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Moore, Boyda go to battle over House budget


Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Rep. Dennis Moore (D) ![][1][(The Examiner) House split on 'largest tax hike in American history':][2] Congressional Republicans on Wednesday blasted what they called "the largest tax hike in American history" in the latest budget proposed by House Democrats. The House Democratic budget, like the one approved last week in the Senate, is based on the assumption that Congress won't renew President Bush's tax cuts. That would cost taxpayers more than $700 billion over the next five years. ... Democrats in both chambers say that at least some tax cuts will be extended but that others won't unless they're offset by spending cuts. "There's no doubt there will be tough choices to make as we live within this budget," said Rep. Dennis Moore, D-Kan. "But Americans are not afforded the luxury of living beyond their means, and our government should stop doing so at the expense of our children and grandchildren."Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][3][(Topeka Capital-Journal) New Web site roasts Boyda:][4] The target is officially on Rep. Nancy Boyda. Already the focus of weekly news releases critiquing her votes, the Topeka Democrat now is a centerpiece of a Web page devoted to her demise. The National Republican Congressional Committee is expected to put online today a site laying out what it sees as Boyda's poor voting record. She is one of 11 Democratic freshmen under the microscope on the site www.therealdemocratstory.com. "People are sick of this, and I think in general they're tired of the mean-spiritedness of this," Boyda said on Wednesday.[(The Hill) NRCC to aim at 50 Dems vulnerable after budget:][5] The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is preparing to target over 50 Democrats who campaigned on a platform of fiscal responsibility - and today's expected budget vote will be the GOP's chief weapon. Republicans say this vote will be a test for freshman Democratic members from traditionally red districts, a factor the NRCC intends to exploit. "After masking themselves as agents of fiscal responsibility, many Democrats had their cover blown after last week's pork-stuffed supplemental proved to protect more peanuts and tropical fish than troops in the field and veterans at home," said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. "Now they mistakenly think they can get away with voting for the largest tax increase in American history. This is an assault on the pocketbooks of middle-class Americans that will not be allowed to go unnoticed in their districts back home." Targeted Democratic members include Reps. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Tim Mahoney (Fla.), Jason Altmire (Pa.), Zack Space (Ohio), Patrick Murphy (Pa.), Chris Carney (Pa.), Nancy Boyda (Kan.), Harry Mitchell (Ariz.), Steve Kagen (Wis.), Brad Ellsworth (Ind.) and Stephanie Herseth (S.D.)Rep. Jerry Moran (R) ![][6][(North Texas E-News) Subcommittee reviews Farm Bill commodity proposals:][7] Today the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management held a hearing to review proposals to amend the commodity provisions of the 2002 Farm Bill. ... "For rural areas, the farm bill is the single most important piece of legislation Congress will consider this year," said Subcommittee Ranking Member Jerry Moran of Kansas. "It was good to see such a broad representation of American agriculture in one place today. Agriculture across this nation is diverse and while each organization may have a different perspective on how to improve the commodity title of the farm bill, we can all agree that maintaining a strong and vibrant agriculture industry in the United States is essential to the well-being of our nation." [1]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/moore.jpg [2]: http://www.examiner.com/a-645180~House_split_on__largest_tax_hike_in_American_history_.html [3]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [4]: http://cjonline.com/stories/032907/kan_159459676.shtml [5]: http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/nrcc-to-aim-at-50-dems-vulnerable-after-budget-2007-03-28.html [6]: http://ljworld.com/specials/kudole/bios/art/moran.jpg [7]: http://www.ntxe-news.com/artman/publish/article_41543.shtml


shockchalk 11 years, 2 months ago

Peanuts and tropical fish versus troops and veterans at home?? Now there voting for the largest tax increase in American history?? Is anyone surprised that Nancy Boyda would do this after her campaign promises??? I don't think so. Too bad we can't bring back Jim Ryun.

preebo 11 years, 2 months ago

I love how everyone seems to have forgotten the enormous "earmarks" that the Republican ran congress instituted. This was simply politics. The Dems needed some Repubs to jump over to their side and to do so they needed to buy some votes with some earmarks of their own. Ideally, there should be a straight up-and-down vote in Congress on whether to pull troops out at a certain time, but lets face it America needs a nudge on this one.

BigDog 11 years, 2 months ago

It won't matter much, the President says he is going to veto this bill. Earmarks will be gone. And so will the tropical fish relief.

How could he be so heartless as to not care about the tropicla and their needs?

drewdun 11 years, 2 months ago

"Too bad we can't bring back Jim Ryun."

You're an idiot.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 2 months ago

no such thing as "conservative democrats" or "moderate democrats." as I predicted, buyers' regret has been setting in now regarding the demoratic house/senate. wrongheaded, misguided. ginning up fake scandals each day...setting an artificial date for withdrawal of troops which is the same as declaring defeat! increasing disapproval for the demorat senate and house, even among demorats!

yes, thank God, GWB will veto this foolishness and woe to the peanut storage people who will lose money! this should have been a vote of conscience, and san fran Nan bought votes with fake pork, and barely squeaked out the slimmest majority plus one.

these congressmen/senators should be ashamed of themselves! truly support the troops and give them what they need and don't send a bunch of pork to buy votes for your politically motivated declaration of defeat. funny, the surge, early signs indicate real major success, and these fools *want to seize defeat from the jaws of victory! utter fools.

texburgh 11 years, 2 months ago

The bearded gnome is amazing. The Republican controlled congress with a Republican president spent like drunken sailors on shore leave - and while most of the money went to the war, there was record pork - Republican pork in their spending bills. As for "fake scandals" there are no more fake scandals. We are experiencing an administration that no longer can speak the truth. They lie and lie and lie. With the precedent of Bush's own lies about going to war to the latest lies by Gonzalez about the firings. And let's not forget Jim Ryun's own multiple lies about his relationship with Mark Foley. Had any of these folks simply told the truth there probably would not be a Democratic majority in both chambers this year. Perhaps the history professors can weigh in but it appears to me that we've got the most corrupt administration since U.S. Grant. Everything is for sale - even our civil liberties. January 2009 can't come soon enough.

bearded_gnome 11 years, 2 months ago

"most corrupt?" think again: clintonia=most indicted; most jailed; most convicted; most investigated. the firing of the federal prosecutors is one example of fake scandal; the pres can fire them at will, for any cause. in the end, nothing will come of it. even after it ended, clintonia had Sandy Burglar destroying confidential docs. all you've got against that is "scooter" livy, convicted for obstructing a crime he didn't commit [see Richard Armitage for that]. you, sir/ma'am display bush Derangement Syndrome in all its glory.

you are however right that the republican house/senate made a shame of itself with the spending, but at least it did respect votes of conscience and didn't load them up with pork to buy people's consciences.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 11 years, 2 months ago

If Bush wants his war his buddies are going to have to start paying for it with taxes. He's a spoiled rich boy who thinks he can have his cake and eat it too. Can't we find a president who has had to work for a living?

dagopman 11 years, 2 months ago

Jim Ryun never denied knowing Mark Foley was his neighbor. He merely denied knowing how long he had been a neighbor. Crap, I have lived in my house for a decade and can't tell you how long some of my neighbors have been here, but my wife could. They were never friends, just neighbors and Members of Congress at the same time.

shockchalk 11 years, 2 months ago

Drewdun...............it is you who are an idiot, not I.

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