The GOP Surrender Caucus, Transparency, and the Doc Fix! #TCOT #MakeDCListen #Liberty #RebelAlliance



We are not the same. Conservative Leader and Radio Talk Show Host Mark Levin made it very clear on his show as he discussed the GOP “Leadership’s” shameful passage of the 1-year doc fix by voice vote.

And he is right. The GOP Surrender Caucus, led by Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, Whip McCarthy do not really care about stopping spending. They do not care about protecting liberty. Their main purpose is to get elected, fill their campaign coffers, get government benefits, and have their faces on TV. They will claim they are better than Nancy Pelosi (who also agreed to this plan), but when they violate the principles of transparency and REFUSE to let every member of the House vote on such a critical piece of legislation, they undermine our democracy and rule of law. 

They went with slimy tactics and disgusting parliamentary procedure. They got RINO Rep. Steve Womack, a liberal Republican from a SAFE GOP district, to speed-talk the passage of this $180 billion, more than 70-page bill. This stinks.

The GOP Liberty Congress Team and its allies expressed outrage at this disgusting ploy by the GOP Surrender Caucus Leaders:

Liberty Team Member Rep. Tim Huelskamp previously blasted this bill:

Others, like Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, think the way the patch is paid for — which partly involves shifting sequester cuts to Medicare from 2025 to 2024 — is a “gimmick.”
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But Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS 1) was not able to vote against this bill because of the pathetic tactics of leadership:

“I think they pulled a fast one,” Kansas Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, who had planned to vote against the temporary fix, told The Daily Caller. Huelskamp was in his office, getting ready to go over to the vote that he thought was going to happen in a few minutes, when he learned they had had a voice vote.

Leadership, he said, “misled conservatives and all of the Republican conference.”

He called the temporary doc fix a “gimmick,” and said passing it was “exactly what the Republican leadership totally and honestly promised they were not going to do on this issue.”

“This has become the way they operate,” he said of party leadership, calling the vote “disappointing.”

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Liberty Commander Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX 1) ripped this vote also:

Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert voiced his displeasure in a floor speech following the vote — calling the vote “a surprising twist.”

He likened the move to the way the House was run in 2007 and 2008 when Democrats had control, when he would make sure to come back early from the weekend so he could be present to object or insist on a roll call vote if leadership tried to pass something in this manner.

“So I was very surprised today that with us in the majority, our own leadership in charge, something as important as the doctor fix would be brought to the floor on a voice vote,” Gohmert said.

“Now I know that I need to get with some other members and make sure we have people on the floor, since we won’t be sure what our own leadership is going to do,” he went on. “That’s very unfortunate. It’s unfortunate. You need to be able to trust your own leadership.”

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Liberty Team Member Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA 10), who is running for Senate and leaving the House put things very bluntly:

Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun was more blunt: “I consider it a step backwards for democracy,” he said in a statement to TheDC. “This Putin-esque behavior is an example of why I voted against Boehner as Speaker of the House.”
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You can see why our Liberty Team was so upset. This was a vote that should have been taken by roll call and if they had been on the floor, they could have demanded a roll call. But leadership brought it to the floor while the House was in recess and did not even alert members in time.

Liberty Team Member Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID 1) also blasted this vote:

“It’s disappointing and it shouldn’t have happened,” said Idaho Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, in a statement to TheDC.
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Liberty Team Member Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI 3):

“Short on votes for controversial spending bill, so GOP & Dem leaders rammed it through by ‘voice vote’ in empty House chamber. Not right,” Amash tweeted Thursday afternoon.
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Liberty Ally Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4):

The move incensed members of both parties, who said that democracy was in effect subverted to avoid putting members in a tough political situation.

“It erodes our confidence in our own system, and there will be discussion about this, I’m quite sure about that,” said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.

“I don’t like it, I don’t like the idea that they’re going to do surprise votes for voice vote which turns out to be the equivalent of unanimous consent, because if anybody had called a vote on this thing, I think they knew it wasn’t going to pass,” King continued. “A lot of members, for a long time, are going to have to post somebody here to sit on edge waiting to call for a recorded vote because of this maneuver, this tactic here today.”

Liberty Team Member Mark Sanford (R-SC 1) on Facebook wrote: 

If you were planning to get dinner with a friend and they told you to pick the place, but after five seconds said, “Well you didn’t answer so we are going for pizza,” it’d be kind of like what happened in Congress today. On the floor of the House, a bill was rushed through by voice vote to temporarily “patch” the Sustainable Growth Rate formula. In this case, passing the bill by voice vote means they put the bill up for a vote very quickly, then immediately ruled it as passed without Representatives having a chance to cast their votes – yet now the legislation moves to the Senate. 

The problem? The bill spends another $15 billion of taxpayers’ money today, and won’t pay for that until 10 years from now. What if you were putting together the family budget and said, “Let’s go on vacation this summer, but let’s pay for it by not going on vacation ten years from now.” I don’t know anyone that would think that’s a smart budget strategy, yet this legislation does just that by moving around spending cuts in 2024 and 2025. As we’ve seen repeatedly in Washington, cuts that far away are rarely realized.

The point here is way bigger than the bill in question or how it passed – it’s this new $15 billion that taxpayers are on the hook for. It’s the continued bias in favor of spending more money. This bill wouldn’t have passed if it were put up for a vote in the normal fashion, so in this case Republican and Democratic leadership in the House found a way to get around that. It speaks to the larger problem of fixing a system where some will take near any step necessary to secure higher spending without paying for it now.

Liberty Commander Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC 5) said it best:

Bullshit,” said a visibly annoyed Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as he emerged from the floor following the Ukraine vote. When Mulvaney was asked to comment about the upcoming GOP budget, he replied: “I can’t talk about the budget because I’m so pissed about the [doc fix].”
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And the GOP Surrender Caucus leadership by the way is on their way to a meeting with Former Congressman and top RINO Steve LaTourette to find a way to defeat conservatives and members of our Liberty Team. Conservative HQ reports:

Republican Congressional leaders, less than three hundred miles from Fort Sumter where the Confederates fired on the federal government and launched a horrific four-year American Civil War, are meeting to declare a civil war against conservatives who are the base of the Republican Party.

Since the purpose of the weekend meeting at the Ritz Carlton on Amelia Island in Florida is to raise money and strategizing as to how to defeat limited-government constitutional conservatives in Republican primaries, this meeting is an act of war by Eric Cantor and the Republican Congressional leadership.

By fighting conservatives, Republican congressional leaders are publicly acknowledging they do not share the core values of conservatives and Tea Partyers, including limited-government, fidelity to the constitution, lower taxes, balanced budget, significantly reducing the size, scope and reach of the federal government.

The Republican primary voters will now be able to clearly see who are the principled conservatives verses those candidates receiving support from the Ruling Class, Crony Capitalists such as Karl Rove, John Boehner, Eric Cantor and Mitch McConnell.

Grassroots conservatives wish Republican leaders could get as angry at the lawlessness of the Obama Administration and Congressional Democrats as they do at conservatives.

This meeting is proof positive that the Republican Establishment thinks the Tea Party is alive, strong, and a major threat to their existence.
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