We’ve received word that House Republicans plan to force a vote this morning on a spending freeze that would lock in federal spending at current levels and strip the $410,000,000,000.00 “omnibus” spending bill of all 9,000 “un-scrutinized earmarks.”
Though certain to fail, this is another laudable move from a GOP minority that unanimously opposed the nearly $1,000,000,000,000.00 in pork-barrel waste that made up President Obama’s “stimulus” package.
GOP leaders have also called on Obama to veto the omnibus when it passes the Democrat-led legislature, but the likelihood of the man who already signed that $1,000,000,000,000.00 spending bill (while declaring the pork-laden monstrosity “free of earmarks”) is, in my estimation, a bit less than the likelihood of his actually taking up Rush Limbaugh on the latter’s offer of a public debate.
Update: The AP says the following:
The top Republican in the House is seizing on the latest spike in unemployment to call for a freeze on government spending and to urge President Barack Obama to veto a $410 billion spending bill.
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the jump in unemployment to 8.1 percent and the loss of 651,000 jobs in February is a sign of a worsening recession that demands better solutions from both parties.
Boehner criticized the spending bill as chocked full of wasteful, pork-barrel projects. The Senate postponed a vote on the bill until Monday amid the criticism.
Boehner said he hoped Obama would veto the bill. He urged the president to work with House Republicans to impose a spending freeze until the end of this fiscal year.
Update 2: Boehner’s office had the following to say about the Motion to Recommit:
For the last several weeks, as the $410 billion “omnibus” spending bill has made its way through Congress, House Republicans have been calling for a spending freeze for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends in September. After all, if American families are making difficult choices about how to cut their family budgets, shouldn’t Congress and the Administration do the same?
During today’s debate on a continuing resolution to keep the federal government running until early next week – a resolution that’s necessary while congressional Democrats determine exactly how they plan to enact the $410 billion monstrosity – House Republicans will offer a simple, straightforward federal spending freeze as a motion to recommit proposal.…
With families, seniors, and small businesses facing difficult budget decisions, shouldn’t Washington have to make some of those same tough choices? House Republicans think the government should. Do Democrats? The American people won’t have to wait too long to find out. The vote on the spending freeze will occur in a matter of hours.