House Passes H.R. 1473 (FY 2011 CR); H. Con. Res. 35 Defunding Obamacare; H. Con. Res. 36 Defunding Planned Parenthood

April 14, 2011, 4:10 pm, Central

Diane W. Collins


Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA)

Common Sense Statement on HR 1473

The House of Representatives had quite a busy day passing H.R. 1473, the FY 2011 CR; H. Con. Res. 35, defunding Obamacare implementation; and H. Con. Res. 36, defunding Planned Parenthood.


After debate, H.R. 1473 passed the House 260 to 167. 179 Republicans and 81 Democrats voted for the resolution while 59 Republicans and 108 Democrats voted against it. Bipartisan support was needed. Some Conservatives did not feel they could support legislation that did not fulfill their campaign promise to cut a total of $100B from FY 2011. The total cuts were $78.9B. Other Conservatives felt the Republicans were not cutting enough. (Congressmen, we are attempting to change the direction of a huge ocean liner. She is beginning to turn. Get behind the tug boat.) Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) made a great common sense statement regarding HR 1473 on the House floor this morning... "Sometimes you have the wring to mop out once or twice to clean up the mess."


The House proceeded to H Con. Res. 35 and 36 which according to the deal cut in forming H.R. 1473 are to be allowed up or down votes on the Senate floor. The House proceeded to debate and passed both resolutions. The final vote for H. Con. Res. 35 was 240 to 185. Final vote on H. Con. Res. 36 was 241 to 185 with one present vote.


The House moved to consideration of the House Budget Committee's FY 2012 Budget as presented by Chairman Paul Ryan. President Obama on Wednesday presented his 2.0 FY 2012 in the form of a "deficit restructuring" plan. Obama intends to raise taxes on "the wealthy" which his plan regards as those making $250,000 or more per year. House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi said in a press conference today that she would support (negotiate) a tax increase on those who make $1M or more annually. Republicans want to see spending cuts first. I believe all who are serious know in order to reduce the deficit we may have to do more than cut spending and adjust Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Simpson-Bowles bears that out. But, show us you are serious. Cut the waste, fraud and abuse. Adjust mandatory spending. Then we'll talk revenue.


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