Inside Congress: Congress Does Something
Late last night, conservatives won and lost.
Spending: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pulled the plug on the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. This porker included over 6,000 earmarks for Senators on both sides of the aisle, as well as initial funding of Obamacare, and civilian trials for Guantanamo detainees.
Taxes: Late last night, the House passed President Obama’s tax deal by a vote of 277-148. Already passed by the Senate, the bill now heads to the President’s desk for his signature. The measure extends the current income tax rates for two years, patches the AMT, revives the death tax, and include a variety of specific tax incentives for various industries.
Read more to see our analysis and what may come next…
Why Omnibus Died: America’s future looks a bit brighter because citizens spoke out against the bloated package and Harry Reid’s cynical lame duck ploy. The Daily Caller is reporting that both Senate Republicans and Democrats are attributing the dead spending bill to the continuing influence of grassroots conservatives in the Tea Party movement:
What was agreed upon by most is that the same grassroots wave that propelled Republicans to a huge November win had just made its sting felt for the first time in the legislative arena. “[It was] 100 percent grassroots … The American people took it down,” said John Hart, spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican.
This is a sign that Senate Republican are possibly beginning to understand the message voters sent in November: no more massive spending increases written behind closed doors and passed in a rush.
Next Up in Spending: The federal government’s funding runs out on midnight tomorrow, so Congress will probably pass a “Continuing Resolution.” A CR, as it is commonly referred to, is an continuation of funding at current levels – no earmarks, no special interest provisions and no Obamacare gimmicks. Yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proposed a one page bill that would keep the government going through the 18th of February. A bill of this type will probably pass.
Lame duck continues: After the omnibus debacle, Senate Majority Leader Reid is still woefully out-of-touch with the American people. His to-do list for the remaining days of Congress: a controversial change in military policy, defacto amnesty, and naive foreign policy. When America wants this Congress to go home, he’s working to advance a liberal agenda.
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