The U.S. House is now passing piecemeal legislation to open parts of the government that will give them the best photo ops, headlines and put Democrats in a position to seem heartless if they refuse to play.
The media and talking points are taking away from what’s really at issue for the majority of Americans.
Let’s look beyond their simple messaging by assessing their actual budget:
•They want to fund Head Start even though they slash Head Start by $406 million, kicking 70,000 kids out of the program
•They want to fund WIC even though they slash WIC funding in their budget
•They want to fund cancer treatments for children even though their budget slashes funding for medical research that brought us those treatments and slash the National Institutes of Health by $1.6 billion and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention by $323 million
•They want to fund FEMA even thought their budget slashes FEMA by $375 million
•They want to fund some of the museums and national parks even though their budget slashes funding to these treasures.
This is not a complete list but the hypocrisy is quite clear. They are using a shutdown ploy as a way to legislate by fiat.
Who has compromised? The discretionary funding in various budgets and CR’s:
•President Obama’s original budget: $1,203 billion
•Original Ryan budget: $1,095 billion
•2011 Debt limit compromise: $1,066 billion
•2014 Senate budget: $1,058 billion
•2014 Ryan budget: $967 billion
•Senate clean continuing resolution: $986 billion
The media and many in Congress make this out to be a game of who’s going to win, who’s going to blink. Our lives and economy are at stake. If we all focused on the job Congress needs to do, it is no longer a game.
The Senate introduced their budget in April and have asked for conference 18 times. It’s very apparent Congress needs to immediately fund the government, raise the debt ceiling and then truly get to work by going to conference on the 2014 Ryan budget and the 2014 Senate budget.
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