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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
John Boehner's speakership is in serious trouble if yesterday's vote on Superstorm Sandy relief to the northeastern United States is any indicator...
The bill, which was imperfectly stuffed with useless pork barrel spending, has faced opposition from a majority of the Republican caucus for costing too much money and spending too much included in the bill on wasteful projects, while proposing off-setting the overall costs with cuts.
This is quite unusual, as most storm relief bills are passed without either party's opposition and never with spending cuts to off-set them, as the money is usually too important to play political games with, even in time of economic uncertainty. However, with over half of the bill's money going towards unrelated projects and general pork bull, it was understandable.
Which led to yesterday's interesting vote - the relief package passed 241-180, with Boehner's majority supplying just 49 of the affirmative votes, while making all but one of the dissenting. Leaving the Speaker to rely on the opposing conference to pass the first important measure of 2013.
Meaning not only did the Republican rank-and-file vote overwhelmingly against storm relief, although understandable considering the outright offensive amount of the bill's wasteful spending, but they broke off during an important, news worthy vote from their leadership and were basically replaced by Democratic lawmakers on this issue...
This does not bode well for the caucus and leadership functioning over the next two years as they both starve off the power hungry assault led by President Obama and his congressional allies.
What say you?