Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) is trying to contain a GOP rebellion on spending levels, a struggle that has major implications for budget negotiations this fall.
Nineteen Republicans voted Tuesday to advance a motion to begin debate on a bill funding the departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development, even though McConnell says the bill will bust the spending cap set by the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA).
The Republicans who voted yes include four lawmakers who voted to approve the bill in the Senate Appropriations Committee last month, even though McConnell explicitly urged them not to break the BCA’s spending levels.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pounced on Tuesday’s vote to claim leverage in the spending fight that is heating up ahead of a fall deadline.
Have you ever noticed that the majority of the times, the dems vote as a block but the GOP has aisle crossers all over the place?
SammysDad, I am also very tired of elected officials who take the oath to uphold the Constitution and then turn around, give you a middle finger salute and routinely break that oath. This a message I sent to Missouri Democratic Senator McCaskill a few days ago:
My message sent several days ago to Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
I have been following your voting record for the last five years and I find that
you are not representating the People of Missouri or the People of the United
States. You have betrayed us in favor of a alien Socialist ajenda and an outlaw
President. My question is....If you are not representating the people who sent
you to Washington and/or the People of the United States...WHO ARE YOU
REPRESENTING? I would like an answer to this question in writing please.
Platte City, Missouri
Postscript: As of today, July 24, 2013, I have not received an answer from Senator McCaskill.
Terrence-I wouln't hold my breath, if I were you.
Six years is at least two years too long to hold a Senator Accountable. We need to drop the
Senate term of office to 4 years max and not allow them to give us the middle finger instead]
of supporting the Constitution. The Senate is the main problem in the US today. With a change
in the Senate when the House changed, the Keystone pipeline and several other positive changes
would have fuel down by over 30% and maybe Obama culd not stop both houses from taking
action. The Democrats are blocking any change that stops their lame agenda and will continue
to do so until or unless they are stopped at the polls. Energy is our main problem with the
economy. Until that changes our economy will not change. The sick and lame social agenda
is not helping America in any way. It makes us look like a crumbling society which is precisely
what we are today.
Don't allow some smear politics to stop your progress in removing McCaskill. She deserves
to go. She has not served Missouri or the country well. Please throw her out.
We also need a path to recall senators if they abandon the voters who sent them there.
I haven't written but I have called her Wash. line several times asking her about how she felt about betraying Missourians on Obamacare. I never expected a real answer, but it would be nice to get that reassuring BS robocall she gives when feeding the people her lies.
Typical Washington B.S.!
McConnell only wants to play ball and "go along to get along" with whoever he has to in order to protect his political ass.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I am sick of writing, calling, faxing, etc. to Congress with absolutely no positive result. All I've ever received have been form letter replies and talk to some junior admin person who screens calls.
McConnell is being challenged. We should make sure his challenger is a conservative and is clean (not a RINO or Dem plant just to derail our efforts) and then support him.
We will never effect change in Washington by sending the same people back who helped create our problems! By the way, I just received my online notice from the GOP, signed by Karl Rove, asking for donations. I tried to reply and tell them how I will NEVER give a single cent to ANYONE endorsed by Karl Rove, but their webpage, while providing a comments section, won't transmit unless you put in a donation amount ($0 was rejected).
So, Mr. Rove, GOP Establishment, Washington Politicians, please hear me now: NEVER--NEVER--NEVER again will I send you any money, any support, anything! You, and the rest of the sellouts do not stand for the spirit of our constitution. You are not worthy to inhabit a legislature built by great Americans and predicated on the liberty of man above the power of government.
Well said Benson.
Keep fighting McConnell. This Admin. is spending way too much.
when are we going to get rid of this guy too. so many people blame the congress for the crap is going on. well in my opinion it`s just a few who have to much power.just not having a budget is an impeachable offence. that`s just the tip of the iceberg
Get the ropes.