Conservatives give Paul Ryan a hard time for good reason. He’s spineless. However, you can at least make the argument that the House passed a lot of bills when Ryan was there. Getting bills through the house hasn’t been an issue. The issue is the Senate and Mitch McConnell is a way bigger obstacle for conservatives than Ryan is/was.
Mitch has done a couple good things like push through Gorsuch but for the most part the guy is a total disaster.
Here’s the latest example…
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R, KY) has torpedoed President Donald Trump’s plan to cut $60 billion in federal spending, despite a promise to open a “discussion” on the cuts.
Even after supporting and passing a $1.3 trillion increase in spending, McConnell said he would talk about a rescissions package that had the support of the president. However, McConnell has ultimately refused to support the plan, Conservative Review noted.
The majority leader and his supporters maintained that the spending bill was a must pass because it contained the much-needed budget for the military. But as CR’s Chris Pandolfo noted, that excuse does not factor into any move to rescind some of the budgeted spending because the military budget is now already set in motion.
What a guy.
Another fake conservative that doesn’t want to cut spending. Washington is full of them.
From Conservative Review:
Here’s what’s wrong with this — aside from the fact that McConnell is whiffing on a chance to cut as much as $60 billion in spending. The argument leadership made to conservatives about the omnibus spending bill and why Republicans had to vote for it dealt with the 60-vote threshold. Without 60 votes in the Senate, conservatives are constantly told, McConnell’s Republicans just can’t override a Democrat filibuster. Leadership argued the military badly needed these spending increases and that we couldn’t risk the Democrats shutting down the government and holding the military hostage by insisting on cuts to non-defense spending. So that’s why Republicans were “forced” to swallow a $1.3 trillion increase in spending.
Well, this argument doesn’t apply to a rescissions package. The money for the military has already been appropriated, so a $60 billion spending cut to non-defense spending doesn’t affect the troops, obviously. Further, these spending cuts would be brought up using a “privileged resolution” in the Senate, permitting Republicans to pass the cuts with a simple majority, the 51 votes they do have. That’s why President Trump’s White House and House Republicans were ready to move forward with this plan.
So with the big obstacles to cutting government spending out of the way, what’s the problem?
Yet another example of what a mess Washington is.
Trump is not only going up against the liberal media and Democrats but he has to deal with members of his own party who either don’t like him or aren’t actually conservatives.
Republicans should be saying yes to any cut in any department. Instead, they give us spending bills like the Omnibus we saw recently.