Thursday, March 8th, 2012 and is filed under Blog
Yesterday, John Boehner threatened conservatives that if they don’t support his insipid highway bill, he would punish them by bringing the Senate bill to the floor. Well, today, he executed his temper tantrum and announced that he will indeed bring the tax and spend Boxer/Obama Senate bill to the floor of the House.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday the House plans to take up the Senate’s highway bill once it clears the upper chamber, conceding that his own last-ditch effort to save a House GOP measure had not succeeded.
“As I told the members yesterday, the current plan is to see what the Senate can produce and to bring their bill up,” Boehner told reporters at his weekly news conference Thursday.
Let’s take a step back for a moment. We have a Republican-controlled House that offers a big spending highway bill. Then, when conservative demand that we offer a “Republican” solution, Boehner punishes them by bringing up the Democrat bill. That’s real leadership, Mr Speaker. The reason why voters vested you with control of the House was to fight the liberal proposals that emanate from the Senate, not to use them to play hardball with conservatives.
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