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After 100 Days, House Democrats Have Offered Partisanship, Not Solutions

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After 100 Days, House Democrats Have Offered Partisanship, Not Solutions

On 04.15.19 01:49 PM posted by Tim Walberg

Aswe pass the 100-day mark of Democratic control of the House of Representativesin the 116th Congress, now is a good opportunity to examine what the Americanpeople have to show for it.

On issue after issue, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic majority has chosen a path of partisanship, rather than problem-solving.

Fromignoring the humanitarian crisis at the border to championing an impeachmentresolution, it has been one exercise in out-of-touch politics after another.

Thelatest example is the House Democrats’ failure to even propose a budget, a coreresponsibility of any congressional majority. To borrow a phrase from Pelosi:“Show me your budget, show me your values.”

Theirbackup option—a plan to just raise spending levels—was also pulled from theHouse floor because of a revolt on the far left that it wasn’t costly enough.

While House Democrats have kicked basic budget-writing to the curb, they have not been shy about offering a litany of big-spending proposals with no way to pay for them.

Atthe top of the list is the Green New Deal. One estimate pegs its cost at awhopping $92 trillion. Between eliminating air travel and altering everybuilding in the United States, the Green New Deal is an entirely unworkableproposal that dictates more taxation, regulation, and government control.

TheAFL-CIO criticized the plan, highlighting the crushing impact it would have onthe economy and working families.

Onthe House Energy and Commerce Committee, we have called for a hearing on theGreen New Deal so the American people can better understand the proposal’sconsequences for the economy.

Sofar, the Democrats have been unwilling.

The so-called “Medicare for All” plan is another budget-buster. The price tag: $32 trillion. It would create a single-payer system, stripping health care away from nearly 160 million Americans who have coverage through a private and employer-sponsored plan.

Underthis government-run system, patients would lose their current plan and be facedwith fewer choices and higher costs. Leaders of the Energy and CommerceCommittee, which also has jurisdiction over health care policy, have likewiserefused to hold a hearing on this big-ticket item.

Onthe bedrock principle of the right to life, the Democrats have taken extremismto a whole new level.

Recentpolling shows that 77%of Americans support legislation to ensure babies who survive an attemptedabortion receive the same medical care under the law as any other newborn.

Ourbill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, would preventinfanticide and safeguard these babies. Yet the Democratic majority, on 32separate occasions, has blockedit from receiving an up-or-down vote.

Thesefirst 100 days have shone a spotlight on how disconnected House Democrats arefrom the rest of the country.

Atevery turn, the recurring theme has been embracing a socialist agenda thattakes power from the American people and centralizes it in Washington.

Thankfully,Americans have a better alternative to consider.

Theeconomy is thriving, and job creators are optimistic, thanks to the pro-growthtax and regulatory policies of President Donald Trump and congressionalRepublicans. Unemployment remains below 4%, wages are climbing, and with morethan 7 million job openings, the labor market is strong.

It’sno accident the time-proven principles of economic freedom are leading togreater opportunity for hardworking taxpayers. It’s also no accident that Pelosiand her caucus are threatening these economic gains with greater governmentcontrol.

If my Democratic colleagues want to propose unaffordable policies, such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, then they should begin debating and voting on them in Congress—not just on cable news programs. That’s the choice before us in the next 100 days and beyond.

Let’s get down to problem-solving and stop the partisanship.

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