If your only source of news was John Kline’s (R-MN-02) press releases, the Republican-controlled House is doing a fantastic job.
Take, Thursday May 16th and his two press releases :
Of course, what Chairman Kline does not acknowledge is that by repealing the Affordable Care Act without any replacement, not only causes disruptions to the entire healthcare industry, insurance industry and employers, but also increases the deficit. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf wrote House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to reiterate that a full repeal of the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit. In July 2012, the CBO estimated that repeal would raise the deficit by $109 billion over the next decade.
Further, Chairman Kline does not state that his legislation, The Smarter Solutions for Students Act (H.R. 1911), actually makes money for the US Treasury … an amendment was offered during the mark-up to reduce the interest rate to equate the student loan rate to be identical to the rate that the Treasury charges Banks, but that was defeated … so students (and parents) will be paying a premium.
But that really was not the news that needed to be told … the big news was that House Republicans have now set their sights on FY2014 spending which will be $12 billion below the current spending level that was already reduced by sequestration.
That is the overall budget, as the House budget increases spending on defense, thus forcing even deeper cuts to domestic discretionary spending.
That’s right, defense spending would get an increase above post-sequestration levels to $513 billion in base spending even though War funding would drop slightly from $87 billion to $86 billion.
The heaviest cuts will fall on health, education, foreign aid, jobs programs, and environmental programs.
“The disinvestment proposed for health, education, and labor programs reveal that the majority believes that poor people, kids, college students, sick people, the unemployed and the disabled should just fend for themselves,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-03), ranking member on the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee.
So what will be left for programs such as Head Start ? Consider that Head Start is losing 5 percent of its federal funding for the current fiscal year due to sequestration cuts that took effect on March 1 … more cuts will be made when House Republicans are pushing 16-20% cuts.
All this with stock market setting records everyday and refineries shutting down causing gas prices to spike … and Chairman Kline just wants us to know that he is focused on Obamacare and “committed to unraveling this flawed law that is having a devastating effect on our economy and straining family budgets in Minnesota and nationwide.”
Democrats want the sequester replaced with tax increases and changes to entitlement programs like Medicare … but Chairman John Kline, the Voice OF Washington, does not listen to anybody other than his Republican Party leaders.
What a difference for some in the new Second District that previously were served by Betty McCollum … a Minnesota Voice in Washington … and as this clip shows Congresswoman McCollum is meeting with students to discuss their student debt.