Skip to comments.Veterans Used as Pawns in Omnibus Bill
Posted on 01/15/2014 7:54:58 AM PST by xzins
Today, the House will vote on the omnibus bill to fund all of the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year. There are obviously numerous problems with the bill, from funding Obamacare and Dodd-Frank to a laundry list of increases in spending and backdoor earmarks. The Heritage Foundation has a good roundup of these items.
Additionally, the entire approach of this bill is offensive and an anathema to the sort of governance promised by House Republicans in 2010. They pledged to review each issue separately and post legislation at least three days before holding a vote. Well, this $1.1 trillion, 1586-page bill will be voted on without enough time for rank-and-file members of Congress to digest it. There is certainly no open amendment process. Not only does this bill fund Obamacare, the lack of commitment to pass individual appropriations bills through regular order will make it impossible to fight Obamacare in the upcoming budget for FY 2015.
What about in the Senate? Will Republicans take a tougher stance on the bill there? Well, of course not. Once again, Mitch McConnell refuses to take a definitive stance, sounding more like a bystander or commentator than a conservative leader:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was still reviewing the bill on Tuesday and could vote against it, but he predicted enough Republicans would support it to give it the 60 votes needed for passage.
My assumption is it will be passed, he said. Youd have to talk to members of the Appropriations Committee, but my understanding is a number of them intend to vote for the bill. [The Hill]
It looks like another case of hope yes, vote no.
Putting aside the other issues in the bill, there is one aspect that has not gotten enough attention. As Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) noted this morning at Breitbart, the omnibus essentially uses veterans as pawns for growing government in a backroom deal:
The same politicians who passed the misguided Ryan-Murray budget deal are now using disabled veterans to compel members of Congress to vote for the $1 trillion spending package. If you vote for the $1 trillion spending package, it unwinds the disabled veteran benefit cuts. If you vote against the $1 trillion spending package, you are against the vets.
People are sick of this type of politics. If the House Leadership wanted to unwind the disabled veteran benefit cuts, they could bring this single issue to the floor for a vote at any time and it would pass almost unanimously. In fact, 149 Members, including me, co-sponsored Representative Jeff Millers H.R. 3789, which does exactly that. Instead, Leadership tied it to a $1 trillion spending bill that no one will have time to read or understand.
Disabled veterans are not a bargaining chip.
These people knew they were punitively targeting veterans for cuts relative to the rest of the federal workforce. Nonetheless, they supported the December deal. Now they are using the omnibus to reinstate that funding, forcing members who never backed the deal in the first place to vote for the behemoth or be seen as opposing pension funding for disabled veterans. Of course, nobody has the courage to reinstate the pension spending by eliminating refundable tax credits for illegal aliens.
Nonetheless, Bridenstine plans to vote no. He is not taking the bait. Nor should any other Republican member fall for this shameful subterfuge.
The republican establishment is full of cowards and haters of the military. Restoring funding to "disabled" vets doesn't really even do that....only to those medically retired from the military.
It gives the appearance of standing against those who stole veterans' money in the first place, but it doesn't restore that money at all. Don't be deceived.
And, like this article says, that "disabled veterans" wording is a cynical tool being used to force our representatives to vote for a 1500 page law that they haven't even read.
Paul Ryan is stealing 600 million a year promised to those who would go to war and giving it to deadbeats instead. The Wall Street Journal says that the government spent 2.2 billion last year alone on ObamaPhones. Does Miss Thang deserve her welfare free phone 3 times more than a wartime veteran does the deferred payment that you promised? Hell no. Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner sell-outs. It's that simple. They aren't worth one minute of the air it takes to keep one single veteran breathing.
Call your representative. I just spoke with mine gave the receptionist an earful of logic. She’s probably dizzy now.
Retired Veterans suffered, sacrificed and risked for their country only to see their money used to buy Democrat votes.
Well we can all thank Paul Ryan and the rest of the feckless politcal hacks that call themselves the GOP leadership.
Hugh Hewitt disembowelled Ryan in an interview I guess yesterday. My own rep replied to an email I sent telling him how disappointed Mr. GG2 and i were with his vote on this bill. He is now spouting the party line of as long as they only control 1/3 of the govt progress will be in small increments. Like screwing Veterans is progress.
I could vomit from it. They are all completely terrified of Obama. I have never seen anything like it.
Paul Ryan strikes again. The GOPe is a gift that keeps on giving (to the liberals).
The cuts to military pensions COLAs "saves" at total $6 Billion over those entire ten years.
We are hundredths of decimal points here in "savings."
I have gone over this in my head a thousand times - "Why are they doing this?"
The only answer I can come up with is that they want to use this camel's nose under the tent to completely decimate military pay, pensions, benefits, and health care in the very near future.
As Hugh Hewitt told Paul Ryan yesterday, they could have thrown out and fixed this pension debacle in 5 minutes by inserting language into the 1,500 pages of the Appropriations bill. Paul Ryan flat out refused to do so, and said they had "a couple of years to study the issue and possibly re-look at it."
It is the military families that I feel sorry for the most.
Betrayal cuts the heart deepest.