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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 05:54 AM
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Repeal bends GOP budget rule
Source: Politico

House Republicans plan to use a special exception in their budget rules to repeal the Democrats health care overhaul without paying for it technically, at least.

The Congressional Budget Office said last year that the health care reform law and its accompanying reconciliation law would reduce the deficit by $143 billion through 2019. That figure is widely disputed and Republicans argue the law would actually increase the deficit. Still, since Republicans new rules to govern the House require that nearly all proposed legislation is fully paid for, the new House leaders have exempted repeal of the health care overhaul from such requirements.

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Democrats are crying foul, charging Republicans with hypocrisy for proposing legislation that adds to the deficit, at least according to how the CBO is likely to score it.

Vince Morris, a spokesman for outgoing Rules Committee Chairman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), said the provision, allows Republicans to pretend that their campaign promise to repeal the health care bill will have no cost their resolution simply instructs the House to ignore the trillion dollar increase in the deficit that will result.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/47000.html



House Republicans' pay-go rule does not apply to tax cuts. Now it's apparent it will apply only to spending they don't like. The House repeal vote is scheduled for January 12.
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Warren Stupidity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 06:35 AM
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1. Is anyone surprised?
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Kablooie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 06:51 AM
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2. To them America is not a country of laws. It's a country of whims.
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 07:23 AM
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3. The US is spending somewhere between $150 ~ $200 billion dollars a year in the sandbox.
Getting out of there would be a good thing.
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Uben Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 08:31 AM
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4. Just a republican temper tantrum.....
....they have no power to pass anything so they will try to screw up everything else. Great leadership, huh?
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 08:31 AM
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5. I liked them better as the party of no.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 08:32 AM
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6. Republicans play by their own rules.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 08:47 AM
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7. Since they believe bipartisanship is akin to date rape, why should they play by the rules?
Really, when you have one side playing by the Marquess of Queensberry rules and the other side approaching it like a street fight, which side usually prevails?

Apparently when Republicans are in control they immediately use whatever means they can to further their agenda and not waste months with bipartisanship. Republicans play to win and they don't care if Democrats don't like it or don't like them because Democrats don't vote for them and help keep them in office.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 10:10 AM
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8. I know people who strongly believe in going by the rules, except when the rules apply to them.
Every one of them is a Republican.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 01:27 PM
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9. Boy, won't the librul media be all over this!
Oooh, listen: Crickets!
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TomCADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 10:07 PM
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10. Will the media hold Republicans accountable? Will Liberals Do So?
The American people are conditioned to give Republicans a free pass.
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Lasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-04-11 11:04 PM
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11. Nobody is going to hold them accountable for this.
I'm having a hard time remembering the last time they were held accountable in a meaningful way for anything.
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