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To: Nachum
The US Constitution is quite explicit on this matter: ALL SPENDING ORIGINATES IN THE HOUSE OF REPS

The House is in the driver's seat here, so all the posturing is just for show. They are not any more serious than those in the Senate or White House.
3 posted on 02/06/2013 7:58:03 PM PST by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: Rebel_Ace
ALL SPENDING ORIGINATES IN THE HOUSE OF REPS

Exactly right. House - Just Do It. Balance the budget. Show some leadership.

5 posted on 02/06/2013 8:16:16 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Rebel_Ace
The US Constitution is quite explicit on this matter: ALL SPENDING ORIGINATES IN THE HOUSE OF REPS The House is in the driver's seat here, so all the posturing is just for show. They are not any more serious than those in the Senate or White House.

I'm sorry, but that's not quite the way it works right now.

Thanks to the Senate's four years of budgetary inaction, the "current services baseline budget" is what is driving spending. In other words, what was spent last year plus an escalator for inflation.

So long as a new budget is not passed, that is the mechanism that is driving spending.

In the absence of a budget resolution, the only controls the House has over total spending are a.) the debt limit and b.) countinuing resolutions. They have no effective control over what the money is actually spent on, since that is a function of maintaining "current services".

13 posted on 02/06/2013 10:49:51 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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