Senator Judd Gregg (right), with Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, spoke to reporters about the budget.
Democrats in the House and Senate have expressed an interest in using the budget reconciliation process to fast track a cap and trade plan. The budget proposal currently before the House contains budget reconciliation language which effectively opens the door for a cap and trade proposal being included as part of any final budget that is put together — despite the fact that the budget currently before the Senate does not include any budget reconciliation language.
I (Connie Hair) asked Hoyer about the $1 billion reconciliation directive to the Energy and Commerce Committee included in the budget that would allow for cap and trade. Hoyer said, “There is a reserve fund.”
When I asked what the difference was, Hoyer responded, “The committee ‐‐ and we’ve done this in the past, provided various reserve funds. Obviously, those reserve funds have to be created by some actions of the committee at some point in time, pursuant to the budget provisions. But there is not a specific source that is identified for those reserve funds. And as I told you last week, not by mistake, but by design, this budget is generic in the sense that what it tries to provide for is the accomplishment of objectives without deciding how you’re going to do that. (Say what???)
That will be part of the legislative process, and obviously, members have different views on that.”
But what does all that legislative gobbledegook mean?
While walking across the street pondering this exchange with the majority leader yesterday, I happened to run into Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the ranking member on the House Budget Committee as well as the architect of the Republican budget alternative being released today. I asked him about any specific authorization of reconciliation for cap and trade in the House budget resolution.
“The fact that you have a cent’s worth of reconciliation instructions to Energy and Commerce means Energy and Commerce can do whatever it wants to do in its committee’s jurisdiction,” Ryan said. “What is the jurisdiction of Energy and Commerce? Healthcare and cap and trade. It does not shut down the reconciliation option for cap and trade, it preserves the option. They’re just saying we mean to do healthcare but it doesn’t stop them from doing reconciliation on cap and trade.”
Obots are eager for Obama’s budget to succeed so that we’ll all end up paying higher taxes and the United States of America will look more like the European Union.
Did anyone catch Karl Rove on Hannity’s America last night?
The left loves to hate this guy, but I believe he is speaking the truth.
He said he used to believe Obama and his team were just naive, that they really just didn’t understand how things work.
Now he’s starting to think the worst.
This massive debt will cripple our economy and we’ll be left with two choices.
Either government services will have to be seriously curtailed or everyone will have to pay higher taxes.
Guess which outcome will prevail?
And Obama knows exactly what he is doing.
And our elected representatives are letting him get away with it.
April 01, 2009
Rep. Paul Ryan Discusses the GOP Budget Proposal