Conservative House Republicans hissed and groaned at Trump’s Treasury Secretary, and they laughed at the President’s Budget Director during a meeting where they were asked by the White House to support the hurricane relief/debt limit increase bill.
Conservative House Republicans hissed and groaned at Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin as he implored them to vote for a hurricane relief bill that includes a short-term extension of the federal debt limit.
Republicans also laughed at White House budget director Mick Mulvaney during his presentation. Several said it was ironic that Mulvaney, who as a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus led several fights over the debt limit and pushed to shut down the government, pleaded with Republicans to pass the kind of measure he used to crusade against.
The far right House Republicans refused to vote for hurricane relief and keeping the government open because they did not want to vote to increase. The Republicans were described as being insulted and outraged by the presentation.
This can’t be repeated enough. Ninety House Republicans voted against disaster relief because they did not want to raise the debt limit. These are members of Congress who were willing to let the people of the Houston area suffer and run out of relief funds because they are ideologically opposed to raising the debt limit.
Most Americans already knew that the problem in Washington was never Barack Obama. Republicans control the House, Senate, and White House, and they still have a substantial number of their members of Congress who refuse to govern.
Congress is broken, and the extreme right wing ideologues in the House and Senate are the reason why.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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