Rep. Poe: Against 'Really Bad' Budget Deal

Wednesday, 16 Oct 2013 04:18 PM

By Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter

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Rep. Ted Poe tells Newsmax TV he opposes the "really bad" budget compromise that originated in the Senate because it merely postpones dealing with the real budget issues facing the nation.

The Texas Republican also asserts that Republicans' battle against Obamacare remains a "worthwhile fight," and castigates President Barack Obama for his lack of leadership regarding the government shutdown and debt ceiling.

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Poe, who was first elected in 2004, is a member of the Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees and the Tea Party Caucus.

The bipartisan budget plan reopens the government, funds it for three months, and raises the debt ceiling for nearly four months.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV on Wednesday, Poe says:

"The plan out of the Senate is missing the problem, and the problem is spending, and nowhere in this plan does it talk about spending cuts. All it does is give the administration a credit card with no ceiling until next year. That's really bad for the American public."

In three or four months, "we're going to end up in the same place, exactly the same place," Poe says. "We'll have a continuing resolution issue, we will have the debt problem again, and all we're doing is postponing this situation until next year. We ought to deal with the issues right now rather than just move on down the road and try to do this all over again, go through this crisis that the White House likes to talk about."

"We'll find ourselves in the same situation that we're in currently, which is skyrocketing spending by government, no cuts in spending, and of course the problem that we have economically will continue until another day in January," Poe says.

Looking back on the past few weeks, Poe was asked whether fighting Obamacare was a worthwhile fight.

"Certainly fighting Obamacare was a worthwhile fight," he said. "The House of Representatives is really responsible for starting the spending issues in appropriations. We wanted to open the government again, but the issue of Obamacare is a disaster for the country.

"That fight was important, and the American public is learning now how awful Obamacare is. It's unhealthy for the nation and we cannot afford the Affordable Care Act, plus, the administration can't even get their computers working. Just think about how the healthcare system will be if they can't even get their computers running.

"But we fought that fight, and that fight is still worth having," he said.

Poe says Republicans in the House are "conceding" in the fight against Obamacare.

"We sent over three different bills to the Senate regarding Obamacare. We sent 19 appropriations bills funding specific portions of the government, which was our responsibility. And now what has occurred is the Senate, the siesta Senate, has decided we're not going to take these bills up, and for some reason blames the Republicans for shutting down the government and not raising the debt ceiling.

"The fault really lies with the U.S. Senate. But the House is certainly conceding because we're not in that fight anymore."

A number of Republicans think Obama wanted the shutdown so Republicans would be blamed and Democrats could win back the House in 2014.

But Poe says, "The president has no leadership on this issue, probably no leadership on many other issues that we could talk about."

"When a problem, a crisis occurs in our country, whatever it is, he always blames someone else. He blames George Bush, he blames the Republicans. It's never his responsibility," he says.

"When a problem is solved, however, he's quick to take credit even where he's not entitled to credit. But it has worked. It has convinced a lot of Americans that it's not his fault, it's those Republicans' fault.

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"It's a campaign issue. It's all about politics. It has nothing to do with what's best for the country. He's still in campaign mode. He does not assume the responsibility of being the leader of the United States. He lets the country just operate. When bad things happen, he blames Republicans.

"As for the next election, I don't know how that's going to play out. The Democrats will certainly campaign against the policy of the Republicans trying to cut spending. They'll campaign against that, and the president will too," Poe says.

The tea party has been blamed by some for the dissension within the GOP ranks, but Poe insists it is going to continue its fight.

"The tea party has a viable responsibility, and they're not going away," he tells Newsmax TV. "And all the name calling that they get from day to day from different organizations, that's not going to deter them.

"The tea party is really concerned about doing what's best for the country. They're still going to remain vocal, they're going to be very viable, and a part of the Republican establishment."


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