Friday, November 11, 2005

Republicans pull Budget Bill to get Reelected

Sarah Chamberlain Resnick, executive director of the centrist Republican Main Street Partnership, said GOP leaders have awakened to the fact that the most valuable vote a House member can cast is for House speaker; if moderates are forced too far to the right, their constituents won't send them back to Washington.

''The reality is, we need to get reelected. I think the leaders get that" now, Resnick said.

Last year's highly contested presidential election ''mobilized a lot of people" who were concerned about the rightward trend the country appeared to be taking, said Representative Charles Bass, a six-term New Hampshire Republican who led the effort this week to get the Alaska oil-drilling proposal out of a budget-cutting bill.

Amid centrist backlash, House pulls budget bill

Yes, my friend we are in an election year. The passing of the off year election, means only 1 year until the entire House is re-elected. Therefore more of the acts of mahem on democracy that brought us the passage new bankruptcy and CAFTA bills will wait until you've reelected enough Republicans.

On the table last Thursday: selling millions of dollars of public land (with valuable minerals underneath) for the price of dirt and without royalties. This deal would make the former drunken leader of Russia, Boris Yeltsin, proud as it was the selling of their national wealth for next to nothing (as well as refusing to tax the wealthy) that made Russia what it is today--the laughing stock of the world, unable to keep it's infrastructure serviceable or its military in fighting order.

But would we rather sit on this land and get nothing for it. Absolutely not. Like with oil and gas claims we could collect royalties from any products produced from it. This would be a continuing resource for our children as well as protecting our treasured undeveloped land. the House -- particularly under DeLay's leadership -- moderates have been marginalized. Republican leaders have depended on a small band of conservative Democrats to keep their agenda moving on priorities that centrist Republicans have opposed. And on the toughest of votes, Republican moderates were bludgeoned into following the party line with threats of delayed committee assignments and sidetracked legislative priorities.

So your moderate GOP Representative has been caving in to the Bush-Delay agenda like the bankruptcy bill and CAFTA for their own gain. Makes you think doesn't it?

Washington Post says:
The twin setbacks added to growing signs that the Republican Party's typically lock-step discipline is cracking under the weight of Bush's plummeting approval ratings, Tuesday's electoral defeats and the increasing discontent of the American electorate.

House Budget Measure Is Pulled

But, of course, that only applies until the next election. If you can forgive the bankruptcy bill and CAFTA (The latter was approved by all Republicans and opposed by Democrats in Congress) we'll find out how little they value your continued support.

The immediate problem with this budget is the cutting of social programs to mask the damage Bush's Iraq adventure has done to our country. Already the bankruptcy bill is managing to make middle class Americans pay for the Bush administration's incredible runup in national debt, though looking at the bill as it starts to take effect, it seems more designed to destroy family businesses, and millions of families themselves. It might also depress the Christmas shopping season.

From the Houston Chronicle:
Although the ANWR provision is no longer part of the House budget bill, it could be revived, since it was included in the $36 billion spending-reduction measure recently approved by the Senate.

Measure could resurface
A number of lawmakers, including Brady, said a negotiated compromise between the two houses could reinstate the oil-drilling measure in the final version of the budget bill.

This final version often called the conference version (from the conference committee that forms compromise between a Senate bill and a House bill) requires a majority of both houses to approve it. This is why the House is always dominant over the Senate in matters they both must decide, because they have over 400 members and the Senate has only 100. Many Democratic and (spiritually)independent (there is only 1 politically independent Senator--James Jeffords) Senators complain that the bill that comes from the conference committee looks nothing like the one they voted for. And, as we read above above, the House Republican leadership has been keeping their partymates in line for years with threats to their political future. Former Representatve Nick Smith also complained of threats and bribes used against him over the passage of the Medicare Act of 2003. His Republican collegues did keep their promise to defeat his son who was running in the primare for his seat the next year since he continued to oppose the bill.


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