Wednesday, November 5, 2014

McConnell already surrenders House's power of the purse: no gov't shutdown, no full repeal of Obamacare (ADDENDUM)

The power of the purse. It's the one thing Congress, specifically the House of Representatives, has to restrain an out-of-control Executive. And apparently, Boehner's gotten together with McConnell, and in less than 24 hours, the soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader is already surrendering...WTH?!
TIME: Asked to imagine it was Wednesday morning and he wakes up majority leader—a position he’s aspired to, he says, since the 5th grade—McConnell strikes a conciliatory tone, saying he hopes to work with President Obama and Senate Democrats. He said there would be no shutdowns on his watch, despite the fact that he plans to use funding bills to force changes in Obama’s policies.

DailyMail: Kentucky Republican Senator Mitch McConnell is poised to take over control of the upper house of Congress in January, but his mild-mannered governing style won't include a push to repeal the Obamacare health insurance overhaul law completely.

'If I had the ability, obviously I'd get rid of it,' he told reporters at the University of Louisville political institute that bears his name on Wednesday, in a press conference that ended in a rare round of applause.

And 'it's no secret that every one of my members thinks Obamacare was a huge legislative mistake,' he jabbed.

McConnell did preview some targeting of a few of the Affordable Care Act's more vexing provisions, however – including 'pieces of it that are tremendously unpopular with the American people.'

He singled out a medical device tax that he said has driven jobs overseas, the individual health insurance mandate, and a 50-full-time-employee compliance threshold that has pushed hundreds of thousands of employers to cut workers' hours and alter 'the 40-hour work week' with temporary hires.
We didn't ask for a piecemeal approach...we're DEMANDING you rip this tyranny out by the roots! Now do it, damn it!

Folks, you got the Republican Party...now it's time to hold their feet to the fire and reform it!

Related links: Mark Levin - I Guess The Filibuster And The Government Shutdown Didn't Hurt The Elections
Levin: ‘Republican Leadership Just Handed Power of the Purse Back to the President'
McConnell: No Shutdown, No Default

ADDENDUM: McConnell's stand-for-nothing proclamation conflicts 100% with every single one of the newly elected GOP Senators who campaigned on repealing Obamacare!
CNSNews: Every new GOP senator who won in last night’s election campaigned on repealing Obamacare.

Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) all ran on a platform of repealing Obamacare.

Gardner touted patient-centered care and a full repeal and replacement of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. ...

Daines echoed those statements, also calling to repeal and replace Obamacare. ...

Perdue noted on his campaign page that he was one of the millions who had their personal health care policy cancelled and would support free market solutions to replace Obamacare. ...

Cotton signed the Club for Growth’s “Repeal-It!” pledge which states, “I hereby pledge to the people of my district/state upon my election to the U.S. House of Representatives/U.S. Senate to sponsor and support legislation to repeal any federal health care takeover passed in 2010, and replace it with real reforms that lower health care costs without growing government.”

Ernst and Tillis have said they would repeal Obamacare. ...

Lankford, a former congressman, has previously vowed to repeal Obamacare. ...

Rounds campaigned on a platform of repealing Obamacare saying, “Republicans don’t have the votes right now to repeal Obamacare. We must take over control of the Senate which will require Republicans to pick up six seats this cycle. That is why this U.S. Senate race is so important. Please join me in the fight to repeal Obamacare. Our families deserve better.”

Former congresswoman Capito voted for a full repeal of Obamacare, highlighting the massive tax increases that the law would impose on Americans. ...

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska also stated that part of his health care agenda would be to "lower costs and increase access to healthcare" with repealing Obamacare as the first bullet point to achieve that goal.

In Alaska and Louisiana where the Senate races have not been called yet, both GOP candidates have expressed that they would fight for a repeal of Obamacare.
Related link: Levin, Marr expose McConnell, Roberts on campaign lies about Obamacare repeal

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