The US House of Representatives votes to delay Obamacare by one year by a 231 to 192 margin. However, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had more important things to do like not show up for the vote. The vote once again puts the ball back in the court of the US Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has said he will make no compromises.
House Republicans forced through a short-term government funding bill that delays Obamacare and permanently repeals a tax on medical devices, setting up their most dramatic face-off ever with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats.
The vote to delay Obamacare was 231-192, with two Republicans voting against the bill, while two Democrats supported it. The Republicans opposed to the bill were New York Reps. Chris Gibson and Richard Hanna, and the Democrats who supported the measure were North Carolina Rep. Mike McInytre and Utah Rep. Jim Matheson.
“The House has again passed a plan that reflects the American people’s desire to keep the government running and stop the president’s health care law,” Boehner said in a post-vote statement. Repealing the medical device tax will save jobs and delaying the president’s health care law for all Americans is only fair given the exemptions the White House has granted to big businesses and insurance companies.”
He added: “Now that the House has again acted, it’s up to the Senate to pass this bill without delay to stop a government shutdown.”
The high-stakes GOP move intensifies a game of chicken with Senate Democrats with just 48 hours to go before the lights could go out on the federal government.
The White House threatened to veto the measure, while Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) proclaimed it dead in the upper chamber.
The imminent deadline, combined with the prolonged impasse, has led some lawmakers to predict a shutdown is all but inevitable.
The Lonely Conservative, as myself, are surprised at the GOP’s not backing down on the Obamacare/continuing resolution fight. I thought for sure Boehner and the establishment Republicans would have caved at this point. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed is not backing down either and is pretty much taking the my way or the highway approach.
Much more at The American Thinker and the ultimate question ahead of a pending government shutdown … who will blink?
Senate Majority Leader Dingy Harry Reid (NV-D) to Senator Ted Cruz (TX-R): “My Friend from Texas is Like a Schoolyard Bully” … Democratic Strategist James Carville Called Cruz Talented & Fearless
Talk about the pot calling the kettle
black a bully …
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Dingy Harry said of Senator Ted Cruz, “My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully.” Wow, really? Obviously Harry Reid is having a case of selective amnesia because as Hot Air opines, Harry Reid has never thrown a political punch below the belt in the course of his career. NEVER EVER. If Reid thinks that Cruz is a school yard bully for his actions, what would one call Reid when he was desperately buying and threatening Senators to vote for Obamacare ?
Senator Ted Cruz responds to those who would try and bully him … Some Say I Lack Civility And Have ‘Insulted Me While Doing So’
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called freshman GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “schoolyard bully” during a contentious exchange Monday on the Senate floor.
The two senators bickered as Cruz rose to object to Reid’s motion to appoint conferees to a House-Senate budget committee.
Cruz said he was concerned that the conference report—which cannot be filibustered—would be used to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. He asked that Reid amend his motion to go to conference to make out of order any provisions raising taxes or raising the debt ceiling.
Reid said Cruz had a chance to amend the Senate budget—which raises $975 billion in new tax revenue from tax reform—when it was considered on the floor.
He said Cruz’s request to eliminate all taxes in a final House-Senate budget was absurd.
“The senator from Texas was on the losing side…now he wants us to adopt the losing side’s view or we cannot go to conference,” Reid said.
“My friend from Texas is like a schoolyard bully,” Reid added.
However, not everyone thinks Cruz is a bully, some think he is amazing. Over the weekend, long time Democrat strategist James Carville said of Sen. Cruz, “I think he is the most talented and fearless Republican politician I’ve seen in the last 30 years.
AFTER 4 YEARS SENATE DEMOCRATS PASS A BUDGET WITH $1 TRILLION IN TAX HIKES …
For the first time in four years the Democrat controlled US Senate has passed a budget. From the looks of it they shouldn’t have bothered. The budget plan was passed by a 50-49 vote in the Democratic-controlled chamber, with 4 Democratic senators facing tough re-election campaigns in 2014 joined all the Senate Republicans in opposing the measure. Max Baucus (D-MT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mark Pryor (D-AR) all voted against the Democrat budget. It is just a coincidence that all four Democrats are up for reelection in 2014 “Red” states. Vulnerable Senate Democrats like Mary Landrieu (LA), Mark Warner (VA) and Tim Johnson (SD) should be made to pay a price in the 2014 elections for supporting the budget. Simply incredible, after four years of not doing their job, the budget that Democrats pass is chock full of new spending, taxes and a vote against actually balancing it. Oh wait, did we mention it just taxes, taxes and taxes?
From The Hill:
Centrist Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) were all non-committal up until the end.
Baucus, Begich, Hagan and Pryor joined the entire GOP caucus in voting against the budget resolution. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who was ill, missed the vote. His office said he would have been available to vote if needed.
All the Democratic senators who voted “no” are up for reelection in 2014 in states that voted for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
Democrats had been dogged by criticism for failing to approve a budget resolution since 2009 and the vote removes that GOP talking point from the political scene.
No wonder Senate Democrats had not passed a previous budget prior to Obama’s reelection. The Senate budget has a 0% chance of passing The House.
SHAMELESS EXPLOITATION … Harry Reid Implies Sequestration Caused Explosion That Killed 7 Marines In Nevada (VIDEO)
SHAMEFUL, SIMPLY SHAMEFUL … DEMOCRATS USE THE DEATH OF SEVEN US MARINES FOR THEIR POLITICAL AGENDA.
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid implies that sequestration was responsible for seven US Marines killed in Nevada. Far be it from Democrats to not exploit a tragedy for their own political agenda. Yesterday, on the Senate floor this morning, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) had the audacity to imply the explosion that killed seven Marines at an ammunitions depot in Hawthorne, NV was due to the “cutting back in training and maintenance” because of sequester.
Mr. President, it’s very important we continue training our military, so important. But one of the things in sequester is we cut back in training and maintenance. That’s the way sequester was written. Now, the bill that’s on the floor, we hope to pass today helps that a little bit. At least in the next six months, it allows the military some degree of ability to move things around a little bit. Flexibility, we call it, and that’s good. But we have to be very vigilant. This sequester should go away. We have cut already huge amounts of money in deficit reduction. It’s just not appropriate, Mr. President, that our military can’t train and do the maintenance necessary.
These men and women, our Marines were training there in Hawthorne. And with this sequester, it’s going to cut back this stuff. I just hope everyone understands the sacrifices made by our military. They are significant, being away from home, away from families, away from their country.
The VIDEO is available at Real Clear Politics.
Do Democrats have any shame? Seven American Marines are dead and the top ranking Democrat Senator could not even wait for the names of these American heroes to be announced and he was using their death for politician gain. This is just one of many examples of how Democrats have played politics with the sequestration. Needless to say, the US Marines are furious with US Senator Harry Reid (D-NV). How are individuals like this voted back into office? Could Democrats get any lower than to politicize the death of America’s bravest who risk their lives to defend our freedom and liberties?
Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Gun Ban Shot Down By Harry Reid, Vows She is Not Done Yet … “I’m Not Going To Lay Down And Play Dead”
Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) anti-Second Amendment gun bill shot down by fellow Democrat Senator Harry Reid.
Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has gutted the gun control (anti-Second Amendment Democrat gun grab). As it turns out, the controversial assault weapons ban will not be part of a Democratic gun bill next month. As reported at The Washington Times, Sen. Dianne Feinstein emerged from a closed-door meeting with Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday, but her ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines didn’t. Reid turned down her attempt to bring her ban on 157 different weapons and ammunition clips aboard the Democratic Party’s comprehensive gun bill, Politico reported. The eventual bill that will come up fro a vote will resemble little of what Barack Obama had demanded after trying to exploit the 26 murders at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.
Dianne Feinstein claims … I’m Not Going To Lay Down And Play Dead” … What a sick and poor choice of words.
The gun control bill headed for the Senate floor bears little resemblance to the far-reaching proposal President Obama unveiled after the deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has decided the federal assault weapons ban will not be a part of the base bill and warned Tuesday an expansion of background checks to cover private sales might not make the cut, either. [...]
Reid said the assault weapons ban sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), which faces staunch opposition from the gun rights group, could have sunk the entire legislative effort.
“Right now, her amendment, using the most optimistic numbers, has less than 40 votes. That’s not 60. I have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues that I’ve talked about. That’s what I’m going to try to do,” Reid told reporters Tuesday. Reid has previously opposed the assault weapons ban.
Obviously Harry Reid realized that the so-called assault weapons ban had little chance of passing the US Senate, especially after DI-FI was schooled by Sen. Cruz when Feinstein claims she was not a 6th grader. Out apologies to 6th graders everywhere. Feinstein claims that Reid promised her a separate vote. This loon actually thinks that this bill would pass on its own. Even Reid wants no part of it in a gun safety bill.
David Plouffe States Obama Is Going to Push His Ban on Assault Weapons Through Congress, While Sen. Barrasso Claims Senate Vote on Obama’s Gun Control Measures Unlikely Because of Vulnerable 2014 Democrats
A Tale of Two Claims on Assault Weapons bans …
This morning of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Obama senior adviser David Plouffe told Wallace that the president is going to push Congress to pass his assault weapons ban. What is most telling is the admission that no set of laws is going to end violence, but Obama and his mouth pieces are trying to highjack the Sandy Hook shootings and playing on the knew-jerk reaction sympathies and ignorance of the American people. Plouffe was also making the rounds on CNN as well with his attack on US liberties and the 2nd Amendment. I would say one thing to “We the People”, be very careful of the liberties you give away that will affect little to no change. I would ask, why do it if we know in advance the change would be minimal.
“Everyone’s trying to divert from the core issue which is there is a huge consensus in the country including a vast majority of Republicans that things like the assault weapons, high capacity magazines, universal background checks, making progress on mental health. These are things we should and can do to help reduce gun violence. No set of laws is going to end violence, obviously or these episodes. But, if we can save one life we should take it. And we think there is consensus on Capitol Hill for this. We think we can get 60 votes in the senate and 218. It’s going to be hard … Look the president put together a variety of things. We think there is support for a lot of these things and are going to push forward as hard as we can.”
In contrast, as Plouffe was saying there was 60 votes in the US Senate to pass an assault-style gun ban, during a CNN “State of the Union” interview, Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) claimed that he does not believe Harry Reid will bring Obama’s gun-control proposals to the Senate floor. Barrasso stated that Reid fears bringing up this vote because he has six Democrats up for election in two years in states where the president received fewer than 42 percent of the votes.”
As reported at The Hill:
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said Sunday that he does not believe President Obama’s gun-control proposals will be brought to the Senate floor for a vote.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Barrasso said election worries among Democrats will sideline legislation that could restrict gun ownership.
Obama has called on Congress to institute universal background checks for all gun sales as well as bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, among other items.
“I don’t think Sen. Harry Reid [D-Nev.] even brings it to the Senate floor because he has six Democrats up for election in two years in states where the president received fewer than 42 percent of the votes,” Barrasso said. “He doesn’t want his Democrats to have to choose between their own constituents and the president’s positions.”
The White House has recognized that passing gun-control legislation will be tough, though they are confident, anger over a mass shooting at an elementary school last month has shifted the public debate. Earlier on the same show, David Plouffe, senior adviser to President Obama, acknowledged it was “going be a very hard battle.”
The key to remember in all of this is that we must address the real issues of the Newtown shooting, not pass laws quickly that do nothing to combat violence, mental illness or the culture of violence, just to provide window dressing to make it appear Obama is doing something about it.
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) Says No Fiscal Cliff Deal Tonight … “I think the parties are much farther apart than I hoped they’d be by now”
Deal or no deal … it would appear that there is no deal.
As reported at the Washington Post, according to Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) there is no deal as of yet and he would be shocked if there would be tonight as the two sides are further apart than he had hoped. They truly plan on taking this down to the last second. Of course one has to wonder how Congress can be having a fiscal cliff negotiation when none of what they are discussing reduces the US debt. It’s all just about tax increases and punishing the so-called rich.
Asked as he left a meeting of the Senate Democratic caucus whether a deal would be struck today, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) replied: “No, I’d be shocked. I think the parties are much farther apart than I hoped they’d be by now, and that the country thought they’d be when negotiations started on Friday.”
Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid Says … House ‘Being Operated With A Dictatorship Of The Speaker’
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black … What ever happened to the “civility” that Obama had called for? Where is his leadership to tell those in his in party to shut their mouths, as they are helping nothing.
It would appear that Sen. Reid (D-NV) could care less about civility and trying to offer an olive branch in order to come to a deal with House Speaker Boehner. Harry Reid stated while speaking on the floor of the US Senate that the House was “being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker.” How juvenile could one be? How could anyone think that such words are helpful an would be considered doing the work of the American people? Just how many bills have the Senate passed to deal with the fiscal cliff?
With a Dec. 31 deadline for an agreement to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” rapidly approaching, leaders in each party demanded the other side take the initiative. The new flare-up happened despite a round of calls that President Barack Obama made to congressional leaders by phone Wednesday night from Hawaii before he boarded Air Force One to head home from vacation.
The market was glum, with stocks falling for the fourth day in a row amid the stalled negotiations and a report that consumer confidence had plunged to its lowest level since August.
Obama’s plane landed in late morning at a suburban Maryland Air Force base, not long after Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to chastise House Republicans who last week opposed Speaker John Boehner’s efforts to pass a narrowly crafted bill. Boehner’s “Plan B” would have raised tax rates only on the very wealthiest Americans. But the opposition within his own party caucus forced the Ohio Republican to cancel a vote on the bill.
Reid charged Thursday that the House was “being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker.”
In a response to Reid’s childish remarks, Speaker Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said: “Harry Reid should talk less and legislate more if he wants to avert the fiscal cliff. The House has already passed legislation to do so.”
I really have to question the wisdom of the American voters who reelected the status quo and those in Nevada who reelected Reid in 2010. The leadership in both parties needs to be purged and we need to start from scratch. Of course that should have meant Obama should have been thrown out on his ears as well.
Obama Willing to Go Off “Fiscal Cliff” to Raise Tax Rates on Rich … Harry Reid Blocks Senate Vote on Obama’s Deficit Reduction Plan
What a joke and you are to blame America … You voted this snarky, vindictive, non-serious President back into office and now America will suffer for years to come. What a mess …
President Barack Obama nor US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are not serious about fixing the out of control government spending and the ever-growing $16 trillion national debt, all they care about is being vindictive and getting a liberal trophy for raising tax rates on the rich. Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Turbo Tax Timothy Geithner stated that the Obama administration “absolutely” willing to allow the United States to fall off the “fiscal” cliff unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher income tax rates on the wealthy. But what does this really do, nothing. The amount of revenue that would be gained as compared to the $16 trillion debt and continued +$1 trillion Obama deficit spending is like firing a pea at an elephant. The amount of revenue from raising tax rates on the rich would fund government for eight days. That’s it. So why is Obama so adamant about going off the fiscal cliff if tax rates are not raised? To of course get some kind of liberal trophy from the far Left of course. In the end it will accomplish nothing to help the problem we are in and will most likely cause us to go backwards into yet another recession.
President Obama’s lead negotiator in the “fiscal cliff” talks said the administration is “absolutely” willing to allow the package of deep automatic spending cuts and across-the-board tax hikes to take effect Jan. 1, unless Republicans drop their opposition to higher income tax rates on the wealthy.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in an interview with CNBC that both sides are “making a little bit of progress” toward a deal to avert the “cliff” but remain stuck on Obama’s desired rate increase for the top U.S. income-earners.
So how serious is Obama and Reid about helping America through these troubled times of over spending? Not at all. they are merely playing party politics with America’s future. Barack Obama had presented a deficit reduction plan. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, however, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) blocked it. Do you think that Obama or Reid are serious about what they are doing? Hardly. Reid knew Obama’s plan was a pathetic joke and not serious. Reid knows that no self-respecting member of the Senate, including Democrats would vote for this crap. As reported at the Weekly Standard, Reid calls Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s request to vote on the plan a “stunt.” Really, what would you call Obama’s deficit reduction plan then, that you are unwilling to put to a vote knowing it would fail and embarrass Obama?
It is obvious that Obama wants to go over the fiscal cliff, thinks he does not to negotiate and believes he is a King not a President.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday offered an amendment to force a vote on President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was having none of it.
“Last week [Treasury] Secretary [Timothy] Geithner brought up a proposal that was so unserious,” McConnell said on the floor, “I would like to see if my Democratic friends would like to support it.”
Senate vote on what he called the president’s “ridiculous” plan as an amendment to the Russian trade bill that is being considered.
Reid, however, objected to McConnell’s suggestion, saying the Russian trade bill, H.R. 6156, is about job creation, not political stunts from Republicans.
Barack Obama cared little during the first years of his first term as president what the people thought and forced through Obamacare. What exactly did you think this vindictive president was going to do if reelected knowing he does not have to face another election and has no accountability to ‘We the People”.
Nancy Pelosi Doubles Down … ‘It Is A Fact’ That Somebody Told Harry Reid About Romney Not Paying Taxes
Welcome to the Nancy Pelosi – Bill Clinton semantics game. Ever wonder why we loathe politicians and why their approval ratings is below pond scum, House Minority Leader Pelosi has much to do with it. Sadly, the Democrats have decided to play gutter politics. However, these are Barack Obama campaign approved gutter politics …
In a perfect example of water seeking its own level, Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defends Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his comment that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes in 10 years. but in this case the water is more pond scum. Did you catch what she said? Its a fact that some one told Reid that Romney had not paid taxes, not that it is a fact that Romney did not pay taxes. Sleazy politics at its worse. We knew because Obama could not run on his record this would be one of the worst low ankle biting campaigns ever, but this one will be hard to challenge, EVER!
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fired back at Republicans accusing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) of lying about a Bain Capital investor telling him that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes in 10 years. They don’t know what they’re talking about, Pelosi says.
“Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him. It is a fact,” Pelosi told The Huffington Post in a Sunday interview. “Whether he did or not can easily be disposed of: Mitt Romney can release his tax returns and show whether he paid taxes.”
Both Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus came out swinging against Reid on Sunday over his claims about Romney potentially not paying taxes. Asked to respond to Priebus calling Reid “a dirty liar” over the situation, Pelosi initially responded, “Who?” She went on to say that Priebus doesn’t know what he’s talking about since he wasn’t part of Reid’s conversations.
“Well he doesn’t know that,” Pelosi said. “Harry Reid is a person who is, as we know, A, is a fighter, B, he wouldn’t say this unless it was true that somebody told him that.
So if some said to a Republican that Pelosi was a tax cheat and had made money illegally from her position as Speaker of the House and Minority Leader due to her ability to get inside information, would that be a fact as well? BTW Harry, I was told that you did not pay them either, I think you have to show your taxes as well. Isn’t it rather comical and typical that Dingy Harry refuses to provide his tax returns while calling for others to do so. Put up or shut up you hypocrite!
All this while Democrats refuse to talk about the economy and jobs and just play slight of hand political games.