Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Republicans refuse to hear the President's budget - a first!

Republicans really, really hate President Obama. There are no Republican "moderates" when it comes to the President. The stark hatred is apparent in the Republican's refusal to hear - even just hear - the budget from the OMB Director, a move contrary to decades of custom. What is really stunning is the likelihood that an important part of the budget will not be implemented - funding for enhanced cyber security. The GOP ideologues have chosen to sacrifice national security in service of their vendetta against the President.

Here are snippets from the MSNBC report.

President Obama’s $4.1 trillion budget for the government was formally submitted to Congress today, however, in an unprecedented move, it will not receive so much as a formal hearing from the Republican controlled House and Senate budget committees.

Going back to the 1970s, it has been customary for the Office of Management and Budget Director or another high level administration official to present the president’s entire budget in a hearing before Congress. Last week, the chairmen of the House and Senate budget committees released a joint statement saying this year, that would not be the case.

... the slight of the OMB Director could prove telling, as Congress might be on an even more contentious path to passing a needed bipartisan budget by the end of the fiscal year in September.

Currently, there’s a battle going on within the House Republican Conference about whether or not Republicans should fight for a lower overall budget number, despite voting last year for top line figure agreed to by then Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and President Obama. The in-fighting could lead to House Republicans not passing a budget for the first time since they reclaimed the Majority in 2010.

Hill observers say any talk of a government shutdown is premature right now but that the snub of the president’s budget could be the opening shot in a long contentious fight over how to fund the government ahead of the presidential election in November.

So here we go again.

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