House Democrats Defeated the Republican Budget Bill
Update (4:15 PM): It looks like I got ahead of myself with this post. I confused the budget reconciliation bill scheduled for a vote today and the budget appropriations bill, which was the one discussed in the WaPo article. My apologies for the error. Thanks to Praxxus and Tom Hilton for pointing out the mistake.
As frequent readers know, I have been tracking how Congressman Richard Pombo has been attempting to stick a number of extraneous, contentious, and frankly environmentally rapacious provisions in the House budget reconciliation bill. If his provisions passed, they would have radically changed American environmental policy without any debate on the merits of the changes in the House. This stealth attack on the environment was on top of the blatant and inexcusably draconian cuts to food stamps that Richard Pombo voted to include in the budget bill.
Well today, thanks in large part to a united Democratic caucus, the House reconciliation bill was voted down 224-209. Although we cannot rest on our laurels, we must understand that today the Democrats in Congress, aided by a small number of Republican moderates, protected all Americans from Pombo’s multi-pronged attack. Today we slew the Republican hydra and thereby protected much of what we love about this country.
To all of those who claim that the Congressional Democrats aren’t worth a damn, I offer this victory as refutation.