Friday, September 14, 2012

Continuing Resolution Funding Bill - #4212 - ACTION: CALL YOUR SENATORS: Only 70 Republicans Vote Against Disastrous Continuing Resolution - Redstate (2) The Definition of Stupid: Another Legislative Surrender - Redstate (3) House Passes Stop Gap Bill at Democrat's Spending Level - Washington Times

*ACTION: TIME TO CALL YOUR SENATORS ABOUT THE UPCOMING CONTINUING RESOLUTION BILL THAT WILL CONTINUE TO FUND LIBYA AND EGYPT: SEE CONTACT LIST BELOW..... In Virginia: Sen. Jim Webb - 202-224-4024, Sen. Mark Warner-202-224-2023. Note:  I have called Robert Hurt's office, as well as both Senators.  The Senators especially are getting many calls and recording the tallies, please call.
As we noted earlier this week, the Continuing Resolution voted on in the House will increase spending, fund Obamacare, and extend the main welfare program without forcing Obama to reinstate work requirements. This bill is really an embarrassment to everything House Republicans professed to stand for. It will delay the major battles until March 27, 2013. And let me tell you, they will really really really take the Democrats’ lunch money then. Just wait and see. The House passed the bill yesterday by a 329-91 margin. Only 70 Republicans voted no. It’s very telling that all but 21 Democrats voted for the CR, and half of the no votes were Blue Dogs who were trying to angle to the right in their tough reelection campaigns. Obviously, they didn’t feel they were being treated to a “Satan sandwich.” We were. Click here to download the color-coded spreadsheet of the Republican vote from the Madison Performance Index. Now the CR moves to the Senate where its passage is a forgone conclusion. House Republicans will vote on a resolution of disapproval against Obama’s waiver of welfare work requirements next week, but there is no guarantee that McConnell will force a vote in the Senate. Even if he does, Democrats will now have more leverage to oppose it. They can point to the fact that Republicans were willing to renew the TANF program in the CR without attaching a work requirement provision. And that is pretty much the end of the 112th Congress, folks. That’s a rap…well, at least until the lame duck session – the session that was supposed to be eliminated as a result of the CR. From here on out, it’s all about the elections, but we must be prepared for a major showdown during the lame duck.  *Note: Robert Hurt voted for this Continuing Resolution.  Senate Contact List......

The Definition of Stupid: Another Legislative Surrender - Redstate - Get ready for another weak ground out into a double play in the upcoming budget battle. Shortly before the August recess, we reported that Republicans planned to pass a clean 6-month CR which funds Obamacare and appropriates $1.047 trillion in spending – commensurate with Obama’s request instead of the House budget. The idea behind the “deferment” strategy was twofold; to delay the major battles to 2013 in the hopes of winning back the Senate and to preclude the need for the lame duck session, when wayward members would use the must-pass budget bill to pass extraneous bad legislation. At the time, we weighed both the pros and cons of this strategy. Now we learn that some of our concerns have come to fruition, as the proposed CR is neither clean nor will it prevent the lame duck session. Here are some things to consider.  Read more......

House Passes Stop Gap Bill at Democrat's Spending Level - Washington Times - After fighting all year for a lower spending number, House Republicans reversed course Thursday and passed a bill funding the government at the level Democrats had pushed for all along. The vote that averts the kind of government-shutdown showdowns that have become increasingly frequent. The 329-91 vote also saw the return of Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. The Wisconsin congressman has been on the campaign trail for the past month but returned to the House chamber to rousing applause from his Republican colleagues and even a few Democrats. Mr. Ryan voted for the stopgap spending bill even though the measure breaks the budget he wrote as chairman of the House Budget Committee, allowing $19 billion more in spending in 2013 than he and his fellow Republicans wanted. He left the chamber without speaking on the measure, but his party’s leaders said they were acting for the sake of bipartisanship in order to head off a shutdown. Read more........

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