DEAREST REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 | Uncategorized

Here’s why I hang up on you these days:

Numerous news reports indicate that budget conferees in Washington are planning to gut budget caps set in 2011, and Paul Ryan appears to be on board with the strategy. A final deal between conferees, led by Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan — chairmen of their chambers’ respective budget-writing committees — could come as early as today.

Congressional Republicans should reject the reported deal and require Congress to abide by the discretionary spending limits set by the bipartisan Budget Control Act (BCA), which was supported by over 70 percent of House Republicans and signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011.

According to news reports and conversations with congressional staffers familiar with the ongoing talks, the Murray/Ryan plan currently under discussion would increase the discretionary spending limits for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 by nearly $70 billion. The 2014 and 2015 limits would be set in the neighborhood of $1.015 trillion, a $48 billion increase over the current 2014 cap of $967 billion and a $20 billion increase over the current 2015 cap of $995 billion. Congressional Democrats had initially demanded $1.058 trillion in 2014 spending, an amount that would’ve matched 2014 spending if sequestration didn’t exist.

One staffer told me that the Murray/Ryan plan would basically strike the existing 2014/2015 levels in the BCA and replace them with the new levels in order to prevent mandatory sequestration from taking effect.

In order to address charges that the plan unnecessarily increases spending, conferees will include a number of long-term offsets totaling $90 billion. The offsets would be a mix of small-time spending cuts combined with increases in federal user fees. Although the BCA currently sunsets the discretionary spending caps and enforcement mechanisms (like sequestration) in 2021, the Murray/Ryan plan will likely add fiscal years 2022 and 2023 to the mix. Much of the alleged savings to offset the new spending will occur in those years. That move will allow them to claim that while the plan significantly increases spending today, it will eventually offset it with lower spending and higher fees tomorrow.

Republican lawmakers should not fall for this nonsense. Why? For starters, because the people swearing to uphold new caps ten years from now are the same ones eviscerating the caps they agreed to barely two years ago. If they can’t be trusted to keep short-term promises, why on earth should they be trusted to keep long-term ones? A great way to show you won’t be trustworthy tomorrow is to break your word today.

Here’s another reason.

Senate Republicans scrubbing the Ryan-Murray budget deal have come across a little-noticed provision that will limit the GOP’s ability to block tax increases in future years.

The bill includes language from the Senate Democrats’ budget that voids senators’ ability to raise a budget “point of order” against replacing the sequester cuts with tax increases.

The process is quite complicated, but in practice it grants Harry Reid the authority to send tax increases to the House with a bare majority, rather than the 60-vote threshold that would be required under a point of order.

The provision has angered key Republican senators. Reeling from Harry Reid’s unprecedented use of the “nuclear option” to end the filibuster on executive-branch nominations, they are dismayed that Paul Ryan would have backed another limit to their power.

“This is an appalling power grab that should never have been allowed to be in a final agreement. It’s essentially the ‘nuclear option’ part two, eroding minority rights in the Senate even further. Harry Reid must be very happy,” a Senate GOP aide says.

FYI.

20 Comments to DEAREST REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE

Truth unites... And divides
December 12, 2013

Welcome to the U.S.S.A.!

midwestnorwegian
December 12, 2013

The establishment GOP is as dead to me as The Episcopal Church.

Allen Lewis
December 12, 2013

Why do we need the Republican Party? They are just Democrap-Lite, as far as I can see.

So much for Paul Ryan’s “conservative” cred!

Alexander Scott
December 12, 2013

When I first heard about this deal, I wondered what are Republicans getting out of this? Spending increases, “taxes” increase, and sequester is gutted? Now this – there’s some ‘splainin to do….

Katherine
December 12, 2013

It’s disappointing to see Paul Ryan getting rolled like this. Before y’all explode against all establishment Rs, though, do note that Mitch McConnell is going to vote against this in the Senate.

And write to your Senators and Congressmen.

Winston
December 12, 2013

One more thing and I’m outta here.

ccinnova
December 12, 2013

Before y’all explode against all establishment Rs, though, do note that Mitch McConnell is going to vote against this in the Senate.

That’s good to hear, but Sen. McConnell’s vote might have more to do with being up for re-election in 2014 and facing a challenge from the right.

Creedal Episcopalian
December 12, 2013

Where you gonna go?

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Truth Unites... and Divides
December 12, 2013

“Where you gonna go?”

Sheeee-et. 2008 – voted McCain. 2012 – voted Romney/Ryan.

Not that I supported them, it’s just that they were FAR BETTER than the alternative, Obam-bam.

And I didn’t want to not vote, or to vote for someone else who had no chance, ergo, a grudging vote for the RINO.

Elections have consequences. RINO or horrible Lib? What’s the Constitutional Conservative to do with those two choices? Shake head in dismay, and bubble in the RINO. Then watch the bad Lib win, watch the fawning media cheer, and then do the best you can as the dinosaur remnant.

FW Ken
December 12, 2013

I wrote my senators and congresswoman about the extensive surveillance Big Brother has imposed on their American subjects. I got two automated responses and from John Cornyn, I got an issue specific (but probably cut and paste) response that basically said “I understand your concern, but we have to keep you safe”.

So tell me why I should waste my time writing to them about the budget. They don’t listen, because they don’t care about ordinary citizens.

Allen Lewis
December 12, 2013

FW Ken -
That is too sadly true in too many cases. It is up to the voters to change that.

Allen Lewis
December 12, 2013

This is kinda O/T, but Lindsey Graham has really been advertising about how “conservative” he is lately. Wonder if he might be worried about the upcoming election?

Katherine
December 12, 2013

ccinnova, whatever works.

TU&D, I agree with you. I’m going to consistently vote, and I’m going to vote for the most conservative candidate running, keeping in mind in primaries I won’t vote for people I think will be demolished by the lib in the general election. And FW Ken, I keep writing. They have people who keep track of the numbers.

And I am a precinct judge on election day, so at least nobody is going to pull any shenanigans in my voting place.

And I contribute time and effort to the local R party, which is reliably conservative in my county.

It’s what I can do, and if my country disappears because I didn’t trouble to do anything, I would live with the regret. It may disappear anyhow, but not because I was negligent.

George CS
December 12, 2013

Hear, hear, Katherine!

Truth Unites... and Divides
December 12, 2013

“It’s what I can do, and if my country disappears because I didn’t trouble to do anything, I would live with the regret. It may disappear anyhow, but not because I was negligent.”

Katherine, what you wrote reminded me of this recent article I read:

Call to Duty

FW Ken
December 12, 2013

Apparently, the budget deal passed. On the bright side, Paul Ryan won’t have to worry about nuns on a bus.

Maxine
December 13, 2013

You call it $63B of new spending…but I clearly heard Paul Ryan and John Boehner say it is “SEQUESTER RELIEF”…..that sounds good….uh…doesn’t it?

Let’s see now…the sequester was what Republicans were trying to protect with the govt shutdown…so that’s good, and relief is usually good…therefore….but wait…

A politician wouldn’t try to confuse me with words……would they?

Katherine
December 13, 2013

Today the reports are that Senate Rs will filibuster the bill — a real filibuster, apparently. Grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.

FW Ken
December 13, 2013

You’re right, Katherine. I guess I read that the deal was struck and read it as passed. Yes, it should be a good show in the Senate.

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