McConnell and McCarthy are a part of the Republican Establishment. The Republican Establishment has made promises and then uses political expediency as their excuse to renege on those promises. Boehner and Ryan stand out as the most egregious of these liars. Ryan was even viewed at one time as a fiscal conservative, but he like Boehner quickly exposed their true big government beliefs as they both gave Obama and his fellow comrades everything they wanted as the deficit continued to climb. Anybody who has followed these negotiations over the years knows that Boehner and Ryan are now McConnell and McCarthy.
So called budget negotiations are now underway.
Congressional leaders face an uphill battle in selling President Trump on a two-year spending deal when they meet with his top advisers at a meeting scheduled in the Capitol on Tuesday. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hope to break the budget stalemate when they meet in Pelosi’s office at 10:30 a.m.
McConnell and McCarthy are eager to strike a deal to avoid the prospect of another government shutdown, even if it means giving Democrats an increase in domestic nondefense spending, which most Republicans would otherwise oppose. “It’s better politically, but it’s bad for the responsibilities we have of fiscal conservativism,” Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the Senate’s most senior Republican, said of a two-year spending caps deal, which Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell and McCarthy hope to iron out.
Grassley explained the political benefit would be to eliminate the danger of another lengthy government shutdown like the one that shuttered federal agencies for 35 days earlier this year. Asked why a two-year deal is better politically, Grassley responded, “So we don’t shut down the government and you don’t have a continuing resolution that Pelosi is going to have go through [the House] every three months just to remind the people that Republicans can’t govern.”
The Republicans control the Senate and the Executive branch. The Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) control the House and yet it appears they are setting the agenda. But then that has been typical until now, let us hope. President Trump does not have to be backed into a big spending corner again by signing a big government budget that pays no attention to what many have called “the biggest threat to our national security” an out of control deficit.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and acting White House budget director Russell Vought will represent Trump’s position and enter the meeting skeptical of a two-year deal that will draw criticism from the GOP’s conservative base. They will push for sticking to the 2020 spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act, which would effectively cut spending compared to 2019 levels, or for a one-year spending deal, which would cause less sticker shock than a two-year agreement, according to sources familiar with the White House position.
In an interview with The Hill last month, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said, “The president has indicated, if the spending caps going all the way back to the 2011 deal are not met, then we will sequester across the board, both defense and nondefense, excluding entitlements, but we will run by those rules. That’s tough stuff. I think that’s appropriate.”
But here come the big government favoring Republican Establishment when Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) met with Trump, Mnuchin, Mulvaney and Vought Monday afternoon to make an appeal for not letting the automatic cuts known as sequestration take effect.
Let us only hope that President Trump will stand against big destroying government the same way he has stood for not accepting the murder of children and not accepting an open border.
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