Three items from this morning’s Peach Pundit Daily (subscribe here).
Graves Obamacare Delay Plan Gaining Traction? Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) penned a bill that would delay the controversial health-care law for a year while funding government for a year. He has nearly 60 sponsors. GOP leadership has privately discussed allowing a vote on Graves’s bill as an amendment to a leadership-sponsored plan. “The proposal that we have put forward has unified our conference like we haven’t seen in many many months.” Graves said in an interview with POLITICO Monday. “It’s given everyone something to coalesce around that meets the objectives that we all want to do: that is keep the government open and protect our constituents from the health care law that has been passed and that’s why our proposal has generated so much support while momentum continues to grow.”
Related: Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Jack Kingston was on WTOC and among other things said linking Obamacare fight to the debt ceiling negotiations could cause problems.
WSJ No Fan Of CR With Delay: A proposal from Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ranger) to delay Obamacare funding and keep everything else running for a year drew some criticism from the Wall Street Journal, among which were these points -“The evidence going back to the Newt Gingrich Congress is that no party can govern from the House, and the Republican Party can’t abide the outcry when flights are delayed, national parks close and direct deposits for military spouses stop. Sooner or later the GOP breaks.” Umm, yeah. Also – “The best option now is for the GOP to unite behind a budget strategy that can hold 218 votes, keeping the sequester pressure of discretionary spending cuts on Democrats to come to the table on entitlements. The sequester is a rare policy victory the GOP has extracted from Mr. Obama, and it is squeezing liberal constituencies that depend on federal cash.” Umm, yeah!
Has Graves come up with a good idea or not? Discuss.