Skip to comments.House Republicans blast Senate 'cliff' bill
Posted on 01/01/2013 11:10:51 AM PST by Libloather
Several Republicans took to the House floor Tuesday afternoon to slam the Senate-brokered "fiscal cliff" bill that was passed earlier in the morning, calling it a rush job that raises taxes and delays most of the spending cuts planned for this year.
"So we find ourselves again with a bill that reflects not financial wisdom, but the seductive spirit that pervades this town," Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) said.
"Leaders in Washington continue to over-promise. They're likes salespeople who tell their customer they can have an $30,000 car but only pay $18,000 for it. Who doesn't like that deal?"
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said the Senate bill only allows the government to continue its debt spending spree.
"We're taking up a bill that will not do anything to cut spending. I'm embarrassed for this generation," he said.
The Senate-passed bill mostly resolves the tax issue, but delays the planned $109-billion spending sequester. The sequester would be postponed for two months, a change that is offset with $24 billion in some cuts and new tax revenue.
But many conservatives see the bill as one that raises some taxes now, and only promises to make deeper cuts later. House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he was disappointed in the deal, but indicated he would vote for it.
"I wish I could say this was a proud moment," Issa said. "It isn't. We're kicking the can down the road.
"I may vote for what comes on the floor but I tell you, I won't do it thinking we've accomplished anything here today, other than the smallest finger in a dike that in fact has hundreds of holes in it."
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) sharply criticized the Senate for so quickly approving these changes in the dead of night, just after the new year was rung in.
"The Senate boasts it is America's deliberative body. Today, that claim rings hollow," Brooks said.
"The House must postpone this vote until Congress and the American people have time to study and evaluate this extraordinarily complex legislation, and its impact on taxes, revenue, the economy, our debt and a myriad of other issues."
Brooks also said he would vote against the Senate bill if it came up for a vote.
"I will not condone with my vote a process that denies the American people an opportunity to participate in their republic on issues of this magnitude," he said.
Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) suggested that the Congress should join "Spending Anonymous." He suggested a 12-step program starting with an admission that Congress is "addicted to spending someone else's money," and ending with the creation of a support group that meets regularly "to confess our addiction."
A few Democrats also indicated disappointment with the bill, although most are expected to support the deal that the Obama administration helped negotiate.
"Like the movie Groundhog Day, this government in two months will arrive at another crisis of debt, of spending and taxes," Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) said of the two-month sequester delay.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said the bill misses a chance for greater reform.
"We cannot continue to have by far the world's largest and most expensive military, the world's lowest taxes, the most expensive and inefficient healthcare system, and continue to allow our country's infrastructure to fall apart all while America grows and ages," he said. "This agreement represents absolutely the least we could have done under these circumstances."
Excellent post, especially the fundamental truth: “the spending problem caused by socialists”. That, in a nutshell, is what has happened.
As Margaret Thatcher so wisely said, the problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money. We’re almost there now.
IIRC, the only way this becomes law is if it ALSO passes the House of Representatives. If the Republicans in the House truly don’t like it, and don’t think it’s best for the country, then they should vote against it, and take the slings and arrows that will assuredly come their way.
“It is way beyond time for a truth in taxation law such as was done in the seventies for loans disclosures.”
Good point. More hypocrisy from our government.
And as for their expediency in voting, they bob and weave and do whatever it takes to stay in DC. That’s really all that matters to them. I mean what elese would these clowns do if they had to go back home to earn an honest living? Its a terrifying thought to them. They are just a bunch of weak and inept showboaters devoid of any convictions.
@ House republicaves:
I do not care what you have to say about anything at all.
Defeat it or be defeated.
How about just plain unconstitutional?
See text of our leading document:
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
Well, that’s the thing. I believe the house did pass a bill back in August extending existing tax rates. Somehow the senate got away with calling that bill DOA. Then the senate waited until the 11th hour, and passed a bill that suited them, leaving it up to the GOP to be responsible for raising taxes if they oppose the Senate.
An increase in the employee share of the Social Security tax from 4.2% to 6.2% is a 48% increase that applies even to those employees who don't make enough to pay income taxes.
Congratulations for putting a band-aid on a severe gunshot wound.
The ship continues to sink.
Agreed. Well said, yourself. :-)
I see no problem with it. Payroll taxes were given a temporary holiday for 1 year and then extended another. Also, those taxes and the entitlements they support are interconnected (even though I understand the common pool of tax money). If the payroll tax cut should be made permanent, it must be done so with commensurate reductions in entitlement spending.
Because the President agreed to sign this one and not the one from August. So, why would a DUMMYCRAT Senate take up a bill and vote if it does not enjoy the President’s support?
Poe is my Rep. I seriously doubt he'll vote in favor of this crap...