The Republican-controlled House passed two more measures that would, in theory, rein in the Obama administration on health care and destructive carbon regulations. But neither has a snowball’s chance in hell of making it through the Senate. Even if they did pass the Senate, you know Obama would veto them.
The House approved an amendment to legislation Friday that would prevent the White House from imposing a carbon tax without congressional approval.
The lower chamber agreed to Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) amendment by a 237-176 vote, with 12 Democrats crossing the aisle to support it.
The amendment was added to an underlying bill that would require Congress to OK regulations that carry a $100 million economic impact or greater. That bill is dead in its tracks in the Democratic-controlled Senate, and the White House has threatened to veto it. (Read More)
And here is the other exercise in futility.
The House voted Friday to prevent the IRS from enforcing any aspect of ObamaCare, a bill meant to exact revenge against an agency that Republicans say is incapable of neutral enforcement of the law.
Members approved the Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act in a 232-185 vote. Four Democrats supported the bill along with every Republican.
The vote capped off several days of work in the House on bills aimed at reining in government regulation and government overreach. (Read More)
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind them passing these measures, and vote to defund Obamacare altogether while they’re at it. I wish they’d pass the Senate, too. Unfortunately, we have a few years left with O in the White House holding the veto pen.
But the thing that bothers me the most is John Boehner’s refusal to appoint a select committee (or whatever you call it) to investigate Benghazi. That is something that can be done and can be done now. We have witnesses who have been intimidated into silence, and allegations that the CIA was running weapons into Syria through Benghazi. But Boehner refuses, despite over 150 of his members asking him, to do anything about it. It’s beyond frustrating.