The Heritage Foundation’s Emily Goff writes the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee “decision to include reform provisions is a refreshing change of course.” There is a concern, however, that “some of the reforms could either fail to deliver on their promises or introduce new complications.”
The Corps has a $60-80 billion project backlog. In an attempt to clear the backlog, the House bill’s “deauthorization provision requires the Corps to report $12 billion worth of projects to delist.” Unfortunately, that “amounts to less than one-third of the backlog; identifying and deauthorizing an amount closer to $30 billion or $45 billion would prove more effective in reducing the backlog.”
The House will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment offered by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Kerry BentivolioHouse Republican Average82% that would expand the deauthorization of back logged projects from $12 to $35 billion. The amendment would also allow projects authorized in the 2007 bill, which contained more than 800 earmarks, to be deauthorized. That amendment is deserving of conservative support.
Rep. Honda calls the events leading up to the government shutdown a “dysfunctional, irresponsible game of brinkmanship” and is apparently relieved that “cooler heads ultimately prevailed.” Those “cooler heads” did indeed procure an 11th-hour deal which saved face politically. But Congress accomplished nothing legislatively that would protect Americans from the ravages of Obamacare, and the hefty debt that will result from it in the coming years. Recall, by 2013, just a decade from now, the U.S. will sink $250 billion into Obamacare annually, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. Fiscally responsible? Not at all. But I digress.
Under the Affordable Care Act, entitlement spending will increase massively, growing our nation’s debt; entitlement spending is already a massive source of our debt in America which will only be exacerbated by the Affordable Care Act. And if the nearly 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States are granted amnesty, they will become eligible for entitlements as well. This cost will be a massive burden to the U.S. economy and the American taxpayers.
Yesterday, the Senate voted down a House joint resolution entitled Honoring our Promise to America’s Veterans Act, simply because they’re on a mission to protect Obamacare instead of the American people.
Things are getting worse under the leadership of Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Harry ReidSenate Democrat Average9%.
Today, Dana Bash asked Senate Democrats why not just support the bill that provides funding to NIH which helps children with cancer:
You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you said, will you at least pass that, and if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?
He tried to block the question by placing blame on Republicans again. Dana added:
But if you could help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?
Why would we want to do that?