When Republicans cut $61 Billion from the budget last week, it should have been a good day, but we learned how things really work in Washington, D.C. with a majority in The People’s House. On that same day, our deficit went up $72 Billion. My support for Boehner began waning that day. Republican establishment is on The Tea Party’s last nerve, and Tea Party Nation is telling Boehner to get serious and be bold or they will work to replace him 2012. I think this is the right move.
Republicans are earnestly working to fulfull their promise to cut the budget by $100 Billion in federal spending by the end of this fiscal year in September. I get it. Problem is, with the rise in spending, we will not close the gap.
Congress would need to cut spending by $6 billion every three weeks for approximately the next six and a half years (338 weeks) just to equal the $676.3 billion the debt has increased thus far this fiscal year.
Representatives Michelle Bachmann (Minn), Steve King (IA) and Mike Pence (R-IN) were vocally against the last continuing resolution approval. In total, 13 voted against it.
Last night my colleague Rep. Steve King (IA-05) and I drafted a letter to Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor and Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers urging them to include language to defund ObamaCare and rescind the $105,464,000,000 in funds already appropriated to implementing the health care law…
Joint statement from Bachmann and King:
The success of our effort to shut off funding for ObamaCare will hinge on the leverage points of this first session of the 112th Congress – namely the CR, which expires on March 18th, and the vote on raising the debt ceiling. We recognize the work to defund ObamaCare began with the inclusion of language in H.R. 1 to restrict annual appropriations from being used to implement the law. However, we also recognize that even this language, if enacted, leaves on the table $105.5 billion in automatically appropriated funds for the law’s implementation. We cannot successfully defund ObamaCare without shutting off these automatically appropriated funds.
While some have argued that our defunding efforts in the CR should be limited only to those annual funds actually provided by the CR, we disagree. If we do not stand our ground on the CR, leverage it as the “must pass bill” that it is, and use it to stop the $105.5 billion in automatically appropriated funds, ObamaCare will be implemented on our watch. We will also have conceded a significant amount of ground on this issue and will find it difficult, if not impossible, to regain the strategic advantage in future legislative vehicles.
Consequently, we ask that the following language, or more effective language, be added to the FY11 CR to cut off both the annual and automatic appropriations for ObamaCare’s implementation: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, none of the funds made available by this or any previous Act with respect to any fiscal year may be used to carry out the provisions of Public Law 111-148, Public Law 111-152, or any amendment made by either such Public Law.”
It is essential that the above language be included in the CR. We, the undersigned, will not vote in support of a continuing resolution that is void of this crucial funding prohibition.
Republicans have the power to make things happen by shutting down government and putting the ball in the Democrat’s corner: help us make the necessary cuts and government is up-and-running again. This country is desperate for responsible legislating. Desperate times call for responsible action.
Now Tea Party Nation founder Judson Phillips, arguably the most vocal critic of GOP leaders, is pushing for a primary opponent against House Speaker John Boehner in 2012 for breaking his campaign pledge to cut $100 billion and for what he sees as hints that he’s willing to cut less than $61 billion in a compromise with Senate Democrats…
“What is worse: a government shutdown or an economic collapse,” he said. “Is it worse to deal with a $14.3 trillion national debt or a national debt of $20 or $25 trillion and the whole thing collapses?”
It’s this simple, the House Republican leaders have no plan to cut real federal spending or to repeal ObamaCare. Repealing or defunding ObamaCare was the ONE priority Americans sent the Republicans to do when they were returned to power in the House. I began to sense how things would be when Republicans pledged to cut spending by only $100 billion. $100 billion? Wow. Veni, vidi, durmi! I came, I saw, I yawned! We have a $1.65 TRILLION deficit this year alone! And, of course, Republican leadership has already retreated from the $100 billion to a measly $51 billion. You have to hand it to Republicans, they never fail to disappoint!
In the meantime, The Tea Party Express is working diligently to defeat Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Main) and Senator Dick Lugar (R-IN). At this time they are not targeting Boehner, and said Boehner is the “least of their worries.”
In the meantime, Democrats in Congress are trying to raise the debt limit.
In the meantime, will the GOP be the party that never fails to disappoint? Or is it already?