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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:16 PM
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Ezra Klein on the policy riders: The barnacles attached to the budget deal
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 03:01 PM by flpoljunkie
(By the way. To Eric Cantor, who was just on MSNBC whining they, the Republicans, were the 'grownups.' Insisting that policy riders to defund Planned Parenthood and gut the EPA's authority to regular carbon be a part of the budget bill is NOT grownup--not in the least. The clueless guy on MSNBC thinks Cantor's the Speaker! He's the House whip!)

The barnacles attached to the budget deal
By Ezra Klein

With the threat of an government shutdown looming if a budget deal isn't passed by April 8, John Boehner and the House GOP leaders blamed Senate Democrats for the failure to pass a long-term bill to cut spending and keep the federal government running.

Ive been looking for a full list of the policy riders Republicans attached to their spending bill and it turns out OMB Watch has put one together. Theres some very strange stuff in there: One prohibits the government from funding a database of consumer complaints about financial products. Another blocks the government from enforcing clean-water standards in Florida. A third stops the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from collecting information on multiple sales of rifles or shotguns to the same person. For the record, if someone is stocking up on deadly weaponry, thats the sort of thing Id like law-enforcement officials to know.

But, as Brian Beutler reports, there are really two riders standing between John Boehner, Harry Reid and a deal: one that prohibits the government from funding Planned Parenthood and one that prohibits the EPA from regulating carbon (actually, both go a bit further than that, but those are their main purposes). This leaves Boehner in a tough spot: Its one thing to shut the government down over spending cuts. Republicans ran on those. Its a whole other to shut it down over Planned Parenthood. Thats a variant of Newt Gingrich complaining that he didnt get a good seat on the plane it suggests to voters that the shutdown is not about what the GOP said it was about, and thats politically very dangerous. For that reason, my hunch is that if negotiators cant come to a deal on the riders, Boehner will say that talks broke down over the spending cuts.

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RUMMYisFROSTED Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:16 PM
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1. still time to edit
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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:18 PM
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2. Thanks!
Did I fix all my typos?
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Snotcicles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:25 PM
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3. Does Ezra Klein read DU?
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
I'm sure they are unrelated, but interesting.

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flpoljunkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:34 PM
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5. Who knows?
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randr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:34 PM
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4. When did pork become a rider?
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