You would think that with Republican control in both houses of Congress, President Trump would have been able to get the $15 billion in budget cuts he was requesting through the rescission process this week. These are all fine, upstanding fiscal conservatives, are they not? Yeah, sure, you have your people like Susan Collins and Jeff Flake and the like who don’t like President Trump based on their view of certain moral issues. You have your people like Lisa Murkowski who seem to get a thrill out of opposing the White House. But these people all have SOME allegiance to cutting government spending, do they not? What exact sort of Republicans are these people that they can’t even do THAT right?
Alas, Republicans in the Senate couldn’t get the job done, even though most of the cuts Trump was asking for came from “unobligated balances,” which is another way of saying budgetary items that are just sitting there not being spent in the first place. But because there is absolutely no courage in Washington and the money is associated with the Children’s Health Insurance Program – a Democrat nonsense scam if there ever was one – Republicans balked at the rescission.
In a 48-50 vote this week, the Senate failed to pass the president’ cuts. Richard Burr of North Carolina and, sigh – OF COURSE – Susan Collins of Maine were the “no” votes on the Republican side. Collins should just go ahead and switch parties so we can at least see what we’re actually working with when it comes to our majority in the Senate. Because the more we watch this idiot, the more we’re convinced that our majority is nothing but an illusion.
This would have been an excellent opportunity for Republicans to demonstrate some fiscal restraint to partially make up for that ridiculous $1.3 trillion spending bill they passed back in March. In the grand scheme of things, no, even $15 billion isn’t going to make that much difference to the federal budget, but it would at least be a nod in the direction of what we THOUGHT was the party’s calling card. Apparently, though, the opportunity to once again thumb their nose at the voters was too much for some people to pass up.