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Budget Deal Countdown: Conservative Groups Vow to Score GOPs, While Dems are on Their Own

Ryan defends the airline security fees in his bill: “We think that the users should pay for the services that they're using."

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December 11, 2013 - 5:43 pm
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WASHINGTON – Lawmakers on both sides of the political divide are finding a whole lot not to like about the compromise spending package unveiled by budget negotiators on Tuesday but congressional leaders remain confident the measure will attract enough support to pass when it comes up for a House vote on Thursday.

Conservatives, like Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas), expressed displeasure over a proposed increase in the amount of money the federal government is authorized to spend during the current 2014 fiscal year. Democrats are irate the package fails to include an extension of federal unemployment benefits.

Huelskamp said the proposal that emerged from a conference committee led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), chairman of the House Budget Committee, “blows up the only real significant spending restraint passed since the Republicans assumed the majority in the 2010 election” – that being an agreement that imposed a process known as sequestration, which involves across-the-board cuts.

“This budget agreement is more of the same that we’ve seen out of Washington for years,” Huelskamp said. “Instead of providing solutions, it continues the insider game of playing ‘Let’s make a Deal.’ The deal provides for a $63 billion spending increase, raises taxes, and adds to the deficit now – all in exchange for another mirage of spending reductions sometime in the future, most of them five years after (President) Obama leaves the Oval Office.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was equally distressed, maintaining it’s “a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now for the promise of cuts later.”

“The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem,” Paul said. “Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation’s $17.3 trillion debt.”

The conservative Club for Growth promised to score the vote, telling lawmakers to pass another short-term continuing resolution that preserves sequestration instead.

“All Republicans have to do is nothing, and they will retain the rather modest budget savings that comes from the sequester,” said Club for Growth president Chris Chocola. “Apparently, there are some Republicans who don’t have the stomach for even relatively small spending reductions that are devoid of budgetary smoke and mirrors. If Republicans work with Democrats to pass this deal, it should surprise no one when Republican voters seek alternatives who actually believe in less spending when they go to the ballot box.”

Heritage Action also promised to include the vote on its legislative scorecard. Ryan currently has a 67 percent rating with the PAC.

Tea Party challengers to Senate incumbents also rushed out with their statements of opposition to the deal. Matt Bevin, who is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), accused the minority leader of “dodging a major issue while waiting to see which way the political winds are blowing.”

“This deal is bad for America because it raises spending in the short-term for long-term cuts that everyone knows will never happen. McConnell should lead Republicans in demanding a deal that, at a bare minimum, sticks to the existing savings of the sequester,” Bevin said.

McConnell has been conspicuously absent from weighing in on the budget deal while House Republican leaders flanked Ryan to sing its praises today. Senate Republicans would have breathing room to oppose the bill for political purposes if Democrats united behind Murray.

But if Republicans feel the budget plan doesn’t cut enough, opposition Democrats feel it doesn’t spend enough, especially when it comes to those seeking work.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, of California, is among those who demanded that the committee include an extension of temporary Emergency Unemployment Compensation, initiated in 2008 during the height of the financial crisis, which allowed the states to extend that time limit placed on providing unemployment benefits. Failure to preserve the initiative will affect 1.3 million Americans who will find themselves cut off if an extension isn’t approved by Congress by the end of the year. Another 1.9 million Americans will be denied access to the emergency program during the first six months of next year.

Pelosi said Wednesday that Democrats are free to vote for the budget when it  comes up for a vote on Thursday but she personally remains uncommitted, maintaining the failure to extend unemployment benefits is “unconscionable.”

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Ryan is not the problem, he is the best we have...bar none. He was dealt a crappy hand and has to play it. Obama is President and Harry Reid runs the Senate. A shutdown crushes momentum...only an idiot would do that
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Ryan is finished. This perverse farce of a bill finishes him.
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"“Before 9/11, the person getting on an airplane paid for all of their security when they paid for their ticket. They covered all of it. Since 9/11, that person is paying for less than 40 percent of their security, and then the non-flying public, the non-flying taxpayer is subsidizing the rest of it,” he said. “We think that the users should pay for the services that they’re using, instead of making of some hardworking taxpayer that never uses those services paying for it.”

Keep in mind that in all the years since 9/11 airline security and the TSA cannot point to one incident of terrorism where they have detected or prevented it. Further, they have been caught time and again stealing from passengers, groping them, taking pictures of them nude, attacking them, treating them like they are inmates in a correctional facility.

At the same time, noting that like it or not, Muslims have been behind the incidents that have taken place; political correctness requires that they be given a functional pass on security, and the emphasis is placed on those who have no basis for suspicion.

Maybe, just maybe, the airline passengers who are paying for those services, and now paying more for those services, do not want to pay for those services that do not protect them, but just abuse them.

I don't fly anymore, because I do not consider flying to be a waiver of my rights as a citizen.

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"Ryan argued that the increase in airline fees is not a tax."

He sounds just like a leftist Democrat, as if giving something another name makes it true. Does he really think we are so stupid, that we can't see what he is doing? He has become power corrupted like all establishment Politicians.
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What a disappointment Ryan has become. I suppose it is to be expected that the maintenance man at a whorehouse would not in time come to think like a john.
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If Ryan had been Columbus’ navigator, those ships really would have sailed off the ends of the earth.
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I'm done voting. It accomplishes nothing.
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The ReThugs and DemoRats both want deficit spending.......pure Keynesian economics....but a disaster for the Middle Class.........
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Ryan is not the problem, he is the best we have...bar none. He was dealt a crappy hand and has to play it. Obama is President and Harry Reid runs the Senate. A shutdown crushes momentum...only an idiot would do that
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Ryan is finished. This perverse farce of a bill finishes him.
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Ryan defends the airline security fees in his bill: “We think that the users should pay for the services that they're using."

The Gropestapo doesn't do services; they do molesting. Fool ! Do you also think rape victims should pay their rapist? Should we pay a service fee to the N-Stasi-A for monitoring our phone calls, emails and credit cards? Fool ! Pervert ! Creep !
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