Breaking: GOP passes Cut, Cap, & Balance Act

posted at 9:16 pm on July 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

John Boehner and the Republican caucus in the House passed the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act as promised on a near-party-line vote tonight, 234-190.  The move puts the onus back on the White House to propose an alternative or assume responsibility for killing the debt-ceiling hike it contains:

Defying a veto threat, the Republican-controlled House passed legislation Tuesday night to slice federal spending by $6 trillion and require a constitutional balanced budget amendment to be sent to the states in exchange for averting a threatened government default.

The 234-190 vote marked the power of deeply conservative first-term Republicans, and stood in contrast to stirrings at the White House and in the Senate on a renewed effort at bipartisanship to solve the looming debt crisis.

Members of Congress have begun to fill e-mail inboxes with their reaction.  From the upper chamber, Pat Toomey “applauds”:

“Today, my House colleagues have shown a willingness to raise the debt limit, but only if the president puts us on a path to a balanced budget. I applaud the House’s passage of the Cut, Cap and Balance Act and hope that the Senate will send this bill to the president’s desk,” Sen. Toomey said. “I find it hard to believe that the president would be so opposed to a path to a balanced federal budget that he would veto this legislation and reject the debt ceiling increase he claims is absolutely vital for the country.”

Paul Ryan declares victory:

“The House of Representatives continues to advance serious solutions to get our budget on the path to balance and our economy on the path to prosperity.  The Cut, Cap and Balance legislation passed today cuts $5.8 trillion in spending over the next decade, locks in those savings with enforceable caps on spending, and forces Washington to finally live within its means with a Balanced Budget Amendment.

“The coming debt crisis is the single most predictable economic disaster in the history of this nation. Unfortunately, the White House refuses to put forth a credible plan to solve our spending problem, and Senate Democrats have not passed a budget in over 800 days. I remain hopeful that responsible leaders will work with us to advance specific solutions that uphold our solemn commitment to leave the next generation with a stronger, more prosperous nation than the one we inherited.”

However, Paul Broun sounds a dissent:

“I gave my word to my constituents in Georgia and to the rest of the American people that I would not vote for any bill that increases the debt limit. Although the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill is a step in the right direction, it still raises the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion, and we simply cannot afford it.

“Also missing from the Cut, Cap, and Balance bill is the urgency to pay down the debt by immediately reducing the outrageous spending levels to which Washington has become so accustomed. Unfortunately, the cuts outlined in Cut, Cap, and Balance take effect over a period of ten years. We no longer have ten years to spare – it’s too little, too late.

“Undoubtedly, we have to cap spending and we must enact a balanced budget amendment, but Congress can get these tasks done without raising the debt ceiling. I have introduced bills to both lower the debt ceiling and to balance the budget.

“We’ve been down this road before. Administrations of the past have agreed to raise the debt ceiling on a contingency that cuts would be made in future budgets – but those cuts never materialized. It’s long past time to stop obligating our constitutional duties – along with our budgetary problems – to both future Congresses and future generations.”

Similarly, Michele Bachmann voted no on the final passage. She had been adamant about not raising the debt ceiling, offering a yes vote only in exchange for a full repeal of ObamaCare.

Either way, Republicans have now passed their second bill this session that attempts to address the exploding deficits and the debt crisis, the first being Paul Ryan’s budget plan in April.  Meanwhile, Democrats in the Senate haven’t bothered to pass any budget resolution in over 800 days, and the White House still refuses to offer any specific ideas.

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Good for them. It may not be perfect but it is a hell of a lot better than anything the democrats are offering.

gophergirl on July 19, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Game On!

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Awesome. Anybody have a complete roll call for the vote on final passage?

Good on MB for keeping her word to vote against any debt ceiling increase at all.

knob on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Now stop the Mcconnell boondoggle

promachus on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Similarly, Michele Bachmann voted no on the final passage. She had been adamant about not raising the debt ceiling, offering a yes vote only in exchange for a full repeal of ObamaCare.

Glad to know she’s being an adult about all of this.

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KingGold on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Doesn’t the Balance part of that bill goes to the States for ratification?
A constitutional amendment wouldn’t be signed by a President.
Right?

Kini on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

House – 1, Senate – 0, WH – 0
Tick, Tock

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Looks like people on the hill are finally putting in some full days of work up there. That’s encouraging.

bridgetown on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

I wish we didn’t have to settle for less…or more.

RDE2010 on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

They called his bluff.

capejasmine on July 19, 2011 at 9:22 PM

“Your move Mr. President”

dirtseller on July 19, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Democrats in the Senate haven’t bothered to pass any budget resolution in over 800 days, and the White House still refuses to offer any specific ideas.

ideas just so happen to get in the way of vacation planning.

priorities.

ted c on July 19, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Spathi on July 19, 2011 at 9:20 PM

As a Paulnot you’d say that, but the reason Bachmann didn’t support it is that she clearly stated that nothing would satisfy her except full repeal of Ocare.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 19, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Good..it’s a start. A contrast. NOW IF THE DAMN HOUSE GOP WOULD GET OUT THERE AND SELL IT!!!!

Who the hell are these PATHETIC “gang of six”.

They need to be tarred and feathered!!!

katy on July 19, 2011 at 9:22 PM

House – 1, Senate – 0, WH – 0
Tick, Tock

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

It’s House 2 – they passed a budget too.

gophergirl on July 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM

POUTUS can’t claim that the GOP isn’t offering any solutions after this (he will, but it will ring that much more hollow).

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM

and the White House still refuses to offer any specific ideas.

“Sure, I do. I’m going on a fancy vacation on Aug. 3″ –Obama, aka, the chief pretender

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM

The ball is in your court Barry.

I can’t wait until he gets in front of the camera’s tomorrow.

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM

There is enough revenue to fund interest on the debt. No it’s simple. There is no reason to increase the debt ceiling.

Spathi on July 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM

If Toomey and Ryan are both okay with it, I am too unless and until new information emerges.

Drained Brain on July 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Okay, Soooooper Genius. Your turn.

kingsjester on July 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM

gophergirl on July 19, 2011 at 9:23 PM
point taken!

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Yet we have “conservatives” like Michael Medved slobbering all over the Gang of Smucks proposal.

jawkneemusic on July 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM

anyone got a can of raid?
A Spath-squito buzzed in again.
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annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM

If (big if) this manages to pass the Senate, how long would it take for the states to hold votes on the Balanced Budget Amendment? Maybe it could make it on the November 2012 ballot, which might have interesting implications for the Presidential and Congressional races.

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

But then Boehner sez:

“I’m not giving up on cut, cap and balance,” he told reporters. “But I do think it’s responsible for us to look at what Plan B would look like.”

Nothing like declaring defeat in the midst of a victory. What a boob.

trapeze on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

5 Democrats voted for
9 Republicans voted No

This is a bipartisan bill.

huckleberryfriend on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

deeply conservative first-term Republicans

Oh noes! “Deeply” conservative…extremists! /s

changer1701 on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

anyone got a can of raid?
A Spath-squito buzzed in again.
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annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM

You can have mine. The fumes give me migraines.

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

OT – Guess who’s headed to Iowa?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Doesn’t the Balance part of that bill goes to the States for ratification?
A constitutional amendment wouldn’t be signed by a President.
Right?

Kini on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

I don’t fully understand that part either- it means nothing until ratified by the states. It’s a great step in the right direction, although it’s not bipartisan approach and can’t pass in the Senate.

The Gang of 6 proposal will hopefully garner enough support from both parties to pass and end this impasse.

bayam on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

5 Democrats voted for
9 Republicans voted No

This is a bipartisan bill.

huckleberryfriend on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Heh

gophergirl on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Now we need to contact our representatives to tell them they cannot and must not support any Senate bill that is not credible or raises taxes. Today’s vote will be meaningless if the House caves on the plan proposed by the Gang of Sux.

Terrie on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

The ball is in your court Barry Mitch.

I can’t wait until he gets in front of the camera’s tomorrow.

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 9:24 PM

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Yet we have “conservatives” like Michael Medved slobbering all over the Gang of Smucks proposal.

jawkneemusic on July 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM

I used to listen to him when we lived in Chicago-but he’s not on in Lubbock.
Alex Jones is though,he’s worse.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

A constitutional amendment wouldn’t be signed by a President.
Right?

Kini on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

That is correct.
The President took a vow to uphold the Constitution..not amend it.

Electrongod on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Nothing like declaring defeat in the midst of a victory. What a boob.

trapeze on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

At least he did not cry this time.

promachus on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM
The BBA is separate, it needs to have 2/3rds in both Houses. I think they are voting on that next week. The QUESTION is can they get 4 vulnerable Dems to vote for this in the Senate. That is where the pressure needs to be applied.

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

This is a good move by the House GOP..:)

Dire Straits on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

It’s not much of a called bluff when the senate will vote against it.

mizflame98 on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Nothing like declaring defeat in the midst of a victory. What a boob.

trapeze on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Gawd! I want to SLAP HIM upside the head!!!

katy on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Wow. Signs of a spine developing.

Good job. Stand firm. We are with you.

DeathB4Tyranny on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

It’s a bad bill.

Spathi on July 19, 2011 at 9:20 PM

RuPaul the Dishonorable POS Congressman recently Re-districted into Retirement signed on to Cut/Cap/Balance himself and is today essentially calling the GOP liars over the bill he previously claimed to support.

http://www.ronpaul.com/2011-06-21/ron-paul-signs-cut-cap-and-balance-pledge-on-debt-ceiling/

Ron Paul Signs Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge on Debt Ceiling

jp on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

If this isn’t a compromise, I dunno what is. Grrrr.

SouthernGent on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Apart from all the other talked about plans, the “Gang of Six”, McConnell’s Plan “B”, etc….

… This is actual legislation.

If the Dems hold it up in the Senate, then nothing else will move through the House…

… If August 2nd comes and the Dems are still playing games, then the Dept Ceiling forces the cutting of spending by default.

Then we will see if Obowma ‘dictates’ by executive order and starts spending money on his own…

Seven Percent Solution on July 19, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Spathi on July 19, 2011 at 9:20 PM

From your link…

Bachmann said the bill does not go far enough to fundamentally restructure the way Washington spends money, and in particular does not go after “ObamaCare.”

I am with her but c’mon…it’s not going to happen with the President and Senate. Leave that battle for after 2012. Doesn’t mean it’s a bad bill.

jawkneemusic on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

If (big if) this manages to pass the Senate, how long would it take for the states to hold votes on the Balanced Budget Amendment? Maybe it could make it on the November 2012 ballot, which might have interesting implications for the Presidential and Congressional races.

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

A Constitutional amendment is generally ratified by the legislatures of the several States, I don’t believe they’re ever put on a ballot.

KSgop on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

I kinda like the Democrats’ plan better.

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mankai on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Out of curiosity, I’m already seeing leftists declare this yet another attack on Medicare, Social Security, education, children, etc by Republicans (that playbook is so tiresome). However, looking at the text of the bill I see both Medicare and Social Security spending being listed as exempt along with Veterans benefits and Net Interest.

Am I reading that wrong?

Queasy on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

If this isn’t a compromise, I dunno what is. Grrrr.

SouthernGent on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

The McConnell travesty. The Gang of Six do-nothing agenda. A clean debt-ceiling vote.

Take your pick and count your blessings. The debt ceiling increase was our concession.

KingGold on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

You can have mine. The fumes give me migraines.

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Thanks. I tried a flyswatter last time-but it keeps coming back like something out of ‘Night of The Living Dead’.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Oh dear.

ORconservative on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

FANTASTIC work, gentlemen! I take back what I said about those hardline conservatives who I thought would refuse to go along with this. I clearly was wrong. It’s good to see the GOP knows how to work as a team.

Caiwyn on July 19, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Balancing the budget is “deeply conservative”? lol..

therightwinger on July 19, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Does it cut any spending right now?

El_Terrible on July 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Okay – now lets see Ogabe’s recipe of MORE TAXES in black and white on paper and we can let the people decide who’s got the better plan!

This is the way it should have been done from the beginning.

Every conservative should now say -” THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CUT SPENDING AND RAISED THE DEBT CEILING – THERE IS NO NEED TO DEFAULT – WILL THE PRESIDENT BE THE LEADER OF THE PARTY OF “NO”??”

HondaV65 on July 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM

OT – Guess who’s headed to Iowa?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

…and he has no chance in Hades of going anywhere with it.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM

A Constitutional amendment is generally ratified by the legislatures of the several States, I don’t believe they’re ever put on a ballot.

KSgop on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

You’re right. My fingers got ahead of my brain.

Congress determines whether the state legislatures or special state conventions ratify the amendment. The 21st Amendment is the only one that employed state conventions for ratification.

steebo77 on July 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

They know the angle of the shot was way off base. All the plebs will hear is that it is waste because of the Senate.
We are to blame. We had both houses primed and ready and we allowed the RNC to p*ss away the Senate. That it’ll never make the Oval Office for a year or two is our fault.

Limerick on July 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Good on MB for keeping her word to vote against any debt ceiling increase at all.

knob on July 19, 2011 at 9:21 PM

As did Dr Paul.

JohnGalt23 on July 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

On June 21st Ron Paul’s campaign proclaimed “Earlier today, Ron Paul became the first 2012 presidential candidate to sign the new ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ pledge.” Today he switched sides because “Congress will never balance the budget until we reject the concept of endless wars.”

jp on July 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I used to listen to him when we lived in Chicago-but he’s not on in Lubbock.
Alex Jones is though,he’s worse.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Yea, this last year and a half has been strange. He’s constantly been on the opposite end of Prager and Hewitt. When I started listening to him I was a bit more liberal and found myself disagreeing with him, now I find myself disagreeing with him because hes grown too liberal.

jawkneemusic on July 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

It’s not much of a called bluff when the senate will vote against it.

mizflame98 on July 19, 2011 at 9:28 PM

We only need to flip 4 Dem Senators. Harry Reid flipped 3 to get Stimulus passed. Surely we can apply some pressure to flip, Nelson, McCaskill, Manchin, Testor, Webb or some combination thereof.

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Meanwhile, Democrats in the Senate haven’t bothered to pass any budget resolution in over 800 days, and the White House still refuses to offer any specific ideas.

You were expecting something… err… different?

Hog Wild on July 19, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Similarly, Michele Bachmann voted no on the final passage. She had been adamant about not raising the debt ceiling, offering a yes vote only in exchange for a full repeal of ObamaCare.

Biggest balls in Congress.

MadisonConservative on July 19, 2011 at 9:34 PM

jawkneemusic on July 19, 2011 at 9:33 PM

I found myself more and more SHOUTING at the radio when he was on. I usually ended up switching to WLS and listening to Roe and Roeper.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:35 PM

OT – Guess who’s headed to Iowa?

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2011 at 9:27 PM

…and he has no chance in Hades of going anywhere with it.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Everyone in the pool….I sure hope he doesn’t do a belly flop ;)

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 9:36 PM

The Senate vote will be a test for Marco Rubio and Mike Lee. I pray they can convince enough of their Senate GOP colleagues to defeat the Gang of Schmucks’ proposed bill.

Terrie on July 19, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 9:36 PM

CC has a history of being a bit too buddy-buddy w/ radical imans.
No thanks.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Bachmann isn’t try to govern, she’s trying to run a populist campaign so she can govern in the future, thats all her vote is about. Talking and realistically doing are two very different things in our system.

as for RuPaul he’s just a scumbag and liar who can’t damage his anti-Republican brand by joining forces, and goes into leftist La La Pinko Land as the escape route.

Similar to his Taking huge amounts of Pork last year, despite the GOP’s self-imposed ban on Pork.

jp on July 19, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I doubt that anything significant will come of this other than its defeat in the Senate.

I doubt that the MSM will report it; if they do, count on it being reported as an anti-Robin Hood bill; it will be demagogued to the point of vomiting by the usual suspects and the magic 8-ball of a president will be wearing Teflon as usual.

Color me unimpressed.

I’d rather that Boehner would get behind the scenes and hammer out SOMETHING, ANYTHING, that gives our children and grandchildren a chance.

WE CAN’T KEEP SPENDING MONEY THAT DOES NOT EXIST WITHOUT DIRE CONSEQUENCES.

We have to pay the piper; not hand the bill to our progeny.

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2011 at 9:39 PM

I am with her but c’mon…it’s not going to happen with the President and Senate. Leave that battle for after 2012. Doesn’t mean it’s a bad bill.

jawkneemusic on July 19, 2011 at 9:30 PM

True, but some people have zero business or leadership experience and think that agreements can be reached without compromise. Kind of a strange fantasy world when the opposition controls the Senate and Presidency.

And given the low tax rate on the wealthy, even Cantor says its headed in the right direction. This country will continue to benefit from the huge job growth that resulted when Bush first lowered those taxes.

bayam on July 19, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Cut and Cap is a terrible bill that shows the GOP congressman move as a party mob rather than individuals.

Spathi on July 19, 2011 at 9:40 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Yep, he lost me then, too.

If his jumping in the race peels votes away from fellow RINO Romney, then by all means JUMP.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on July 19, 2011 at 9:41 PM

mob rather than individuals.

Spathi on July 19, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Just precious from a Borg.

Limerick on July 19, 2011 at 9:41 PM

We only need to flip 4 Dem Senators. Harry Reid flipped 3 to get Stimulus passed. Surely we can apply some pressure to flip, Nelson, McCaskill, Manchin, Testor, Webb or some combination thereof.

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:34 PM

And Obama could put his hands up and tell his base, I fought it you saw me, but it was out of my control. The best thing that could happen to Obama is if the Senate passed this Bill, and took it out of his control, and the amendment went to the states for ratification.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

On June 21st Ron Paul’s campaign proclaimed “Earlier today, Ron Paul became the first 2012 presidential candidate to sign the new ‘Cut, Cap, and Balance’ pledge.” Today he switched sides because “Congress will never balance the budget until we reject the concept of endless wars.”

That pledge had nothing to do with signing on for a Boehner supported bill. He wants cut and cap this year aka no debt ceiling hike.

He wants an absolute cap.

Spathi on July 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I doubt that anything significant will come of this other than its defeat in the Senate.

WE CAN’T KEEP SPENDING MONEY THAT DOES NOT EXIST WITHOUT DIRE CONSEQUENCES.

You’re right, but the Gang of 6 proposal will pass the Senate. As Cantor pointed out though, it needs teeth to ensure that the tax and entitlement reform are fully carried out in the future.

bayam on July 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Obama knows his bluff won’t be called because this bill will never see his desk.

Harry Reid will make sure of that.

The only thing that can be done is hammer it through every available channel that the Republicans in Congress have put forward a way to slow down the growth of government and require the budget to be balanced.

Something I would imagine nearly every American would agree with.

ButterflyDragon on July 19, 2011 at 9:43 PM

We only need to flip 4 Dem Senators. Harry Reid flipped 3 to get Stimulus passed. Surely we can apply some pressure to flip, Nelson, McCaskill, Manchin, Testor, Webb or some combination thereof.

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Don’t you need 60 votes to defeat a filibuster? Because the liberal entitlement fanatics in the Senate will never let it pass.

bayam on July 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 9:36 PM

CC has a history of being a bit too buddy-buddy w/ radical imans.
No thanks.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Let them all jump in the pool – the results-outcome could be really interesting.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

I’m beginning to think that maybe, just maybe, it would be better to let the whole damn thing fall apart and start over.

There would be suffering and turmoil, but then again, have you looked out the window lately?

We’re going to hell in a bucket as we speak.

Something other than business as usual must be applied.

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Not a Victory. Not a Defeat.

Obama will be forced to produce a Plan.

Which, he will be unable to do/

Reign in McConnell –

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Now, let’s take a moment to focus on Obama’s flimflamcampaign committments; What is the cost of AF1?

Eh, I’ll stop here. I think he’ll have enough to answer for in the morning. Key Word: ISSA; and the United States Postal Service Office.

Oh, my.

Key West Reader on July 19, 2011 at 9:46 PM

And Obama could put his hands up and tell his base, I fought it you saw me, but it was out of my control. The best thing that could happen to Obama is if the Senate passed this Bill, and took it out of his control, and the amendment went to the states for ratification.

Dr Evil on July 19, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Even if we could get the votes for this bill in the Senate, King Barry will veto it.

I’m tellin’ ya, Barry’s going for the nuclear option and is going to use the the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling by executive order.

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Wait the Paulianas will be proclaiming the righteousness of their taskmaster.

Limerick on July 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Haha. The blue-lipped, jug-eared bass-tard is a loser.

carbon_footprint on July 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

The Party of NO is getting some work done.
If Obama veto’s this bill, it proves he’s not serious.
There should be a media blitz to get him to explain that to the American people.

And if he’s as good as explaining that as he was explaining Obamacare, then a lot of people are going to be scratching their heads saying, WTF!?!

Kini on July 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Wait the Paulianas will be proclaiming the righteousness of their taskmaster.

Limerick on July 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

No joke. Palin is my fave for the GOP nomination but some of the followers of her here get on my nerves.

carbon_footprint on July 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Spathi at __:__ XM

Heh.

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

carbon_footprint on July 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

um……

Limerick on July 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Reign in McConnell –

Coburn too.

jawkneemusic on July 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM

The Senate will kill the BBA and maybe the caps, and send it forward.

John the Libertarian on July 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM

True, but some people have zero business or leadership experience and think that agreements can be reached without compromise.
bayam

You mean like Obama?

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Wait the Paulianas will be proclaiming the righteousness of their taskmaster.

Limerick on July 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Oh, disregard my comment. I saw “Palinistas” where you wrote “Paulianas”.
Going to sleep. Now.

carbon_footprint on July 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM

I’m tellin’ ya, Barry’s going for the nuclear option and is going to use the the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling by executive order.

Knucklehead on July 19, 2011 at 9:47 PM

He does that and I think they might actually impeach him.

gophergirl on July 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Now, go on recess until mid-August….

cthulhu on July 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM

carbon_footprint on July 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Meh…no worries…we all have been there.

Limerick on July 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Don’t you need 60 votes to defeat a filibuster? Because the liberal entitlement fanatics in the Senate will never let it pass.

bayam on July 19, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Nope not a budget bill. 51

txmomof6 on July 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM

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