Spending clash looms for GOP

by Alexander Bolton and Scott Wong  |  published on June 1, 2016

The two top Republicans in Congress are pursuing strikingly different strategies on spending bills this year, setting up a possible collision when funding for the government is scheduled to expire just weeks before the presidential election.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is betting control of the upper chamber on the argument that Republicans know how to govern. The Kentucky Republican says order has now been restored in the Senate, bashing Democrats’ “dysfunction” during the reign of former Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

One of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) top priorities is to fulfill his pledge to give rank-and-file members more input into the legislative process. Ryan’s predecessor, former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), was pressured out of his job by a group of dissident conservatives.

Senate Republicans are concerned these clashing priorities will undercut their efforts to get Congress working again. Passing spending bills under regular order in the Senate will have less appeal with voters if they only pile up into a year-end wreck that requires summit talks with President Obama and House leaders to sort out.

  • CharlieSeattle

    It is simple……………Stop Over Spending!

  • Retired

    As long as Obama has the Veto pen nothing good will happen until after Jan. 2017.

  • dmttbt

    The way we are still operating is on borrowed money. We have borrowed from many other countries including China and when we needed the money we were pleading for it and then after they loaned it everyone was cursing China for doing what we asked them to do. Our government has done away with the lending ceiling because it was too much trouble for them to lift it every time they needed more money. When we look at the big picture, those electronics and etc. we are getting that we think are so cheap are only cheap because we don’t take into consideration the 19 trillion dollar deficit. We are paying, we just don’t have enough sense to realize it.
    Obama has been defending the economy as being better that what people are making it seem. Bull s it. We have felons and other infamous people, but it is ok because they are the ones in charge. I don’t mean that is really ok, I thought I should explain.
    What I am trying to say is we are living on credit, Bad credit.

  • dmttbt

    I don’t know why the republicans or democrats would be having problems with financial matters they have not worried about it before. We went from 9.6 trillion deficit to 19+ trillion deficit in 7 short years. That was under the leadership of Obama, but it was with the assistance of all the other irresponsible so called honorable so and sos. Honorable my a ss . They govern by passing whatever the lobbyist want and they pay no attention to if it can be paid for and that is what has brought us to this point. If something needs approval as a drug or food with hormones added, it doesn’t have to be tested and proven all it needs is money backing it and it is approved. We have recalls on medical products all the time because they are proven to be bad after enough people come up with the facts. I will say that if I had a fatal illness or disease and there was a drug that had not been properly test at the time I would say bring it on because what would I have to lose?

    • democrat CockRoach

      I’m not sure how everything gets funded now. barry seems to go around Congress for a lot of his funding and then I don’t know what happens, if he prints it or if it’s just another “number” in the debt book.

      That lawsuit that the House just won had to do with barry going AROUND Congress to fund barrycare subsidies. How the hell does he do that, who knows but the creep lost and the money is still spent. Who knows what Congress will do with it going forward, just sign on the dotted line like the wimps they are??

      So possibly the point about Congress in cohorts with all the spending is not really the whole story. This is just so unbelievable.

      BTW, I just read there are several more lawsuits coming down the pike from the House suing the ahole for more of his unconstitutional spending. Only Congress is allowed to approve funding, but the dipsh does now.

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