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McConnell offers Obama’s "deficit-reduction" plan on the Senate floor, Reid objects

Late last week through his Treasury Secretary, Tim Geithner, Obama released his proposal, such as it is, to avert the fiscal cliff. As I noted at the time, the plan was nothing but a huge tax increase, and any deficit reduction resulting from said tax increase quickly disappeared down the black hole of more Obama cronyism and stimulus spending. In short, Obama’s "deficit reduction plan" was no different from the tax and spend policies that have characterized his first four years and have resulted in trillion dollar plus deficits each and every year. And, as an added bonus, in a blatant power grab that would make Morsi blush, Obama is insisting that the legislative branch cede him their constitutional power to raise the debt limit so that he’ll have unchecked power to raise it any time he wants. Think about that. The same guy who’s added in the neighborhood of $5 trillion to the national debt in four short years wants even more freedom to spend American into oblivion.

Thankfully, even Democrats are balking at this. Today Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell offered to bring up Obama’s proposal as is and have it voted on by the Democrat-controlled Senate. McConnell was open to submitting Obama’s plan as a stand-alone bill or as an amendment to an existing piece of legislation, whichever way Harry Reid prefers. So here we have the Republican leader of the Senate, in the spirit of bipartisanship, not only forgoing his right to filibuster Obama’s plan, but to bring it to the floor and offer it himself. You’d think Dingy Harry would jump at such a chance, right? Er … wrong:

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.”

McConnell suggested that the 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.

“The purpose of this bill is to protect American jobs,” Reid said. “Are we going to get serious here and legislate or is this more of the political stunts that the Republican leader is going to pull today?”


McConnell said he wasn’t surprised Democrats didn’t want to vote on Obama’s plan, which he said raises taxes on small businesses.


McConnell added that he’d be happy to have a stand-alone vote on the president’s plan rather than attaching it to legislation as an amendment.

Surprisingly, Dingy Harry didn’t want to bring up Obama’s plan as a stand-alone either.  Go figure.

(h/t DP)


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  • Suki Pero

    This is what should be reported on the MSM news.

  • heshtesh

    Where is it they say the sun don’t shine?

  • GetWhatYouPayFor

    Mitch knows how to pull Ol’e Harry’s chain. Dems never want to vote on the record.

  • myfairlady

    Good for Mitch McConnell.  At least he’s willing to call Harry Reid’s bluff, which is more than we can say for crybaby Bohner on dealing with the Prez.

  • John_Frank

    Doug, thanks for bringing this news to our attention.

  • heshtesh

    Every time i see the lead picture of Harry Reid I  think of the two mortician sisters I know in Buffalo that are way more fun than that piece of fecal matter from Nevada.:)


      When I see him all I can think of is Irritable Bowel syndrome.

    • Freempg

      He looks like a Nazi war criminal.

  • wodiej

    thanks for the info.  Sounds like the a repeat of the last 4 years.  

  • suehimel

    Never thought I’d say it, but good for Mitch McConnell.  This bill would be as popular as Obama’s ONLY submitted budget.

  • conservativemama

    Obama has no intention of helping this country in any way.  His way is not the American way and the GOP needs to come to grips with that.  To deal with Obama they have to start by thinking, what policy would hurt this country the most?  Once they indentify that then they will be in Obama’s mindset.

    Some men want to see the world burn.  We are at that point.

  • Patriot41

    Reid is not about to bring up a vote on the president’s offer, because he does not want to interfere with the democrat agenda to take this nation over the fiscal cliff.  The democrats knew that the GOP would object to such a ridiculous plan, along with several on their own team and that is why it was presented in the way in which it came out of Geithner’s mouth. 

    The plan was implemented back when the GOP fell into the sequester trap last year.  Now it will be sprung, when the GOP refuses to go along with the president’s so called plan to save the nation from going over the fiscal cliff.  Either the GOP agrees to lift the cap on the debt ceiling and accepts new tax increases, or they will be blamed for the national fiscal crises which will ensue. 

    This plan is a tested and proven one, with the election in 2008 and in 2012.  The democrats won in 2008, by blaming Bush and the GOP for the financial collapse under their administration.  They won again in 2012, by blaming the GOP legislators for trying to take away all of the citizens’ benefits and entitlements.  Now the same theme will be used again, in blaming the GOP for failing to stem the financial crises in an effort to protect the rich.

    Either way, the democrats win.  If the GOP capitulates in removing the debt ceiling cap and increased taxes, they lose all creditability with their supporters.  If they refuse to go along with the democrat’s financial rape of the citizenry, they of course will be proclaimed by the media and the democrats, as the party that took the nation over the fiscal cliff into bankruptcy.  Guess who the public will believe?  Hint, look at the last election results.

  • John Buaas

    Today, though, McConnell’s bill DID come up again for debate again–and here’s what happened this time:

    Maybe an update is in order.

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