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House Republicans Just Canít Bring Themselves To Cut Spending
RedState ^ | 6/11/2012 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 06/11/2012 9:19:34 AM PDT by Signalman

Did you know that House Republicans are still defeating amendment after amendment to cut spending — even relatively small amounts?

You probably didn’t realize this because, for some reason, no one is reporting it. So here are just a few of the amendments the House defeated last week. If you’re not happy with this record House Republicans are compiling this election year, let them know now!

Amendments to H.R. 5325, the Energy and Water Appropriations Act, which contains more spending than last year’s bill:

McClintock (R-CA) – Cuts the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program by $1.45 billion. Rejected 113-275. Chaffetz (R-UT) – Cuts the Advanced Manufacturing Program by $74 million, to FY 2011 levels. Rejected 140-245. McClintock (R-CA) – Eliminates nuclear energy research subsidies (saves $514 million). Rejected 106-281. Chabot (R-OH) – Eliminates funding for the regional commissions, such as the Appalachian Regional Commission (saves $99.3 million). Rejected 141-276. Blackburn (R-TN) – Cuts 1% across the board (would cut $321 million). Rejected 157-261. Mulvaney (R-SC) – Brings the bill toward RSC budget levels by cutting a total of $3.1 billion across almost all accounts. Rejected 125-293. King (R-IA) – Prohibits funding of Davis-Bacon union wage requirements. Rejected 184-235. Flake (R-AZ) – Across the board spending cut that would keep funding at FY 2012 levels ($87.5 million savings). Rejected 144-274.

And note that, while Members were voting against spending cuts, they also passed a Legislative Branch Appropriations bill (H.R. 5882) that would keep congressional office operating budgets the same as last year. The same? No cuts, even while Americans all over the country have to cut back their office operating budgets? Can our representatives really be this out of touch?


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: house; republicans; spending

1 posted on 06/11/2012 9:19:43 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Signalman

Retards. Kick ‘em out.


2 posted on 06/11/2012 9:22:18 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Signalman
Can our representatives really be this out of touch?

A good many of them are. I've seen my congressman sponsor bills to cut funding to things like the arts and OSHA only to see a $100 million funding cut whittled down to $5 million. Meanwhile, someone else is increasing funding to something else by $10 million.

2 steps forward and 3 steps back.
3 posted on 06/11/2012 9:27:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Signalman

Oh c’mon, Erick - how do you expect them to be accepted by the inside the beltway crowd and get invited to the cocktail parties?


4 posted on 06/11/2012 9:27:14 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (The GOPe has played us like a violin for the last time; high time to build the Constitution Party.)
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To: Signalman

My rep, Chip Cravaack (MN-8), voted no on Davis-Bacon. I wanna know why. But then, so did Paul Ryan.


5 posted on 06/11/2012 9:27:35 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
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To: Signalman

I doubt that any politician as ever been re-elected by NOT spending money.


6 posted on 06/11/2012 9:33:09 AM PDT by Walrus (Barack Obama --- there are fools, and then there are dangerous fools)
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To: Signalman
We have one progressive one world order party... anyone promoting the gop might as well promote the rat turd party. THEY ARE ALMOST ALL CORRUPTOCRATS!

LLS

7 posted on 06/11/2012 9:39:08 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Signalman

8 posted on 06/11/2012 9:47:56 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Signalman

Any time I hear a (R) pol refer to his opponent as "gracious" in anything, I know we have a RINO on our hands.

9 posted on 06/11/2012 9:48:31 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Signalman
Can our representatives really be this out of touch?

Apparently, yes.

Anyone know how many of these "Spending Enablers" were elected in the 2010 "Tea-Party-Tsunami"? It might indicate how contagious "Potomac-Fever" is...

10 posted on 06/11/2012 9:52:32 AM PDT by jaydee770
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To: Signalman

It’s not democrats and republicans now.

It’s we the people against the government.

I am afraid this will not end peacefully.

The Soap box failed.
The ballot box is failing..
This leaves one box left...


11 posted on 06/11/2012 10:18:03 AM PDT by cableguymn (If your policies are pushing the economy in to headwinds.. TURN YOUR POLICY AROUND!)
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To: Signalman
You are late to the party, Eric. I figured out that Republicans had taken the Bernanke koolaid back in 2007, when I stopped supporting the Rs with money. I still vote R as there is no other viable choice.

Bernanke and the rest of the PTB have figured out that by stealing everyone’s wealth at the rate of about 3.8% a year over the next 10 years they can get us out of the depression and sovereign debt problem. This will cost each of us about 45% of our wealth, but it will be done slowly enough to discourage outright rebellion.

Actually, I think it will work. I'd prefer the shorter/quicker solution but I don't live in a big city anymore and am isolated from social unrest. I have contingencies in place for all possible economic outcomes.

12 posted on 06/11/2012 10:49:10 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Signalman
You are late to the party, Eric. I figured out that Republicans had taken the Bernanke koolaid back in 2007, when I stopped supporting the Rs with money. I still vote R as there is no other viable choice.

Bernanke and the rest of the PTB have figured out that by stealing everyone’s wealth at the rate of about 3.8% a year over the next 10 years they can get us out of the depression and sovereign debt problem. This will cost each of us about 45% of our wealth, but it will be done slowly enough to discourage outright rebellion.

Actually, I think it will work. I'd prefer the shorter/quicker solution but I don't live in a big city anymore and am isolated from social unrest. I have contingencies in place for all possible economic outcomes.

13 posted on 06/11/2012 10:52:59 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Signalman

If they can’t abide by their oaths and get America back to being America......

Kick em out and find someone who will!


14 posted on 06/11/2012 10:56:29 AM PDT by petro45acp ("Don't" read 'HOPE' by L Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman...it will bring tears to eyes. BORE!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: SaxxonWoods

Sorry about the double. There are ways to put money to work in this environment, my favorites being rental real estate and high-dividend energy companies/partnerships with income streams not tied directly to energy prices.


15 posted on 06/11/2012 11:00:29 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: petro45acp

Newbies coming in will be absorbed and defanged by the existing power structure.

What you call for would require armed revolt, which isn’t in cards. Settle in and figure out how to work around what the govt is doing, like always.


16 posted on 06/11/2012 11:04:52 AM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: SaxxonWoods
I still vote R as there is no other viable choice.

I don't find it viable to allow Republicrats to think they have my support. If you're not a real small-government conservative, you don't get my vote - period.

17 posted on 06/11/2012 11:08:20 AM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies (A free society's default policy: it's none of government's business.)
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To: Signalman

Until the the presidency and senate are controlled by Republicans, the house voting for spending cuts is an exercise in futility. Then, if they don’t cut spending, it’ll be time to get rid of them, too.


18 posted on 06/11/2012 11:16:07 AM PDT by upsdriver
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To: Signalman
"Can our representatives really be this out of touch?"

Can the people that keep sending them back be out of touch is the real question!

Oh darn, I forgot, it doesn't matter what they say and then do as long as they have an (R) behind their name. The GOP rank and file are the GOP-E.

19 posted on 06/11/2012 11:50:58 AM PDT by ImpBill ("America, where are you now?" - Little "r" republican!)
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To: Signalman

Cutting spending for a politician, is harder than a heroin addict quitting heroin.


20 posted on 06/11/2012 11:52:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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