Skip to comments.Coburn, Toomey: Drop the Policy Riders
Posted on 04/08/2011 2:41:51 PM PDT by ejdrapes
April 8, 2011 1:03 P.M. By Daniel Foster Heres Senator Toomey: And heres Senator Coburn: I think the senators are right that it would be folly to shut down the government for policy riders that will never become law with a Democratic Senate and White House. But its wise for House Republicans to draw the game of chicken out as long as they reasonably can. If the Democrats think they are willing to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding (as Mike Pence has said he is), then they are likely to at least offer concessions.
Coburn, Toomey: Drop the Policy Riders
Id like to defund Planned Parenthood, but I understand that Republicans dont have complete control of the elected government, Toomey said on MSNBC. I think what we should do is cut spending as much as we can, get the policy changes that we can, but move on, because there are other, bigger battles that we are fighting.
COBURN: The one thing Ive learned in my years here is theres one reason to talk about something, if you want to talk about it, to create a political climate. Theres another, the common sense way is what can I really get done? Whats the realities of the situation? And my recommendation to my friends in the House is, you know, its highly unlikely that many riders are going to get passed with a Democrat president and a Democrat Senate, so why dont you take the spending and lets get on to the budget.
April 8, 2011 1:03 P.M. By Daniel Foster
Heres Senator Toomey:
And heres Senator Coburn:
I think the senators are right that it would be folly to shut down the government for policy riders that will never become law with a Democratic Senate and White House. But its wise for House Republicans to draw the game of chicken out as long as they reasonably can. If the Democrats think they are willing to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding (as Mike Pence has said he is), then they are likely to at least offer concessions.
I agree at least this paints democrats willing to shutdown the gov. for abortion. Makes them look extra petty.
I agree....Coburn is one of my senators.....he’s hardcore conservative to say the least. No one wants to defund the troops....this is all politics at this point....
Few things this demned gub mint does that makes me madder than taking my earned money to pay for anyones abortion.
First of all quitting because you know you can’t win? So, If the Sooners KNOW they won’t beat the Longhorns I assume Mr. Coburn will advise them to stay home.
Second, I have a feeling BooHoo Boner does not have the votes.
This is the bottom line. If they cave on this, THROW THE BUMS OUT!
You don’t win by caving. That’s been the Republicans’ problem for the past 60 or 70 years.
And nothing could be more egregious than taking huge sums of tax money and using it to fund a greedy organization that uses it to corrupt school children and kill babies.
It does mean funding for Planned Parenthood, now .....but the Republicans know this as well. Remember, the Senate is Dem controlled and the golfer (valarie jarret, the first women president) has said it will be vetoed. We have done as much as we can do this round....IMHO.
It makes them look like heroes to their baby-killing base. Didn’t you hear? Poor Mr. Reid’s daughter and granddaughter won’t be able to get their pap smears and mammograms done at Planned Parenthood anymore (as if they ever had). Can’t say that Harry takes very good care of his family if PP is their usual medical services provider.
We have done as much as we can do this round....IMHO.
That may be true. But in a bad way. If we get our tails kicked here - correction - if we surrender and waive the white flag here - then any future budget negotiations will go a whole lot smoother.
For the Democrats.
I called Reid’s office this afternoon about that very thing, and gave them a piece of my mind. Shameful, just shameful on his part.
Reid’s Pink NARAL Hogs on Drudge!
“If the Democrats think they are willing to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding (as Mike Pence has said he is), then they are likely to at least offer concessions.”
my thoughts from the get-go....
You expect them to get EVERYTHING they want with only 1/3 of the power? Strange.
If they are getting ANY cuts in what was supposed to be a Dem budget, more power to them.
2012 budget hearings are ahead. Much bigger battles and cuts lie ahead. Get this one done.
Planned Parenthood gave 1 million dollars to Democrats last election cycle. Giving them tax money is nuts. When Chuckie Schumer stops calling women airline stewardess bit**es I will believe he understands what respect for women really means. He is an old dirt bag.
No war was ever won by attacking less......
No advance was ever accomplished by retreating........
>> 2012 budget hearings are ahead. Much bigger battles and cuts lie ahead. Get this one done.
You’re deluding yourself if you think it will go any better in the “bigger budget battle” than it did in the run-up to it.
Once the (R)s establish themselves as willing to compromise, that’s what will be demanded from here on out.
It will go better because for 2012 we get weeks and weeks of hearings which will expose the issues to the public. We didn't get that for 2011 because the Dems did not pass a budget; they feared holding hearings because they knew they would look bad against the Repub and an election was coming up.
Once the (R)s establish themselves as willing to compromise, thats what will be demanded from here on out
I'm not a purist who believes that we will get every single item we want; that being said...I think we are going to get MAJOR cuts in the 2012 budget for reasons described above.
>> we get weeks and weeks of hearings which will expose the issues to the public.
ROFL! You’re kidding, right? WHO is going to bring the unvarnished truth to the unwashed masses, pray tell? ABCCBSSNBCNNMSNBC? That’s rich.
>> I think we are going to get MAJOR cuts in the 2012 budget for reasons described above.
And — again — I think you’re delusional. A (R) party that can’t make the little gains will NOT make the big ones, either. They are establishing themselves as not serious, not persistent, and not confident.
There is a difference between advocating a 'deal' so you're not painted the losers by the media and saying cut a deal and move on because we've got bigger fish to fry.
Problem is if the Dems are fighting us this hard over $30B imagine what they'll do when we're talking trillions of $ and turning medicare into a voucher system, block granting medicaid to the states, etc. It's only going to get worse. The House and Senate GOP need to show Obama & Reid the gun they brought to the fight. Knives won't get it done.
This is the only reason I would be willing to accept offering the bill without any policy riders, it will expose the Dems as unwilling to fund the troops for the rest of the year, if the rest of government is not funded also. The current bill before the house funds DOD for through Sept. and the rest of government for one week.
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