House Democrats Have Obama’s Back By Opposing Republican Defense Spending Bill

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When Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is telling her colleagues how to vote, they usually follow suit, unlike the chaos we see under the current Republican leaders of both chambers. And Nancy Pelosi just wrote a letter to her colleagues telling them that they need to have President Obama’s back in order to lift the sequester.

Here’s the letter she just sent out:

Dear Democratic Colleague,

Once again, I am writing to underscore the urgent need for House Democrats to support the President’s path to lifting the sequester by urging a ‘No’ vote on the Republican Defense Appropriations bill.

Recognizing that our first responsibility is to protect and defend, Democrats stand for a strong national defense. That is why we support lifting the sequester and fully funding the President’s defense budget request.

As with the Republican Defense authorization bill, the Defense appropriation bill is bad budgeting and harmful to military planning – perpetuating uncertainty and instability in the defense budget, and damaging the military’s ability to plan and prepare for the future.

As Defense Secretary Carter said, Republicans’ approach is “clearly a road to nowhere,” “managerially unsound” and “unfairly dispiriting to our force.”

As the Administration’s veto threat states, “the bill drastically underfunds critical investments in DOD’s base budget and instead uses Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding in ways that leaders in both parties have made clear are inappropriate. Base budget sequestration levels will damage our ability to restore readiness, advance badly-needed technological modernization, and keep faith with our troops and their families.”

The veto threat continues, “The Republican framework would bring base discretionary funding for both non-defense and defense for FY 2016 to the lowest real levels in a decade. Compared to the President’s Budget, the cuts would result in tens of thousands of the Nation’s most vulnerable children losing access to Head Start, more than two million fewer workers receiving job training and employment services, and thousands fewer scientific and medical research awards and grants, along with other impacts that would hurt the economy, the middle class, and Americans working hard to reach the middle class.” You may read the full veto threat here.

Republicans should come together with Democrats in a fiscally responsible way to protect our national security and grow our economy.

House Democrats’ sustaining of the President’s veto on unacceptably damaging appropriations bills will more forcefully bring Republicans to the table.

Our sustaining the President’s veto, combined with Senate Democrats’ refusal to allow the appropriations bills, including Defense, to come to the Senate floor is the key to unlocking sequestration for defense and non-defense.

Please vote ‘No’ on the Republican Defense Appropriations bill.

Thank you for your consideration and your leadership.

Best Regards,

Nancy

Yep. That’s how Nancy gets things done. Leader Pelosi knows that the nation is suffering due to the Republican sequester cuts, and she and the President also realize that Republicans were trying to get around the sequester cuts to their favorite welfare charities while starving poor children.

Not so fast.

Pelosi can get a vote together like nobody’s business and she has set her eye on this one so you can bet it’s a done deal.

22 Replies to “House Democrats Have Obama’s Back By Opposing Republican Defense Spending Bill”

  1. I have very little sympathy for either side of the aisle when it comes to the budget. The fed. government simply cannot live within a budget. Nearly every year the political class spends more than it receives from the people. The sequester was a “boogey man” designed to force them to work together on a budget. They couldn’t do it, so here’s the sequester. Serves ’em right. By all means veto any spending bills. Live with your budget. Make some hard choices. The rest of us have to live with a shrinking dollar…

  2. Not quite. Eisenhower had a balanced budget in 1960. Nixon had one in 1969. Clinton had 3 bb’s and Bush had the last one.

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  3. Considering the previous 2 republican SOTH before her had sex scandels.

    I voted for her in 2004 when I lived in SF.

    The 111th Congress, led by Speaker of the house democrat from California Nancy Pelosi, is one of the most productive in History, next to the 89th that came in with John William McCormack, a democrat from Massachusetts.
    ALL of course in contrast to what we have now, one of THE most unproductive Congress’s in our History with the worst SOTH Boehner.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/111th_United_States_Congress

  4. That’s really lame Robert. You got called on an outright lie, and now you’ve admitted that you answered with a lie, but you think it justifies your first lie.

  5. I found a narcissist check list that fits Robert to a tee:

    1. Arrogant, acts superior
    2. Lives in a fantasy world which may include porn, flirting, affairs, and dreams of unlimited success and fame
    3. Addicted to fantasy oriented behavior
    4. Will lie and distort facts and change events to suit their own agenda
    5. Lack sympathy for others, especially those they exploit
    6. Regularly provoke people and blame them for the fight
    7. Have trouble admitting their mistakes
    8. Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behavior or attitudes…

  6. Defense..we just gave Israel 20 billion$$$ for their military and thats just one of country’s that we fund…

  7. not to mention the TPP on the other side of the coin that’s bound to balance it all out peacefully! I’m being sarcastic but thanks for reminding me I need to look up levels of military support we currently send to other countries. Why is it most representatives in the gov still seem to believe arming anyone (allies, rebels…eventually terrorist cells that threaten allies) is a good idea? Mostly I wish they would stop attaching our names to the deeds. Makin’ it rain like a hurricane…

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