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Boehner proposes linking debt-limit hike to a restoration of recent cuts to military benefits
The Washington Post ^ | 5 Feb 14 | Robert Costa

Posted on 02/05/2014 7:49:41 PM PST by SkyPilot

House Speaker John A. Boehner scrambled on Wednesday to sell a new debt-ceiling solution to his Republican colleagues, encouraging them to demand a restoration of recently cut military benefits in exchange for a one-year extension of the federal government’s borrowing authority.

Though Boehner (R-Ohio) did not formally endorse the idea as his own, he did ask his lieutenants to test it among rank-and-file Republicans. House Speaker John A. Boehner scrambled on Wednesday to sell a new debt-ceiling solution to his Republican colleagues, encouraging them to demand a restoration of recently cut military benefits in exchange for a one-year extension of the federal government’s borrowing authority.

Though Boehner (R-Ohio) did not formally endorse the idea as his own, he did ask his lieutenants to test it among rank-and-file Republicans.

“Unlike other recent periods when we have had to use extraordinary measures to continue financing the government, this time these measures will give us only a brief span of time,” Lew said Monday in a speech at the Bipartisan Policy Center. “Given these realities, it is imperative that Congress move right away to increase our borrowing authority.”

Outside the House chamber Wednesday night, the plan was gaining momentum, with dozens of GOP members saying they could back it. The benefits for retired military personnel were reduced in last year’s bipartisan budget agreement, which cut $6 billion in payments to veterans over the next 10 years.

“I’d support it in a heartbeat,” said Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.). “We need to figure this thing out, and that’s a way to do it.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) said, “A lot of people are supportive right now, and this idea could be a vehicle that wins backing from a lot of Republicans.”

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: abortion; boehner; deathpanels; debtceiling; demagogicparty; johnboehner; memebuilding; military; obamacare; ohio; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; pensions; randsconcerntrolls; zerocare

Wow. So right before Christmas, it was Paul Ryan that screwed over military and military retirees by stealing from their hard earned and well deserved pensions. It "just had to be done!" to get that whopping "savings" of $500 million a year, so we could then turn around and give away another $1.5 Billion to Head Start, a $1.1 Trillion budget for FY14, and yet another Trillion dollar 10 year "Farm Bill" that is 80% Food Stamp spending.

"The new idea emerged after support for two earlier proposals fizzled. One would have involved another attempt to repeal parts of President Obama’s signature health-care law, while the other would have tried to force Obama’s hand on approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. According to two people present, Boehner argued that the military-benefits maneuver could force some Democrats to join Republicans and also win support from conservatives, who have voiced frustration with the reductions in payouts for retired military personnel."

Well at least the GOP finally realizes they screwed up! I take it we won't be seeing any more articles by Paul "Judas" Ryan crowing about what a man he is for stealing pensions from military families who have given more to this nation than any other group of Americans.

Here is the dirty secret: they HAVE to raise the debt ceiling again, and they know it. Now they want to cynically use our military men and women as pawns on the political chess board.......again! This is the 5th time in 2 months they have done this. Cut it out! Restore their pensions, and get on with your dirty deals and back door sludge.


1 posted on 02/05/2014 7:49:41 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Jet Jaguar; xzins; blueunicorn; 2ndDivisionVet

Ping


2 posted on 02/05/2014 7:50:20 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Good play!


3 posted on 02/05/2014 7:50:56 PM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: SkyPilot

I’m inviting Boehner to my next poker party!

He’s gonna trick Obama into reinstating the $6B for Vets, by approving a $500B increase to the Debt ceiling......????


4 posted on 02/05/2014 7:56:57 PM PST by G Larry
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To: SkyPilot

Oompah-loompahs suck.


5 posted on 02/05/2014 7:58:13 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: G Larry
Yes, and in December, they just HAD to ram that pension cut through!!! Had to. It saved $5.7 Billion over 10 years......even though we will spend at least $15 Trillion over those 10 years, we needed that measly $6 Billion from breaking promises with veterans. Now? Well, since Paul Ryan's Facebook page looks like a war zone of outrage with thousands of negative posts since the pension betrayal, well....the GOP is going to repeal these pension cuts before the Democrats can repeal them through the Veterans Bill, so that the GOP can show to everyone how pro-military they suddenly are.
6 posted on 02/05/2014 8:05:32 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: blueyon; KitJ; T Minus Four; xzins; CMS; The Sailor; ab01; txradioguy; Jet Jaguar; Defender2; ...

Active Duty/Retiree ping.


7 posted on 02/05/2014 8:05:40 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: SkyPilot

If we cut spending in actual dollars $100 billion per year every year it would take 20 years to get a balanced budget. Then once we got a balanced budget if we spent $100 Billion dollars every year towards paying off the principle (not including the interest) it would take 200 years to pay off the National debt.


8 posted on 02/05/2014 8:08:57 PM PST by P-Marlowe (There can be no Victory without a fight and no battle without wounds)
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To: G Larry
He’s gonna trick Obama into reinstating the $6B for Vets, by approving a $500B increase to the Debt ceiling......????

Yep....What a brilliant move! /s
9 posted on 02/05/2014 8:21:31 PM PST by Girlene (Hey, NSA!)
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To: SkyPilot

So many of our men who made the ultimate sacrifice must be turning over in their graves right now.

And so many of our ‘men’ who have allowed the communist takeover of America don’t seem to give it a second thought.


10 posted on 02/05/2014 8:39:04 PM PST by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: SkyPilot

What a panty waste, he shouldn’t have allowed the cuts in the first place! Now he’s going to negotiate on this..

I would kick the Son of a gun’s arse if I live in Ohio.


11 posted on 02/05/2014 9:00:03 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: SkyPilot

Sounds like the plot from the beginning. How could we cover ourselves if we hike the debt? Claim we were forced by circumstances as we love our veterans and so don’t mind burying them, their children and grandchildren under a mountain of crony capitalist debt. Yeah, baby, that works!


12 posted on 02/05/2014 9:10:12 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SkyPilot; Jet Jaguar

Boehner and Ryan are both deceitful weasels.

I’m in favor of a separate bill promoted by fair representatives that allows all members to vote up or down for restoration of military benefits stolen by weasel Ryan and crew.

However, this speaker would block that. (I’d like to see it, though.)

That said, Boehner will cave anyway on any debt-ceiling talks, so restoring vets benefits there is as good a place as any, I suppose.


13 posted on 02/05/2014 11:56:21 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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Boehner doesn't want a fight, despite his claim last August, and so he's using veterans as pawns to try and sucker Conservatives into supporting a debt ceiling hike, through this bit of political cover. Don't fall for it.

House GOP divided on debt ceiling (Whale of a fight, eh?)

14 posted on 02/06/2014 3:39:55 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: xzins

Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, et al must be defeated at all costs... If they can not be primaried, then the seat will have to go to the Dems for 2 years...

It is the only way we are going to have a speaker who will fight the juggernaut that is BHO...


15 posted on 02/06/2014 3:40:27 AM PST by bfh333 ("Hope"... "Change"... You better HOPE you have some CHANGE after the next 4 years!)
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To: SkyPilot

When did the Washington Post start printing satire?

What, this is true? I am gobsmacked.


16 posted on 02/06/2014 3:44:43 AM PST by savedbygrace (But God!)
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To: SkyPilot

Time to ABORT Bonehead and REDUCE the National Debt!


17 posted on 02/06/2014 3:45:05 AM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: SkyPilot

Good move.


18 posted on 02/06/2014 3:55:31 AM PST by jersey117
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To: All

Tall tree short rope ping list.......

-——not a real list so do not expect to be put on it but I do have the tree——


19 posted on 02/06/2014 4:05:36 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: SkyPilot

these people are playing games with the republic.


20 posted on 02/06/2014 6:34:55 AM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: SkyPilot

Oh who I hate these vile slime balls, let me count the ways. Everything these scumbags do is planned to make one another look good or bad. They play gams with real peoples lives in turn for votes. There is no death or cost/confinement equal to their evil deeds.


21 posted on 02/06/2014 9:37:56 AM PST by WilliamRobert (Obama so loves the poor he created millions more.)
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To: SkyPilot

Boner makes a “proposal”. Then he says “No? Then how ‘bout this, Mr. President. No? Uh, I’ll come up with something you’ll like eventually so don’t turn on me.”


22 posted on 02/06/2014 5:01:55 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SkyPilot

Hmmm


23 posted on 02/09/2014 6:01:43 AM PST by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: SkyPilot

Boehner is an idiot


24 posted on 02/11/2014 2:40:56 PM PST by Diggity
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