The House of Representatives avoided a government shutdown Thursday night, but Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., says it came at the cost of letting the outgoing Senate Democratic majority have control over government spending for nine months after they lose power, and he says Republicans relinquished their strongest weapon for confronting President Obama’s immigration actions in the new Congress.
“This was a huge surrender of the prerogatives of the Congress to bring this administration under control, which is what the American people clearly voted for us to do when we saw a nine-seat shift toward the Republicans in the U.S. Senate,” McClintock said.
On Thursday night, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 219-206 to approve a $1.1 trillion spending package that funds most of the federal government until the end of September 2015. However, it only extends funding for the Department of Homeland Security until February. The combination of an omnibus bill and a continuing resolution was tagged as a “cromnibus” bill. Nearly 70 conservatives voted against the plan. Fifty votes from Democrats put supporters over the top after heavy lobbying from President Obama and the decision of House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., to back it.
McClintock said the “cromnibus” strategy never made any sense to him. He and other conservatives preferred a short continuing resolution into next year so Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress could lead the way on spending.
“Instead of negotiating with the new Republican Senate that has has the imprimatur of approval of the American people, they decided they’d get a better deal, I don’t know why, by negotiating with Harry Reid, (outgoing Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman) Barbara Mikulski and the Democratic Senate that voters just thoroughly repudiated,” said McClintock, who argued those rejected leaders have largely handcuffed Republicans for most of 2015.
“So now, the cold, dead hand of Harry Reid and the Democratic Senate will be steering the new Republican Congress’ spending priorities for the first nine months of the new Republican Congress,” he said.
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