One such joy is the reality of having to offer a reducing followed by an increasing amendment, which requires two separate votes.
That joy allows for House Republicans to vote against the reducing amendment, so that they never face an increasing amendment that is unfavorable. Such as more money to Parents as Teachers, or more health care coverage for those who need it.
That joy allows for Republicans who supported cutting funds for Meals on Wheels in the Budget Committee to support increasing funds for Meals on Wheels on the floor (and cutting liaison funds since it’s not quite a good ol’ Republican time without someone losing out)
That joy is one where 70 Democrats vote to allow for an amendment for increasing SCHIP, and 87 Republicans vote no. But also it’s a joy where those Republicans will claim to be nice guys who are “increasing health care” when re-election time comes.
The joy of Budget Perfection Day for the majority involves the many opportunities to cover their behinds. Members who vote for reducing amendments that would have lead to an increasing amendment for health care. Therefore allowing them to claim an irrelevant vote as meaning that they really like health care, despite the fact that the other 87 members of their party excused themselves from facing the increasing amendment.
Here’s the list of 32 Republicans who voted against increasing SCHIP coverage for children with autism (which was part 2 of the Kander amendment on that topic). You can look at the roll call on the journal page. It’s a ways down, in-between the Skaggs (Amend #1) and Calloway (Amend #3) amendments (the two amendments are Amendment #2 and Amendment #29).
Sue Allen, Walt Bivins (term-limited), Robert Wayne Cooper (term-limited), Stanley Cox, Cynthia Davis (term-limited), Mike Dethrow (term-limited), Scott Dieckhaus, Ed Emery (term-limited), Doug Ervin (term-limited), Tom Flanigan, Tim Flook, Ward Franz, Doug Funderburk, Casey Guernsey, Jim Guest (term-limited), Allen Icet (term-limited), Tim Jones, Gayle Kingery (term-limited), Mike McGhee, Cole McNary, Brian Nieves (term-limited), Mike Parson, Darrell Pollock, Don Ruzicka, Charlie Schlottach (term-limited), Bryan Stevenson (term-limited), Steven Tilley, Maynard Wallace (term-limited), Larry Wilson (term-limited), Dennis Wood (term-limited), Anne Zerr, and Speaker Ron Richard (term-limited).
Your House GOP, where the Speaker, Floor Leader, Whip, and Caucus Chair agree.. let’s not increase SCHIP coverage for children with autism. With leadership like that, it’s stunning that more people don’t want to be Republicans.
(Dishonorable mention to Michael Brown and Ted Hoskins, the two Democrats who voted with those 32 Republicans)
Also, a raised eyebrow to the members who voted for the first amendment (decreasing funds) and against the second amendment (increasing health care). Flook, Guernsey, McGhee, Zerr, I’d hope you wouldn’t claim to be voting for an amendment that you voted against. Just because you voted for cutting expense accounts and against expanded SCHIP coverage doesn’t mean you can claim to have voted for increasing SCHIP coverage. That’s speaking Politician, not English.
The Budget Perfection Process. Where the ground rules are akin to losing weight by wearing smaller jeans. Where the opposition to welfare looks more like an opposition to the general welfare. Where shell games are played and Republicans get to claim simultaneously to be fiscally conservative, and increasing spending.
Heck of a show. And that’s not even getting into how the Senate was in session until 2:30am last night.