Republican members of the House, goaded on by tea partiers, have made a good start in fulfilling their promise to cut $100 billion out of current spending of taxpayers' money. The House approved 66 amendments, most on roll-call votes, to H.R. 1, the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act for FY 2011.
Here is a sampling of those 66 amendments, which are only a drop in the bucket for dealing with the federal deficit, but they reveal some of the nonsense now imbedded in the federal budget. Democrats predicted that House members at home during the Washington's Birthday recess would discover that constituents are angry about cuts, but congressmen report getting more kudos than complaints because the American people have wised up to the fact that government spending does not create jobs.
Amendment No. 8, sponsored by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., and passed 231-191, prohibits the use of any funds in the act to design, renovate, construct or rent any United Nations headquarters. The UN was projected to spend $1.9 billion to make its headquarters even more luxurious than it already is.
Amendment No. 11, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and passed 240 to 185, prohibits any of the act's funds from being used by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America or its affiliates. This big vote reflects the 2010 election of many more pro-lifers and public opinion moving against taxpayer funding of abortions.
Amendment No. 79, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and passed 241 to 184, prohibits the use of any of the act's funds to pay the salary of any Department of Health and Human Services employee who develops or promulgates regulations or guidance about ObamaCare's health insurance exchanges. The public is still opposed to the mandates and the costs of ObamaCare.
Amendment No. 83, sponsored by Rep. Jo Ann Emerson, R-Mo., and passed 246 to 182, prohibits the IRS from using appropriated funds to enforce ObamaCare's individual mandate to buy insurance. This vote probably reflects the news that the IRS is hiring 1,054 new agents to enforce the individual mandates and to fine Americans who don't obey.
Amendment No. 84, sponsored by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and passed 239 to 185, cuts out of the Environmental Protection Agency's appropriation the $8.5 million budgeted for the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Registry, which was preparing to operate cap-and-trade. Pompeo said, "This data is the very foundation of the EPA's effort to pursue its radical anti-jobs agenda."
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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