notice except the illegals Obama has been enticing to the land of the opportunity to lay back in a hammock and let someone else work. Or just borrow the money. What the heck.
Now Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had several options. He could have done what Harry Reid did and changed the rules to allow a filibuster to be ended by a simple majority. But, no. He didn’t do that. So from now on, whenever Democrats control the Senate, Republicans are not allowed to use the filibuster, but Democrats can.
Or he could have brought the bill from the House up for a vote under the “reconciliation” rules which only requires a simple majority for cloture (cutting off a filibuster). Which is, incidentally, how the Democrats passed Obamacare without a single Republican vote.
So McConnell worked with Harry Reid to come up with a solution. Of course the “compromise” was to let Harry Reid and Obama write the bill. Which is what McConnell did.
Fortunately, at least fortunately at the time, Republicans in the House were in no mood to pass Reid’s bill that funded Homeland at 100% and allows Obama to implement his illegal agenda. So when the bill came back to the House, 52 Republicans stood their ground. Boehner didn’t have the votes for a “clean” bill so he tried a 3 week extension with full funding. That also failed as all of the Democrats and 52 Republicans voted against it, but for vastly different reasons. The Democrats wanted to fund the department until September and the Republicans didn’t want to fund illegal activity, even for 3 more weeks.
So, back to the drawing board.
A proposal to extend the deadline for one week was offered and Nancy Pelosi told the Democrats that Boehner promised her a clean bill in a week so they could start legalizing illegal Democrat voters, which is what this is all about.
Of course Boehner denied making a deal with Pelosi which was when I first suspected he had made a deal with her. And Pelosi would neither deny or confirm. So the one week extension passed and right up until today when Boehner introduced a clean bill and passed with mostly Democrat votes and his RINO herd, the Speaker denied such a bill was in the works.
So, to sum it up, during the lame duck session in December we were promised illegal amnesty would be taken care of in February.
Instead, Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi managed to pass the bill they and Obama wanted. Homeland will now go full force with amnesty safe in the knowledge that once millions of illegals are rewarded with work permits, driver’s licenses and, of course, voter ID cards, the courts will not be able to put the genie back in the bottle.
So let me ask you again. Why do we elect Republicans instead of Democrats? I really can’t see a difference.