Very early Saturday morning, February 19, 2011, the House of Representatives passed HR-1- the Full Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011. This bill falls well short of the anticipated $100 billion in spending cuts the freshman class, and the grassroots, had been working for. At least $22 billion was left on the table when 92 republicans voted down an amendment sponsored by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) that would have reduced non-security spending by 5.5% and reduced Legislative Branch appropriations by 11%. You can see who voted Nay in this great piece at Red State.com
Next stop: The United States Senate. The R’s don’t have the majority, so what will happen? Will the government shut down, as the Democrats like to warn, will they come to the table and talk reality or will they just continue to talk “smack”?
We know the current Continuing Resolution will expire March 4th – that’s 10 days from today. The matter is so urgent, both the House and the Senate are on “leave” this week. That leaves 4 or 5 days to get this done. Who says politics is boring?
By the way, here are the results of our poll regarding the spending cuts:
32% of you said we’ll get the $100 billion in cuts;
32% said we’d get less than $100 billion; (You win…we lose!)
30% said we’d get more the $100 billion;
And 4% had other ideas…
Thanks to all of you who voted in our poll. We’ll keep trying to predict the future!