January 1, 2013

Apparently, House Republicans want to add some spending cuts to the bill and send it back to the Senate, daring them to pass it or go over the cliff:

A Republican lawmaker told NBC News on condition of anonymity that at the Republican meeting, 37 of 40 members who spoke on the bill opposed it. He said many of his colleagues were demanding “illogical concessions,” including billions of dollars in extra spending cuts that Democrats wouldn’t be able to live with.

The Republican majority in the House is likely to send the bill back to the Senate with amendments to cut more spending, said Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala.

“I would be shocked if this bill didn’t go back to the Senate,” he said. “I think we’re there on more revenue, but, you know, there is more revenue but no spending cuts.”

I think it’ll come down to the size and nature of the spending cuts… Even if a couple of dozen Senate Democrats refuse to vote for the bill, it can still pass. How about killing off some “green” energy subsidies?

11 Responses to Ping-pong

  1. allie on January 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Do the democrats think they are just playing with monopoly money, not real money? They think they can spend and spend some more with no adverse consequences. I have a suggestion that would make them take notice. We could fine them each $1,000,000.00 each for each year they do not balance the budget. Then maybe they would become serious about the budget. As for spending bills that help political cronies, anyone putting something like that in any spending bill would become ineligible to run for office again. That would put a stop to taking care of their cronies.

    We need to get serious about the budget and the kind of life and country we want to leave for our children and grandchildren. There should not be any more 20, 30 or 40 year senators or representatives. The founders thought we would have citizen legislatures, not career politicians. They must be rolling in their graves with the pathetic excuses we have for politicians today.

    • Setnaffa on January 1, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      “We”? We were outnumbered during the Primary and again, “unexpectedly,” during the General Election.

      Too many out there want a nanny-state to wipe their smelly arses.

      Too bad they’ll live to see what they should have already read about Stalin…

  2. Ripley on January 1, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    The House has the power of the purse, why not just refuse to pay the electric bill for all the parts of the gov they don’t like, like the White House? Have everyone bundled up to keep from freezing, using candles. This would be so cool! Election are supposed to be about something, and we have two parties for a reason, right? Do this for the next two years, and if they are voted out, so what? At least they stood for something. This is what the founders intended, if you don’t win all three branches, then gov should be completely paralyzed.

    • Setnaffa on January 1, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      The problem is the Speaker… We need someone with a stronger backbone…

      • Ripley on January 1, 2013 at 9:14 pm

        Oh well, The House just caved. Guess they care more about their own jobs, than anything else.

  3. ip727 on January 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    If the bush cuts expire everyone’s taxes go up and the GOP will be blamed,
    which of course is what the obamunist really wants.

  4. artist on January 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    You are living in a very historic moment. Some don’t see it yet.

    It will climax at the gun grab or amnesty.

    It is closer than you think.

    • Setnaffa on January 1, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      “Or”? I think he will grab for both and more…

  5. NEPA Neocon on January 1, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Oh well. This is the best we could get. I don’t blame Boehner for this one. I blame weak-kneed Republicans who would not go along with him on more spending cuts. We live to fight another day. We will force more concessions at the debt ceiling debate.

    • Knighthawk on January 2, 2013 at 4:18 am

      “We will force more concessions at the debt ceiling debate.”

      Wishful thinking.

  6. bobo on January 1, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Cut out that unemployment benefit extension and I’d be all in. If there’s one thing that would make a shit load of these leeches get off their couch and take a job any job it’s that.