May 14, 2008
Supplemental “deal” just another budget gimmick
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), Ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Democrat leadership’s plan to bring the emergency war supplemental legislation – which would include a new tax on the American public to offset the cost of $51 billion veterans’ entitlement program – to the House floor:
“It is hard to tell what is worse, waiving their own PAYGO rules or raising taxes, and at the end of this process, Democrats will have done both. This fig-leaf agreement will most assuredly be brushed aside by the Senate, and the American people will be left to foot the bill through higher taxes.
“This plan is just another gimmick by the Democrat leadership to circumvent their budgetary promises, give their members political cover, pick the pockets of American taxpayers, and jam $250 billion through the House by way of back-room deals out of sight of the public.
“The House will vote on this quarter of a trillion dollars supplemental bill tomorrow, and the vast majority of Members of Congress, the media, and the public have not even seen the legislation. The Democrat leadership has twisted the rules of the House to keep this legislation out of the view of the public – including bypassing Committee consideration, eliminating the ability to amend the bill on the House floor, and circumventing a conference committee with the Senate. Even worse, these budgetary schemes are riding on the backs of our troops, who must get this supplemental funding soon or face the prospect of no paychecks by mid-summer.
“Yesterday, I introduced a clean supplemental spending bill to provide our troops with the funding they need, without political strings and without extraneous and inappropriate spending. I urge my Democrat colleagues to take up this clean bill on behalf of our troops and out of respect for the pocketbooks and voices of the American people.”