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Allen West rips GOP leaders on stopgap vote; Rooney, Hastings, Deutch weigh in on shutdown

by George Bennett | April 8th, 2011


Thursday’s U.S. House vote for a one-week stopgap funding measure was actually a vote on a defense authorization bill that would provide funding for the military for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

The largely partisan vote and the current fight over tonight’s looming government shutdown are merely previews of bigger budget battles to come.

U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, had pledged he wouldn’t vote for any more stopgap bills, but unhappily voted for Thursday’s measure. He blamed Democrats for the situation reaching its current point, but he released a statement that also ripped the Republican House leadership for making military pay a “bargaining chip” in the budget debate.

“The House majority has now placed the funding for the Department of Defense and the funding for the troops down as a bargaining chip…I am disgusted at the perception that the leaders in my own party who did not move a defense bill earlier and are now using the men and women in uniform, the individuals who are defending our freedom, as a way to pass yet another continuing resolution,” said West, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.

He added: “my Yes vote today was for my brothers and sisters in uniform. My no sentiment reflects a disappointment in my own leadership.”

Read other statements from other members of Palm Beach County’s congressional delegation after the jump…


U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton: “Compromise is the only way forward when we have a Democratic President, Democratic-led Senate, and Republican-led House. President Obama has met Republicans more than half way, offering the largest cut to federal domestic spending in history, without any compromise in return.

“The tea party’s willingness to subject the American people to a devastating government shutdown over a series of politically charged cuts to women’s health, education, and the environment proves this debate is more about political grandstanding by irrational ideologues than actual deficit reduction.”


U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Tequesta: “If Senate Democrats fail to act and the government shuts down, that would force our troops, who are now fighting three wars, to work without pay. That is unacceptable. Our troops and their families have sacrificed too much already to become victims of the Senate Democrats’ failure to lead – or even follow – on a long-term bill to fund the government and cut spending.

“This bill ensures that our troops continue to receive paychecks, so they do not have to worry that their families will fall behind on their mortgages and bills while they fight our wars. No more excuses, no more privately rooting for a shutdown – Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democrats need to get serious. They need to act.”


U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Miramar: “A government shutdown would be detrimental to America’s interests and security. All Americans rely on the federal government and its employees to care for our nation’s veterans and administer important services such as those offered by the Social Security Administration, Department of Education, and Department of Health and Human Services.

“Federal workers are consumers just like every other American and taking money out of their pockets harms consumer demand at a time when our economy needs it most. This shutdown will make it difficult for these dedicated workers to pay their everyday expenses. A shutdown poses a direct threat to America’s economic recovery.

“It is completely mind-boggling that Republicans are willing to put the well-being of the nation at risk rather than put forward a clean Continuing Resolution with no ideological riders in order to keep the federal government operating while negotiations on long-term spending continue. This perpetuates their ‘my-way-or-the-highway’ attitude and is a reckless way to operate. This is not the time to force controversial policies into an emergency spending measure.

“There are people struggling to make it in this difficult economy. They are trying to keep their jobs, keep their homes, keep their families together, and keep their children in school. It is time to put partisan politics aside, get a deal on the table that will not shutdown the government, and do what is right for this nation.”

15 Responses to “Allen West rips GOP leaders on stopgap vote; Rooney, Hastings, Deutch weigh in on shutdown”

  1. Garrison Says:

    The American people want compromise. The two sides need to understand that cutting a few things, NPR, Planned Parenthood, and not dealing with Medicare, Medicaid and Defense won’t actually get anything accomplished long term.

  2. Louie Says:

    They’re concerned for the Troops ?
    That’s pretty hollow.
    We’re probably a moment away from ground troops in Libya.
    And they all won’t say a word when that happens.
    We have a Military presence in almost every country on the planet.
    On top of that, there’ll be a shooting war on three fronts ?
    Is anyone reading a history book ?
    Their only concern is partisan politics.

  3. JustMeee Says:

    It’s the Republicans! It’s the Democrats! It’s you bunch of bozos riding that guvmint gravy train and calling yerselfs publik servints.

  4. Eric Says:

    The comments from our elected officials are pathetic. All except Rep. West blamed the “other side”.

    West appears to be the only one who understands that the spending debate MUST get beyond BS party politics, or we’ll ALL go down in flames.

    What the heck is wrong in Washington that they can’t see the forest for the trees? Do they all think we’re too stupid to understand where this will end?

    The 2012 election WILL be a real awakening for BOTH parties, if they don’t get this EPA, NPR, Birth control BS out of the way and start dealing with the Debt and Over Spending that’s destroying our way of life.

  5. Gene Says:

    Stop the spending and that includes foreign aid, defense department.

    Stop risking american soldiers’ lives in foreign countries.

    Go Sarkozy!

    Share the burden, says Italy:

    The immigrant influx from Africa/Middle East into Italy has caused the italian government to allow temporary travel permits which would allow immigrants to TRAVEL to other countries.

    Most immigrants want to go to France. France wants to limit immigrants to those WITH skills. Too many unskilled immigrants are weighing down the economy.

    Mass immigration causes problems all over the world.

  6. Get rid of Ted in 2012 Says:

    Time to place a republican latino to run against Ted Deutch, the Wexler puppet.

    The demographics are changing.

  7. Abe Says:

    Ted Deutch is becoming the Michelle Bachmann of the Democratic party. Just spitting out the party line. Very disappointing.

    She’s a tea bag, he’s a douche bag.

  8. SR Says:

    The Democrats try to blame the Republicans for a possible “government shutdown” & this petulant man-child of a community organizer declares “I expect an answer in the morning”, when it’s the Dems that failed to create & pass the 2011 budget when they controlled BOTH houses of Congress & the White House. Accept the House GOP CR for the balance of 2011 & shut up! That goes for Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Deutch, the impeached federal judge (Hastings), Debbie Whiner-Schultz & especially Obama!

    If you think the House GOP and the American People are uncompromising now, wait until the battle over the 2012 budget starts.

  9. Kevin Says:

    The tea party has injected too much extremism in our legislature to get a compromise deal, therefore Government shutdown is eminent so you better prepare for it. The republican’s ploy to take funding for the military out of the equation would significantly reduce the Democrats bargaining power going forward and they know it would be foolish to relinquish that chip for a lousy one week extension. All this finger wagging is pointless. Republicans do not have a majority in the Senate and they do not control the executive branch so for them to claim they have some kind mandate to gut all Democrat projects and support Republican priorities from overturning Rowe V Wade to union busting is utterly ridiculous. Republicans seem to have forgotten there are more ways to balance the budget other than cuts to entitlement programs. How can a country where its largest corporation legally paid no taxes at all not realize there is something wrong with its corporate tax structure. Taxes on corporations as well as the top earners need to go up. These tea party armatures will soon learn that their little group of radical extremist’s cannot usurp the will of the overwhelming masses of pissed off Democrat voters who will no doubt jam the polls next election. .I predict Republicans will be the eventual looser in the election / popularity contest in November 2012. But we will just have to wait and see what happens.

  10. Downtown Danny Says:

    All these cuts to services – what I don’t see is them cutting their own pay by one cent.
    As Churchill said when he was told England would have to cut funding for social services & the arts during WWII – “Then what are we fighting for?”
    This is our Great Society? We have money to keep 1,000,000 troops all over the world killing people but no money to advance our own people in our own homeland?
    And the Republicans answer to everything is cut education, cut services to the poor & needy, refuse to provide health care, put government in every doctors office when women are involved, and cut taxes for the rich?
    That’s a recipe for something other than a “Great Society.”

  11. Fishymish Says:

    We are only in this mess because of the willful inactivity of last year’s Democrat-controlled Senate, House and the President. Each day it seems more and more apparent this whole thing was “pre-meditated” when it became clear the GOP would sweep the House last November. The shutdown is the fault of the Democrats and our esteemed leader.

    West has the courage to stare both the opposition and his own waffling party leadership in the eyes and say what needs to be said. Now let’s hope they’ll do what needs to be done!

  12. HankS_FtLauderdale Says:

    Our current ‘leader’ has abdicated his responsibility as President, first for failing to produce a budget last year, and second, for waffling on a solution now. Instead of scolding staff on both sides, our President needs to pull a few “all nighters” himself. Yesterday, Congressman Allen West remarked that buck-sergeants in the military exhibit more leadership than our current President. Congressman West could affect a solution with one hand tied behind his back.

  13. Eddy James Says:

    As I’ve many times before we need to drag them all out and cane them.

  14. Kevin Says:

    Hey Fishymish and Hanks: I heard the mighty Allen West can stop a speeding locomotive with his bare hands. When he raises his arms in the air thunder sounds and lighting bolts shoots out of his eyes. He has lasers tucked into that Kid N Play haircut that he can use to cut through steel. He is the only true American hero, just ask him and he will tell you so. You people sound so foolish; the hero worship needs to stop. You sound ridiculous.

  15. Fed Up Says:

    Between the Florida Legislature and Washington union busting and a womans right to choose seem to be a more pressing issue. Please concentrate on war, unemployment and education. To quote Bill Maher life does not begin at erection! Start worrying about the children that are already here.

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