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Reuters: Tea Party May Force Govt Shutdown

From relentlessly partisan hacks at Reuters:

House unexpectedly defeats spending bill

By Andy Sullivan
September 21, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives unexpectedly defeated a bill that would fund the federal government past September 30 on Wednesday as dozens of Republicans broke with their party to push for deeper spending cuts.

The unexpected outcome was an embarrassment for House Republican leaders who have at times struggled to rein in a conservative wing that remains closely allied with the anti-spending Tea Party movement.

"This is a democracy. This is the sausage factory," said Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, who sponsored the bill.

It sounds like these Republican representatives are doing exactly what they were elected to do. What’s the problem?

The vote could further rattle consumers and investors who have been unnerved by the high-stakes budget battle that has played out in Washington this year. Congress pushed the government to the brink of a shutdown in April and the edge of default in August.

Because consumers and investors want more unpaid-for government spending.

Republican leaders said they would figure out a way to pass the spending bill and avoid disrupting everything from national parks to scientific research.

Damn those Republicans for trying to kill Smokey The Bear and and cancer research.

"There is not going to be a shutdown. Everybody needs to relax," said Representative Eric Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican, as he emerged from a meeting with other top Republicans after the vote…

Sorry. The news media needs a new crisis. Or, rather, their Democrat bosses do. How else can they justify still more spending.

The bill would have funded the government at an annual rate of $1.043 trillion, in line with a bipartisan agreement reached in August. Many conservatives want to stick with the lower figure of $1.019 trillion that the House approved in April.

Notice how Reuters puts this. In fact, this bill increases government spending by another $24 billion dollars in less than five months. Even though we are told they are cutting spending. That is not why these new members of Congress were sent to Washington.

The measure failed by a vote of 195 to 230, with 48 of the chamber’s most conservative Republicans joining Democrats in opposition.

Look how far you have to read to find out that Democrats also voting against this spending measure. In other words, the opposition was bipartisan. (Of course we will later learn that the Democrats voted against it because they to double the spending increase, and not pay for it.

The vote demonstrated the continued reluctance of Tea Party conservatives to compromise on spending issues, even as the public grows weary of repeated confrontation on Capitol Hill

Mind you, this is supposed to be a news article – not an editorial.

Democrats… want to double the amount of disaster aid in the bill and ensure that it is not paired with further spending cuts

Ah, those responsible Democrats. The ones who gave us PAYGO.

But how come they aren’t chided for their refusal to compromise? (Just kidding.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 22nd, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Reuters: Tea Party May Force Govt Shutdown”

  1. Mithrandir says:


    Page E-17:…….and democrats too.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Gee, Harry. You say that like it’s a bad thing …..

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