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    GOP leaders in Congress are preparing to rush through a two-year budget that would leave President Barack Obama with roughly $40 billion in extra domestic spending, plus an unfettered ability to attack undefended conservative causes via his regulations and management directives.

    GOP leaders in Congress are preparing to rush through a two-year budget that would leave President Barack Obama with roughly $40 billion in extra domestic spending, plus an unfettered ability to attack undefended conservative causes via his regulations and management directives.
    Last last night, Congress released the outlines of the 144-page deal, which is slated to last until October 2017.

    Leaders are “clearing the barn” of high-priority spending disputes, said Daniel Horowitz, the senior editor at Conservative Review.

    But GOP leaders and legislators “are refusing to use the power of the purse” to win voters’ policy priorities, he said. They “are essentially nullifying James Madison’s plan to give Congress the power of the purse,” Horowitz added.

    If Republicans “will not fight [for conservatives’ goals with] the budget… it is systematic breakdown of [constitutional] checks and balances,” he said.

    In practical terms, he said, GOP politicians “are allowing Obama in his most final, most dangerous year, to do whatever he wants to transform the country.”

    The New York Times’ report says the deal “frees Mr. Obama from budget battles as he looks to secure his legacy in the remainder of his second term.”

    “This budget and debt deal is being brokered by a lame duck speaker and a lame duck president,” said a Oct. 27 statement from Heritage Action For America. “It represents the very worst of Washington – a last minute deal that increases spending and debt under the auspices of fiscal responsibility. If this deal moves forward, it will undermine efforts to unite the party by those promising to advance serious policy reforms.”

    The closed-door deal is being derided online as “#ZombieBudget.”

    But policy passivity allows GOP legislators to sidestep many contradictory demands from their donors and voters until 2017, Horowitz said.

    The passivity, he said, is “just going to pour fuel on the [populist] fire” that has put two outsiders — real-estate magnate Donald Trump and brain-surgeon Ben Carson — far ahead of established GOP politicians in the 2016 race.

    GOP and Democratic leaders hope to rush the $8 trillion budget deal through Congress in less than 48 hours, denying the public—or even congressional committees—any ability to debate the nation’s largest ever budget law.

    That’s good for GOP leaders, who hope to elect Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as House Speaker, Oct. 29, or as soon as the budget deal is passed, said Horowitz.

    That rapid process is expected to minimize the populist blowback from the GOP’s diverse base as—once again—the GOP leadership fails to fight for their voters’ priorities, he said. So far, said Horowitz, Ryan “is either silent or complicit in it” in the back-room deal.

    The budget outlined early Oct. 27:

    •Would hide one hugely unpopular increase of roughly $1.5 trillion to the federal government’s credit limit — dubbed the ‘debt ceiling’ — within the larger and unprecedented two-year $8 trillion federal budget. That’s much less politically painful that undergoing two debates to pass two one-year debt-ceiling votes.
    •Would provide contractors and agencies with roughly $112 billion in extra domestic and military spending until October 2017, and give legislators the ability to claim the the extra spending will be offset by future spending cuts, as far distant as 2025.
    •Would spend so much money— more than $1 trillion on defense, for example — and will be rushed through Congress so fast that few voters will notice how the deal imposes aa two-year delay on the 2011 “sequestration” budget-plan that has sharply slowed the growth of federal spending since 2011.
    •Would eliminate most budget debates before the next presidential election, saving incumbents from casting election-year budget votes that would annoy donors, party loyalists or swing-voters.
    •Would block a sharp increase in Medicare payments due from older voters.
    •Would deny Congress the “power of the purse” for two years, while leaving Obama freer to push his last-year progressive agenda via regulations and management directives. For example, Obama has used his management power to accept more than 240,000 Central American migrants since 2010.
    This surrender of congressional power would allow Republicans and Democrats to shrug their shoulders every time voters protest when Obama ticks another item off his political bucket-list — Accept Muslim refugees? Offer a new type of amnesty to illegals? Impose tougher curbs on energy use? Free domestic criminals? Convert another region into national park? Reduce military standards to boost weaker female soldiers or force salutes of sex-blurring cross-dressers? Expand Obamacare?

    The draft deal does not include any mention of curbs on immigrants, migrants, refugees, work permits, border, parole, or sentencing, Planned Parenthood, or Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

    It would also ensure that the new president—Republican or Democrat—could not pass a big budget during their first, and most important year in office.

    That provision is welcomed by both parties because it would partially offset the loss of the presidential election. It could also be good for Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)’s GOP Senators in the Senate, who are expected to lose their majority because many Democratic-leaning States will pick Senators in 2016.




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    ‘We Can’t Stop It. He’s in League With the Democrats’: Outgoing Boehner Looks to Ram Through Deal With Obama Over Conservative Opposition

    Oct. 27, 2015



    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders on Tuesday pushed toward a vote on a two-year budget deal despite conservative opposition, relying on the backing of Democrats for the far-reaching pact struck with President Barack Obama.


    In his last days as speaker, John Boehner was intent on getting the measure through Congress quickly to head off a market-rattling debt crisis next week and a government shutdown in December. The deal also would take budget showdowns off the table until after the 2016 presidential and congressional elections, a potential boon to the eventual GOP nominee and incumbents facing tough re-election fights.

    “The agreement isn’t perfect by any means,” but the alternative was a debt limit increase without any entitlement reform or money for troops, Boehner told reporters. “So this is a good deal.”

    The Ohio Republican also said his goal was to “clean out the barn” for the next speaker. “I’ve done my best to clean it up,” he said.

    A coalition of Democrats, Republican defense hawks, and GOP pragmatists appeared poised to power the legislation into law over opposition from the tea party forces that eased Boehner out.

    “We can’t stop it. He’s in league with the Democrats,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said of Boehner. “I mean I don’t think there’s anything you can do at this point.”

    But Massie also said “it’s a long game” and conservatives were winning the war as they had forced Boehner to resign.

    The House budget vote slated for Wednesday would come on the same day as the GOP caucus nominates its candidate, widely expected to be Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. The speaker-to-be held off on assessing the deal, saying he had to review it, but he expressed frustration with the rush job.

    .“I think this process stinks. This is not the way to do the people’s business,” Ryan said. “Under new management, we’re not going to do the people’s business this way.”

    The two-year pact would give both the Pentagon and domestic agencies $80 billion in relief from budget constraints in exchange for cuts elsewhere in the budget.

    The White House said Tuesday it was “promising” that Democrats and Republicans could come together to reach an agreement that would “break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision making.” Capitol Hill Democrats are likely to solidly support the agreement, which follows an outline they have been promoting for months.

    “We successfully secured equal increases in funding defense and non-defense priorities,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “We have extended the solvency of Social Security Disability Insurance and protected millions of seniors from a significant increase in their Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles next year. Most importantly, we have affirmed that the full faith and credit of the United States is non-negotiable and inviolable.”

    The legislation would suspend the current $18.1 trillion debt limit through March 2017. The budget portion would increase the current “caps” on total agency spending by $50 billion in 2016 and $30 billion in 2017, offset by savings elsewhere in the budget. And it would permit about $16 billion to be added on top of that in 2016, classified as war funding, with a comparable boost in 2017.

    It also would clean up expected problems in Social Security and Medicare by fixing a shortfall looming next year in Social Security payments to the disabled, as well as a large increase in Medicare premiums and deductibles for doctors’ visits and other outpatient care.

    The emerging budget side of the deal resembles a pact that Ryan fashioned two years ago in concert with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., to ease automatic spending cuts for the 2014-15 budget years. A lot of conservatives disliked the measure and many on the GOP’s right flank are already swinging against the new one, which would apply to the 2016-17 budget years.

    “I’m not excited about it at all,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said of the agreement. He called it “a two-year budget deal that raises the debt ceiling for basically the entire term of this presidency.”


    Boehner was pushed aside by conservatives in his own party after repeatedly turning to Democrats to pass must-do legislation in an era of divided government. Many Republicans also resented being kept in the dark. The pending deal fits both criteria.

    Among the proposed spending cuts are curbs on Medicare payments for outpatient services provided by hospitals that have taken over doctors’ practices, and an extension of a 2 percentage-point cut in Medicare payments to doctors through the end of a 10-year budget. It requires the sale of 58 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, cuts crop insurance payments to insurance providers and requires new auctions of spectrum to communications companies.

    The budget side of the deal is aimed at undoing automatic spending cuts which are a byproduct of a 2011 budget and debt agreement, and the failure of Washington to subsequently tackle the government’s fiscal woes. GOP defense hawks are a driving force, intent on reversing the automatic cuts and getting more money for the military. A key priority for Democrats is to boost domestic programs.

    The focus is on setting a new overall spending limit for agencies with operating budgets set by Congress each year. It will be up to the House and Senate Appropriations committees to produce a detailed omnibus spending bill by the Dec. 11 deadline.




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    This is exactly why outside candidates are so popular right now. The Republicans were voted in because America was sick of Obama's policies and wanted someone to counterbalance in Washington. Instead, the Republican leadership capitulated.
    CNN may think my opinion matters, but you shouldn't.

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    The way I understand it, unrestrained spending until March 2017, and the Republicans gave Obama $15.5 billion more than he asked for.

    This is why we need more than two parties in the presidential debates.


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    Republican leadership is an oxymoron if I ever heard one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    The way I understand it, unrestrained spending until March 2017, and the Republicans gave Obama $15.5 billion more than he asked for.

    This is why we need more than two parties in the presidential debates.


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    We kinda have that going on already.
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