Representative Thomas Massie has been an outspoken member of the Libertarian-leaning wing of the GOP for years, though he has been overshadowed by former Republican Justin Amash in recent months. Nevertheless, Massie has not shied away from pointing out the lunacy in DC spending regardless of which party is supporting. In the case of the upcoming budget bill, he felt the name wasn’t indicative of what it really represents.
Instead of being called the “The Bipartisan Budget Act,” Massie proposed changing the name to “The Kick the Can Down the Road Act.” His effort was defeated, 384-47.
Many Republicans are opposed to the budget even though the President supports it. The bill calls for increases in spending in a time when cuts are in order. But cuts are unpopular in a presidential election season, so this bill continues the high spending until after election day, 2020.
Imagine if bills were named based on what they actually did.
Today, I forced a vote to rename the budget bill that suspends the debt limit, “A Bill to Kick the Can Down the Road, and for Other Purposes.”
47 voted to name this bill honestly.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 25, 2019
Making the necessary cuts to balance the budget and even start working down the national debt requires more stomach than most lawmakers have. But we’re going to have to do it as some point soon or it will be too late.
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