Lame Duck

From Holden:

Republicans in congress never bought that mandate crap.

Uneasy about the potential impact on the ballooning federal deficit, the Senate Republicans called for $70.2 billion in tax cuts over the next five years, as opposed to the estimated $100 billion the White House is seeking. It does not specify which cuts will be extended or which taxes might be restored, but Senator Judd Gregg, the New Hampshire Republican who is chairman of the Budget Committee, said his intent was to extend reductions on capital gains and dividend taxes, which are set to expire in 2008.


When asked if she would support extending the tax cuts, Senator Olympia J. Snowe, the Maine Republican who is an influential member of the Finance Committee, said, “Suffice it to say, I do have serious concerns with the fundamental priorities that are being constructed in the budget.” She added, “It’s exacting a high price from some of the programs that are critically important to the future.”

Senator Lincoln Chafee, the Rhode Island Republican who has warned about the federal deficit, said, “I’ve been consistently opposed to tax cuts when at the same time we’re not controlling our spending, and I don’t think this year will be any different.”


[A]s details of the budget plans emerged on Wednesday, it became clear that meeting Mr. Bush’s spending goals could prove a difficult task, not only because of the tax issue but because many lawmakers are pressing to restore Mr. Bush’s proposed cuts in domestic programs. Among them is Senator Norm Coleman, Republican of Minnesota, who has gathered signatures of 57 senators to fight for urban renewal grants, which Mr. Bush proposes to cut.

Republicans are even unhappy that a provision to open ANWR to oil drilling was included in the Senate’s budget proposal.

“I’m not particularly happy about ANWR being shoved back in there,” said Senator Mike DeWine, Republican of Ohio, using the acronym (pronounced AN-war) for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Mr. DeWine said he was also “concerned about Medicaid, and what impact it’s going to have on the states.”

You know what they say. If it limps like a duck…