Chairman Raúl Grijalva is only looking from the top down from a privileged position. It appears that this hearing and the discussion in general has not considered community sustainability from the bottom up. Science and common sense do not support the claims made here:
“Our communities are paying the price for years of inaction on this issue. The massive and unprecedented storms, heat waves, fires, and droughts we are experiencing are not normal. They are being made worse by climate change, and if we don’t take action now, we’re only at the beginning.” click here
McCarthy said, “[T]he House did pass a bill that protects and secures the border. The Senate, it takes 60 votes. So, when it really comes to the question of shutting down, it comes to Schumer. Does Schumer make a decision to shut down or not?” click here
“Many House and Senate Democrats voted to fund the same bollard-style fencing constructed by Presidents Bush and Obama that they now oppose under President Trump.” click here
US House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Climate Science: Assumptions, Policy Implications, and the Scientific Method; Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.
Written testimony can be found here.
Even for the political novice, it is clear that the idea that a supercommittee was going to agree on $1.2 trillion deficit reduction over 10 years was pure fantasy. This was a process designed to fail, so that the incumbent can blame the opposition in hopes of bolstering reelection. (Click here for prior post.)
The so called deficit reduction was not a real deficite reduction at all….just a reduction in spending. In addition, debt this year alone is greater than this amount…..so even if the committee could agree it gets us nowhere…..
Why a republican lead House of Representatives and the Senate minority leader would agree to this process at all is completely beyond rationality….It is easy to see why the President and Senate leader like what is going on……they got their federal debt increase, have just about spent all of it to make government bigger, and now can blame the republicans for the failure…..or can they? Get those ballots ready…time to vote the spenders (democrat and republican) out….
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In any given year, the United States Congress and the Administration (regardless of party) could enact a balanced budget and stick to it…..but do they?……No.
If they can’t do it out of a sense of responsibility to the citizens who elected them, then would a balanced budget amendment with out a spending cap make them do it? ……No.
Always remember: “There are no rules in congress, congress makes the rules.”
HJ Res. 2 (click here for text) was voted on and defeated yesterday by the House of Representatives (click here for vote record).
It would have amended the US Constitution to require a balanced budget be proposed each year. So far, so good.
It would have required a 3/5 approval vote of each chamber to increase the debt limit. But it would have only required a simple majority of each chamber to raise revenues (which means increasing taxes).
However, the resolution as well as the others has a fatal flaw. It did not address spending, and says nothing regarding any spending cap, or any taxation limits. In effect, it is a recipe for never ending tax increases…never ending spending. Without any limits or checks on spending….congress will follow its own rules to go right ahead and increase spending and taxes without measure……
HJ Res 1 is similar, but required a 3/5 vote to increase revenues. This was changed later to get votes….but it weakened the resolution to in effect make it meaningless and resulted in lost votes….
Why HJ Res 2 was brought to a vote is unclear? Have some republican leaders been in congress so long it has impaired their judgement? I think so…..2012 is time for a change.