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 the House Republicans.

Meanwhile, the buttsniffing RINO pieces of sh!t Crappy, Chaffbliss, and Cohort are undercutting this bill by caving in to the Democraps hook, line and stinker.

Why would a liberal consider this bill when they have a Gang of Pricks smoke and mirrors and no spending cuts bill to point to? Hopefully the House will tell them to shove that junk all the way up their a$$es.

Jaibones on July 19, 2011 at 11:47 PM

it’s hard to find ways to fully address our deficits without some new revenue (unless you really want to stick it hard to the middle class).

bayam on July 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Here’s an easy way. STOP THE F**ING SPENDING.

See, that’s not so hard.

angryed on July 19, 2011 at 11:55 PM

You’re also turning this into a partisan issue when it’s actually not so simple. Greenspan and Bernanke, both GOP appointees, have expressed their concerns about or opposition to continuing Bush’s tax hikes. During Bush’s term, his own Treasury Dept did a study concluding that those tax cuts were not sustainable.

bayam on July 19, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Oh well Greenspan and Bernanke say raise taxes, then we must raise taxes. After all those 2 have done a great job of managing the money supply and making sure inflation is kept in check.

Do you ever think or do you just cut and past DailyKos talking points?

angryed on July 20, 2011 at 12:02 AM

broun/bachmann are right.

Midas on July 20, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Heard on radio today (I think it was Hannity’s show)… gist: Moody’s is planning on downgrade of US bond rating if Gang-of-Sux or McConnell bill becomes law, but won’t downgrade if the House Cut+Cap+Balance is enacted.

The leftists care little about such things; they’re eager to see their Cloward/Piven strategy come to its nation-destroying climax.

electric-rascal on July 20, 2011 at 12:14 AM

Eat it Sheila Jackson-Lee you ugly, black, racist b*tch!

Republicans keep shoving it in Obamao’s face! Call his bluff in all 57 states!

Bubba Redneck on July 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM

Heard on radio today (I think it was Hannity’s show)… gist: Moody’s is planning on downgrade of US bond rating if Gang-of-Sux or McConnell bill becomes law, but won’t downgrade if the House Cut+Cap+Balance is enacted.

The leftists care little about such things; they’re eager to see their Cloward/Piven strategy come to its nation-destroying climax.

electric-rascal on July 20, 2011 at 12:14 AM

I’m afraid Moody’s and S&P may have been corrupted by the democratics and are setting up the Republicans.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2011 at 12:30 AM

I’m afraid Moody’s and S&P may have been corrupted by the democratics and are setting up the Republicans.

slickwillie2001 on July 20, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Don’t know about S&P, but Moody’s is highly suspect.

John the Libertarian on July 20, 2011 at 12:40 AM

Paul is just highlighting the obvious.

Boehner is out to screw you, but a lot of people support him because McConnell and Reid are out to screw you worse.

Spathi on July 19, 2011 at 10:10 PM

I can’t believe it but I agree with Ron Paul on this…

What do we have to do to stop this insanity? What part of no more debt do the politicians not understand? If I go to my husband and tell him I’ll reduce spending by $111 a month if he allows me to borrow $2.400, even though we are short every month $1,500 as it is, so that instead of cancelling the cable, selling my car and not eating out everyday I can pay for it with more borrowed money…he’d divorce me.

I want a complete divorce from out government. Obama and the evil that installed him only have one thing as a goal…the total destruction of the United States of America. The Republicans need to go too. We need a Conservative Party and we need to stop this now. No more raising the debt ceiling…STOP SPENDING!

CCRWM on July 20, 2011 at 12:43 AM

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.

Anyone else beginning to see a pattern here?

GarandFan on July 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Reminds me of raising up different outfits for my 5-year-old daughter to wear in the morning. “Noooo! Not thaaaaat one!”

John the Libertarian on July 20, 2011 at 12:44 AM

Bayam, so how would you pay for Obama’s record deficits?

Chuck Schick on July 20, 2011 at 12:48 AM

it does seem a bit suspicious that these ratings firms are being so vocal and aggressive in almost giving directives and ultimatums; it does begin to feel like they’re part of the dance, applying pressure to get what they and their masters want, rather than simply observing and issuing ratings as an objective third party.

Midas on July 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Good to hear. DO-NOT-COMPROMISE!

tx2654 on July 20, 2011 at 12:53 AM

Bayam, so how would you pay for Obama’s record deficits?

Chuck Schick on July 20, 2011 at 12:48 AM

Almost assuredly this answer will have blindingly obvious negative impacts upon employment, inflation, housing, energy and the economy in general – while blaming Bush or something.

Midas on July 20, 2011 at 12:58 AM

Cut, Cap, & Balance Act
Cut the Crap & Balance the Budget Act

Josiah on July 20, 2011 at 1:20 AM

Well another waste of time in the GOP controlled house … where are the jobs?

Monkei on July 20, 2011 at 6:36 AM

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.

Which is never going to happen, so why bother saying it? I think repeal could happen with a different president, but not with this one.

So, GOP Republicans go out on a limb and pass a bill that has virtually no chance in the Senate and it still is not enough to pacify certain people. This is why Republicans are not clearly winning this debate, too many of their own are pandering rather than offering realistic solutions.

At least the majority of them are on the record in the House with a plan of their own..but so long as people like Bachmann continue to act as if raising the debt ceiling is no big deal then Democrats can continue to claim that if and when there is no deal it is not the fault of Obama {even if it is}, is the fault of the socalled extremists who wanted a default and all the economic problems that come with it.

Terrye on July 20, 2011 at 6:38 AM

people like Bachmann continue to act as if raising the debt ceiling is no big deal

Er…didn’t she vote no?

Don L on July 20, 2011 at 6:48 AM

I emailed my senators this AM. Told them to grow a pair and hop on this train before it leaves the station.

SKYFOX on July 20, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Terrye on July 20, 2011 at 6:38 AM

This makes no sense.

Bugler on July 20, 2011 at 6:58 AM

The outrageous expansion of the Federal Gov’t. has only taken 2 1/2 years. Now, the “Gang of Sux” and other “fearless” leaders in Congress expect the American Public to pay for this forever. Obama’s “redistribution” (Cloward-Piven) scheme is right on schedule.

RADIOONE on July 20, 2011 at 6:58 AM

I don’t for one second believe “Cut, Cap, and Balance” will accomplish anything except more government theft, this time with explicit Constitutional authority.

This ain’t rocket science, folks. The way to reduce spending is to refuse an increase in the debt ceiling. Every other proposal–every single one–is just another Washington lie.

Bugler on July 20, 2011 at 7:01 AM

Cloward-Piven
Cloward-Piven
Cloward-Piven!!

Obama (the DOTUS) wants to collapse the system (to fully transform it).
Show me any of his actions in the last 2 1/2 years that say otherwise? Unfortunately 45% of the voters in this country are “Obama Stash” voters that are just looking for Freebies.

Uncharted waters with Executive Orders piled up and waiting to be used….here we come.

PappyD61 on July 20, 2011 at 7:09 AM

It’s amazing how many Dems are against the BBA. I have a liberal friend who always extols the virtues of Clinton by exclaiming with pride how “the budget was balanced!”

But now it’s a ad idea for some reason.

BierManVA on July 20, 2011 at 7:16 AM

t’s amazing how many Dems are against the BBA. I have a liberal friend who always extols the virtues of Clinton by exclaiming with pride how “the budget was balanced!”

But now it’s a ad idea for some reason.

BierManVA on July 20, 2011 at 7:16 AM

very good point…

cmsinaz on July 20, 2011 at 7:18 AM

morning joe crew is sure digging the gang of seven’s plan…it’s just like mine!

puhleeeze

cmsinaz on July 20, 2011 at 7:20 AM

“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.” (Paul Broun)

Yes. It’s a standard-issue Washington lie that has always resulted in higher spending. For those of you who say we should drink the snake oil just one more time, shouldn’t you demonstrate why this time will be different?

Bugler on July 20, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Bugler on July 20, 2011 at 7:21 AM

this

cmsinaz on July 20, 2011 at 7:32 AM

now chuck todd is praising the nbc poll that dear leader is winning the message and that a majority want the debt ceiling raised, the gop should compromise…those darn evil tea party folk

cmsinaz on July 20, 2011 at 7:38 AM

now they are praising dear leader’s 47% approval numbers…what is the dem skew in this sample is what i’m asking

cmsinaz on July 20, 2011 at 7:43 AM

My take.

kingsjester on July 20, 2011 at 7:52 AM

excellent take KJ :)

cmsinaz on July 20, 2011 at 7:55 AM

cmsinaz on July 20, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on July 20, 2011 at 8:00 AM

it’s hard to find ways to fully address our deficits without some new revenue (unless you really want to stick it hard to the middle class).

bayam on July 19, 2011 at 10:16 PM

Perhaps, but again, we do not trust Obama and the democrats to use any new revenue toward defecit/debt reduction. And, the dems and Obama will promise “cuts” and “reform” but never deliver. At most, they will “cut” future spending increases – reducing the rate of growth of the debt slightly.

so, there is no rush to raise taxes now. Indeed, it would be idiotic to raise taxes while Obama is in the whitehouse and dems control the Senate. Republicans are only slightly better on spending, but they, at least, can have their feet held to the fire by their base and might do the right thing and actually reform entitlements and spending so that we can actually start to solve the debt and deficit problems.

Raising taxes now will solve nothing. It is a band-aide at best on teh problem, which is an always has been spending cuts.

It is difficult to understand how anyone who can perform math cannot see that and see that spending cuts and entitlement reform are by far the most important issues. So anyone calling for tax increases without ever being willing to actually cut spending or reform entitlements (Obama, Reid) are not really serious about anything and should be wholly ignored.

Monkeytoe on July 20, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Perhaps if Obama and the democrats don’t like this plan, they can, you know, propose an actual concrete plan.

they have proposed nothing to date but vague promises of future spending cuts (the old canard “waste fraud and abuse”) in exchange for tax increases RIGHT NOW!!

Obama and Reid, however, are too childish and cowardish to actually attempt to lead. So they just sit back, let the problem grow, and criticize and hope americans are stupid enough to buy it.

Even if you are a die-hard liberal, that has to make you sick.

Monkeytoe on July 20, 2011 at 8:26 AM

“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.

Okay, that’s being unreasonable. Or just plain grandstanding. Lowering the debit ceiling by any significant amount really would put us in danger I’d default.

Count to 10 on July 20, 2011 at 9:07 AM

If Ryan supports this despite his alleged worries over a default he must either think Obama will swallow it or is engaging in some CYA, no?

Seth Halpern on July 20, 2011 at 9:10 AM

The problem with not increasing the debt ceiling is that it gives the socialist/marxist Obama sole power on what to fund with the remaining revenue. If this happens, don’t you think he is going to damage the Republicqan base as much as possible? Look for him not to fund military and social security, blame it on the Republicans, and get full backing from the socialist/marxist media. Meanwhile, the NLRB, EPA, DOE, Homeland Security, and all the other useledd departments will be flush with cash. The people of The United States are too stupid or uneducated by government schools to not buy the whole line.

Old Country Boy on July 20, 2011 at 9:10 AM

“Don’t call my bluff, because then I’d have to show my lousy cards, and you’d win.”

Akzed on July 20, 2011 at 9:15 AM

This law could easily be renamed the Cut the Crap and Balance the Budget Act.

curved space on July 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Obama has just changed his position…to the fetal position…
This is one of his worst nightmares, the good part is that this is just one of many to come in the coming months.
Somewhere, in a GOP den, is a calendar with a list of “hits” on Obama. Each one about a month apart.

right2bright on July 20, 2011 at 10:00 AM

The Republicans need to be on every news station saying that CC&B has “very broad bipartisan support”, and that the President is simply playing politics and will be responsible for the outcome should he not accept this gracious “bipartisan compromise”.

If the Dems want to say it is not bipartisan, then contrast it with the 1 measely La. Republican that voted for Obamacare.

Droopy on July 20, 2011 at 10:52 AM

“Bluff called.”

Nope. Unpatriotic morons keeping themselves in office.

bifidis on July 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM

If this plan is passed, Obama wins re-election. I’m just sayin’.

faraway on July 20, 2011 at 11:29 AM

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

Listen to Jason Lewis instead (http://jasonlewisshow.com/main.html“). It’s on at the same time as Medved but he is ten times better. You will get an education on law and economics without the exasperating rants of Jones or Medved.

http://www.ktlkfm.com/main.html

ptcamn on July 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I have no problem with Bachmann and others voting no on this; they made a specific promise and they kept it.

I also have no problem with this bill passing, and being put in the Senate’s court. I’m not interested in it becoming law, the chances are small enough of that. But whoever stops it now will be chargeable with defeating progress on the economy.

On the other hand, if the Senate and President both decide not to take such blame, and it should be passed as law, it’s a far better deal than we might have expected from the GOP.

The largest remaining worry then would be whether the “check-pantsed” Republicans continue to spend like liberals while the BBA is in ratification.

Freelancer on July 20, 2011 at 11:36 AM

Nope. Unpatriotic morons keeping themselves in office.

bifidis on July 20, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Running up more debt than all the administrations in American history is your idea of patriotism, eh?

Chuck Schick on July 20, 2011 at 12:01 PM

The “Cut Cap and Balance” act is capitulation to Democrat “please don’t throw me in the briar patch” tactics.

All the Dems wanted was an increase in the Debt Limit: this stupid bill gives them $2.5 Trillion more play money.

Cuts will never happen, and any Balanced Budget Ammendment will take decades to be passed. Meanwhile, the Spendathon continues unabated!!!

So congratulate yourselves, RINO’s: YOU’VE BEEN SUCKERED AGAIN!!!

landlines on July 20, 2011 at 12:21 PM

landlines,

It won’t pass. And when it doesn’t, the libs own blame games could be used against them. Whether they WILL be used against them is up to the testicular fortitude of the GOP.

Freelancer on July 20, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Ron Paul is the only potential candidate talking about actually, really, truly, cutting spending. The Republicans are not my grandfather’s Republicans, and they sure as shit ain’t Reagan’s Republicans.

DrRansom on July 20, 2011 at 1:14 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

House – 3 They voted to repeal Obamacare did they not?

Yakko77 on July 20, 2011 at 2:57 PM

It won’t pass. …

Freelancer on July 20, 2011 at 12:28 PM

That’s what we said about Obamacare…

/eeyore

Mary in LA on July 20, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Well another waste of time in the GOP controlled house … where are the jobs?

Monkei on July 20, 2011 at 6:36 AM

No Obama and the Senate is wasting time playing their game of scare and brinksman politics. The jobs begin coming back the day Rick Perry is inaugurated Jan 2013. People with the power and the money and in the know are holding back and biding their time until the communist is ejected from the Oval office.

starman on July 21, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Well another waste of time in the GOP controlled house … where are the jobs?

Monkei on July 20, 2011 at 6:36 AM

What? You think congress can magically pass a law making jobs? Or that actually passing a bill dealing with an issue is somehow a waste of time?

How exactly does congress make jobs? They can make better economic conditions by lowering taxes, lowering regulations and lowering gov’t spending and debt. But that’s about it.

Monkeytoe on July 21, 2011 at 8:56 AM

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

jawkneemusic on July 19, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Any idea what happened to him? I used to listen to his show via internet radio and it was halfway decent…now he’s simply gone over the deep end.

Uncle Sams Nephew on July 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

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