Rubio, Mike Lee, Allen West, other freshmen to vote no on GOP’s short-term budget fix

posted at 5:40 pm on March 14, 2011 by Allahpundit

The previous two-week extension passed 91-9, and Durbin and Schumer already signaled on yesterday’s chat shows that they’re open to the GOP’s new plan for a new three-week extension involving $6 billion in (mostly Democratic) cuts. So the stand being taken here is symbolic, but still welcome. It’s a national disgrace that, at a moment of universally acknowledged fiscal crisis (well, almost), the best Congress can do to solve the problem is make penny ante cuts via bite-sized budgets. And since the increasing absurdity of it means this could be the last short-term extension, it’s smart politics by Rubio, at least among the base, to get out in front of pointing out that absurdity.

The absurdity of what we have witnessed on the Senate floor is only eclipsed by the lack of leadership demonstrated by the White House, and a President who has been absent from this debate and even sent his lead negotiator on a five-day foreign trip.

All this has led to a very predictable outcome: Washington politicians of both parties scrambling to put together two and three week plans to keep funding the government, while not fundamentally changing the behavior that has gotten us into this mess to begin with.

Running our government on the fumes of borrowed spending is unacceptable, short-sighted and dangerous. I commend the efforts of House and Senate Republican leaders to deal with this, but I did not come to the U.S. Senate to be part of some absurd political theatre.

I will no longer support short-term budget plans. While attempts at new spending reductions are commendable, we simply can no longer afford to nickel-and-dime our way out of the dangerous debt America has amassed. It is time our leaders in Washington wake up and realize that we are headed for a debt disaster.

Allen West voted yes on the last extension but said a few days ago he’ll vote no on this one; other freshmen like Mike Lee in the Senate and Tim Huelskamp and Jeff Duncan in the House will join him. It’s not just freshmen, either: Jim Jordan, the new chair of the Republican Study Committee, said today he’ll vote no, partly because the short-term bill says nothing about defunding Planned Parenthood. It’ll still pass — the vote on the last one was 335-91 so there’s plenty of margin for error — but as the defections pile up, the chances for future extensions crumble. Which, politically may give Democrats an opening: If they sense a critical mass of Republicans forming against short-term extensions, then all they have to do is keep voting “yes” and let GOP opposition build. Eventually there’ll be a majority in the Republican caucus that prefers a shutdown to a new two- or three-week deal; when that happens, Democrats will crow that they tried to compromise by agreeing to the House’s short-term deals, but those darned tea partiers are too fanatic. In fact, Chuck Schumer’s already pushing that talking point:

“We agree that running the government two weeks at a time is not good for anyone, but it is the far right that is preventing any compromise on a long-term budget. These Republicans’ decisions to abandon the three-week proposal negotiated by their own party’s leadership suggests that Tea Party lawmakers are unwilling to accept anything short of the extreme cuts in the House budget, even if it risks a shutdown. This is a bad omen that shows how difficult it will be for Speaker Boehner to bring the Tea Party along for any long-term compromise. It is becoming clear that the path to a bipartisan budget deal may not go through the Tea Party at all. In order to avert a shutdown, Speaker Boehner should consider leaving the Tea Party behind and instead seek a consensus in the House among moderate Republicans and a group of Democrats.”

Also on record as ripping “the extreme wing of the Republican Party” this afternoon is Michael Grimm, who’s … a freshman Republican.

Exit question: Doesn’t the stance taken by Rubio et al. further reduce the GOP’s leverage in striking a long-term deal on the budget for the rest of the year? All Reid and Schumer have to do now is continue to push short-term extensions every few weeks and watch Republicans peel off. Sure, they’ll have to agree to a few billion in new cuts each time, but those cuts are chump change and worth accepting if it means driving a deep wedge in the GOP caucus. No wonder Cantor’s sounding lukewarm!


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MES401067 on March 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM

absurd political theater

How appropriate–I just now finished watching “Mr Smith Goes To Washington” before I fired up the computer.
Hold their feet to the fire!

itsnotaboutme on March 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

You have to figure there would be diminishing returns on this though, and that the GOP would not “peel off” in a continuous thread. The people taking a stand here make sense. congressmen voting “no” after 10 short term fixes? Not so much. There may be some lost early, but I imagine those that keep on voting for them would continue to do so.

Ferris on March 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Works for me

cmsinaz on March 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Doesn’t the stance taken by Rubio et al. further reduce the GOP’s leverage in striking a long-term deal on the budget for the rest of the year?

What leverage?

If they cannot, or will not force a deal now that actually cuts the budget with numbers that will make a real difference then what meaning does their leverage have?

sharrukin on March 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

cut entitlements. or make those receiving fed funds (those persons) take a drug test.

kelley in virginia on March 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I lasted 5:10 in to the “spend” video… can anyone top that?

espnjunkie on March 14, 2011 at 5:49 PM

cut entitlements. or and make those receiving fed funds (those persons) take a drug test.

kelley in virginia on March 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Just a suggested change…

Midas on March 14, 2011 at 5:53 PM

They have not forgotten,

‘Remember November’!!!!

canopfor on March 14, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Good to see the Freshman Senators refusing to be part of the GOP Puppetshow Theater.

Shame them. Shame the Republican leadership into cutting the budget. Make them famous!

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 5:54 PM

It’s a national disgrace that, at a moment of universally acknowledged fiscal crisis (well, almost), the best Congress can do to solve the problem is make penny ante cuts via bite-sized budgets.

Agree…but at this point, anything that cuts spending is a good thing, and a start.

Not to mention a govt. shutdown would hurt the GOP this coming election…as the Dem’s would simply blame the GOP for it, and say “Hey, we offered up budget cuts. The ball was in the GOP’s court”.

JetBoy on March 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

Terrye on March 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Works for me

cmsinaz on March 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Ditto that!..:)

PS..Hello!..Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

*swoon*

Hannibal Smith on March 14, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Agree…but at this point, anything that cuts spending is a good thing, and a start.

JetBoy on March 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Actually at this point it provides cover for those who have no intention of EVER cutting the budget.

Far better to find out who is who and work from there.

sharrukin on March 14, 2011 at 5:59 PM

The Democrats keep playing the Republicans like fiddles.

rickyricardo on March 14, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I for one eagerly await Grow Fins erudite wisdom here. She will tell us exactly how…

Oh, wait. Grow Fins will not trouble us any more! Ye old Ban Hammer™ nailed her (along with 4 others) earlier today! Hallelujah!

Vanceone on March 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM

“Spending”,

what a beautiful montage!!

Somebody,should hack into every communication,accept
Military of course,and have Obama’s spending tirade,
on jumbo tron thingys,tv’s,in an endless loop,like
the 1984 Movie,with the big screen,of HilRod,as an
example,

now that would be a hoot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(snark).

canopfor on March 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM

It seems to me that the radicals are really the people too damned stupid, too damned corrupt, and too damped lazy to overhaul the tax code, the accounting practices, and the spending habits of our cancerous government. The so-called ‘moderates’ are, in my opinion, the worst offenders of all. Liberals have the excuse that they really believe their own moronic spew, but the moderates play both sides and believe in nothing except getting re-elected.

WashingtonsWake on March 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM

why did grow fins get banned?

kelley in virginia on March 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM

That video is HILARIOUS!!!

aquaviva on March 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Agree…but at this point, anything that cuts spending is a good thing, and a start.

JetBoy on March 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM

I disagree. These cuts the GOP are proposing are so tiny compared to the spending and debt, it is laughable. Also, the GOP will stop all real meaningful budget cutting once they feel the heat is off of them and can blame Obama all the way to ’12.

No more bandaids & aspirin, time for budget cancer removal.

It’s now or never.

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Vanceone on March 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM

What thread did this happen?..:)

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Agree…but at this point, anything that cuts spending is a good thing, and a start.

Not to mention a govt. shutdown would hurt the GOP this coming election…as the Dem’s would simply blame the GOP for it, and say “Hey, we offered up budget cuts. The ball was in the GOP’s court”.

JetBoy on March 14, 2011 at 5:55 PM

You know that is what the Democrats are counting on…and the media will help them push that meme too.

Terrye on March 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM

DemoRats/LibTards,

are the Party,of,

“TAXIS SPENDIS”!
****************

canopfor on March 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Oh, wait. Grow Fins will not trouble us any more! Ye old Ban Hammer™ nailed her (along with 4 others) earlier today! Hallelujah!

Vanceone on March 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah………

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 6:03 PM

why did grow fins get banned?

kelley in virginia on March 14, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Part of an furball over in the murdered family thread. Four or five were ‘purged’. Kindergartners would have been proud of the dialogue.

sharrukin on March 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM

God…watching that video…I just realized…Obama is really ugly…

Heh

katy on March 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Vanceone on March 14, 2011 at 6:00 PM
========================
What thread did this happen?..:)

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Dire Straits:Yes,inquiring minds need,er,would like to know!
:)

canopfor on March 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM

you know, I was thinking that the murdered family issue would get growfins banned.

kelley in virginia on March 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I disagree. These cuts the GOP are proposing are so tiny compared to the spending and debt, it is laughable. Also, the GOP will stop all real meaningful budget cutting once they feel the heat is off of them and can blame Obama all the way to ’12.

No more bandaids & aspirin, time for budget cancer removal.

It’s now or never.

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM

No doubt these cuts are small. Krauthammer made the point that if they cut 2 billion a week, they would have their 100 billion in a year..his remark was a sort of tongue in cheek thing, but it is true.

The larger problem is the public who simply has no clue what it will take to cut the spending, they seem to think that getting rid of foreign aid will do the trick.

Truthfully, I think that they should push an across the board cut of 5% spending. That way no one group can claim they are being unfairly treated.

Terrye on March 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM

It was here that Grow Fins met her demise.

Vanceone on March 14, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Grow Fins
DarkStar
right4life
KinleyArdal

All added to the hall of Shame.

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Voting no? What does Rubio, West and the rest think is going to happen? We don’t have the Senate nor the executive branch. Get used to CR’s because that all that’s going to happen through 2012. No way is the Senate going to pass a house budget with even a minuscule amount of cuts that mean anything. That’s just the way it is.

lowandslow on March 14, 2011 at 6:10 PM

“A three-week CR would expire on April 8, 2011, just as the House of Representatives is passing the FY2012 budget out of committee and sending it to the floor. This has always been Senator Reid’s endgame strategy: continually pushing short-term CRs to move this fight back far enough that it starts to overlap with conservative attempts to use the FY2012 budget debate and debt-ceiling debate as opportunities to get our nation’s fiscal house in order,” Michael Needham, the chief executive of Heritage Action, wrote in a March 14 open letter.

“Merging the continuing resolution debate and the debt ceiling debate together would be the worst possible situation for conservatives. It would limit their negotiating position for substantive cuts when the clock is ticking toward what Democrats and Republican leaders are calling not just a shut-down situation, but a default situation,” wrote the influential blogger Erick Erickson Monday.

Reid’s office did not respond to a request for comment. But a March 9 post by left-wing blogger Ezra Klein lays out the rationale: “Democrats need to bring [the debates] together, which is part of why they’re trying to slide the 2011 spending bill into a larger deficit-reduction conversation that can also include a rise in the debt limit,” Klein wrote.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, pointed to Democratic inaction on the House-passed spending bill that would fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year.

“The House has passed a funding bill for the rest of the year that will cut spending to help the private sector create jobs and includes other important policy priorities. At this point, the Democrats who run Washington have yet to offer anything but the status quo — and the status quo is unacceptable to the American people,” Steel said.

What’s the endgame for GOP leadership? And how does the three-week CR play into it? One GOP leadership aide told The Daily Caller that the end result of the negotiations will likely be an adoption of the continuing resolution originally introduced by GOP leaders that cut $31 billion – about half the $61 billion the freshman class helped convince Boehner to cut in the final version.

If that’s what Republicans get – especially if it’s part of a deal that includes a vote to increase the debt ceiling – conservatives would be deeply unhappy, insiders say.

Daily Caller.

How the Dems are playing the GOP for suckers….again.

Wethal on March 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Hey DS :)

cmsinaz on March 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Truthfully, I think that they should push an across the board cut of 5% spending. That way no one group can claim they are being unfairly treated.

Terrye on March 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I agree that an across the board cut for all is an excellent Idea. I would like it to be a 10% cut.

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

canopfor on March 14, 2011 at 6:05 PM

It is the thread about the story of the children getting killed in Itamar!..:)

PS..Ed had the Ban Hammer going on!..:)

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Grow Fins
DarkStar
right4life
KinleyArdal

All added to the hall of Shame.

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Also…

dmh0667

sharrukin on March 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Hey DS :)

cmsinaz on March 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Hello!..Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 6:15 PM

lasted 5:10 in to the “spend” video… can anyone top that?

espnjunkie on March 14, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Quite the opposite – I looked at the screen cap for a millisecond and knew I couldn’t watch it…

Ann on March 14, 2011 at 6:16 PM

they need to cut eligibility for entitlements. therefore, fewer will qualify. (one example of this is to raise age to qualify for Social Security & yes, I realize that SocSec is not the same as Medicaid/Medicare & the other giveaways)

kelley in virginia on March 14, 2011 at 6:17 PM

No more kicking this can down the road

cmsinaz on March 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM

The gop is silent about finishing the dems job for them….why?

cmsinaz on March 14, 2011 at 6:22 PM

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Dang, if I had known I would have raked leaves tomorrow.

Cindy Munford on March 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Wethal on March 14, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Then it is time to stop the kabuki, pull on the big boy pants and get serious. This whole exercise in gamesmanship is tiring.

a capella on March 14, 2011 at 6:28 PM

I realize that this is seen as just another tactic but at least it is a different and more responsible one.

Cindy Munford on March 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Wow. That spending video is amazing.

gumble on March 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Truthfully, I think that they should push an across the board cut of 5% spending. That way no one group can claim they are being unfairly treated.

Terrye on March 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I agree that an across the board cut for all is an excellent Idea. I would like it to be a 10% cut.

portlandon on March 14, 2011 at 6:14 PM

…and that includes federal headcount.

slickwillie2001 on March 14, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Doesn’t this CR fund the implementation of Obamacare? How brazen of the establishment GOP.

Valiant on March 14, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Cindy Munford on March 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

I agree!..:)

PS..For the record I hate raking leaves!..:)

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 6:38 PM

We don’t need cuts, we need amputations. There is a gangrenous stench to our government.

pugwriter on March 14, 2011 at 6:43 PM

If we had more like Lee, West, and Rubio, our Republic would not be in the mess we are in now. The rino’s and d’s want to stop anything that makes us the nation we were at one time. Keep in mind when voting next time who is with bho! Are these for America or for who can take from the taxpayers? From I can see, the rino’s are in bed with the d’s and bho. Shame, shame, shame, as the d’s and union thugs said in WI.
L

letget on March 14, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Cindy Munford on March 14, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Hello!..Good to see you!..:)

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Fine by me, shut it down! Stand by your platforms you went to DC on politicians.

bluemarlin on March 14, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Agreed, 10% across the board, 10% reduction in Fed workforce, including postal, but not soldiers, and 10% the next year, and the next until entitlements are reformed for people under 50, the budget is balanced, then hold until the economy creates a surplus and start paying down the debt with 10% of tax receipts. Even with all three branches in Tea Party hands it will be a very difficult thing to accomplish.

AZCON on March 14, 2011 at 6:49 PM

What kind of compromise are they going to get? We need $1 Trillion in cuts this year. Who even cares about these short term budgets or this $100 Billion no $60 Billion in a budget that’s already half over. 40% of the budget is debt, worry about the real problem.

Sgt_H on March 14, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Good to see you. It’s going to take several days to get up the leaves and acorns.

Cindy Munford on March 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Cindy Munford on March 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Good luck!..:)

Dire Straits on March 14, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Ruuuuubio!

publiuspen on March 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Quick, someone give each of em a hundred large so they’ll shut-up…

equanimous on March 14, 2011 at 7:23 PM

All Reid and his have to continue to do is be the arses that they are, the destroyers of this and the next generations.

There are very few real men left.

Also, there are very few superior cultures left. Japan has one of them. They are under a disastrous siege but they don’t loot.

Wash. D.C. should look up and take an example.

This is unsustainable.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Boehner has promised to release a budget soon that tackles entitlement reform, but even he has acknowledged that the public isn’t ready to accept the tough medicine and that lawmakers need to educate voters.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51298_Page3.html#ixzz1GcaC5ck0

ummmm, yes we are…just do it

cmsinaz on March 14, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Oh well. Shut it down then. I’ve got no problem with that.

BKeyser on March 14, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Leadership: GOP doesn’t need better Weasels, it needs more Lions. Weasels: Boehner, McConnel. Lions: DeMint, Paul, et al.

petefrt on March 14, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Hey, Grimm? Your own party didn’t lift a finger to help you, and you thank the Tea Party people who pushed you over the top like this? You are so gonna hate it when you get home and try showing your face.

TC@LeatherPenguin on March 14, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Enough with the continuing resolutions… ENOUGH!

Khun Joe on March 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

further reduce the GOP’s leverage in striking a long-term deal on the budget for the rest of the year?

You are out of your hillary loving mind. The demofascists play for keeps and the only budget they willl vote for is one that benefits thier base and hurts America. By wanting to give in you are showing that you don’t really believe in fiscal sanity. These people were elected to make a change, smaller federal government is what is best for America and cutting will work. acorn, planned parenthood, npr, pbs, the education department, the department of labor, HUD…all further the leftist agenda, all enrich the demofascist base, all are expensive and need to go. On top of it all, barry will take his 105 billion and set up more beauracracies that do nothing but eat tax dollars. The republicans have to stop being so afraid of the foul media and realize the people who voted for them are the ones to be afraid of because if they don’t do thier job we will not vote for them again. Everyone is paying attention now and they can’t expect to go to washington and play the usual games.

peacenprosperity on March 14, 2011 at 10:14 PM

DEFUND OBAMACARE!!!

I don’t want games. I don’t want posturing. I want ObamaCare stopped in its tracks…NOW!!! Before more doctors quit the profession, before billions we don’t have get spent, before insurances companies go under. Put an end to it NOW!
We don’t have time for this nonsense!

parteagirl on March 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM

I don’t want games. I don’t want posturing. I want ObamaCare stopped in its tracks…NOW!!! Before more doctors quit the profession, before billions we don’t have get spent, before insurances companies go under. Put an end to it NOW!
We don’t have time for this nonsense!

parteagirl on March 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Insurance companies going under? Not with millions of required new customers and premium mandates only based on expenses. They’ll make a killing which is why their stocks are way up since it was apparent the legislation would pass.

jonknee on March 15, 2011 at 12:13 AM

parteagirl on March 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Well said.

Dominion on March 15, 2011 at 12:31 AM

How long do they think Americans would stand for these continuing resolutions? I have never gone by underestimating the the average person whose may exposure to all things Washington come from 10 second soundbites at 6 and 11 or late night talk show hosts cracking jokes, but the other thing I never underestimate is the ability of Americans to adapt. Adapting to one’s circumstances however works both ways. In this case the population gets used to these stop gap measures as business as usual and come October 2012 just before the next national election we could still be debating the next CR. It has to stop. Get back to a sense of fiscal stability. Living paycheck to paycheck is a reality for most Americans but it is no way to run a country.

On the matter of adaptability it also applies to cuts in entitlements. People have gotten to expect the current vote buying schemes encompassed in programs such as Social Security and Medicare, but if enough elected officials would make the changes that are necessary Americans would adapt. And quickly I dare say.

Just A Grunt on March 15, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Correction: I have never gone wrong by underestimating the the average person whose may main exposure to all things Washington come from 10 second soundbites at 6 and 11 or late night talk show hosts cracking jokes, but the other thing I never underestimate is the ability of Americans to adapt.

Just A Grunt on March 15, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Insurance companies going under? Not with millions of required new customers and premium mandates only based on expenses. They’ll make a killing which is why their stocks are way up since it was apparent the legislation would pass.

jonknee on March 15, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Health insurance companies are hurting. The only thing that has eased the downward slide have been some of the recent court rulings that threaten to put a halt to Obamacare. How do I know? I work for one and in the time since the passage of this legislation we have laid off about 10-15% of the work force.(Around 3-4000 people). With the deteriorating economy fewer people have insurance. In what may be the ultimate irony many insurance companies are now exploring opportunities in China, which is moving from a government based health care model to a more private insurance type model.

Check the WSJ or other financial news sources and search on the stories for companies like Humana, Wellpoint, or United Healthcare. United Healthcare has thrown their lot in with the AARP and supported the Obamacare legislation and for their support have been made exempt from several of the provisions such as those concerning the Medicare Advantage plans. The whole legislation is all about rewarding friends and punishing enemies and very little to do with making health care or insurance better.

As far as the performance on the stock market that is based partially on the rules imposed regarding insurance companies and the amount of money they have to have on hand along with reduced cost for payroll. I still wouldn’t call anything they are doing as being great since the stocks fluctuate back and forth every day. You need only look at my 401k statement to know that.

Nice try at playing the class warfare card though.

Just A Grunt on March 15, 2011 at 7:53 AM