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Hoyer: Tea Party Republicans Acting Like ‘Dictators’ on Budget Negotiations
CNSNews.com ^ | March 30, 2011 | Matt Cover

Posted on 03/30/2011 1:59:45 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Washington (CNSNews.com) – House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that conservative Republicans who oppose anything less than the significant budget cuts they promised their constituents were acting like “dictators” and were to blame for stalled budget negotiations.

Harkening back to the government shutdown of 1996, Hoyer blamed what he called the “perfectionist caucus” for refusing to compromise, then and now.

“The last time government shut down President Clinton was President of the United States,” Hoyer told reporters at his weekly media briefing.

“And what happened then was the perfectionist caucus thought they would be the dictators and do it their way or no way. That’s what’s happening now.”

The phrase “perfectionist caucus,” Hoyer pointed out, came from an Oct. 20, 1998 speech by then-Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) that lectured House conservatives who opposed the 1999 balanced budget because it made policy concessions to Clinton.

Hoyer, in borrowing Gingrich’s phrase, was criticizing current-day House conservatives such as Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Mike Pence (R-Ind.) and others for opposing any government spending plan that does not satisfy their particular policy goals.

King has said that he will oppose any spending bill that does not completely de-fund the Obamacare health reform law, including approximately $105 billion in automatic spending programs begun when the law passed last spring.

Pence has said that in addition to the complete defunding of Obamacare, he will oppose any spending bill that does not deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood – the nation’s largest abortion provider – even though it is already illegal for Planned Parenthood to use federal money to provide abortions.

Hoyer said that it was this “perfectionist caucus” who would be to blame if the government shuts down again, not Democrats. Hoyer, trying to drive a wedge between House GOP leadership and the conservative rank-and-file, said that the Tea Party “tail” was wagging the Republican “dog.”

“No,” Hoyer said, when asked if Democrats bore any responsibility in the event of a shutdown. “We showed in the CR [continuing resolution] that we were prepared to bring compromise.

“If we don’t do that [compromise] I think it will be because there’s a revolt on the Republican side of perfectionist caucus members who want to see it their way or no way.”

Hoyer said these conservative members were not allowing the GOP leadership to compromise with Democrats and pass a continuing resolution for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which ends August 31.

“The fact of the matter is that the perfectionist caucus tail is wagging the Republican dog,” Hoyer claimed.

Budget negotiations between House and Senate leaders and the White House are stalled, because neither side can agree on the level of spending cuts to be made. Democrats favor much smaller cuts than Republicans, trying to preserve as much of the spending status quo as possible.

Republicans, on the other hand, are determined to cut spending in many areas of the non-defense discretionary budget, preferring to leave defense spending and federal entitlement programs for the 2012 budget process.

The issue for many House conservatives is that House leaders have insisted on so-called clean continuing resolutions, arguing that adding policy-oriented amendments known as riders to the short-term spending bills muddied the waters and provided Democrats with excuses to oppose discretionary spending cuts on the grounds that they were protecting vital programs.

House leaders argue that using riders to defund certain programs is also a technical violation of House rules, which do not usually allow for spending bills – which set the funding levels for different policy programs – to ‘legislate’ or determine which programs exist or not.

House conservatives argue that because the 2011 spending bill must be signed into law by President Obama, it is a perfect opportunity to fight with Democrats over both spending and policy.

Further, they argue that such must-pass opportunities are rare and therefore should be used sooner rather than later, while the 2010 election victories that sent many House conservatives to Washington is still fresh in the public’s mind.


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1 posted on 03/30/2011 1:59:50 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Who are they?

I want to send them campaign contributions.

2 posted on 03/30/2011 2:01:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("...crush the bourgeoisie... between the millstones of taxation and inflation." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

These are probably more talking points but if true, good to hear.

The idea that $61 billion is just too much to take is ridiculous.


3 posted on 03/30/2011 2:02:42 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
http://static.artfire.com/admin/product_images/thumbs/--30000--19575_product_730723939_thumb_large.jpg

Here some advice for you Steny.

4 posted on 03/30/2011 2:02:52 PM PDT by KC_Lion (America is on the Brink of War with itself, and no one seems to notice or care.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A spine is a terrible thing to waste, go tea party...


5 posted on 03/30/2011 2:03:06 PM PDT by aces
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

And the Democrats act like dictators on deficit spending.


6 posted on 03/30/2011 2:03:32 PM PDT by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wasn’t he supposed to call them “extremists” like Chuck Schumer? I thought the Democrats were all on one page on this...


7 posted on 03/30/2011 2:04:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("You cannot invade the US There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." Yamamoto)
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


8 posted on 03/30/2011 2:04:15 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Earth to Dems: The time for business-as-usual is long past. Get over it.


9 posted on 03/30/2011 2:04:32 PM PDT by Oberon (Big Brutha Be Watchin'.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Stinky or Stempy or whatever the heck his name is should have worked to get a budget passed when the Dems had the numbers.
10 posted on 03/30/2011 2:05:13 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that conservative Republicans who oppose anything less than the significant budget cuts they promised their constituents were acting like “dictators” and were to blame for stalled budget negotiations.

Acting like dictators? Stimpy Hoyer should know what he is talking about. He has been forcing Rat views on the country for a couple years in a dictatorial fashion.

This was a real show of bipartisanship. Right Stimpy?

11 posted on 03/30/2011 2:07:12 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Stinky, Get in the back seat & shut up!


12 posted on 03/30/2011 2:07:27 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s good to be the king, but it’s great to be a dic.


13 posted on 03/30/2011 2:08:16 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hey Hoyer.... stuff it.


14 posted on 03/30/2011 2:08:16 PM PDT by Gator113 (I'll be voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Unveiling the new caucus cliche of the day? How about proposing something rather than attacking?

Pray for America


15 posted on 03/30/2011 2:08:44 PM PDT by bray (Hey Country Club, hold your noses this election!)
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To: Scott from the Left Coast

I’m about ready to skip all this crap and start watering the Tree.


16 posted on 03/30/2011 2:09:05 PM PDT by Sir Gawain
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
We the People are allowed to “act like dictators.”
It’s OUR country. WE own it.
Not the sniveling cowards that look out for themselves in Congress (opposite of progress).

That’s why those that hate the TEA Party will be back home after Nov 2nd.

17 posted on 03/30/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876 (The only crimes that are 100% preventable are crimes committed by illegal aliens)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
House leaders argue that using riders to defund certain programs is also a technical violation of House rules, which do not usually allow for spending bills – which set the funding levels for different policy programs – to ‘legislate’ or determine which programs exist or not. Nonsense.
18 posted on 03/30/2011 2:10:05 PM PDT by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Steny Hoyer ? in case you have forgotten, these Republicans are doing the work of “ THE PEOPLE “ of the United States of America you dope.


19 posted on 03/30/2011 2:10:37 PM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ExTREEME! ExTREMEexTREME!!

Waddevah...

Colonel, USAFR


20 posted on 03/30/2011 2:11:52 PM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

hoyer sounds like a pissedoff teenage who parents wouldn’t buy him THE concert tickets


21 posted on 03/30/2011 2:12:33 PM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Hoyer: Tea Party Republicans Acting Like ‘Dictators’ on Budget Negotiations

No Steny, Tea Party Republicans are Acting Like ‘Dad’ when you've flunked out of college by skipping class and getting high every day. Dad is taking away your credit card. The party is over.

And Steny, the rent is due, you and your friends had best get a real job.

22 posted on 03/30/2011 2:14:05 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hoyer is a moron and all who pay any attention to this drivel are the same. If California’s Moonbeam can agree to $10 billion in cuts, if Cuomo can reduce the budget year-over-year and refuse to “tax the rich”, these robber barons in Congress can cut multiple $100’s of billions from the fed budget.


23 posted on 03/30/2011 2:14:26 PM PDT by Chaguito
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Hoyer said these conservative members were not allowing the GOP leadership to compromise with Democrats and pass a continuing resolution for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, which ends August 31.

Don't you remember Steny? It's called a majority. When The rats where in a majority they rammed everything they wanted through and to hell with the minority.

Also back in 1994 when the government was shut down it was caused by Clinton, the republicans got the blame;BUT the American people got a balanced budget.

24 posted on 03/30/2011 2:14:42 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Blaming the prince of fools shouldn't blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that elected him)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Harkening back to the government shutdown of 1996, Hoyer blamed what he called the “perfectionist caucus” for refusing to compromise, then and now.

There is a big difference between then and now, Mr. Hoyer. It can be measured in trillions of dollars of useless spending, rampant inflation because we are printing money, overwhelming interest payments on a burdensome national debt.

We cannot keep on borrowing money, increasing taxes, and printing money to maintain the spending status quo for the Democrats. There is no money. Our economy is in a wreck. When will you wake up, Mr. Hoyer?

You cannot get by blaming Bush, blaming the Republicans, and blaming the Tea Party for 50 years of irresponsible Democrat fiscal policies. Your time is up, Mr. Hoyer.

25 posted on 03/30/2011 2:15:26 PM PDT by olezip
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Just wait your turn. After we get through with the RINO’s we'll get around to b!tch-slapping your sorry democrat (synonym for a$$).
26 posted on 03/30/2011 2:18:29 PM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (The less I say, the more I'm right...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
It's hoyer bullshit. The house has passed a spending bill and it is now the job of the senate to pass their version of a bill.

When that is done, the two different bills come together and they negotiate a final bill that is sent to osamaobama.

The demonRATs are screaming but since they control the senate, the ball is in their court. PERIOD. HEY HARRY, STFU and do your job.

27 posted on 03/30/2011 2:19:25 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hey Stenny .......we won!


28 posted on 03/30/2011 2:19:43 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Democrats are adolescent, psychotic punks.

IMHO


29 posted on 03/30/2011 2:20:48 PM PDT by ripley
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Really? I’d say they know who they serve.


30 posted on 03/30/2011 2:23:13 PM PDT by Vendome ("Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it anyway")
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To: Gator113

“Hoyer”

Sfacim!


31 posted on 03/30/2011 2:23:20 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Note to Hoyer:

Payback is such a bitch!!!

Think about how the Democrats shoved NObama HELLTH Care down our throats!!!


32 posted on 03/30/2011 2:24:31 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hey Steny...we won.


33 posted on 03/30/2011 2:26:44 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

No Steny,...if we were actual dictators, YOU’D BE DEAD!


34 posted on 03/30/2011 2:28:14 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Doc Savage
I think Steny ment to say EXTREAM dictators.
35 posted on 03/30/2011 2:30:32 PM PDT by mware
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Hey, Steny. Maybe if your party hadn't punted on its responsibility to pass a budget before October 1, 2010 because you wanted to avoid any more fingerprints at the scene of your budgetary crimes going into the election you wouldn't be in this situation.
36 posted on 03/30/2011 2:31:33 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

STFU Stinky!


37 posted on 03/30/2011 2:32:06 PM PDT by RedMDer (restoration of our honor, dignity, and freedoms will save America. - Sarah Palin)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I would hope Republicans not get defensive, but answer the “dictator” charge with cries of “Remember Obamacare”!


38 posted on 03/30/2011 2:36:42 PM PDT by texteacher
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Steney didn't get his call. That's why he doesn't know the words.

Somebody tell him ~ next time DON'T PUSH THE GREEN BUTTON. Just say "Hi, yo".

39 posted on 03/30/2011 2:47:51 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Amercans)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“If we don’t do that [compromise] I think it will be because there’s a revolt on the Republican side of perfectionist caucus members who want to see it their way or no way.”

Steny, Steny, Steny, you can bad mouth the tea party or the American people all you want, it isn’t the “republican side of a perfectionist caucus you better be worrying about... remaining comments self censored.


40 posted on 03/30/2011 2:47:51 PM PDT by wita
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Good for them. I hope they make both RINOs and Democrats completely miserable.


41 posted on 03/30/2011 2:50:08 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

After 2012, it’s time to declare members of the democrat party enemies of the Republic and confiscate the wealth they stole. Every damn penny. Then we start kicking certain democrat states out of the union, declare them in insurrection and appoint military governors to oversee them and judge them for crimes against the American people.

We did it before during Reconstruction, and it needs to be done again. Damn democrats need to be stomped into the dirt at certain times in history. That time has arrived again.

These democrat pigs have been trying to re-institute slavery for decades. Time to deal with these slavers once and for all. And if we need to hang 10,000 of these democrat bastards to send a message, that’s fine by me.


42 posted on 03/30/2011 3:09:36 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Stanky Hoyer, haven’t you heard? Elections have consequences.


43 posted on 03/30/2011 3:12:23 PM PDT by Fresh Wind (TOTUS knows how to give a speech. Obama knows how to read.)
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To: Sir Gawain

You got company


44 posted on 03/30/2011 3:13:23 PM PDT by EdReform (Oath Keepers - Guardians of the Republic - Honor your oath - Join us: www.oathkeepers.org)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Hey Steney -- why are you repeating Schumer's marching orders line by line long after he was exposed, you sockpuppet, wide-stancing piece of ... put your hearing aid in, wHoyer, you're 24 hours behind the news cycle.
45 posted on 03/30/2011 3:19:45 PM PDT by StAnDeliver ("Are you better off than you were four years ago...")
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“You have to vote for it to see what’s in it!” ... dictator pelosi.


46 posted on 03/30/2011 3:19:52 PM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Hoyer: Tea Party Republicans Acting Like ‘Dictators’ on Budget Negotiations

Is that what Chuck Schumer ordered you to say, Steny?

And isn't that ironic?

47 posted on 03/30/2011 3:40:42 PM PDT by Lazamataz (The Democrat Party is Communist. The Republican Party is Socialist. The Tea Party is Capitalist.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Who does Hoyer think won the election last year?


48 posted on 03/30/2011 3:47:14 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Muslims are a people of love, peace, and goodwill, and if you say that they aren't, they'll kill you)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The House gave the Senate one budget & is going to give them another one.

If the Senate doesn't approve it they are the ones shutting down government & throwing all those poor overworked bureaucrats in the street.

Of course, the Senate is controlled by Dems.

49 posted on 03/30/2011 3:49:43 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
The House gave the Senate one budget & is going to give them another one.

If the Senate doesn't approve it they are the ones shutting down government & throwing all those poor overworked bureaucrats in the street.

Of course, the Senate is controlled by Dems.

50 posted on 03/30/2011 3:49:59 PM PDT by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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