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On Budget, ObamaCare, & More, "Lingering Divisions" Face "Divided" Democrats

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The liberal wing that's in charge of the Democratic Party wants more spending, more taxing, and more government; the moderate wing wants all that too… just a little less of each. But this dynamic has left Democrats unable to accomplish even "the most basic responsibility of governing": crafting a budget. Here's more on that and several other issues where divisions are plaguing the Democrats running Washington:

WASHINGTON DEMOCRATS ARE DIVIDED ON …

PUNTING ON A BUDGET, MISSING AN OPPORTUNITY TO CUT SPENDING & CREATE JOBS: "Freshman House Democrats are pressing leaders to do a budget resolution this year even as senior Democrats lay the groundwork to skip it. ... House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has said it will be difficult to pass a budget resolution this year because of a daunting fiscal picture and because Democrats are in a tough election year. ... This year's deficit is projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to hit $1.5 trillion." (Freshman House Dems push their leaders to approve budget resolution, The Hill, 5/22/10)

PROTECTING OBAMACARE'S JOBS-KILLING MANDATES: "House Republicans successfully exposed lingering divisions within the Democratic Caucus over a health insurance mandate by forcing a vote Tuesday on a proposal to repeal that part of the new health care law. Twenty-one Democrats voted in favor of the repeal proposal, which Ways and Means ranking member Dave Camp (R-Mich.) offered as an amendment to legislation that would provide tax breaks to small businesses." (Vote on Insurance Mandate Shows Democratic Divide, Roll Call, 6/15/10)

INCREASING GOVERNMENT SPENDING & ADDING TO THE DEBT: "Congressional Democrats were stewing Monday over President Obama's urgent appeal for more spending on the economy… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who last month struggled to sell a jobs package to skeptical House Democrats, reacted with stony silence to Obama's request, delivered Saturday in a letter to congressional leaders; her office declined Monday to issue an official response. Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) was working to rally senators behind a key piece of Obama's agenda, but a top aide acknowledged that the going was slow and the outcome uncertain." (Obama's call for economic stimulus, jobs spending a tough sell in Congress, Washington Post, 6/15/10)

TAKING OVER THE INTERNET: "The Democratic Party's internal split over Net neutrality keeps getting wider. On Tuesday, a group of centrist Democrats once headed by former President Bill Clinton warned federal regulators not to regulate broadband providers without authorization from Congress." (Democrats' split over Net neutrality widens, CNET, 5/25/10)

HANDING OUT BACKROOM DEALS ON SWEEPING LEGISLATION: "House Democrats are facing a backlash from some liberal and government reform advocacy groups over an exemption for the National Rifle Association (NRA) that was added to a campaign finance bill." (Dems face backlash over NRA deal, The Hill, 6/15/10) "Rep. Chris Van Hollen's creation of special-interest loopholes in his bill to limit special-interest money in campaigns has some special interests up in arms – hint, it's the ones who don't benefit so much from the revised bill who are upset." (The Huddle, Politico, 6/16/10)

IMPOSING A JOBS-KILLING NATIONAL ENERGY TAX: "While advocates of a cap-and-trade plan are thrilled by the prospect that Obama will enter the fray, it's very much a fray — with Democrats divided, Republicans wary and everyone watching the days tick away to November's elections. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has scheduled floor time next month for ‘comprehensive clean energy' legislation ... [S]everal key Senate Democrats fear the politics of the climate issue, and they're urging Reid to stay clear of the debate — at least until he's sure he can win. ... Still, others would prefer to avoid the cap-and-trade fight altogether." (Clock ticking on energy-bill hopes, Politico, 6/14/10)

But don't let these divisions fool you. President Obama and Speaker Pelosi have proven more than willing to ram their jobs-killing, debt-driven agenda through Congress – and to twist every arm and offer up every backroom deal possible to make it happen. The only way to change the culture of Washington – and to cut spending, create new jobs, and repeal ObamaCare – is to elect more Republicans to Congress this November. Click here now to get started.

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