Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Henry Cuellar's backs GOP, but Balanced Budget bill still fails in US House

WOW!, Now I really feel like a True Tea Partier !

US Representative Henry Cuellar, the blue dog democrat who has lately been voting with the GOP, backed another Tea Party-influenced, balanced budget bill which didn't even make it out of the Republican-controlled house.

Cuellar again threw his support behind Boehner's party as he has done so many times lately. During the Summer, Cuellar voted time and again, against clean air and water and for de-regulation of the abusive oil & gas industry. Many of those bills passed the house but have gone nowhere in the Senate.  This balanced budget bill was just Cuellar's last attempt to appeal the Tea Party and in essence, betray the 99 percent.

From The Associated Press 

The House rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have forced Congress to balance its budget every year as a way to reverse years of deficit spending. A majority of House members supported the balanced budget measure, but supporters fell short of achieving the two-thirds majority needed to amend the Constitution

A Congressional vote on a balanced budget amendment, between Oct. 1-Dec. 31, was required by the Budget Control Act of 2011.

Republicans who backed the amendment said it was the only way to get Congress to put its fiscal house in order. Democratic critics said a balanced budget requirement would result in drastic cuts in Medicare and other social programs when economic downturns put the budget out of balance.

It was the first House vote on a balanced budget amendment since 1995, when the House approved it but the bill fell one vote short in the Senate.

The first House vote on a balanced budget amendment in 16 years came as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction appears to be sputtering in its attempt to find at least $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade.

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