No one should be surprised at this story. As we all know, all spending bills have to originate in the House of Representatives, per the Constitution. Presently, there are 12 major spending bills that need to be passed to allow the funds to flow for our government to operate. As of last Thursday, the House has passed seven of these bills through their chambers and sent them to the Senate for consideration. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has declared he will not allow the appropriations to even come to the floor of the Senate for a vote before the November election. His warped reasoning? He says they include more spending cuts than the Democrats agreed to in the debt reduction fight last summer. From The Washington Times:
The debt deal called for discretionary spending to be capped at $1.047 trillion in 2013. Democrats view the number as a spending target, while Republicans say they are free — and morally obligated — to spend less.
“Until the Republicans get real, we can’t do [spending bills], because [House Republicans] have refused to adhere to the law that guides this country,” Mr. Reid said earlier this month.
It is ironic that Harry Reid would accuse the Republicans for not adhering to the law that guides our country. He seems to have the opinion that the spending law mandates $1.047 trillion in spending in 2013. He has a strange interpretation of the law. That number is a spending cap, not a mandate to spend that amount.
Harry Reid is showing his true liberal colors. He is a liberal Democrat who refuses to cut spending. Instead of even trying to negotiate with the House, he just tells them no because he doesn’t like the amount of spending cuts that are in their original bills. Instead of using the spending cap as a guideline and working from that cap down, he wants to make sure they get at least that much spending. If he could find a way to go over the cap, you can be sure he would do just that.
Harry Reid will no doubt blame the Republicans for this. He’ll accuse them of not negotiating in good faith and of not cooperating. He’ll accuse them of not trying to get along and of dragging their feet. Stonewalling and blocking progress for political gain will probably be part of the accusations he throws their way. All because he doesn’t want to cut spending any more than he has to. All the while, he is guilty of kicking the fiscal can down the road even further. Instead of shouldering some of the responsibility and getting started on the hard work, he prefers to use stopgap spending measures that on exacerbate our fiscal condition.
Shame on you, Harry Reid.