Have John Boehner and Eric Cantor Lost Their Minds?—Friday House Vote on New BBA Permits Unlimited Federal Spending
posted at 10:28 am on November 17, 2011 by Rovin
Via CNSNews, Matt Cover reports that the GOP House Republicans plan on voting for a “new” Balanced Budget Amendment—that is basically toothless:
(CNSNews.com) – House Republicans are set to vote later this week on a balanced budget amendment (BBA) that would not cap federal spending as a percentage of GDP or require a supermajority to raise taxes.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said the vote would probably take place this Friday.
Metaphors anyone? This “legislation” is akin to (fill in the blanks). And while your at it, can some one explain what Cantor means “if he had his druthers”?:
Cantor said he would have personally liked to see the BBA with a spending cap and supermajority on taxes brought to the floor for a vote, but said he will support the weaker version because he thinks it is better than having no balanced budget requirement at all.
“Personally, if I had my druthers, I would like to see us vote on a stronger BBA,” he said. “So I hope that this passes. And I will be voting for it because I do think ultimately the biggest check we can put on government’s unbridled spending is a forced balanced budget amendment like most states have.”
Both the House and the Senate are required to have a vote on a balanced budget amendment before the end of the year due to a concession that Cantor and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) won during the negotiations over raising the debt ceiling in August.
Negotiations during the debt ceiling debate garnered an agreement that both the House and Senate would be required to bring a BBA to their respective floors for a vote. Getting Harry Reid to bring any House legislation to a vote on the Senate floor has been virtually impossible.
So, what have Boehner and Cantor done with this gem of an obligation?
Do they really think that passing a Balanced Budget Amendment that has no teeth will some how satisfy a voting public’s hunger for restraining the Federal Government’s reckless spending policies? Four years of Reid, Pelosi and Obama’s spending has put this nation on a direct path to insolvency. The Super Committee is working on a watered down piece of legislation that can pass muster in both chambers, so “our legislators” can go home for the Holidays and say “this is the best we can do”. It’s no wonder that Congress’s approval rating is at an all time low. Because if this is the best they can do, then our Congress had better revisit what really happened in 2010.
And Boehner and Cantor should re-think even bringing this vote to the House floor. They’re fooling no one but themselves.