Reid Pulls Spending Bill After Republicans Remember They Are Being Watched

That didn’t take long. After word got out about all the earmarks in the omnibus spending bill with R’s attached to them, Senate Republicans announced they would no longer vote for it, causing Senator Harry Reid to pull the measure.

Senate Democrats abruptly pulled down an omnibus spending bill after senior Republicans – caught with their hands in the cookie jar — deserted the measure in an effort to square themselves with tea party activists and conservatives in the party.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the announcement and signaled he would substitute a short-term spending resolution for the much more detailed year-long $1.1 trillion plus measure which many in the GOP had been quietly rooting for just weeks ago.

It would be easy to say that the publicity surrounding the large number of earmarks in the bill belonging to Republicans led to this reversal. It would also be a trivial matter to claim that the successes of Tea Party candidates in the recent midterms is planted firmly in the minds of those Republicans who were denouncing earmarks in speeches and press conferences while at the same time holding out their hands for their share of the lucre. That’s because these things are undoubtedly true.

The Republican victories in the midterms were a start, but by no means the end of the journey to fiscal responsibility. Pressure from the incoming Congresspeople who ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and the continued vigilance of citizens are needed to continue the push for smaller government, smaller deficits, and transparency in how our tax money is used. This bill being pulled is a start.

Jay Winkis

Jay Winkis lives in Horace, ND and works in Fargo. He likes cooking, politics, guitars, books, poker and whiskey, though certainly not in that order. He is either a liberal Conservative or a conservative Liberal, whichever makes you angrier. He blogs at Pocket Jacks.

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  • Fundisi

    Pressure from the incoming Congresspeople who ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and the continued vigilance of citizens are needed to continue the push for smaller government, smaller deficits, and transparency in how our tax money is used. This bill being pulled is a start.

    Exactly right!

  • Spartacus

    That’s the problem with the 6 year rotations in the Senate. My Senator Lugar needs a Ruger at his temple to convince him that his job is to work for constituents, that’s why he’ll be primaried in ’12. Ole buckey is getting too long in the tooth.

  • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

    Republican participation in the omnibus spending bill—WSJ
    Republicans Kick the Spending Dope
    By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL

    “[O]mnibus author and Hawaii Democrat Daniel Inouye dug up earmark requests that Senate Republicans had made in the past year (prior to their self-imposed ban) and, unasked, included them in the bill. He lavished special, generous attention—$1 billion worth of it—on some reliable GOP earmark junkies: Mississippi’s Thad Cochran got $512 million; Utah’s Bob Bennett, $226 million; Maine’s Susan Collins, $114 million; Missouri’s Kit Bond, $102 million; Ohio’s George Voinovich, $98 million; and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, $80 million.”

    • Fundisi

      I refuse to believe those wonderful Democrats are capable of doing anything underhanded, surely this must be a mistake – and don’t call me Shirley.

  • JustRuss

    As flames comment suggests, those earmarks were not even requested specifically for this omnibus bill by those senators. They were put there strategically by a democrat to make republicans look bad, or as incentive for those republicans to pass it, or both.

    I’m not letting those republicans off the hook, but this is just another example of READ THE DAMN BILLS!

    • sbark

      Saul Alsinky Rules for Radicals #4

      Rule 4: Make opponents live up to their own book of rules. “You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

      but in reality…..the Liberal actually did us a favor in helping stop the bill, best thing that could have happened.

      Maybe now the GOP will pull out all the stops on the other Lame Duck crap…….DADT, Start, Dream etc etc…….

    • $96939

      “those earmarks were not even requested ”
      How can you beat Democrat psychics?

  • Sam

    Let’s keep shining light on these people and their antics. If they keep this up, the anger of the electorate will not subside, but carry over into 2012.

  • http://sayanythingblog.com/ Mountainmouth

    Give it a rest Harry (don’t come back till Jan 5) – Merry Christmas America.

  • robert108

    So, the Republicans kept their promise to cut wasteful spending, while the Dems tried even more of their usual tax and spend activities. What’s the big deal? In the end, the American people win.
    All the rest is leftie lying and dirty tricks.

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    The losers should go home and find honest work.

  • Spartacus

    In investment terms Harry shorted his party. BWAHAHA. Only a few more days to go Harry!

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