House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, announced on Wednesday she is calling House members from their recess next week to vote on a $26 billion state aid bill. The legislation, which already passed the Senate through a procedural vote, with 61 members in favor, on Tuesday, will provide further stimulus spending to the states via Medicaid and education programs.
In a statement on Wednesday, House Minority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Republican, remarked:
“The American people don’t want more Washington ‘stimulus’ spending – especially in the form of a pay-off to union bosses and liberal special interests. This stunning display of tone-deafness comes at the expense of American workers, who will be hit by another job-killing tax hike because Washington Democrats can’t kick their addiction to more government ‘stimulus’ spending. Democrats should be listening to their constituents – who are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ – instead of scampering back to Washington to push through more special interest bailouts and job-killing tax hikes.”
Rep. Tom McClintock, California Republican, was not surprised that Speaker Pelosi is calling House members back, telling me, “They’re so addicted to spending, they can’t go more than a week or two without a new fix.”
In an e-mail Mr. McClintock further stated:
“With the nation on the verge of bankruptcy, House Democrats voted to adjourn for the summer last week over Republican objections. Apparently, today they discovered unfinished business requiring their immediate return – to spend still more money. Sounds like an addiction to me.”
Senator John McCain, Arizona Republican, referenced a lyric from the chorus of Pete Seeger’s folk song Where Have all the Flowers Gone? that goes, “When will they ever learn?” when I asked him what he thought about Ms. Pelosi’s move to bring members back from recess to vote on the state aid bill next week.
“All the deficit and future debt that they[Democrats] are laying on future generations—maybe she[Pelosi] should consult with Americans outside of San Francisco before she moves forward with another stimulus,” he said. “Senator Coburn and I just pointed out one hundred of the failures in our report called summer time blues.”
However, GOP members can find a silver lining with House members returning to Washington next week. NBC is reporting that the resolution proposed by RSC Chairman Congressman Tom Price, Georgia Republican, which would pre-empt Congress’ lame duck session will also be considered. Such a vote will put Democrats on the record about whether or not they want to stay in session after the November mid-term elections before the new Congress is sworn in. Given the current predictions on Democratic losses, many are expecting Democrats will want to use this time to make a last ditch effort to push legislation that would be too risky right before November.
As of now, reports say the House will reconvene on Monday or Tuesday for these votes.