BETRAYED: REPUBLICAN SENATORS WICKER, HYDE-SMITH VOTE DOWN BALANCED BUDGET BILL
The Republican-led U.S. Senate soundly defeated Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) plan to balance the budget with spending cuts today, voting 21-76 not to take up the conservative senator’s legislation, known as the “penny plan.”
Sen. Paul’s bill would have balanced the budget in five years and cut spending by around $13 trillion in 10 years.
Sen. Paul exercised a seldom-used Senate rule that allows Senators to force votes to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
The Kentucky Republican deployed the parliamentary rule because senate leadership had not introduced a budget.
Since Cindy Hyde-Smith’s recent temporary appointment to the United State Senate, our televisions and internet feed have been filled with proclamations from the former Democrat, about how she is a lifelong conservative. Earlier on Thursday, Hyde-Smith had an opportunity to prove just how conservative she really is when the motion to proceed to a vote on Rand Paul’s “Penny Plan” came up in the senate. Sadly, what was proven in this vote, is that Cindy Hyde-Smith cares more about saving face with Mitch and the boys instead of voting for conservative Mississippi values as she voted no on this motion. It came as no surprise either that Roger Wicker, voted no as well. He’s been voting against balancing for years.
The Penny Plan, has been floated around and endorsed by many in the conservative circle for years now. Earlier this week, Senator Paul went on Neil Cavuto’s show to describe just how “The Penny Plan” would work.
On Thursday morning Rand Paul tweeted out the following “Republicans say we are for devolving spending and limited government and yet why won’t they vote for a budget that balances? I’ve put forward a Penny Plan budget that cuts spending by 1%. Couldn’t we cut one penny from every dollar? Isn’t there enough government waste to cut?” There is no justification for Cindy-Hyde Smith claiming to be a conservative, yet voting against balancing budget. How can you be for balancing the budget, yet against balancing budget? Not only is running a country without a balanced budget, just completely idiotic, it’s a huge threat to our national security.
Leadership within the senate, Mitch McConnell and the boys, knew this matter would fail when it came up to a vote. With Cindy Hyde-Smith having an election in 6 months in one of the most conservative states in the union, she easily would been given a pass by leadership to vote yes on this matter to gain some “brownie points” with conservative Mississippi constituents. Sadly instead of using this opportunity to vote for Mississippi conservative values, Hyde-Smith used this opportunity to gain ground with McConnell. If she’s voting this poorly six months out of an election, what will her voting record look like when she’s 3 years out of an election? I can assure you that it only gets worse.
Immediately after the vote in the senate was cast, Club for Growth, an organization that boldly takes on any member of congress who fails to uphold basic economic conservative principles regardless of party, had the following to say about Hyde-Smith’s vote:
It’s pretty evident that conservative leaders across the country are watching the battle here in Mississippi and they are not happy with the un-elected senators actions.
Earlier this week candidate for US Senate, Senator Chris McDaniel had the following to say about Sen. Rand Paul’s bill, “Let’s adopt Rand Paul’s plan, which stipulates that for every one dollar the federal government spent in fiscal year 2018, it spend(s) one penny less for the next five years, at which point the budget balances. One penny per dollar. One percent. That’s all.Balance the budget!” Our country is at a crucial point, either we take our debt seriously or we’re ok with yearly trillion dollar deficits. It’s time we place conservatives in Washington, that will join Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz in putting in the work to try and save our republic. Roger Wicker has been voting against conservative values since he’s been in Washington basically. All Republicans like to say they’re conservatives, yet when it’s time to vote like conservatives they spend their time voting with the opposition. We’ve had enough with faux conservatives and Cindy Hyde-Smith is proving that she is just that, a Mitch McConnell lapdog faux conservative.