CR Fails in House
Apparently, losing 48 House Republican votes on the Continuing Resolution (CR), which failed last night, is somehow a sign to appease big-government Democrats.
That seems to be the mentality of some unnamed staffers, who were talking about how to revive the stopgap funding measure. Last night, they were looking for ways to get more Democrats on board in order to pass the next, instead of trying to get more conservatives to vote in favor.
In order to get more conservatives on board, the CR would likely need to return to the House-passed Ryan budget numbers. This would attract conservatives who want to stick to the lower spending levels in the Ryan budget as they pledged to do when they won back the House in 2010. To get more Democrats, House leadership is considering going left, either scrapping the offsets to disaster funding all together or finding some spending that big-government types do not like (good luck). But what we’ve learned since the CR failed was that it was actually designed to attract Democrats, not necessarily conservatives, as Erica Elliot, a spokeswoman for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said:
“This bill was designed to pass with Democrat votes, in part based on assurances from Reps. Dicks and Hoyer that they would vote for it. Frankly, it’s shocking as many Republicans voted for it as did.”
That’s disheartening. We understand that the bruising battles over the short-term CRs and debt limit earlier this year were tough, but changing the course of our country is going to be difficult, and conservatives need to stand strong if they truly want to save our economy.
Now the CR must be edited in order to get more votes. It looks like it will favor Democrats mantra of more spending, not less. According to Rep. Bobby Schilling (R-IL):
“Boehner just broke it down pretty simple. He goes, ‘I know there are some of you out here who don’t want to vote for this thing, but if you don’t, you think this is a big number? Wait until you see what we get back, and we’re not in the driver’s seat then.’ ”
So the next CR attempt will have more spending? This is what happens when you do not paint with bold colors from the outset. Pandering to obstinate House Democrats, almost every single one of whom voted for Obamacare, makes for bad politics and produces bad policy.
Below is a list of the 48 stalwart conservatives who opposed the CR:
Burton, D. (IN-05)
Campbell, J. (CA-48)
Duncan, Jeff (SC-03)
Duncan, John (TN-02)
Franks, T. (AZ-02)
Graves, T. (GA-09)
Johnson, Timothy (IL-15)
King, S. (IA-05)
Landry, J. (LA-03)
Miller, J. (FL-01)
Ross, D. (FL-12)
Turner, M. (OH-03)
Westmoreland, L. (GA-03)
Wilson, J. (SC-02)