Often, most representatives go to Washington D.C. to go along and get along. They become so consumed with power and bribes from K Street lobbyists and establishment leadership that they cannot even recognize their country falling apart. Speaker John Boehner is part of the problem, yet most Republicans are showing themselves to be incapable of realizing this reality.
Thankfully, we have members of our team who have not gotten sucked into this bubble. One of these members is Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District. He was prominent for defeating a big government establishment Republican in 2012, and in 2014, he ran unopposed. He is a breath of fresh air.
Today, he announced that he plans to vote against Speaker Boehner. Here is his statement:
The day after Republicans won the largest majority in the House of Representatives in almost 100 years and won a significant majority in the Senate, our liberal activist President claimed to hear the voices of all the people who didn’t vote. It was another example of stunning obstinacy from this President.
It seemed Democrats were melting down, Republicans were unified, and all we had to do was buy enough time to get our Republican reinforcements to Washington in January.
Like President Obama, Speaker Boehner must have heard voices that didn’t vote. Together they crafted the CR/Omnibus, a $1.1 trillion spending bill which funded the government for 10 months and blocked our newest elected Republicans from advancing conservative policy and delivering on campaign promises. With this vote, Republicans gave away the best tool available to rein in our liberal activist President: the power of the purse. The power of the purse is Congress’ Constitutional strength.
For the next 10 months, the CR/Omnibus will fulfill Obama’s ambition of creating an even larger constituency of dependency on Obamacare. The President’s goal has always been to create as much dependency as possible before enforcing the destructive employer mandate. The CR/Omnibus hands the liberals that victory. This is unconscionable after watching the campaign rhetoric that won such decisive victories for the GOP.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations expire in February, when Republicans will supposedly fight to defund the illegal amnesty plan created by the President. Does anybody believe that President Obama is concerned about Republicans not funding DHS? Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have already sued the Administration for not allowing them to enforce the law.
The Constitution requires the President to faithfully execute the laws of the United States. He has refused to enforce the laws on border security, Obamacare, illicit drugs, and the release of detained terrorists. His activism in his last two years has accelerated to include executive amnesty, initiating international climate deals without a treaty, and establishing an embassy in Cuba without consulting Congress. When our Constitution is under assault and House Republicans give away our Constitutional power of the purse, they share the guilt of abandoning our founding principles.
The CR/Omnibus legislation sufficiently undermines the checks and balances enshrined in the Constitution that it warrants my pending vote against the Speaker. Speaker Boehner went too far when he teamed with Obama to advance this legislation. He relinquished the power of the purse, and with it he lost my vote.
Conservatives across the country are praising Rep. Bridenstine and giving him encouragement. And rightfully so. He is not going to be making many friends with this vote and could be threatened by leadership. Yet, he is in Washington D.C. fighting for us and we truly thank him.
Madison Project said it best,
“There are few principled leaders in Congress willing to fight for conservatives policies – Congressman Jim Bridenstine is one of them. Voters sent Republicans to Washington to oppose President Obama’s liberal policies not help them succeed. We need a Speaker of the House that actually listens to the grassroots of Main Street not the lobbyists on K Street.
“The Madison Project was proud to endorse Bridenstine for Congress and we’re proud to join him today as he stands with the conservative movement and defends the principles of freedom that make our nation great.”
With Rep. Bridenstine being added to the ranks of LLPH Reps. Louie Gohmert and Walter Jones, we need 26 more representatives to vote against Speaker Boehner! We can do this! The vote is on Tuesday January 6, 2015.