Pat Garofalo at Think Progress reminds us today that back in May, the House passed a bill called "The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012." You can read the damn thing here. Before you click, prepare yourself to see the idiot grin of Paul Ryan. It's the site of the House of Representatives Committee on the Budget. Actually, what you'll find there is a set of links to the various parts.
According to Garofalo, Boehner's "Plan B" closely mirrors the earlier bill, and
"that bill voids both the military spending cuts and domestic spending cuts set to take place in 2013 and replaces them with a host of cuts to domestic spending, including:While the so-called "Plan B" failed, the "The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012" PASSED.
– Cuts to food stamps that could knock millions of low-income Americans out of the program;
– Cuts to Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers meals to seniors or other individuals who are unable to prepare their own food;
– Cuts funding to health exchanges that will be created under Obamacare and funding for Medicaid included in the same law;
– Cuts to the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that will yield no cost savings, but will make bailouts of big banks more likely;
– Denying the Child Tax Credit to the parents of American children, if the parents are undocumented immigrants.
In Boehner's statement tonight, he claimed
"...The House has already passed legislation to stop all of the January 1 tax rate increases and replace the sequester with responsible spending cuts that will begin to address our nation's crippling debt. The Senate must now act."I'm not sure that "The Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012" is the legislation Boehner was referring to as Garofalo seems to think. The various House Apropriations Subcommittees have also prepared legislation for 2013 that's also passed in the House (or been placed on the Union Calendar), but Garofalo is generally light years ahead of me on everything, sooo....
I apologize for the brevity of this diary. I just don't have the stomach for more at the moment. Earlier this week, I started another diary summarizing the avtivities of the Appropriations Committee. I'll try to post it tomorrow or Saturday. Until then, there's enough here to make anyone ask: Why do Republicans hate poor people, the disabled, children and old people?