This comes via the American Spectator Prowler:
Bachmann and King have been pressing to zero out the $105 billion that funds the Obama Administration’s implementation of the president’s health care plan.
Despite broad support among the American public for Congress to draw back spending on Obamacare, it has done nothing to remove the $105 billion that the previous Congress had allocated. Under the terms of the funding allocation, about $5 billion is budgeted for implementation purposes in FY2011, while another $100 billion has been appropriated for FY2012 through 2020.
Staff for McCarthy privately attempted to distance their boss from Boehner and Cantor. “[McCarthy] is not opposed to finding a way to zero out the implementation funding,” said an aide. “But if the majority leader and Speaker don’t want it, the whip isn’t in a position to push too hard. But let’s be clear, there is nothing to all the hooey about how leadership is supporting funding of Obamacare, because we aren’t bending to every whim of King and Queen Michele.”
In fact, House leadership is. According to sources familiar with discussions among House Republican leadership, Boehner and Cantor were informed by GOP leadership staff that it would have been “relatively easy” to gain the necessary votes to change House rules to allow the Bachmann-King amendment to be included in the continuing resolution.
What I want to know is — who’s being blackmailed? That’s what I always suspect is going on when there’s no other possible explanation for Republican fecklessness. The “stupid party”, my a$$. There has to be a weak link, here, somehow. Whoever it is needs to be thrown under the bus, and sooner rather than later. Nobody is this important.
Listen to what Majority Leader Cantor’s aide (reportedly) had to say about a proposed stand alone bill:
“This votes gives us the ability to say we voted to defund the slush fund, where it goes from there doesn’t really matter,” says an aide to Cantor. “We just want this off the table so we can get to some serious budget negotiations, not political stunts.”
Boehner and Cantor have promised Republicans a vote on the Bachmann-King amendment as a stand-alone bill, knowing full well that there’s no chance it will pass in the Senate with a Democrat majority.
That is a political stunt.
Do these guys understand that they are treading on very thin ice?
Rush discussed the schism in the GOP on his show, today, and issued a warning shot across the bow:
“And if the Republicans aren’t careful, they’re going to let their fear of bad PR kill the tea party revolution. And if they’re not careful what’s going to happen here is a third party is going to happen because the tea party crowd, grassroots, who made the Republican leadership possible, make no mistake, it’s the tea party turned out and voted that made the Republican leaders win, enabled their victory, made their leadership possible, if they’re not satisfied with the direction they see it will be third party time and nobody’s gonna be able to talk them out of it and then it will fracture our movement.”
Are Republicans believing the progressive media about their chances if they legislate conservatively?
Audio at Big Journalism.
An open letter to John Boehner and the GOP from AJ Cameron of CFP:
Last year’s ruthless lawlessness, with the political bribery within the Democratic Party at the expense of the taxpayers and our Constitution, in ramming through ObamaCare with the $105 Billion concealed from members of Congress and the American taxpayer within it, must be defunded NOW! You have the opportunity and the responsibility to deliver a fiscally responsible budget, including the defunding of ObamaCare, rescuing the $105 Billion theft from the taxpayers, and the alphabet-soup of agencies that need to be weaned from suckling upon the taxpayer, especially since the Democrats were unwilling to pass a budget under their watch!
The term ‘Continuing Resolution’ is both aggravating and an oxymoron
The term ‘Continuing Resolution’ is both aggravating and an oxymoron because it continues the insanity from which we expected to be spared following November 2nd, and because there has been no actual resolution. The GOP gains at both the Federal and state levels of government following the mid-term election were a mandate to reverse the Democrats’ thuggery. As we celebrate ‘March Madness,’ and we need to adopt a shot clock for this legislation so that the opposing team can’t run out the clock and the treasury.
It sounds like Hugh Hewitt is through with the Republican party – he’s had it…