Promises, Shomises

The paint is still drying in new-members’ offices, but Republicans have already broken promises they made on the campaign trail, getting themselves in hot water with the American people and their own supporters. Here’s a look at what the media is saying about the Republicans’ not-so-promising first 24 hours in office:

AP “PROMISES, PROMISES: GOP drops some out of the gate”: Republicans have already violated some of the vows they made in taking stewardship of the House. Their pledge to cut $100 billion from the budget in one year won't be kept. Is business as usual really back so fast? That's not clear one day after Democrat Nancy Pelosi yielded the gavel to the new Republican House leader, John Boehner. The GOP came to power in the House with an agenda that, if carried through, would in fact change how the government spends, taxes and does its legislative business. But those with long memories may have the feeling they've seen this movie before. LINK

Politico “GOP bends its own new House rules”:Just hours after taking control of the House, Republicans passed a sweeping set of rules promising transparency and reform.  But the new majority is already showing these promises aren’t exactly set in stone. After calling for bills to go through a regular committee process, the bill that would repeal the health care law will not go through a single committee. Despite promising a more open amendment process for bills, amendments for the health care repeal will be all but shut down. After calling for a strict committee attendance list to be posted online, Republicans backpedaled and ditched that from the rules. They promised constitutional citations for every bill but have yet to add that language to early bills. LINK

NYT “G.O.P. Aims Smaller for Cuts to Budget”:Many people knowledgeable about the federal budget said House Republicans could not keep their campaign promise to cut $100 billion from domestic spending in a single year. Now it appears that Republicans agree. Now aides say that the $100 billion figure was hypothetical, and that the objective is to get annual spending for programs other than those for the military, veterans and domestic security back to the levels of 2008, before Democrats approved stimulus spending to end the recession. LINK

Washington Monthly “THE RATIONALE BEHIND CANTOR'S DISHONESTY”: No matter how shameless congressional Republicans might be, the health care repeal push creates at least a little awkwardness. For two years, the GOP has pretended to care deeply about the deficit and fiscal responsibility. And yet, in their very first week as the new House majority, these same Republicans have decided to push a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, which would add more than $100 billion over the next decade. How would Republicans pay for this? They wouldn't -- in fact, they're creating an exception to their own rules, which they just created, that allows them to pursue repeal without regard for adding to the deficit that they pretend to consider important. It's quite a way to start a new majority. LINK