Dems Rip Proposed Rule Giving GOP Budget Chairman Ability to Set Spending Ceiling

Oh those crazy Democrats. They are complaining about a proposed House rule that would give the Budget Committee Chair (to be Paul Ryan, R, WI) the ability to set spending ceilings for 2011 without a vote by the full House.

I’m normally not in favor of giving too much authority to one person, and I think we should always consider what could happen with this change when the Democrats are in the majority and who knows who is charge of the Budget Committee.

However, I fully stand in support of Paul Ryan, and what’s the worst that can happen in the future with a liberal spendthrift having this power? Not much, since increasing the debt ceiling is nothing more than a liberal Congress would do anyway. Giving Ryan this authority seems like a way to force spending cuts. And evidently there is a precedent.

The Dems’ complaints are particularly humorous, given the way they handled things while in charge.

For instance, Doug Thornell, a spokesperson for Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) has said that this “flies in the face of promises by House Republicans to have the most transparent and honest Congress in history.”

Really, Mr. Thornell? How is having one person setting the debt ceiling less transparent than Congress doing so?

A spokesperson for that supporter of transparency (We need to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it) Nancy Pelosi, made similar complaints.


A proposed House rule granting new powers to the GOP chairman of the Budget Committee has sparked outrage from Democrats.

The proposed rule would allow the Budget Committee chairman to set spending ceilings for 2011 without a vote by the full House. By approving the rules package, the House would give authority to the new Budget panel chairman to set budget ceilings at a later time and his decision would not be subject to an up-or-down vote on the floor.

In practice, this would give power to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the incoming chairman of the panel, to impose deep spending cuts since spending bills cannot exceed the budget ceiling for the 2011 fiscal year.

The House is set to vote on the rule soon after it convenes on Jan. 5.

Read the rest here.


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