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December 18, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Hart said one of the problems with passing the spending bill is it sets in stone the financial year 2011 spending levels. Passing a continuing resolution now would allow the Republican House to pass a second continuing resolution in February freezing spending at 2008 levels.

Hart noted that not only did the WSJ poll show that 80 percent of the American public support a spending freeze, but 70 percent would support ending all earmarks.

“The American people are solidly behind our position on this,” Hart said.

McConnell said on the floor the reason Reid yanked the bill back was simple — he didn’t have the votes:

The reason he doesn’t have the votes is because members on this side of the aisle increasingly felt concerned about the way we do business. And for many of our members it was not so much the substance of the bill but the process.

For Coburn it wasn’t the process, it was the substance.

“If members have an earmark in the bill they’re more likely to support spending levels they wouldn’t otherwise support,” Hart said. “Certain members want to protect their earmarks. This way of doing business is under siege and they want to grab all they can while they can.”

Proving of course that he still doesn’t get it, Reid is continuing to slam forward with unpopular legislation, saying as he pulled back the omnibus bill he would be scheduling cloture votes on a repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the DREAM act for Saturday.

Stay tuned, we’re in for a bumpy ride.

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Patrick Richardson has been a journalist for almost 15 years and an inveterate geek all his life. He blogs regularly at www.otherwheregazette.com, which aims to be like another SF magazine, just not so serious.
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