House Republicans dial back on promises
Even before House Republicans took control of the chamber Wednesday, there were at least three areas where they appear to be backtracking on promises made: Cutting $100 billion in the first year, allowing opportunities for the minority party to offer amendments on bills, and making public attendance records for committee hearings.
House GOP aides are now backing off that $100 billion figure. They insist they will still cut spending back to 2008 levels, but it won't add up to $100 billion. They insist the reason is because they made the $100 billion calculation based on the budget that President Obama offered, and that budget was never enacted. Therefore, the government is currently running on lower, 2009 spending levels and that will make the dollar figure of the GOP cuts smaller.
So CNN jumped at info from unnamed congressional aides that the GOP was scrapping their $100 million budget cut pledge? That is funny considering that you know they were present at the press conference in which the Speaker himself said this:
At a news conference, Boehner, R-Ohio, also said emphatically he was standing by a pre-election pledge to cut government spending by at least $100 billion this year. "No ifs, ands or buts about it," he said, despite recent comments from other Republicans the total might be overly ambitious.
Now I will recognize the fact that he could have been lying, I'm not quite ready to fall in line behind Boehner. My point is, this article by CNN is a clear distortion of the facts as they know them and is not unlike the old trick by the National Enquirer were they would get a quote from a celeb's gardener and called them an "inside source".
Take him at his word for now and then attack later when, and if, he is found to be lying. Seems as if this is what they would have done for Pelosi (without the attacking later part of course).
I do want to make one concession to CNN though. I am also not amused with the GOP already breaking their other promises, letting the Dems add amendments and making committee attendance records public.
I don't have as much of a problem with them not allowing amendments to the health care repeal bill. First, it would be a waste of time. The Dems will just try to prevent it from coming to the floor. Second, there is a massive payback due here. The Dems did not allow any real GOP input on the health care bill so it is very disingenuous to complain now.
With that said, they need to be watched for this. They made a promise and they either need to keep it or be held accountable for lying to us.
As far as the committee assignments, this is an unforgivable sin. One of the main promises from the GOP in last years elections was more accountability, it appears they have already broken that promise and this excuse is beyond lame:
The reason? Some GOP lawmakers say they were concerned about getting slammed for missing hearings when they may have extenuating circumstances, like a death in the family.
This is pathetic. Let the left attack a member for missing a committee meeting for a death in the family. This would make them look small and pathetic and for all the disdain I have for the Democratic Party, I don't think many of them are dumb enough to attack a House member for going to his mother's funeral instead of a congressional hearing.
No, this excuse was silly to say the least. They lied, period.