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Postby Aquarian » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:29 am

House Republicans dial back on promises
By: CNN's Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh


Washington (CNN) – Even before House Republicans took control of the chamber Wednesday, there were at least three areas where they appear to be backtracking on promises made: Cutting $100 billion in the first year, allowing opportunities for the minority party to offer amendments on bills, and making public attendance records for committee hearings.

The Republicans ran for office in 2010 on a platform they titled "The Pledge to America," which states they would reduce government spending to 2008 "pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels" and cut "at least $100 billion in the first year alone."

House GOP aides are now backing off that $100 billion figure. They insist they will still cut spending back to 2008 levels, but it won't add up to $100 billion. They insist the reason is because they made the $100 billion calculation based on the budget that President Obama offered, and that budget was never enacted. Therefore, the government is currently running on lower, 2009 spending levels and that will make the dollar figure of the GOP cuts smaller.

Republican aides confirm the "back of the envelope" number they will now use is about HALF the original estimate - $50-60 billion in cuts.

"House Republicans remain committed to fulfilling their Pledge; this has not changed," said Conor Sweeney, spokesman for the House Budget Committee.

"House Republicans will continue to work to reduce spending for the final six months of this fiscal year – bringing non-security discretionary spending back to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels – yielding taxpayers significant savings and starting a new era of cost cutting in Washington," he said.

Being generous to those in the minority was always an objective of the new majority, as articulated by the incoming GOP Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy back before the election:

"Bills won't be written in the back of the room, where the bills have to be laid out for 72 hours, where bills actually have an open rule, where people can bring amendments up on the floor, which any freshman congressman that's sitting there today has never even seen that happen under the rule of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats," McCarthy said on CNN "State of the Union" on October 10, 2010.

BUT – the health care repeal legislation, the first major bill that will move through Congress, will be a closed rule – meaning no one will be able to offer an amendment.

When asked about the this contradiction Tuesday night, Boehner said, "it's not like we haven't litigated this for years."

And, finally, the initial rules package that House Republicans will pass Wednesday had a provision to make committee attendance public. But the House GOP conference voted last night to strip that out (a move by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas). The goal had been transparency – who is at these hearings? But making that public will no longer be a requirement.

The reason? Some GOP lawmakers say they were concerned about getting slammed for missing hearings when they may have extenuating circumstances, like a death in the family.

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Postby BloodStone » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:44 am

The last election was a mandate to destroy this Obamaoscare bill.

They are doing what they were elected to do, first thing off the bat. The sooner the better.

I don't think it's nearly as bad as passing Pay Go, then adding 5 trillion to the debt. Now that's a broken promise. Change we can beleive in... :lol:




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Postby Aquarian » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:46 am

The GOP knows that repealing Obama's health care law (as unjust/wrong as it is) will not be repealed under current majority. It will die in the Senate.

It's all-show.
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Postby BloodStone » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:21 pm

you got one thing right, it is a show, but the show is how many progressives..**cough** I mean dems still don't listen..

They want their vote out in the open so they can show America who voted for this unconstitutional law. Thats a win win to me. And an even bigger win in 2012.


Even if they defund into oblivion, it's still a bonus... :mrgreen: elections have consiquences. They won get over it !!!



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Postby Nesaie » Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:47 am

Aquarian wrote:The GOP knows that repealing Obama's health care law (as unjust/wrong as it is) will not be repealed under current majority. It will die in the Senate.

It's all-show.


Ahem...Aquarian, the death care bill is ILLEGAL! Have you read even parts of the bill? I have. The two things it mentioned was the interstate commerce clause and changes in the irs tax code. The interstate commerce clause is there if there is a dispute between states on trading of goods, then the feds are permitted to step in, but only when there is a dispute between states. If I choose to get insurance from Safeco, which is based in Seattle, the federal government does NOT have permission to step into that contract. Only Washington state government is allowed. As far as changing the irs tax code, what in the world does the irs have to do with health care? This whole thing is just more government thievery. Besides, the government isn't allowed to force me into a contract with any corporation.

For the bleeding hearts like yourself, this bill was sold as help for the working poor. But, the working poor doesn't get health care from this bill. Hundreds of corporations are excluded from this bill's required health care. Wallmart, McDonalds, Burger King, etc. don't have to provide health care to their employees still.

Meanwhile, the only people this effects are the small business owners who employ people, such as my boyfriend. The majority of employers in this country is the small business, but the corporations want them out of business. They're competition for them.

Aquarian, read the bill and be careful what you wish for.
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Postby Aquarian » Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:14 pm

When did I say I was for this bill? Because I'm not. Precisely because it does nothing for the working poor.
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Postby Nesaie » Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:43 am

Sorry Aquarian.

I guess that is just from when I went to a democrat meeting while they were pushing this bill. Those idiots hadn't even read the bill. When I told them what was in the bill, I was called a liar. I'm still mad about that.

I'm also mad that Kusinich became a turncoat and voted for this death care bill. I used to like him. :evil: :evil:
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Postby Aquarian » Wed Jan 12, 2011 5:53 pm

Yes, and if one wants to talk about conspiracy theories, he went on Air Force One hours before he came out with his new position on this "reform" bill. He was steadfast against it arguing that it was a "gift to the HMO and pharmaceutical industries", yet, he talks to Obama for a few hours and all of the sudden he changes his mind? Right... :roll:
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Postby Nesaie » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:23 pm

I didn't know that...

I heard he used to wear a bullet proof vest because of all the threats he used to get in his home state.
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