This from Politico
What is wrong with the Republican Party? Give the President even more power. Way to go guys, you are self destructing the Republican Party. Let’s just do away with Congress and give the President power to do what he wants and let you guys just go home…Naaa that’s a bad idea. How bout sticking to the Constitution.
Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.
The five- page document, which has the tacit support of Senate GOP leaders, represents a remarkable shift for the party. Having railed against Senate Democrats for not passing a budget, Republicans are now proposing that Congress surrender an important piece of its Constitutional “power of the purse” for the last seven months of this fiscal year. (I don’t think the Constitution allows Congress to cede it’s power over like that…I know it doesn’t.)
As proposed, lawmakers would retain the power to overturn the president’s spending plan by March 22, but only under a resolution of disapproval that would demand two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate to prevail over an Obama veto.
The proposal would require — like the sequester — that no more than $42.6 billion of the cuts come at the expense of defense programs. But the elaborate, almost Rube Goldberg construct is already provoking sharp criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike and reflects a political scramble to escape the fallout from the sequester.
“Let’s be clear about the goal here,” McConnell said, somewhat defensively on the Senate floor Wednesday
Reid has said he will allow Republicans one shot at offering a sequester solution this week, but the GOP has been divided about a way forward. Even if Republicans unite behind this latest approach, it is unlikely to clear the Senate, ensuring that the sequestration cuts will take effect Friday. (Whick I might add is what Obama and the Dems want to happen in order to hurt the Republicans more and let the Dems have more of a chance of taking back the House, God forbid, what a nightmare that would be)