I was encouraged a little bit early on today when the news broke that House Republicans, joined by a few Dems, had blocked Obama’s request to delay the digital TV extension. Obama and the Democrats wanted more time to subsidize folks who hadn’t bought the appropriate equipment to make their televisions ready for the transition.
The 258-168 vote failed to clear the two-thirds threshold needed for passage in a victory for GOP members, who warn that postponing the transition from the current Feb. 17 deadline would confuse consumers.
House Republicans say a delay also would burden wireless companies and public safety agencies waiting for the spectrum that will be vacated by the switchover, and create added costs for television stations that would have to continue broadcasting both analog and digital signals for four more months.
I can’t say that this was an issue that was at the forefront of my consciousness, but I was amused by the fact that the Senate had just passed the extension unanimously – acquiescing to Obama’s request. The House Republicans would have none of it. I thought this was pretty kewl, and it raised my eyebrow a bit that the GOP in the House had enough discipline to block the move by denying Obama and the Dems the requisite 2/3rds vote that was required.
Then things got really interesting in the House, and I was amazed.
The ridiculously wasteful, pork-laden stimulus bill favored by Obama and the Dems passed the House. Not a good thing for the nation. I was bummed when I saw the headline, but when I read the article, I “felt a thrill up my leg.”
The final vote was 244-188, mostly along party lines as expected. All Republicans who were present voted against the bill. They were joined in their opposition by 11 Democrats.
The largely partisan vote was a slap in the face of Obama who said earlier Wednesday that Republican support would back up his argument that a new style of bipartisan politics is needed in Washington.
The emphasis is mine. EVERY REPUBLICAN VOTED AGAINST IT. I was momentarily shocked and awed. I cannot fathom that even the RINOs voted against this bull. It gave me hope beyond my wildest dreams. Yeah – the “stimulus” bill passed, but it didn’t pass with one single GOP vote. Who would have thought?
Two GOP victories in one day in the United States House of Representatives. One substantive. One moral.
Looks like Republican leaders Boehner and Cantor are doing their job. My greatest fear was that the GOP would be a weak opposition. That seems to be the case in the Senate. But apparently, John Boehner is rallying the troops in the House. Perhaps Mitch McConnell needs a tip or two. And I am particularly disappointed in my own senator, John Cornyn – head of the NRSC. He put up a block against Hillary’s confirmation then voted for her. Then he voted to approve the nomination of tax-cheat, Timothy Geithner, for Secretary of the Treasury. The Senate GOP has some lessons to learn – apparently. Maybe they have bought into the Obama lovefest.
Nevetheless, the point of this post is that Republicans in the House appear to be heading in the right direction. I seriously hope this continues. The Dems in the House are not as close to the 2/3rds majority as is the case in the Senate. It will be up to John Boehner and Eric Cantor to make sure that Obama and the liberal oligarchy in Congress are not able to steamroll their liberal/Marxist agenda through Congress. The stakes are high at this point. The future of our nation is in question. And, apparently, the Republicans in the House are the only ones in opposition with the balls to stand up and heed the call.