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Friday, May 18, 2012

House Wraps Up Votes & Democrats' Fiscal Irresponsibility Highlighted

If You Like Incompetence, Vote Democrat!
Today in Washington. D.C. - May 18, 2012:
The Democrat led Senate ended another week without a budget.  The Senate is in recess until Monday. When the Senate reconvenes, it will NOT return to a budget but it will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S. 3187, a bill concerning FDA user fees. Also Monday, the Senate is scheduled to vote on cloture on the nomination of Paul Watford to be a judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Yesterday, the House passed:
H Res 568 (401-11) — Iran nuclear weapons - "Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the importance of preventing the Government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability." Two people considered to represent the extreme left and extreme right found something to agree on with this resolution. Lame-duck congressmen Ron Paul (R-TX), who is retiring and is presently running for the Republican presidential nomination, and Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who has lost his 2012 primary re-election bid, both voted NO on the importance of preventing the Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Begs the question: do they support the opposite from occurring or do they believe ignoring these issues makes them go away. Kucinich does have a record advocating for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. Kucinich and Paul have agreed before on issues. For example, they were the only two congressional representatives who voted against the Rothman-Kirk Resolution which called on the United Nations to charge Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with violating the genocide convention of the United Nations Charter based on statements that he has made. Both obviously for different reasons. Paul wisely opposes the United Nations.
H.R. 5740 (402-18) — "To Extend the National Flood Insurance Program"

Today, the House concluded the following business and has recessed until 10 AM, Tuesday May 22, 2012. Before adjourning they passed:
H.R. 4310 (299-120) — Appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for military activities of the Dept of Defense. To prescribe military personnel strengths for fiscal year 2013, and for other purposes.
H.R. 4348 Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012, Part II. House passed motion to instruct conferees: Rahall motion (245-169) and Barrow motion (261-152).
H.R. 4849 Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Backcountry Access Act - Unanimously passed Senate amended version of the bill.

More Comments On Democrats' Fiscal Irresponsibility:
Discussing Democrats’ ducking of responsibility after refusing to vote for any budget offered on Wednesday, including President Obama’s, Commentary’s Alana Goodman writes, “The Senate unanimously rejected President Obama’s budget yesterday, two months after the president’s budget was voted down unanimously in the House. It’s an embarrassing testimony to both Obama’s leadership and the Senate majority leadership’s willingness to take the long-term deficit problems seriously, particularly during an election year, and Democrats are furiously swinging into spin control mode.”

At, Guy Benson argues Democrats’ excuses all fall short: “Harry Reid’s hand-picked Senate Parliamentarian has confirmed Republicans’ contention that the Senate has not fulfilled its basic budgetary obligations.  This is the 1,113th day in a row that this has been the case. . . . Budgets explicitly cannot be filibustered.  If Democrats introduced a budget, whipped their members, and called a vote, it would pass. . . . But that would require Democrats to put their long-term plans on paper, which they’ve been avoiding like the plague for entirely political reasons. . . . If Democrats want to label an up-or-down vote on a Democratic president’s budget a ‘gimmick,’ they’re welcome to do so.  In some ways, it’s an appropriate description, given the pitiful gimmicks upon which Obama’s budget relies -- even to achieve the fraudulent ‘savings’ it claims. . . .  It would literally never balance.”

Goodman says, “The excuses are pretty flimsy, and Democrats are no doubt bracing for a public backlash. But clearly the party thinks they’re safer dealing with the fallout from rejecting Obama’s budget than being forced to defend his budget in the fall.”

When does the President's "balanced" approach balance the budget? Answer: Never

The Washington Examiner editorializes today that of all the budgets offered on Wednesday “President Obama’s plan suffered the worst defeat -- a unanimous 99 to 0. It was not the first such vote. Not only have Senate Democrats failed to pass a budget in over three years, but not a single Democratic senator has voted for any budget brought to the floor over that time period. In a meeting with The Washington Examiner’s editorial board on Thursday, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., offered a theory as to why this is so. ‘They don’t want to show you what their vision of government costs [is],’ he said.”

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