One report says the House “stunned” Republican leaders when they rejected a temporary spending bill to fund the government through November 18th through legislation that would have left the spending levels higher in 2012 than the cap set in the House Republican budget. The issue in the bill was cutting programs to pay for disaster assistance.
So, because this measure failed 195-230, Boehner reportedly told the GOP conference that the next legislation that must be passed by September 30, will be far worse. In other words, you WILL vote to keep the government running, and in the end your vote will be for higher spending.
Republicans want to fund disaster assistance by cutting elsewhere. Democrats want to pile disaster funding on top of current massive spending. You know, when our families have a disaster we have to pay for, we are forced to cut elsewhere. Government can and must do the same.
To pay for additional aid needed to cover victims of Hurricane Irene and other recent disasters, the House bill targeted a loan program for alternative-energy vehicle manufacturing. Democrats opposed cutting funds for the program because they said it was on the forefront of creating green jobs.
Reality is, the government CAN shutdown, and we need not approve spending limits exceeding the GOP budget.
The defeat was a stinging loss for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who pitched the measure to his conference as the lowest spending number they could get.
House GOP leaders retreated to the Speaker’s office after the vote to plot their next move.
“We are focused on trying to change the way business is done in Washington. Change like this is hard,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters after the vote. “We’ll find a way forward so that we can reflect the expectations that taxpayers have that we are going to begin to start spending their money more prudently.”
Asked if the bill’s defeat increased the possibility of a government shutdown, Cantor replied: “I don’t think so.”
“In the end,” he said, “we’ll do what’s right by the people who put us here. It’s just part of the process unfortunately.”
Boehner had tried, unsuccessfully, to rally Republicans behind the bill earlier in the day, warning them in a closed-door conference meeting that the level of spending was likely only to increase if their legislation failed.
“Boehner just broke it down pretty simple,” said freshman Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.). “He goes, ‘I know there are some of you out here who don’t want to vote for this thing, but if you don’t, you think this is a big number? Wait until you see what we get back, and we’re not in the driver’s seat then.’ ”
In summary, Republicans do not want the spending level higher than the GOP’s 2012 budget, and Democrats do not want to cut any spending to offset disaster aid.