With a government shutdown looming, House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, have compromised with Democrats in agreeing on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, a behemoth temporary stopgap that encompasses over 1,600 pages.
Boehner is hoping for a full House vote on the measure by Thursday, which breaks his pledge to give Americans “at least 72 hours” to read every bill, a promise he made on Feb. 18, 2010.
“One of my first orders of business would be to post every bill online for at least 72 hours before it comes to the floor of the House for a vote,” Boehner then promised.
Considering its massive size, it is extremely doubtful that any congressman will read the entire bill in only two days. Perhaps, Mr. Boehner is saying to the American voter, as Nancy Pelosi did in 2009, “We have to pass the bill to see what’s in the bill.”
The bill, agreed upon by both party’s leaderships, would fund the entire government through the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security, which will run out of money again on February 27, 2015.
“I think the fix is in,” Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) told The Hill in regards to the establishment of both parties joining together against the will of the American citizen in ramming through the spending bill.
Rep. Salmon said that he wanted Republican leaders to bring the bill to the floor earlier with stronger anti-amnesty language, rather than waiting just days before a shutdown would occur on December 12.
“I’ve implored them [GOP leadership]. I’ve begged them. I’ve spoken in various meetings so that we wouldn’t be up against some crisis…This is not the way it’s supposed to be done,” Salmon said.
“They don’t want you to read it, that’s why! You think they want you to analyze all the mischievous items in there?” Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) told The Hill.
“That’s not to squeeze Harry Reid.” Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) added. “That’s to squeeze us [conservatives],” he concluded.As noted, Boehner broke his pledge to give at least 72 hours to read the bill. Well, maybe he can write that excuse off by saying he was drunk when he made that promise.
The bigger issue is that Boehner and these GOP-establishment cowards are enabling and emboldening Obama's unconstitutional amnesty by refusing to fight it. Why? Too afraid to shut down the government is the excuse, because Karl Rove will tell them it turns people off, never mind the voters are adamant against Obama's illegal amnesty. But, in reality, the GOP establishment likes the amnesty.
This is why a lot of people will not vote, because they think there isn't a dime of difference between the two parties. There are no good Democrats, and very few good Republicans. It seems way too many are more interested in doing what's best for the party or for their next election...not what's best for all of America.
The problem is the leadership. The GOP is headed by a bunch of Bushies who are hostile to conservatives. Sure, they'll send out petitions for you to sign opposing Obama's amnesty or Obamacare, but they're fundraising ploys for which the party is only looking out for themselves and the special interests who fund them.
Well, leadership is doing the right thing, NOT doing what might be popular. Fighting Obama's abuses of power by sending out petitions is as feckless and stupid as Obama's "hashtag" campaign. And we're not going to get leadership from this bunch of checked-pants, Country Club Republicans who sit in the positions of power and then try to manipulate the rules to benefit themselves and shut out the grassroots base.
It's way past time the putrid milquetoast Rinse Preebus has his office packed and shown the front door at the RNC and the party is led by a constitutional conservative who will set up a party of "bold colors." This leader also needs to crack the whip on the House and Senate, but not before they show Bushies like Karl Rove and these other consultants the door.