Driving the Week: CR Showdown

Here we go again. House Republicans looked at the polls showing that Americans were fed up with the partisan bickering in Congress and came back from the August recess looking to avoid another showdown. Unfortunately, it seems Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) didn’t get the memo.

As we wrote last week, House Republicans crafted their Continuing Resolution (CR) with Democrats in mind. This gave Sen. Reid the opening to pull the bill even further to the left, and again try to blame conservatives for a near-shutdown.

The CR passed in the House contained offsets for some – not all – of the disaster relief funding by cutting funding for the “green” jobs loan program which allowed loans to go out to companies like Solyndra, Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt and a whole host of others.

The CR that Sen. Reid plans to introduce in the Senate has the same level of disaster relief funding for FEMA, it just has no offsets. So, the only difference between the House and Senate versions is that big-government Democrats in the Senate are refusing any more spending cuts. The level of FEMA spending seems to no longer be disputed, liberals just want more spending without any form of fiscal discipline.

“We have the money in the bill. It’s there in a responsible manner,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Friday. “Let’s get the money to the people that need it. … The bill is there in front of [Reid]. The Senate should take the bill up and get the people the disaster relief they need.”

This is going to be a long autumn.

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