Published On: Tue, Jan 17th, 2017

Some House Republicans oppose $9.7 trillion, ‘worst budget ever’ disguised as Obamacare repeal

The House Liberty Caucus is leading a charge in the House of Representatives to reject the Senate-passed budget resolution meant to clear the way for the repeal of Obamacare, but increases spending by $9.7 trillion over the next decade. The final vote was 227-198 — passed.

“This may be the worst budget ever seriously considered by Congress,” said caucus Executive Director Matt Weibel, in a statement announcing the recommendation. “It never balances, and it grows the national debt by more than $9 trillion over the next decade—to nearly $30 trillion—dwarfing debt increases proposed by even the most far-left budgets.”

This group is led by Michigan’s Justin Amash who agree with repealing Obamacare, but not the increases in spending.

“By nearly every measure,” Amash wrote of the current proposal “is the worst budget I’ve seen as a congressman.”

No Democrats voted for the resolution.

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Rand Paul made a similar objection in the Senate: “Republicans won the White House. Republicans control the Senate. Republicans control the House. And what will the first order of business be for the new Republican majority?” Paul asked.

“To pass a budget that never balances,” the Kentucky Senator answered his own question. “To pass a budget that will add $9.7 trillion dollars of new debt in tens years.”

Forbes noted the efforts of Republicans would add a trillion dollar deficit immediately through land transfers to states, increased military spending and a change which “…would allow a reconciliation bill for tax reform to reduce revenues by more than $400 billion below current law – and increase the deficit by approximately $480 billion above current law with interest – but still comply with reconciliation instructions requiring the bill to nominally reduce the deficit.”
Majority Whip Steve Scalise told reporters the defections were fewer than GOP vote counters had anticipated.

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“This is a signal that we are very serious about what we’ve campaigned on for years,” the Louisiana Republican said.

Among those voting “no” were four members of the moderate Tuesday Group —  Charlie Dent and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, John Katko of New York and Tom MacArthur of New Jersey and Raul Labrador of Idaho.

The other three GOP “no” votes came from North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones, Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie and California Rep. Tom McClintock.

“We got a category five hurricane coming when you have to reduce to practice, the differences between Donald Trump’s agenda and Paul Ryan’s agenda,” Massie said. “I think there are going to be some very confusing votes in here.”

“A lot of people fell for what I call the ‘We have to have dinner tonight in Paris, France, or else we’ll starve routine,'” Amash said. “We don’t have to vote for this terrible budget in order to move to the repeal of Obamacare. We can put together a good budget and also repeal Obamacare.”

Rep. Tom Cole said leadership formed messaging groups and held informational listening sessions in addition to the traditional whip team activity to ensure members were comfortable with the vote. But the ultimate motivating factor is politics, the Oklahoma Republican said.

“How do you go home after having campaigned against this thing since it passed in 2010, and say, ‘Well I voted against the first step of repeal because I wasn’t sure what the last step was’?” he said. “I don’t think that’s politically sustainable.”

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