House Speaker John Boehner's decision to push through a debt ceiling vote without any compromises from Democrats reveals an ineffectual Republican Party whose members "cower in the corner," Rep. Tim Huelskamp says.
"[Democratic House Minority Leader] Nancy Pelosi today is running the floor of the House," the Kansas Republican lamented on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"Why do we have a Republican majority when we're bringing things to the floor that 180 Democrats are going to vote [on], 30 Republicans might vote on, and all of the other Republicans are a no?
"The speaker has said this gets the monkey off the back of Washington and his fellow Republicans, but, my gosh, it puts another $700 billion gorilla on the backs of our children and grandchildren and new debt. It's totally unacceptable, but it is totally what people have come to expect, even of a Republican majority in Washington," he said Tuesday.
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Huelskamp says Boehner's refusal to fight is saying to Americans, "We're OK with doing nothing about our spending problem."
"We've got to do something about this, and here we are, punting down the road," he said.
"They're going to wait until March of 2015 before they're going to cut a dime of spending, and somehow they wonder why people get upset about what's happening in Washington, D.C. today."
Huelskamp says President Barack Obama's further tweaking of the Affordable Care Act, to again delay the employer mandate, shows that even he is unsatisfied with his signature law.
"Even President Obama doesn't like Obamacare, he keeps changing [it]," Huelskamp said.
"It's a real threat to the issue of no one's above the law, no one can rewrite the law unless they go through Congress.
"But here we have a president that simply day after day takes his pick, doesn't like this or that law."
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