Putting Pay-as-you-go To Work
by Kiko Matsing
Last Friday Senator Bunning held a mini-filibuster to prevented the Senate from voting on a unemployment and health care extension bill that also including funds for State highway projects. Bunning’s actions have since cause the furlough of 2,000 transportation workers, halted construction on 41 economic recovery projects in 17 states, halted 400,000 Americans from relieving unemployment checks and forced doctors to take big cuts in Medicare payments and left 1.2 million jobless Americans without COBRA.
Is Senator Bunning doing the right thing?
Saying that he has blocked votes on the legislation to underscore his opposition to the ongoing growth in federal debt, Bunning read a letter from “Robert in Louisville,” who told the senator that even though he hasn’t been working regularly in the past two years he supports what Bunning is doing.
“This country is sooner or later going to implode because of the massive amount of debt run up over the past 40 or 50 years,” Robert wrote, according to Bunning.
“Why now?” Bunning said he’s been asked, regarding his objection to the legislation. “Why not now?”
Bunning said again Tuesday that he opposed the extension because it would add $10 billion to the budget deficit, and he attacked Democrats for abandoning promises to pay for legislation instead of contributing to a budget deficits projected to hit almost $1.6 trillion this year. Bunning proposes to pay for the extension with unspent money from last year’s massive economic recovery package, but (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid, D-Nev., objected.
from Kentucky’s Bunning again blocks jobless benefits (AP/Yahoo), bold-emphasis mine
Hmnnn… Didn’t Obama sign the Pay-as-you-go Bill just last week?
The bill also contained ‘pay-as-you-go’ legislation that requires new spending to be offset with cuts elsewhere.
Democrats, who control the U.S. Congress, crafted the “paygo” language to deflect voter anger over soaring spending and to show they are serious about fiscal responsibility.
from Reuters, bold-emphasis mine
Now we know how serious they truly are. Both the Dems and the GOP are up-in-arms against “stone-hearted” Bunning for stalling these entitlement funds, holding them up against legislation they had just passed. They’re scrambling like rats to score political points. Be careful what you wish for.
Mr. Bunning says he favors the unemployment-benefits extension but wants it to be paid for. The current bill would add to the deficit. “If we can’t find $10 billion to pay for something we all support, we will never pay for anything on the floor of this U.S. Senate,” Mr. Bunning said.
from One Senator Holds Up Bill, in New Level of Gridlock, bold-emphasis mine