Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ryan-Murray and the Fundamental Lack of Seriousness in Washington

By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | December 19th, 2013
Yesterday, Republicans in the Senate blamed Harry Reid for cutting veterans’ pensions.  But the House of Representatives passed the legislation first. The GOP could have fixed it there had Speaker Boehner spent more time reading his legislation than attacking conservatives.  Once passed, the House of Representatives headed home for Christmas.
Had Harry Reid let the amendment through on Ryan-Murray, the Senate would have had to pass the legislation and the House of Representatives would have had to scramble back to Washington to re=pass the legislation they could have fixed the first time.
But the Republicans were not really interested in fixing the legislation. They just wanted to blame Harry Reid and play gotcha with the lives of veterans. In fact, Paul Ryan claimed the legislation would not affect veterans disabled in war, but that claim was not true. Paul Ryan and John Boehner attacked conservatives for criticizing the legislation without knowing what was in it while they claimed things were in the legislation that were not there……To Read More….

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