Just shows what kind of people we’re dealing with in DC.
By Stephen Dinan and Seth McLaughlin | March 20, 2013
Senators voted Wednesday to make the first significant changes to the budget sequesters, shifting money to keep slaughterhouse inspectors on the job full time but refusing to rearrange money to reopen the White House for public tours.
The votes came as the Senate debated and passed a bill to fund the government through the rest of the fiscal year — sending it back to the House for final expected approval later this week and averting a government shutdown…
The bill funds basic operations through Sept. 30. It does not undo the level of sequester cuts, but it did begin to rewrite a few priorities, including restoring the military’s tuition assistance programs and restoring the money for food inspections.
[The] Senators added the inspection money back in by unanimous vote.
This could get interesting, since Obama has repeatedly threatened to veto any changes to the sequester. (See below.) He wants maximum pain and hardship.
Senators nibbled away what they considered the worst parts of the sequester, but they declined to undo President Obama’s decision to cancel White House tours — a move he made earlier this month as one of the casualties of the budget sequesters, setting off a chorus of complaints from Congress and the public.
Because, like Obama, the Senate Democrats want to punish the country for even thinking about reducing spending.
Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, offered an amendment to restore the White House tours, proposing to cut $8 million from spending on national heritage areas in the National Park Service budget. Mr. Obama himself had proposed the heritage area cuts last year.
Mr. Coburn said the money could be used both to restore White House tours and to help open up parts of Western national parks such as Yellowstone, which could have to delay springtime openings because sequesters have cut money to plow snow off the roads.
But senators, led mostly by Democrats, rejected that plan, arguing that Mr. Coburn was staging a show vote and that canceling the heritage area money would hurt economic development in their home states…
The Senate defeated Mr. Coburn’s amendment on a 54-45 vote, with nearly every Republican voting to reopen the White House and with almost all Democrats voting to back Mr. Obama’s decision…
Notice that the Senate Democrats won’t even go along with a proposal that Obama had previously backed. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds.
Anyway, as we have previously noted, Obama has solemnly vowed to veto any changes to the sequester cuts.
Obama pledges to veto effort to undo automatic spending cuts
By Kevin Hechtkopf | November 21, 2011
President Obama is promising to veto any effort to undo the automatic spending cuts that are set to take effect now that the congressional supercommittee has announced its failure to strike a deal to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit over the next 10 years.
“Already some in Congress are trying to undo these automatic spending cuts. My message to them is simple: No,” Mr. Obama said from the White House briefing room Monday evening. “I will veto any effort to get rid of those automatic spending cuts to domestic and defense spending.”
“There will be no easy off ramps on this one.,” he added…
So it will be interesting to see if he will be forced to quietly back down. If so, we will never hear anything about him going back on his pledge from our media guardians.