While the media and the President push the Sequester cuts that are the most onerous….
The House Republicans have been working overtime to put in a safety valve for the upcoming cuts….
This would enable them to be able to say publicly that have cuts ….But would give the President and whoever room to manuever those cuts…
The Bill does NOT address tax increases…..Something the President wants dearly and says he MUST have….
So….The Democratic Senate and the President will have to go along withn this House patch….
House Republican leaders seem to have averted a potential rift in the conference, garnering wide support for a continuing resolution that will move as soon as next week.
GOP leaders called a Wednesday afternoon meeting to brief members on the strategy for the CR, where Speaker John A. Boehner urged members to continue fighting in unison, on Capitol Hill and in their districts, to keep the sequester’s spending cuts in effect.
“We’re on the side of the angels,” the Ohio Republican told his members in the closed-door conference meeting, according to a source in the room.
House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., on Wednesday helped explain the details of his bill at the special meeting of the Republican Conference. He is drafting a fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap spending at around $974 billion. It uses mechanisms put in place by the two recent budget control measures (PL 112-25, PL 112-240) to make the cuts. Those measures would keep in place a cap of $1.043 trillion on discretionary spending for fiscal 2013, but the sequester kicks in March 1 and cuts that back to about $974 billion.
Rogers left the meeting saying there was “wide and deep” support for his bill. “I have never seen a matter of this magnitude that had no one speak against it,” he said.
Many Republicans leaving the meeting echoed that, saying there appears to be strong support for the Rogers bill. Leaders will still need to canvas members before bringing it to the floor, but that doesn’t appear to be an obstacle, Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said as he left the meeting.
“I am sure that they are going to officially whip the conference before making a decision, but it sure looked good to me,” Brady said.
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