Thursday, February 17, 2011

House passes amendment that would defund Obama’s czars

February 17, 2011
by Allahpundit

There’s no earthly way, I assume, that Senate Democrats (let alone Obama) will agree to this, so it’s destined to die in conference committee after the Senate passes its own spending bill. In that case, since we’re larding up the bill with measure that are D.O.A., can we bring back the idea to cut funds for Obama’s teleprompter? That’ll end up getting chopped too, but it’d be nice to blow him a little kiss while his online minions are busy meddling in Wisconsin’s budget debate.

The amendment, offered by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), specifically targets Obama’s “climate czar” by blocking funding for the assistant to the president for energy and climate change, the position’s official title. The amendment would block funding for the ‘czars’ through the end of the fiscal year, when the spending bill would run out. The underlying bill also includes a provision to block funding for the position.

“I think this sends a strong signal to the president that we are tired of him running this shadow government, where they have got these czars that are literally circumventing the accountability and scrutiny that goes with Senate confirmation,” Scalise said after the vote…  Read More