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April 27, 2011

WHITE HOUSE OPPOSES CAP ACT BEHIND THE SCENES.... The "CAP Act," which imposes insane, statutory spending caps on Congress, is one of the worst ideas in recent memory, but it's still generating growing support from Republicans and "centrist" Democrats.

To date, the White House hasn't had too much to say on the proposal, probably because a meaningful debate on the idea hasn't even started. But the bill's leading Republican sponsor is complaining that the West Wing is working the phones behind the scenes.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Monday the White House is calling every member of the Senate, urging them to reject the "CAP Act."

"The White House is calling every individual senator and asking them to stay off of this bill," Corker told the Times-News editorial board Monday while promoting his legislation. "I see it as a part of the fulcrum of this (spending) debate. I'm hoping that it passes."

I haven't seen confirmation of this elsewhere, but if it's true, it's excellent news. The CAP Act is a disaster, and it's exactly the kind of thing the president and his team are going to have to work to defeat.

Corker's reliability is dubious, so I wouldn't count on his claim being entirely correct. But if the White House is taking this seriously, and working the phones to blunt any momentum the CAP Act may have, it's a very good sign that Obama recognizes just how awful this idea really is.

Steve Benen 4:55 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (7)

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Is Corker smart enough to know that the President's involvement on any issue automatically makes every Republican take the other side?

Posted by: bobbo on April 27, 2011 at 4:59 PM | PERMALINK

Hi, I'm Mr. Congress, and I can give you the citizen a helping hand regarding social justice, economic fairness and political participation!

Oh, no, some of the people who come to me asking for my helping hand will be worried and sickened when they learn those people have amputated not one of my hands, but both!

Sorry if Mr. Congress has no hands to help American citizens, as it seems the Republicans milling around are ready to take a meat cleaver to both! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

Good move by Corker -- saying Obama hates the idea will unite the Rs for it, and make sure the losers like Lieberman, etc. will also be for it.

Posted by: smrt on April 27, 2011 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK
Corker's reliability is dubious, so I wouldn't count on his claim being entirely correct.

Well, except that you clearly would count on it enough to post the headline "WHITE HOUSE OPPOSES CAP ACT BEHIND THE SCENES" based on nothing but Corker's claim.

Posted by: cmdicely on April 27, 2011 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

The idiot Republicans in Iowa just introduced a bill calling for a similar kind of cap on local government spending, tied not to GDP, but to the Consumer Price Index. It's combined with a cap on residential property tax increases, too, AND a huge decrease in commercial property taxes. All at the same time the legislature is decreasing state aid to local governments.

It strikes me as an especially insane proposal, but can anyone point me towards any studies that analyze such caps at the local level? I want some evidence to attach to my constituent correspondence.

Posted by: jsjiowa on April 27, 2011 at 6:01 PM | PERMALINK

He needs to have a good long talk with McCaskill and let her know how much help he can be in KC and St Louie.

Posted by: chi res on April 27, 2011 at 6:10 PM | PERMALINK

We are going to make sure this comes back to haunt Sen. Claire McCaskill D-MO who is sponsoring this nonsense. Imagine our disappointment to learn she's partnering up with Lieberman-yuk. I thought she had more wisdom. She should be focusing on Revenue not 'caps'. She forgets who put her in office.

Posted by: bjobotts on April 28, 2011 at 12:42 AM | PERMALINK
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