Hoeven, Conrad Vote To Kill Budget Control Act Spending Caps

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Yesterday I wrote about Democrats attempting to eliminate the Budget Control Act’s spending caps – what Republicans won in exchange for agreeing to raise the debt ceiling last year. A spending bill they proposed, bailing out the US Post Office, exceeded the spending limits created by the BCA.

Senator Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, raised a point of order to challenge the spending levels. The spending couldn’t proceed until the Senate cast 60 votes in favor of suspending the BCA’s rules and circumventing Sessions’ objection.

Today the Senate voted 62 – 37 to do just that, with Senator John Hoeven and seven other Republicans (the usual RINO suspects like Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins, etc., etc.) joining the Democrat majority to exceed the spending limits.

By the way, the alleged “budget hawk” Kent Conrad who has insisted that the Budget Control Act is the same thing as a budget because it sets out these spending caps, also voted to circumvent the caps. What a hypocrite.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the Budget Control Act was a bad deal from the get-go. The vaunted “super committee” accomplished exactly nothing. But the one thing that made it tolerable at all was the spending caps that were supposed to restrain spending.

Except, as we’re finding out, they’re not restraining spending at all.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Fun58501

    To say they spend like a drucken sailer would give drunken sailers a bad name. Because drunken sailers stop spending when they run out of money.

    • 1369

      The difference….congress is not spending their own money!  I wish all y’all wouldn’t give srunken sailers a bad name by association.  I agree with you Fun!!

  • toomuchguvmint

    A democratic team working together.

    • $8194357

      Socialist bi-partisianship..

  • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

    Wait, what?

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      The Budget Control Act created spending caps, something Republicans wanted, in exchange for agreement to raise the debt ceiling.  Now Senate Democrats, with the help of John Hoeven, are ignoring those caps.

      • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

        No, I know that, I just find it funny that these guys decided to just over look the rules and over spend. I guess we can lump Hoeven in with the RINO’s.

        • $8194357

          I was afraid of it when I cast my vote,
          but it is what it is, now a ways down the road…

          • borborygmi

            Thank you for your vote

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    The budget control act spending caps was a ploy to get us to let them borrow another trillion dollars.  Now that they got the limit increased they no longer need the fiction of having any control over spending.

    That is until the next time they need a trillion.  

    • http://ndgoon.blogspot.com Goon

       They will need another increase when the credit card limit runs out.

  • Captornado

    Waiting for the Hoevan spin on why he voted for this.

    • $8194357

      Use the democrats old line…
      He was for it before he was against it?

  • Patrick R. Pfeiffer

    I don’t think the thing they called a budget cap is really a budget cap then…

    • yy4u2

      They should have just called it a budget visor.  A regular Joe writes a few bad checks and goes to jail; not those on the political party bus.

  • Cherz1967

    I don’t think anyone is suprised by this.  Are they?

  • Wayne

    Tax increases always take effect immediately.  And ‘temporary’ taxes never end.  Spending cuts are always in the outlying years and never happen.  When will Republicans wise up?

    • Geoff

      I think republicans are wise to it. The question is, when will we wisen up and call them on their bs? Hoevan has never been a conservative, but a vast majority of north Dakotans weren’t wise enough to favor Paul sorum. Now we are stuck with hoevan simply because Paul didn’t have “name recognition”.

      • Camsaure

        Thats what happens when we fall for the establishment/RINOs BS that they are the only “electable” candidate. Same will most likely happen with Romney.

        • Geoff

          So sad

        • Wayne

          You guys are absolutely correct.

    • Bat One

      Actually, Bill Clinton’s 1992 tax hikes, the ones he lied about when campaigning, were made retroactive !

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