Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Continuing Resolutions. Congress Kicks the Can - Again

Update: Last week, Congress voted on the Continuing Resolution reported on below. Only two members from Michigan voted NO. Justin Amash and Sander Levin. This "can" they are kicking is now a 55 galon drum.

From Club for Growth:

Congress is about to vote on the Fiscal Year 2013 Continuing Resolution (CR). We expect a vote on this resolution later this week, perhaps as early as Thursday. This vote will be included in the Club for Growth's 2012 Congressional Scorecard.

This CR is bad policy simply because it extends big spending programs, layers on extra riders, and provides only short-term funding for the government so that politicians can leave Washington and/or avoid politically sensitive events.

Even if it were a clean extension, this CR would still fully fund ObamaCare, along with a long list of other programs that fiscal conservatives oppose. Second, while technically legal, it breaks the already high $1.047 trillion spending cap established by the Budget Control Act because disaster relief included in the resolution is not offset. Third, it quietly affirms President Obama's desire to gut welfare reform's work requirements. House leadership, knowing this, will likely provide a "won't become law" cover vote on this issue in the days ahead, which shows you that "business as usual" is still being conducted in Washington.

More details here.

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