Continuing Resolutions Splitting Conservatives

Only sixteen Republicans voted against the latest CR. Most of them come from the libertarian or Tea Party wings of the Republican Party. Yet, are they any more principled than the conservatives in the party who voted for the latest CR?

As Congress fails year after year to agree upon an annual budget, the government is kept limping along through temporary Continuing Resolutions (CRs). The budget is supposed to be adopted each year by October 1st, the beginning of the fiscal year. Instead, Congress has been passing multiple stopgap funding measures each year. Under Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrats have not passed an annual budget since April 29, 2009. The CR was approved by a vote of 267 to 151, with most Republicans voting in favor and most Democrats opposed. Democrats voted against it because it included deep spending cuts and freezes.

On March 6th, 2012, only sixteen Republicans voted against the latest CR. Erick Erickson of Red State refers to the bulk of them as the “Conservative Fight Club.” Most of them come from the libertarian or Tea Party wings of the Republican Party.

Yet, are they any more principled than the conservatives in the party who voted for the latest CR? Conservative stalwarts like Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) all voted for it.

Read the rest of the article at Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research

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1 comment to Continuing Resolutions Splitting Conservatives

  • Patrick Mulligan

    Sounds like a giant appeal to authority in defense of a crappy vote. The military can use the 40 billion dollar haircut it will take out of its 700 billion dollar budget. It could have saved that much over the last 5 years just by not building a useless jet engine that nobody in the military wanted or needed. If Republicans lack the intestinal fortitude to tackle that kind of triviality then they are wholly inadequate to the task of governing and deserve the fate they are making for themselves.

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