Thursday, January 3, 2013
House Republicans re-elected their House leader Rep. John Boehner today, and it was not a unanimous vote. Several of his colleagues in the House voted against him. Among them were the following Senators...
Rep. Justin Amash voted for Raul Labrador
Rep. Jim Bridenstine voted for Eric Cantor
Rep. Paul Broun voted for Allen West
Rep. Louis Gohmert voted for West
Rep. Walter Jones voted for David Walker
Rep. Tim Huelskamp voted Jim Jordan
Rep. Tom Massie voted for Justin Amash
Rep. Steve Pierce voted for Cantor
Rep. Ted Yoho voted for Cantor
Rep. Steve Stockman voted present
Rep. Raul Labrador did not vote
Rep. Mick Mulvaney did not vote
The new 113th Congress convened today, and Boehner brought up the new fiscal cliff problem called the Federal Debt, and he mentions to his peers that this debt is placing the well-being of the country in peril. His statements most likely fell on deaf ears. You can bet that John Boehner will not ever attempt to make deals directly with President Obama during the next two years while he is Speaker of the House. In matter of fact, he promised his peers that he would never make deals with President Obama alone.
Conservative talk show hosts continue to push the idea that the new Congress doesn't need to ever take a deal that will increase taxes or to increase the National debt. Until these talk show hosts and conservative leaders in Congress start working out their differences with President Obama instead of out-rightly saying what they will do and what they will not do, I'm afraid that the future of Conservative principles in an active government will not exist.
Surely, the President here has the upper hand. The bill that passed yesterday raises taxes on the rich, and passes permanent tax cuts for the middle class and the poor. Known previously as the Bush tax cuts, the Republicans passed only the parts of Bush's prior bill that they had to so that going over the Fiscal cliff could be avoided.
Now the National Debt will be addressed, and President Obama promises to also to address the subject of immigration. His goal is to pass new immigration measures in 2013. On another front, The 112th Congress again voted down a bill a few days ago, this time to refuse to send monetary aide to the weather stricken areas along the east coast. This kind of response from our elected leaders is absolutely unheard of, and it will be interesting to see if this new Congress will continue the "do-nothing" ways. A new bill presented to the House from the new Senate will be one of the first bills the new Congress will be voting on this month, along with the 'national-debt' issue.