The War Supplemental conference report passed the House of Representatives last night by a roll call vote of 226-202 with six members not voting.
Democrats have been in a whipping frenzy, strong-arming their members to vote for the supplemental after tacking on over a hundred billion dollars in funding for International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans for a global bailout that will end up in the private Swiss bank accounts of foreign despots, their cronies and their American pals who engineer the transfers. The list of countries eligible for these unrestricted funds includes Venezuela and Iran.
President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), several Obama cabinet secretaries, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and Gen. Jim Jones, Obama’s national security advisor, are all reported to have been twisting arms, making threats to cut off support in future elections or buying off votes by maneuvers such as stripping the language from the bill banning on the release of detainee photos sought for propaganda purposes by the ACLU and Islamist terrorists.
American taxpayers, should this supplemental pass the Senate, would have to borrow money from foreign countries like China to loan to the IMF for this boondoggle. The IMF global bailout funding jettisoned nearly all Republican support for the bill.
“Unfortunately, Democratic leaders decided the bailouts here in America weren’t enough,” House minority leader John Boehner said of the bill. “They’ve insisted on including a $108 billion global bailout in a bill that is supposed to fund the troops. That’s $30 billion more than we’re spending for our troops — in a bill that’s intended to be about troop funding. What does a $108 billion global bailout have to do with protecting our troops and giving them the tools they need for victory? Families are struggling as it is today’s economy, and they shouldn’t be asked to bail out foreign countries as well.”
Five Republicans were wooed away by the White House and voted in favor of this IMF scheme: Cao (La.), King (N.Y.), Kirk (Ill.), McHugh (N.Y) and Miller (Mich.).
20 hard-core leftists voted against the supplemental the first time around but voted to pass the conference report actually funding the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Bitterly disappointing their base, these votes represent the left’s hall of shame on the war funding: Yvette Clarke, Steve Cohen, Jim Cooper, Jerry Costello, Barney Frank, Luis Gutierrez, Jay Inslee, Steve Kagen, Edward Markey, Doris Matsui, Jim McDermott, George Miller, Grace Napolitano, Richard Neal (Mass.), James Oberstar, Jan Schakowsky, Mike Thompson, Edolphus Towns, Nydia Velázquez, and Anthony Weiner. John Lewis, who originally voted against the supplemental, did not vote.
The war supplemental conference report now moves over to the Senate for passage, likely to be taken up as early as today. Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) the ranking Republican on the Senate Budget Committee and budget hawk, will likely raise points of order on elements such as the “cash for clunkers” addition to the conference report that was not included in the original supplemental. A point of order would raise the bar to a 60 vote margin to clear the hurdle for passage.
It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
Democrats Shut Down House Debate on Spending Bill
In an unprecedented abuse of power, the House Democrat majority has shut out floor amendments by the Republican minority on spending legislation.
After debate on the very first of the 127 amendments to the Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) 2010 appropriations bill, Democrats passed a Motion to Rise last night, recessed, and went to the Rules Committee to report out a Structured Rule that would end debate and shut Republicans out of offering any further amendments to this spending bill.
As of deadline late last night, Republican Study Committee Chairman Tom Price of Georgia was in the trenches at the Rules Committee hearing fighting to have the 127 amendments already pre-printed into the Congressional Record reinstated for debate and vote.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the ranking Republican on House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued a late-night statement after the freeze-out of Republicans.
“Once again, Speaker Pelosi and congressional Democrats have employed a ‘take it or leave it approach’ rather than allow an open and transparent process while considering a $64.4 billion spending measure,” Issa said. “These backroom tactics come at the expense of the best interests of the American people and completely contradicts the Speaker’s pledge to an ‘honest and open government.’”
In a picture perfect example of hypocrisy, Pelosi stated in her New Direction for America Democrat platform, “Every person in America has a right to have his or her voice heard. No Member of Congress should be silenced on the Floor. … Bills should generally come to the Floor under a procedure that allows open, full, and fair debate consisting of a full amendment process that grants the Minority the right to offer its alternatives.”
How quickly she forgets.
Stonewalling for Pelosi
House Democrats continued to cover for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) voting yesterday against any investigation into public charges she made accusing the CIA of lying to Congress. HUMAN EVENTS broke the story yesterday of Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) offering an independent resolution that would require the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to create a four-person special “select subcommittee” to investigate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s slanders of the CIA.
Democrats ruled the resolution out of order then voted to table the appeal to the ruling which for all intents and purposes killed the resolution.
House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pointed out that the Democratic caucus doesn’t appear very confident that Speaker is the one telling the truth in the matter.
“Allegations that intelligence professionals consistently lied to members of Congress is extremely serious, especially when they are made by the Speaker of the House,” Cantor said. “Perhaps it is telling that Democrats do not wish to determine whether Speaker Pelosi’s troubling allegation that the CIA lied to Congress is accurate. Speaker Pelosi has failed to make any effort to substantiate her accusations, and a complete and thorough investigation would not only offer that opportunity, but finally reveal the truth to the American people.”
Pence Introduces Resolution in Support of Iranian Dissidents
Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), Chairman of the House Republican Conference, introduced a resolution in support of the Iranian dissidents fighting for their lives in the aftermath of the Iranian presidential elections.
“We are witnessing a Tiananmen in Tehran and the United States must stand in the gap,” Pence said. “While the President may be ‘troubled by the violence,’ he has yet to express the unqualified support of the American people for those who are courageously risking their lives for free elections and democracy in Iran. If the President of the United States will not express our nation’s solidarity with the dissidents in the streets of Tehran, then Congress must.”
No movement on the amendment yet from the Democrat leadership, and none is expected.