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What Congress Does – ‘Paul Ryan admits GOP can’t govern without a hostage crisis’

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‘Rep. Paul Ryan, the House GOP’s budgetary chieftain, gave a brief but remarkable interview to the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker in which he essentially conceded that Republicans will only negotiate with Democrats over the budget if they can hold the U.S. economy hostage to increase their leverage’.
@ : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/05/29/paul-ryan-admits-gop-cant-govern-without-a-hostage-crisis/

In the Senate where the Republicans are in the minority, the Republicans are blocking the appointment of conference members unless the Democrats change the budget that was already passed.

In the House where Republicans are in the majority, Republicans are trying to stop Democrats from asking for votes on specific portions of the budget that was passed.

Republican obstruction vs. Democratic disclosure.

Republicans didn’t get the budget they wanted so are obstructing until it’s changed in the Senate and then don’t want us to see Representatives actually voting on specific portions in the House.

‘Senate rules preclude the budget resolution from being filibustered. To maximize their negotiating position, the Republican minority has used parliamentary procedures to block Murray from appointing conference committee members and proceeding to the bicameral budget talks. In exchange for relenting, Senate Republicans want Democrats to drop their proposal to raise taxes. They also want assurances from Murray that a debt ceiling hike will not be coupled with the budget resolution’.

‘The House minority (Democrats) have minimal power, but the threat of the parliamentary tools it can wield has spooked Republicans and led them to demand a budget agreement with Senate Democrats as a condition for proceeding to a conference committee’.

‘House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., acknowledged in an interview that his decision to seek a pre-conference agreement with Senate Budget Chairman Patty Murray, D-Wash., stems from his desire to block House Democrats from forcing unlimited, daily votes on fiscal matters, as would be their right under House rules if a conference committee failed to conclude within three weeks’.

‘GOP sources concede that House Republicans fear Democrats would force them to take politically difficult votes in the likelihood that the House-Senate conference committee did not reach a deal within 10 legislative days or 20 calendar days’.

‘Votes on “motions to instruct” can be requested on any subject germane to the federal budget, affording the Democrats wide latitude to press the Republicans on myriad thorny issues the GOP would prefer not to weigh in on’.

“The moves I’m making, and the decisions I’m making, are to try and maximize the chance of success in the fall,” Ryan said Thursday during a brief interview with The Washington Examiner. “If we go to conference and it’s a stalemate and we have all these motions to instruct and all of this partisan fighting after 20 days, then we’ll grow farther apart and we’ll make it harder to get an agreement, that’s why we’re doing what we’re doing.”

‘Pre-conference agreements are not unusual, and have been sought by House and Senate leaders in the past to avoid an impasse during negotiations over what are often two diametrically opposed versions of a bill’.

‘But House and Senate Democrats are crying foul over the pre-conference demands being issued by their GOP counterparts — and the fact that they’re being issued at all.

‘Democrats are particularly rankled because the Republicans complained for four years that President Obama and Senate Democrats ignored “regular order” on the budget, and they vowed in January that they were through negotiating with the White House and returning to traditional legislative procedure for approving the fiscal 2014 spending plan and other bills’.

‘Democrats say it’s now the Republicans who are running from “regular order” because they no longer find it politically convenient’.

‘The House Republican budget would cut $4.6 trillion, reforma entitlement programs like Medicare and promises to balance the books in less than a decade. The Senate Democratic budget spends more generously, particularly on social programs, while raising nearly $1 trillion in taxes, although on who would depend on what the Senate Finance Committee decides’.

‘Senate rules preclude the budget resolution from being filibustered. To maximize their negotiating position, the Republican minority has used parliamentary procedures to block Murray from appointing conference committee members and proceeding to the bicameral budget talks. In exchange for relenting, Senate Republicans want Democrats to drop their proposal to raise taxes. They also want assurances from Murray that a debt ceiling hike will not be coupled with the budget resolution’.
From : http://washingtonexaminer.com/gop-pushes-for-pre-conference-agreement-on-2014-budget/article/2530493

 

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2 thoughts on “What Congress Does – ‘Paul Ryan admits GOP can’t govern without a hostage crisis’

  1. Reblogged this on GroundUp and commented:
    Paul Ryan actually admits Republicans don’t govern unless they have a crisis to use as a bargaining chip. Can we bring back earmarks, please?

    • That was one of the driving forces of the tea party.
      Yet earmarks were one of the best ways not only to get money directly to communities but as you pointed out, GREAT bargaining chips to get legislation done.
      The good old days before radical politics.

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