Yesterday, the House voted on several budgets, including the Cooper-LaTourette Substitute Amendment to H.Con.Res.112, which was based off of President Obama’s fiscal debt commission in 2010. Commonly known as Simpson-Bowles, the budget would have raised taxes by $1.2 trillion over the next decade and reduced future spending increases by about $2 trillion – mostly through cuts to the defense budget. It would have continued the Washington status quo of continuous spending and tax increases to pay for it. The Hill reports:
Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), who is also involved in the deficit-reduction talks, said Norquist and Heritage Action spooked many GOP members who had been prepared to vote “yes.”
For the past three days, as the Supreme Court heard arguments over the constitutionality of Obamacare, Heritage legal analyst Todd Gaziano has been giving video updates outside the Court. On Day 2, a cat on a leash was the co-star of the 3-minute update.
Roll Call did the legwork and discovered the details: the 13-year-old tomcat is named Pud, and has “no opinion on the health care law.” Pud provided some levity to an otherwise very serious legal proceeding, but his presence also prompts a reminder of a vote House took on March 8, 2011.
We continue our Member of the Week segment with a questionnaire with the Congressman. We want you to know the most conservative members of Congress on both a professional and personal level because it’s important to see them as real people, not just politicians. Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) answers 5 questions, some policy oriented and some personal:
In 2008, during a campaign speech in Green Bay, Wisconsin, then-Senator Obama called the Export-Import (ExIm) Bank “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.” But don’t take our word for it, see the video below: