ICYMI: Democrats Avoiding Spending Fights

July 12, 2010

In today’s Roll Call, Kathleen Hunter writes that, with mid-term elections approaching, Congress continues to play politics with serious fiscal issues.

Democrats, with a few exceptions, are the only ones submitting House earmark requests this year, which Republicans hope will strengthen their hand to portray the majority party as oblivious to deficit concerns.

The circumstances surrounding this year’s appropriations debate are unprecedented. Republicans, minus a handful of rogue lawmakers, are adhering to a self-imposed one-year ban on all earmark requests. That puts Democrats — who had hoped to snag the high ground on earmarks when they adopted a permanent ban on Congressionally directed spending to for-profit companies — in a potentially vulnerable position.

Republicans are eager to use Democrats’ earmark requests and spending proposals to try to paint the majority as fiscally irresponsible. Although Democrats dismiss the GOP earmark ban as an election-year gimmick, the fact that the Democrats would have almost exclusive ownership over earmarks during debate on this year’s bills is just one more reason they are treading carefully.

Democratic leaders, faced with spending fatigue within their moderate ranks, wrestled with whether to adopt a budget resolution, before settling on a one-year “budget-enforcement” document, which they only narrowly adopted before leaving town for the July Fourth recess.

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3 Responses to ICYMI: Democrats Avoiding Spending Fights

  1. It is a shame that with the high amount of unemployment and falling middle class to lower and lower delving into extreme poverty with a substantially increasing amount of homelessness that our countries elected officials will find “playing politics” a more effective battle than dealing with the seriousness that they are failing us, the American people. It is election day, yet, I entered and left the polls with not a bit of comfort that our world would improve because of those rising to power, but instead, with a sick unknowing feeling of despair. I can only hope that the officials will see fit to stop “playing politics” and reconsider the posts to which they have been elected and the many desolate homes and people without homes who have lost all hope. America’s bankruptcy may challenge our strength as a super power amongst the world leaders; however, deprivation of the American people is the greatest bankruptcy of all and with the least amount of care.

  2. It is a shame that with the high amount of unemployment and falling middle class to lower and lower delving into extreme poverty with a substantially increasing amount of homelessness that our countries elected officials will find “playing politics” a more effective battle than dealing with the seriousness that they are failing us, the American people. It is election day, yet, I entered and left the polls with not a bit of comfort that our world would improve because of those rising to power, but instead, with a sick unknowing feeling of despair. I can only hope that the officials will see fit to stop “playing politics” and reconsider the posts to which they have been elected and the many desolate homes and people without homes who have lost all hope. America’s bankruptcy may challenge our strength as a super power amongst the world leaders; however, deprivation of the American people is the greatest bankruptcy of all and with the least amount of care.

  3. It is a shame that with the high amount of unemployment and falling middle class to lower and lower delving into extreme poverty with a substantially increasing amount of homelessness that our countries elected officials will find “playing politics” a more effective battle than dealing with the seriousness that they are failing us, the American people. It is election day, yet, I entered and left the polls with not a bit of comfort that our world would improve because of those rising to power, but instead, with a sick unknowing feeling of despair. I can only hope that the officials will see fit to stop “playing politics” and reconsider the posts to which they have been elected and the many desolate homes and people without homes who have lost all hope. America’s bankruptcy may challenge our strength as a super power amongst the world leaders; however, deprivation of the American people is the greatest bankruptcy of all and with the least amount of care.

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