Oh my: House passes amendment that would defund Obama’s czars

posted at 9:48 pm on February 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

There’s no earthly way, I assume, that Senate Democrats (let alone Obama) will agree to this, so it’s destined to die in conference committee after the Senate passes its own spending bill. In that case, since we’re larding up the bill with measure that are D.O.A., can we bring back the idea to cut funds for Obama’s teleprompter? That’ll end up getting chopped too, but it’d be nice to blow him a little kiss while his online minions are busy meddling in Wisconsin’s budget debate.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), specifically targets Obama’s “climate czar” by blocking funding for the assistant to the president for energy and climate change, the position’s official title. The amendment would block funding for the ‘czars’ through the end of the fiscal year, when the spending bill would run out. The underlying bill also includes a provision to block funding for the position.

“I think this sends a strong signal to the president that we are tired of him running this shadow government, where they have got these czars that are literally circumventing the accountability and scrutiny that goes with Senate confirmation,” Scalise said after the vote…

The amendment would also prohibit funding for the director of the White House Office of Health Reform; the State Department’s special envoy for climate change; the special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at the Council on Environmental Quality; the senior adviser to the secretary of the treasury assigned to the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry and senior counselor for manufacturing policy; the White House director of urban affairs; the special envoy to oversee the closure of Guantanamo Bay; the special master for TARP executive compensation at the Department of the Treasury; and the associate general counsel and chief diversity officer at the Federal Communications Commission.

It’ll save millions, insists Scalise, and restore a little of that Hopenchange transparency that we hear so much about but rarely experience. What’s not to love? Like Boehner says, “I don’t want anyone to lose their job, whether they’re a federal employee or not. But come on, we’re broke.” Let the sacrifice begin at the top, my friends.

While we’re on the subject of spending cuts, here’s the most shameless politician in D.C. — who squandered a huge House majority by neglecting the economy for a year so that she could focus on ObamaCare — demanding to know from the GOP where all the jobs are. No, I’m not joking. Exit question: Forget about dropping the czar amendment in conference committee. Are we going to get a final budget bill at all? Hmmmmmm.


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Good start. Now can we PLEASE DEFUND OBAMACARE!!!

parteagirl on February 17, 2011 at 9:50 PM

What is the nation going to be forced to endure befor he leaves office?

Will we even survive this Cloward and Piven plague?

PappyD61 on February 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

WOWZA!

Equality 7-2521 on February 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

Put it on the board! Yessss!

Fallon on February 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

She’s never been about jobs…

She’s always been about spending…

Nancy should just shut the hell up unless she is trying to focus on trying to convince us that she known the meaning of the word bankruptcy.

BTW – Was Nancy Pelosi’s plastic surgery included in the stimulus bill?

I wonder if one day someone will uncover her true portrait a la Dorian Gray…

Danny on February 17, 2011 at 9:56 PM

Between the “Czars” and the recess appointments and the Executive Orders, this President has turned the Executive Branch into his own private government, beyond the reach of any accountability or oversight. I can’t wait to see how he’s going to create his own armed force.

Lew on February 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Maybe the demorats will run away and hide instead of voting on this.

Bishop on February 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Rep. Scalise should have named this The Barack Obama Transparency Amendment.

Josiah on February 17, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Wow, I’m with Nan, where are the jobs? After all the Republicans have been in control for a whole month! Shameful….

sandee on February 17, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Great idea. Obama has used the czars to avoid constitutional requirements on review and confirmation of appointees. Time to put the skids under this “Chicago Way” lawlessness.

novaculus on February 17, 2011 at 9:59 PM

“Democrat leader Tight Skin says that the Republican leadership needs to focus on creating jobs”

WTF! What a B*tch. Mix and match the words to fit.

Electrongod on February 17, 2011 at 10:00 PM

She barely handed the gavel over to Speaker Boehner before she started asking about jobs.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM

I swear if Nanzi Pelosi were on fire I’d stand and watch. I loathe that *****.

SouthernGent on February 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Cool!

Alana on February 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Gee Pelosi. Unfortunately, because of your inept, and incompetent leadership…not only have you left this country in a huge mess, and bordering on collapse, but you did NOTHING in your time as Speaker, but pass a crappy bill no one wanted. Now you ask where are the jobs???? You are a soulless witch, and I wished the church would recognize that, and excommunicate you. But not until after they at least tried an exorcism. But I guess even the church recognizes a demon thru, and thru. Don’t they!

capejasmine on February 17, 2011 at 10:10 PM

Bring on more paper cuts

Kini on February 17, 2011 at 10:15 PM

good! more please. It is time the Congress reasserted that it is indeed an equal power in DC.

Now if only we had a Cicero on the Congress floor to drive the debate instead of a weepy betamale….

unseen on February 17, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I watched this most of the afternoon, the squealing from the Democrats was a slice of heaven. Two years of having our guts, (and money), ripped out of us by these liberals should be a drop in the bucket to what the Republican Congress accomplished today. Yes, we all know Reid and his “controlled parrots” will not let it pass, yet it all goes on the record for 2012 that Democrats supported the evil czars that assumed the responsibilities of these very lazy Senators and one President.

Call me a masochist , but this is getting euphoric.

Rovin on February 17, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Soulless witch…….a term that says it all!

PappyD61 on February 17, 2011 at 10:19 PM

Defunding things one at a time is a loser — remember that the President has the last word to sign or veto.

They need to start funding things one at a time.

cthulhu on February 17, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Since Obama’s budget proposal is so gutless I suggest Paul Ryan (clearly the brains of the House GOP) go balls out on his counter-proposal. Defund Obamacare, defund the Czars hell, create a path to privatization of social security. Swing the pendelum hard to the right so if there is a compromise it will be the White House that caves more than the conservatives.

Chrisin206 on February 17, 2011 at 10:21 PM

In my home we have three toilets.

Nah, in two of my toilets we flush some sjit. One of mah toilets is named Barack O’Bama… oh, yeah.

We gettin reddy to flush some ____ ya’ll.

count it!

Key West Reader on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM

commerce clause and acronyms.

Inanemergencydial on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM

In my home we have three toilets.

Key West Reader on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM

I’m not worthy :) We have 2 toilets and one is named O’Bama. It gets plugged daily.

Electrongod on February 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Heh… I think that this is Scalise’s personal little FU to Obama over the Dept. of the Interior screwing with Louisiana by refusing to issue new drilling permits.

teke184 on February 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM

In my home we have three toilets.

Nah, in two of my toilets we flush some sjit. One of mah toilets is named Barack O’Bama… oh, yeah.

We gettin reddy to flush some ____ ya’ll.

count it!

Key West Reader on February 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Uhmmm do I want to know what you do with the 3rd toilet and what their names are?

MeatHeadinCA on February 17, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I’m not worthy :) We have 2 toilets and one is named O’Bama. It gets plugged daily.

Electrongod on February 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I’ve heard that’s how he swings.

MeatHeadinCA on February 17, 2011 at 10:32 PM

I swear if Nanzi Pelosi were on fire I’d stand and watch. I loathe that *****.

SouthernGent on February 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Man that’s cold. And uncivil. You should be ashamed.

You could at least throw some water on her and watch her melt.

SlaveDog on February 17, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Check this out. My congressman listed a pdf of the moneys that were cut from the continuing resolution for 2011. I will repost this list in another comment, but this one really takes the cake:

Financial Services:
Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation -$37.5M
Election Assistance Grants -$75M
White House Unanticipated Needs -$1M
ONDCP Youth Media Campaign -$45M
ONDCP Counterdrug Technology Assessment Center -$5M

Actually every item in this list above raises my eyebrows, but how could the WH have a million dollars of unanticipated needs beyond the ways that it blows the budget on parties and what-have-yous?

What is a Youth Media Campaign, and why does it need so much money?

What is the gobbledygook involved in the first item to the tune of 37.5 M?

onlineanalyst on February 17, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Let’s see if the embedded link works from this email from my rep.

This week, the House of Representatives begins debate on a new spending bill, known as a Continuing Resolution, or a CR, to fund the government for the remainder of this fiscal year. This CR will cover spending from across agency programs — including everything from the Army Corps of Engineers to foreign aid to Head Start to grants for volunteer fire companies —for the next seven months. Without new legislation, these programs will expire.

For the first time in many years, this CR proposes cuts to federal government spending instead of spending increases. It cuts $100 billion from the President’s budget request for 2011, and is nearly $60 billion less than the total amount spent on discretionary programs in the last fiscal year. Since many government programs saw significant funding increases under the economic stimulus legislation, these cuts represent a roll-back to 2008 spending levels. The CR funding bill contains no earmarks and eliminates over 100 programs. A full list of program terminations can be found here.

Okay the link did not pick up. I will post the link itself in another post. You would not believe the idiocy that our federal tax dollars are funding.

onlineanalyst on February 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM

I can’t wait to see how he’s going to create his own armed force.

Lew

Why do you think he has no problem with black youth unemployment that currently stands at 25%?

honsy on February 17, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Are these amendments related to the CR issue, or are they proposed to affect upcoming budgets, too?

onlineanalyst on February 17, 2011 at 10:52 PM

Anybody else catch that when she said that her granddaughter attends a public school? Yeah right.

bogginator on February 17, 2011 at 11:14 PM

cunning stunt, nanzi!

Eren on February 17, 2011 at 11:15 PM

The czar system Obama had setup is unconstitutional and dangerous. They should go after their disbandment with everything they’ve got.

TheBigOldDog on February 17, 2011 at 11:26 PM

Why am I getting that feeling of joy? Is it a dream happening right before our very eyes?

antisocial on February 17, 2011 at 11:29 PM

most excellent….

cmsinaz on February 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM

while you’re at it, defund Obamacare, Dep. of Education, The U.N. and heavily slash the budget of the EPA. DO IT.

They are trying to cut funding for planned parenthood and NPR right?

Daemonocracy on February 17, 2011 at 11:35 PM

Defunding the czars will create 5,291 jobs.

WoosterOh on February 17, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Yes, I pulled that number out of thin air like the Obama Economics 101 crew does

WoosterOh on February 17, 2011 at 11:40 PM

Defunding Obamacare will create 900,000 jobs and will cut the budget by a 1/2 trillion.

WoosterOh on February 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM

demanding to know from the GOP where all the jobs are.

that’s rich coming from her…

pathetic

cmsinaz on February 17, 2011 at 11:48 PM

Since WHEN did Nancy become concerned about jobs?

GarandFan on February 17, 2011 at 11:50 PM

“I think this sends a strong signal to the president that we are tired of him running this shadow government, where they have got these czars that are literally circumventing the accountability and scrutiny that goes with Senate confirmation,” Scalise said after the vote…

I really doubt he cares.
One way or another, he will continue to try & shove his socialist nightmare utopia down the American people’s throats, whether we like it or now.
Now comes the tug of war.
Check this waste of MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of taxpayers funds.
And that is just what they can find.
The woman lawyer from Cheyenne WY has been digging into this & this is just the icing on the cake.

Badger40 on February 18, 2011 at 12:04 AM

The woman lawyer from Cheyenne WY has been digging into this & this is just the icing on the cake.

Badger40 on February 18, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Budd-Falen spoke at the ND Stockman’s Covnention last Sept & she explained that these enviro groups are making $$ hand over fist filing pointless lawsuits bcs they know the govt will not be able to respond by the lawful time allotted & so these groups automatically WIN & get a fat check from Uncle Sam through EAJA.
You have no idea how insane this has become.

Badger40 on February 18, 2011 at 12:07 AM

While we’re on the subject of spending cuts, here’s the most shameless politician in D.C. — who squandered a huge House majority by neglecting the economy for a year so that she could focus on ObamaCare — demanding to know from the GOP where all the jobs are. No, I’m not joking.

I’m not either; if ever a human being deserved and desperately needed an a$$kicking, it’s her.

Midas on February 18, 2011 at 2:31 AM

Good start. Now can we PLEASE DEFUND OBAMACARE!!!

parteagirl on February 17, 2011 at 9:50 PM

They could at least pass a non-binding resolution saying it is the opinion of the House that the mandate is unconstitutional. That would be hard for the SCOTUS to ignore.

pedestrian on February 18, 2011 at 2:53 AM

Y’see, I *DO* very much want folks like Carol Browner to lose their jobs, because those jobs shouldn’t exist in the first place.

JEM on February 18, 2011 at 3:04 AM

There’s no earthly way, I assume, that Senate Democrats (let alone Obama) will agree to this, so it’s destined to die in conference committee after the Senate passes its own spending bill. In that case, since we’re larding up the bill with measure that are D.O.A., can we bring back the idea to cut funds for Obama’s teleprompter?

Honest to GOD AP, what do you propose? Check with reid and obama before they pass a bill to make sure they are down with it?!?!
You have poo-poo’d every thing they have done that might not pass. Do you not understand they are laying down markers. forcing the dems to take stands, acting on the people’s will, laying ground work for ’12???
They are doing exactly what they should do!
Get a grip man!

winston on February 18, 2011 at 5:48 AM

As I recall the Constitution, you gotta ask the House for the money … LOL.

So the Senate can blow all the hot air it wants, but still no money …

Shut er down, shut it all down.

tarpon on February 18, 2011 at 7:03 AM

I swear if Nanzi Pelosi were on fire I’d stand and watch. I loathe that *****.

SouthernGent on February 17, 2011 at 10:05 PM

If I had to pee, I might think about helping her out.

Kafir on February 18, 2011 at 7:31 AM

This is great trap set by the democrats. They know that gubbermint can’t create private sector jobs, it can only destroy private sector jobs. While Obama’s policies are destroying private sector jobs, the house dems will blame the dismal unemployment on the republicans.

Bevan on February 18, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Good start. Now can we PLEASE DEFUND OBAMACARE!!!

parteagirl on February 17, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Dittos.

Whether D.O.A. or not, it’s a statement that must be made.

petefrt on February 18, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Serously, is there a human being on the planet that is not a brainwashed lemming who thinks Pelosi is even sane? Pelosi and Boxer prove that a side effect of of being botoxed is having to deal with uncontrollable periods of babbling nonsense.

volsense on February 18, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Every Spending Bill should cite the Constitutional Authority behind it. Commerce Clause or General Welfare have been stretched to the breaking Point and are not acceptable.

Governing by Agency is not acceptable either. The Meddling, Over Reach, Over Regulation and Intrusion must halt.

old trooper2 on February 18, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Anybody else catch that when she said that her granddaughter attends a public school? Yeah right.

bogginator on February 17, 2011 at 11:14 PM

I got stuck on that comment. I can’t fathom how a woman with that much money will let her grandkids attend public school. If that is the truth she is surely a woman with a soul.

BTW – nanny – you had your turn to “show us the jobs” & you FAILED.

poppieseeds on February 18, 2011 at 10:28 AM

You are no longer the leader…so be it…

right2bright on February 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM

Try this site USA.gov and see what the Federal government is funding. Click on a few of the agencies. Unbelievable.

mixplix on February 18, 2011 at 3:48 PM