V IS FOR VICTORY … VICTORY FOR WE THE PEOPLE!!!
America, tonight you just witnessed the power of the people and the aftermath of the political tsunami and avalanche of the 2010 midterm election. Elections have consequences. Democrats and those Republicans who did not quite get the message, finally did over the last couple days as WE THE PEOPLE made their outraged voices heard and along with Senators Jim DeMint, Mitch McConnell and John McCain … Reid’s bill is toast. As stated at NRO, ”this was to be the appropriators’ last hurrah. In the end, they couldn’t see it through, and it’s not going to get any better for them next year.”
The 1924 page, $1.3 trillion pork laced, earmark Omnibus spending bill has been abandoned by Democrat Majority leader harry Reid. Obviously, Reid (D-NV) did not have the votes to pass the pork laden spending bill and was forced to pull the bill rather than seeing it go down to defeat in a US Senate vote.
The US Senate did not do their job during the year so the Democrat leadership thought they were going to do business as usual like last year and just pass an Omnibus spending bill full of pork to have Obama sign. However, a funny thing happened on the way to the pork-roast … WE THE PEOPLE said NO, we said, HELL NO!!!
Senate Democrats abruptly abandoned an omnibus budget bill for the coming year, pushing major spending decisions into the next Congress and giving Republicans immense new leverage to confront President Barack Obama priorities.
The decision Thursday night sweeps away months of bipartisan work by the Senate Appropriations Committee which had crafted the $1.1 trillion bill to meet spending targets embraced by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R—Ky.) himself prior to the elections.
With the government lurching toward a funding cutoff Saturday night, Washington faces a genuine fiscal crisis — at once serious and rich in political farce.
Democrats have only themselves to blame for failing to pass any of the 12 annual appropriations bills that fund the day-to-day operations of the government. At the same time, Republicans contributed mightily to this failure and are going through their own culture war — torn between the Senate’s old-bull pork-barrel ways and the more temperate fiscal gospel of their new tea party allies.
Harry Reid has caved on the Omnibus bill. For all his threats, bravado and attempted power play, Reid loses. It is obvious that not only did Reid lose and so-called GOP support, there were most likely many Democrats who were up for reelection in 2012 that did not want this vote to hang over them like Obamacare did the Dems that lost in 2010.
Speaking now on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) says he is “sorry and disappointed” to announce that he does not have the votes for the omnibus spending package. Instead, he will work with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to draft a temporary continuing resolution to fund the government into early next year.
Reid says nine Republican senators approached him today to tell him that while they would like to see the bill passed, they could not vote for it. He did not reveal the names of the nine. A top Senate source tells National Review Online that “it looks like Harry Reid buckled under the threat of Republicans reading [the bill] aloud.”
Let this be a lesson to Democrats and the GOP if they want to ever be considered for election in 2012 and thereafter. You do not go against the will of the people. Get used to it Harry Reid. Get used to this Democrats. Get used to this Obama … your days are over.
From Fox News following the Omnibus bill being pulled, there was a dialogue between Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and
Freshman Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL).
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, crusader against pork, tweeted all day Wednesday and Thursday with earmarks he found in the bill, from money for disease-resistant wine grapes to a ceramics museum in Biloxi, Miss. And Thursday night, with a big grin, he praised GOP members for ditching the deal.
Freshman Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill, asked of McCain, “Did we just win?”
McCain said with a chuckle, “I don’t think there’s any doubt,” and then joked, “I feel badly about those earmarks, because I had so much fun with them.”