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Senate Dems Block Funding Of WH Tours, Parks

From the Washington Times:

Senate votes to keep White House closed, slaughterhouses open

By Stephen Dinan and Seth McLaughlin | March 20, 2013

Senators voted Wednesday to make the first significant changes to the budget sequesters, shifting money to keep slaughterhouse inspectors on the job full time but refusing to rearrange money to reopen the White House for public tours.

The votes came as the Senate debated and passed a bill to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year — sending it back to the House for final expected approval later this week and averting a government shutdown…

The bill funds basic operations through Sept. 30. It does not undo the level of sequester cuts, but it did begin to rewrite a few priorities, including restoring the military’s tuition assistance programs and restoring the money for food inspections.

[The] Senators added the inspection money back in by unanimous vote.

This could get interesting, since Obama has repeatedly threatened to veto any changes to the sequester. (See below.) He wants maximum pain and hardship.

Senators nibbled away what they considered the worst parts of the sequester, but they declined to undo President Obama’s decision to cancel White House tours — a move he made earlier this month as one of the casualties of the budget sequesters, setting off a chorus of complaints from Congress and the public.

Because, like Obama, the Senate Democrats want to punish the country for even thinking about reducing spending.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, offered an amendment to restore the White House tours, proposing to cut $8 million from spending on national heritage areas in the National Park Service budget. Mr. Obama himself had proposed the heritage area cuts last year.

Mr. Coburn said the money could be used both to restore White House tours and to help open up parts of Western national parks such as Yellowstone, which could have to delay springtime openings because sequesters have cut money to plow snow off the roads.

But senators, led mostly by Democrats, rejected that plan, arguing that Mr. Coburn was staging a show vote and that canceling the heritage area money would hurt economic development in their home states…

The Senate defeated Mr. Coburn’s amendment on a 54-45 vote, with nearly every Republican voting to reopen the White House and with almost all Democrats voting to back Mr. Obama’s decision

Notice that the Senate Democrats won’t even go along with a proposal that Obama had previously backed. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.

Anyway, as we have previously noted, Obama has solemnly vowed to veto any changes to the sequester cuts.

From CBS News, back on November 21, 2011:

Obama pledges to veto effort to undo automatic spending cuts

By Kevin Hechtkopf | November 21, 2011

President Obama is promising to veto any effort to undo the automatic spending cuts that are set to take effect now that the congressional supercommittee has announced its failure to strike a deal to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit over the next 10 years.

"Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No," Mr. Obama said from the White House briefing room Monday evening. "I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending."

"There will be no easy off ramps on this one.," he added…

So it will be interesting to see if he will be forced to quietly back down. If so, we will never hear anything about him going back on his pledge from our media guardians.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Senate Dems Block Funding Of WH Tours, Parks”

  1. captstubby

    my father,God rest his soul,may not have been a man of many words ,
    but the few times he did give advice i carry with me to this day,
    ” there are more horse’s ass’s then horse’s in this world.”

  2. 11ten1775

    What I don’t understand is why the TA program is getting so much less attention than the White House tours. This is a huge deal for the military. Tuition Assistance is one of the primary tools used to recruit people, and Obama doesn’t seem to mind yanking it out from underneath them, especially after most of them have served in a war zone. Of course, the military can’t complain as loudly as civilians, but it seems that in an age of social media this would get a little more attention. And aren’t the Democrats all about everyone getting a college education? For free? But not our military. How else will John Kerry be able to paint them as a bunch of stupid, uneducated thugs who have no other options in life? And this is a great opportunity for Obama to quietly stick it to a big group of people with whom he is definitely not popular. Cutting TA affects lower ranking service members the most severely. Interesting how that doesn’t seem to bother the supposedly compassionate Obamas a bit. Republican Senators and Congressmen need to shine some light on how unethical it is to backtrack on what could be the biggest recruiting tool we’ve used for a long time now. Obama needs to be embarrassed into signing a bill that restores TA. There are other places to make cuts that won’t cause this kind of drop in morale and break promises to those who’ve kept their end of the bargain.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      The military personnel generally don’t vote democrat.

      The national socialists have been opposed to the American military since at least the 1960’s and probably a lot longer than that. They see providing tuition assistance to republican voters a violation of their agenda and ideology.

      Ever the stewards of classism and class warfare, they prefer to give free educations to people who cannot write/speak/think when they graduate so long as they vote democrat.

      However, the tuition assistance program..apparently…is back on.

      Also, though, as Rush has pointed out and many of us already knew, this is the first time that a sitting president has decided to use cutting programs and expenditures in order to hurt people in a certain way for political gain. I’m very sure they sat around in meetings and discussed how “nuanced” and “tactical” it needed to be. By that I mean how specific and how nasty in order to hurt certain demographics and cause people to “take notice” and also for the sheer pleasure of bullying people who wouldn’t vote democrat if their lives depended on it.

      Obama is a creep. He’s also juvenile, as is most of his cabinet and 90% of the democrats in office. We are at a place in history where elected officials don’t hide their contempt for conservatives (republican OR democrat) and act more like cliques in high school than mature, critical-thinking adults who know what’s important vs. what will get the emotions stirred and cause people to react as they desire.

  3. canary

    The Republican lawmakers haven’t even been allowed at the White House this year.
    And the liberal Donald Trump keeps going on TV he will pay the costs to continue letting the public tour.

    That magnolia tree Obama is bragging flew on AF1 with him to Israel, as he put on a show planting, he explained was rooted from a magnolia tree at the White House.

    I think Obama’s gift to Israel should be something they don’t have to look at every day, yet alone care for.

  4. White House Tours cancelled? HUZZAH!

    What a perfect way to explain to children about what happens when you aren’t careful with money!

    Actually, EVERY BIT OF MISERY should be shouted from the mountaintops to the public about the folly of spending more than you take in.

    My gosh, why ON EARTH are Republicans allowing democrats to wag their fingers in the air over every fallen sparrow and claim, “This wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t cut spending!” Reverse this on them as a teachable moment.

    As usual, Republicans will hide in a cave while the media and democrats run away with another issue Republicans should be winning.




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