Why We Fight: McConnell & Scott

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Why We Fight: McConnell & Scott

We fight get beaten rise up and fight again

Gen­eral Nathanael Greene

Yes­ter­day amid much fan­fare and at least one odd moment the House and Sen­ate passed both an increase to the debt limit and re-​opened government.

There is no way to paint this as some­thing other than a defeat in the end, but the final bill and votes per­fectly illus­trated why the fight was not only worth hav­ing but VITAL.

One of the things the Tea Party has fought against was ear­marks and unnec­es­sary gov­ern­ment spend­ing. Even worse to the Tea Party is the idea that last minute sweet­heart deals would be made to buy votes. The Corn­husker Kick­back being the best exam­ple of this.

Corn­husker Kick­back: The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment will now fund Nebraska’s new Med­ic­aid recip­i­ents for­ever … yes folks, for­ever!!” McCain chor­tled on his Twit­ter page.

Another Sen­a­tor who objected to a spe­cial deal at the time was Mitch McConnell:

Sen­ate Minor­ity Leader Mitch McConnell (R-​Ky.), how­ever, ridiculed Demo­c­ra­tic efforts to pla­cate Nel­son as a “kind of smelly proposition,”

It would appear that 5 years later Mitch McConnell’s sen­si­tiv­ity to bad odors has decreased a bit;

A pro­posal to end the gov­ern­ment shut­down and avoid default orches­trated by Repub­li­can Leader Mitch McConnell and Demo­c­ra­tic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 bil­lion ear­mark for a Ken­tucky project.

Lan­guage in a draft of the McConnell-​Reid deal (see page 13, sec­tion 123) pro­vided to WFPL News shows a pro­vi­sion that increases fund­ing for the mas­sive Olm­sted Dam Lock in Pad­u­cah, Ky., from $775 mil­lion to nearly $2.9 billion.

So Mitch McConnell wasn’t will­ing to fight or try to make a deal for the var­i­ous house bills that Harry Reid kept from the Sen­ate floor wasn’t will­ing to fight with Ted Cruz to hold back Oba­macare but when the chips were down he was per­fectly will­ing to take 2+ Bil­lion dol­lars to make a deal with Harry Reid. A bill he could not pass otherwise.

This is busi­ness as usual and this is why the Tea Party exists.

The sec­ond exam­ple came in the two votes.

Dur­ing his marathon speech on the floor Ted Cruz lamented phony votes, where votes were made for show to brag about to the vot­ers while the actual votes, the votes that mean some­thing for pas­sage are qui­etly look­ing the other way.

There were two votes in the sen­ate last night, the first was clo­ture, 60 votes were needed to pass. Here are the peo­ple who voted against clo­ture:

Cornyn (R-​TX)
Crapo (R-​ID)
Cruz (R-​TX)
Enzi (R-​WY)
Grass­ley (R-​IA)
Heller (R-​NV)
John­son (R-​WI)
Lee (R-​UT)
Paul (R-​KY)
Risch (R-​ID)
Roberts (R-​KS)
Rubio (R-​FL)
Ses­sions (R-​AL)
Shelby (R-​AL)
Toomey (R-​PA)
Vit­ter (R-​LA)

16 GOP votes. Now lets look at the vote for final pas­sage where 51 votes were needed

Coburn (R-​OK)
Cornyn (R-​TX)
Crapo (R-​ID)
Cruz (R-​TX)
Enzi (R-​WY)
Grass­ley (R-​IA)
Heller (R-​NV)
John­son (R-​WI)
Lee (R-​UT)
Paul (R-​KY)
Risch (R-​ID)
Roberts (R-​KS)
Rubio (R-​FL)
Scott (R-​SC)
Ses­sions (R-​AL)
Shelby (R-​AL)
Toomey (R-​PA)
Vit­ter (R-​LA)

Two extra votes. Tom Col­burn of Okla­homa and Tim Scott of South Car­olina, when it meant noth­ing decided to vote against the final bill. I’m sure dur­ing their next cam­paign they will tout that vote as stand­ing with the Tea Party, in fact one of them isn’t wait­ing that long:

And it worked. If you look at the answers to that tweet 4 of 5 com­ple­mented him on the vote, and one, (a cnbc con­trib­u­tor) objected. This tweet was typical;

It’s bad enough that you have a sen­a­tor play­ing games with his vote, it’s even worse when directly after they do so they use social media to boast of their bravery.

Oh and don’t think for one moment Paul Ryan vote last night was not for show.

Some might ask if this is worth fight­ing against. It’s not only worth­while and hon­or­able to fight against it nec­es­sary if you are going to actu­ally have gov­ern­ment that is actu­ally representative.

Update: There’s more

We fight get beaten rise up and fight again

General Nathanael Greene

Yesterday amid much fanfare and at least one odd moment the House and Senate passed both an increase to the debt limit and re-opened government.

There is no way to paint this as something other than a defeat in the end, but the final bill and votes perfectly illustrated why the fight was not only worth having but VITAL.

One of the things the Tea Party has fought against was earmarks and unnecessary government spending. Even worse to the Tea Party is the idea that last minute sweetheart deals would be made to buy votes. The Cornhusker Kickback being the best example of this.

“Cornhusker Kickback: The Federal Government will now fund Nebraska’s new Medicaid recipients forever . . . yes folks, forever!!” McCain chortled on his Twitter page.

Another Senator who objected to a special deal at the time was Mitch McConnell:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), however, ridiculed Democratic efforts to placate Nelson as a “kind of smelly proposition,”

It would appear that 5 years later Mitch McConnell’s sensitivity to bad odors has decreased a bit;

A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.

Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.

So Mitch McConnell wasn’t willing to fight or try to make a deal for the various house bills that Harry Reid kept from the Senate floor wasn’t willing to fight with Ted Cruz to hold back Obamacare but when the chips were down he was perfectly willing to take 2+ Billion dollars to make a deal with Harry Reid. A bill he could not pass otherwise.

This is business as usual and this is why the Tea Party exists.

The second example came in the two votes.

During his marathon speech on the floor Ted Cruz lamented phony votes, where votes were made for show to brag about to the voters while the actual votes, the votes that mean something for passage are quietly looking the other way.

There were two votes in the senate last night, the first was cloture, 60 votes were needed to pass. Here are the people who voted against cloture:

Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)

16 GOP votes. Now lets look at the vote for final passage where 51 votes were needed

Coburn (R-OK)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)
Grassley (R-IA)
Heller (R-NV)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rubio (R-FL)
Scott (R-SC)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Toomey (R-PA)
Vitter (R-LA)

Two extra votes. Tom Colburn of Oklahoma and Tim Scott of South Carolina, when it meant nothing decided to vote against the final bill. I’m sure during their next campaign they will tout that vote as standing with the Tea Party, in fact one of them isn’t waiting that long:

And it worked. If you look at the answers to that tweet 4 of 5 complemented him on the vote, and one, (a cnbc contributor) objected. This tweet was typical;

It’s bad enough that you have a senator playing games with his vote, it’s even worse when directly after they do so they use social media to boast of their bravery.

Oh and don’t think for one moment Paul Ryan vote last night was not for show.

Some might ask if this is worth fighting against. It’s not only worthwhile and honorable to fight against it necessary if you are going to actually have government that is actually representative.

Update: There’s more