A Heritage Expose from November 6th...
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After experiencing the first week of Speaker Paul Ryan’s House, conservatives say they feel right at home.
A week into Ryan’s tenure, members of the House Freedom Caucus are crediting the speaker for delivering on his promise to open up the legislative process, and delegate authority to rank-and-file members.
* OH, YEAH, FOLKS; JUST READ MY POSTS AND YOU CAN SEE HOW "WELL" THINGS ARE GOING WITH RYAN IN CHARGE!
And though the outcomes of the new process did not go how conservatives wanted...
* YA THINK...?!?!
...the House passed a transportation bill that isn’t fully funded, and permits the revival of the Export-Import Bank...
* I'VE COME UP WITH A LITTLE DITTY, FRIENDS! SING IT TO THE TUNE OF "DUKE OF EARL":
Kill, kill, kill...Kill them all, all, all...Kill them all, all, all...KILL THEM ALL...
Freedom Caucus members insist that more open debate will allow for their ideas to eventually win out.
* OH, YES... EVENTUALLY... UH-HUH... YEAH... UM-HMM...
* SING IT WITH ME, FOLKS...
“I thought the process was extraordinarily fair and really, really healthy,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a Freedom Caucus member, in an interview with The Daily Signal.
“It was even enjoyable to go to work this week, because at least we are giving voice to the people back home. [The highway bill] is a bill that’s been cooked up the last several months, if not longer, so it’s hard to imagine how Paul [Ryan] inserting himself would make it different.
* IT'S NOT HARD FOR ME? IS IT HARD FOR ANY OF YOU?
* JUST... CALL A PRESS CONFERENCE... AND BASICALLY REPEAT EVERYTHING HERITAGE (AND OTHER TRUE CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATIONS - AND INDIVIDUALS) HAVE EXPOSED AND AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION ANNOUNCE YOUR OPPOSITION!
* ACTUALLY... SOUNDS KINDA SIMPE TO ME!
What little improvement we saw was a direct result of Paul’s speakership.”
* HMM... ADD MULVANEY'S NAME TO BARKER'S "DIE, YOU TRAITOROUS BA$TARDS" LIST...
That appreciation was seconded by Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., another Freedom Caucus member. “It was exactly what we were looking for,” Salmon told The Daily Signal. “We were hoping for the process to be opened up and it was.”
* FOLKS... YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS UP...
Mulvaney, R-S.C., probably more than anyone, got the full taste of Ryan’s open House. Of the 126 amendments that lawmakers voted on this week related to the Highway Trust Fund, five of them were measures authored by Mulvaney — all meant to weaken the Export-Import Bank if reopened. Each of the amendments failed to pass, but Mulvaney isn’t fretting — at least, he said, there was an opportunity to make a pitch for his ideas.
* YEP. I'D LIKE TO SEE THIS BA$TARD DEAD.
“I have no complaints whatsoever,” Mulvaney said.
“It was clear the will of the body was to revive the Ex-Im Bank. We got to have 80 minutes of debate on the floor about what’s wrong with the bank, and why we think it should have been killed. That point would have never been made if not for those amendments. My folks back home don’t like the bank very much. The grassroots don’t like it at all. I was able to put some voice to their concerns. We lost, but we’re not going to win every time, nor should you probably.”
* DEAD... DEAD... DEAD...
* I'D LITERALLY CHEER IF THIS BA$TARD DROPPED DEAD!
Still, the amendment process on the highway bill was not completely open.
Instead of allowing any amendment to be brought to the floor, House leaders, as has been typical, relied on the powerful Rules Committee to approve groups of amendments to be debated and voted on.
“It’s a lot better than [John] Boehner’s system, but recent consideration of the highway bill fell far short of an open process,” said Justin Amash, R-Mich., a Freedom Caucus member. “Almost without exception, the amendments placed in order made the bill less conservative, did practically nothing, or had no chance of passing.”
* SPEAKER RYAN...
Just before his Oct. 30 departure, Boehner helped negotiate a budget deal with President Barack Obama that set spending levels above the caps negotiated in 2011.
* WHICH RYAN SUPPORTED...
Congress must still adopt spending bills by Dec. 11 that dictate where the money is spent.
* WHERE THE BORROWED MONEY IS SPENT...
With the deadline quickly approaching, conventional wisdom says that lawmakers will pursue a sweeping, all-encompassing omnibus spending measure that combines all the appropriations for the various agencies into one bill.
* SING IT WITH ME, AGAIN, FOLKS!
Individual spending bills have been difficult to pass in recent years; the House has approved six of 12 so far this year. Some House lawmakers, including Freedom Caucus members, want to re-start the normal appropriations process to individually pass the six remaining spending bills.
* "SOME." (SERIOUSLY, FOLKS... CONTEMPLATE WHAT THAT MEANS...)
“We cannot necessarily block the will of House,” said Rep. John Fleming, R-La., in an interview with The Daily Signal. “That’s not our job. It’s to persuade our colleagues to do the right thing.”
* WITH "FREEDOM CAUCUS" MEMBERS LIKE FLEMING... DO WE REALLY NEED A "FREEDOM CAUCUS?"
Indeed, in Ryan’s House, Freedom Caucus members just want a seat at the table.
* AND THEIR PAYCHECKS...
* AND THEIR PERKS...
* AND THEIR TAXPAYER FUNDED FIEFDOMS...
* AND THE ABILITY TO "CASH OUT" AND MAKE MILLIONS IN THE "PRIVATE SECTOR" AFTER THEY RETIRE (OR ARE THROWN OUT OF OFFICE) AS "REWARD" FOR SERVING THE SPECIAL INTERESTS...
* FOLKS. WHAT HAVE I BEEN TELLING YOU?