Hours after budget rollouts, Politico declares GOP impasse, “cataclysmic” consequences

posted at 6:01 pm on March 19, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday, both the House and Senate Republican caucuses announced their budget plans for the 2016 fiscal year. As is the norm, both chambers took their own approach to funding priorities, and the next few weeks will produce tweaks and compromises that will eventually merge into a single budget plan for the various appropriations committees to use in both the House and the Senate. That’s the way budgets work in Washington, and the resolutions aren’t due for another month.

Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman call the initial disagreement “cataclysmic for Republicans,” for some reason:

House Republican leaders suffered an embarrassing setback Wednesday night as their 2016 budget was temporarily derailed amid tensions between fiscal conservatives and defense hawks. …

The budget breakdown is indicative of the Republican Party’s deep internal fissures: The GOP is torn between fiscal hawks and defense hawks, and seemingly unable to reconcile the differences between the two.

Failing to pass a budget would be cataclysmic for Republicans. It would again prove they have difficulty with the basic functions of governing.

Ahem.

The Republican-led House passed budget resolutions every year since taking control in the 2010 midterms, while Senate Democrats under Harry Reid refused to pass any at all for four years. After less than 24 hours, though, a Republican “failure” to come up with an agreement between the House and the Senate is not just “cataclysmic” already, but proof that the GOP can’t handle the “basic functions of governing.” Republicans handled it for four years while Democrats failed to perform the basic function of legislating, but somehow that didn’t get seen as “cataclysmic” for them at Politico.

Maybe Politico’s analysts could wait more than a calendar day to set off the Cataclysm Alert. After all, John Boehner and Mitch McConnell have quite a bit of time on the legislative calendar to work on this, plus any impasse can be resolved in conference committee, if need be. (Note to analysts: That was an option that Democrats refused to entertain, but it really does exist. You can look it up.) If they want to treat the Republican Senate the same way they treated Reid and his majority, they can set off the Cataclysm Alert in, oh … 200 weeks.


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It’s been so long since we’ve had a budget, Politico must have forgotten what the process looks like.

rbj on March 19, 2015 at 6:04 PM

Heh…

d1carter on March 19, 2015 at 6:05 PM

I bet Boehner hasn’t even had a chance to ask Pelosi what she wants him to do yet.

besser tot als rot on March 19, 2015 at 6:07 PM

US 2015 budget debate
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Senate Budget Committee passes the Republican budget out of committee by a 12-10 vote. Votes expected next week. – @frankthorpNBC
see original on twitter.com
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Frank Thorp V @frankthorpNBC · 11m 11 minutes ago

Senate Budget Committee passes the GOP budget out of committee by a 12-10 vote. Votes expected next week.
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Jamie Dupree @jamiedupree · 4h 4 hours ago

Here’s the text of the bipartisan “doc fix” bill http://burgess.house.gov/uploadedfiles/sgrleg.pdf

http://burgess.house.gov/uploadedfiles/sgrleg.pdf
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Jamie Dupree @jamiedupree · Mar 17

Full details on House GOP budget blueprint can be found at http://budget.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fy16budget.pdf

http://budget.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fy16budget.pdf
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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 1h 1 hour ago

Van Hollen on GOP budget: It’s hard to negotiate with Republicans when Republicans are fighting with each other.
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Chad Pergram @ChadPergram · 1h 1 hour ago

Van Hollen on GOP budget: Republicans right now are in total disarray now.
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canopfor on March 19, 2015 at 6:08 PM

Boner/Botox

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2015 at 6:09 PM

Politico writers need a string of pearls to clutch and a fainting sofa.

ajacksonian on March 19, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Politico = MSNBC.

Same progressive propaganda, from the same talking points.

Rebar on March 19, 2015 at 6:16 PM

Politico should just come out and say how they feel about Republicans?This sniping here and there is getting old.They want all Republicans dead so why hide it?

docflash on March 19, 2015 at 6:18 PM

Hillary hoards all her electronic communications from 4 years as SoS on a renegade server then permanently destroys most of said government owned data.

That’s a “flap“.

Republicans are one day into a debate about the “budget” and it’s

EMBARRASSMENT! CATACLYSM! OMG! WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE!

forest on March 19, 2015 at 6:23 PM

The true “cataclysmic” consequences will be IF Congress does not rein in the budget, cut the expansion of government, and fully address the debt. We have reached the point where if nothing is done to make significant cuts, we will no longer be able to service the interest on the overall debt, without going to fiat currency, essentially revaluing the dollar.

coldwarrior on March 19, 2015 at 6:24 PM

time for this again

SMOD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFkhJzJr3ow

gerrym51 on March 19, 2015 at 6:31 PM

I didn’t think Politichoe had any influence anymore.. Haven’t visited that site in months. I used to enjoy their daily polls but this site is nothing more than OFA with a snazzy website.

/Ain’t click worthy

Key West Reader on March 19, 2015 at 6:31 PM

A strong first story from the Clutch Your Pearls tag team winners on day one of Hillary Fun Camp.

I can hardly wait to see the winning Fainting Couch Flop team’s efforts. They are going to have to dig deep to come up with something this hysterical.

Lily on March 19, 2015 at 6:32 PM

Politico is just experiencing a case of the “vapors”

snuwithu on March 19, 2015 at 6:42 PM

They forgot to say “devastating”. It’s not serious until the “D word” is unlimbered.

Mason on March 19, 2015 at 6:53 PM

Well, at least ONE change from the Democrats:

We get to see what’s in it before they vote on it.

Unlike ACA and “Net Neutrality” under the Dems.

ProfShadow on March 19, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Hissy fits from the left… what’s new?

ExpressoBold on March 19, 2015 at 7:22 PM

Politico: “Failing to pass a budget would be cataclysmic for Republicans.”

Remember @politico saying this about Dems? All those years?

Dems didn’t have the GOP’s track record of FAIL. Has the last couple months reassured anyone that the GOP can govern?

They desperately need something to work so they can show they can do something.

Tlaloc on March 19, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Well, at least ONE change from the Democrats:

We get to see what’s in it before they vote on it.

ProfShadow on March 19, 2015 at 6:57 PM

Pretty sure that’s not true. Even for 2015. But, I cannot find a specific cite to when they did it. Unfortunately, using a search engine simply turns up stupid leftist nonsense.

besser tot als rot on March 19, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Good one, Ed. Any stinging retorts from Politico on Twitter?

Cindy Munford on March 19, 2015 at 7:56 PM

Tlaloc on March 19, 2015 at 7:29 PM

Why? Incompetence has worked for The Won so far.

Cindy Munford on March 19, 2015 at 7:57 PM

That’s why it’s known as Pollutico.

Viator on March 19, 2015 at 8:01 PM

What a refreshing change. Both houses of Congress doing the dance that the writers of the Constitution expected them to.

bartbeast on March 19, 2015 at 9:14 PM

Remember, the LIV believe what they read and they only read echo chamber sites: Politico, MSLSD, NPR.

You can’t fight stupid.

Tard on March 19, 2015 at 9:22 PM

Politics has got the right idea. The media won’t report on the wrongs of the DNC because it doesn’t further the leftist cause.

1redshirtxlg on March 19, 2015 at 10:05 PM

Why? Incompetence has worked for The Won so far.

Cindy Munford on March 19, 2015 at 7:57 PM

I love how you guys simultaneously argue Obama is incompetent and also fundamentally transforming america according to his kenyan-marxist-muslim-socialist-alinsky-acorn plan.

Look pick one, but only one.

If you pick incompetent the the bonus question is- why has he completely spanked you guys everytime if he’s so incompetent? Do you really suck that much?

Tlaloc on March 20, 2015 at 12:07 AM

Remember, the LIV believe what they read and they only read echo chamber sites: Politico, MSLSD, NPR.

You can’t fight stupid.

Tard on March 19, 2015 at 9:22 PM

*shakes head*

Tlaloc on March 20, 2015 at 12:07 AM

FOAD POLITICO. SERIOUSLY hope you get hit by a bus. Right before your office is knocked offline permanently by an Iranian EMP that the President pinkie swears can’t be built until 2021, but in any case is within the parameters of the secret agreement he negotiated and signed with the Ayatollah.

papertiger on March 20, 2015 at 7:52 AM

Tlaloc,
The views can be recociled when leftism is properly understood as the exploitation of rubes (you) in order to wantonly destroy society and wrest as much power for yourself in the process.

StubbleSpark on March 20, 2015 at 8:11 AM