Posted: 3:37 pm Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Georgia Senate trio unites against Paul Ryan’s budget 

By Daniel Malloy

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston joined his fellow Senate-seeking Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey in voting against Paul Ryan’s House Republican budget today, saying it does not balance the budget fast enough.

Kingston announced his fealty to the failed, more conservative Republican Study Committee budget that balances in four years rather than Ryan’s 10, and slashes $7.4 trillion from spending projections over the next decade vs. Ryan’s $5.1 trillion. Gingrey and Broun also backed the RSC budget. Here’s Kingston’s statement:

“America’s budget problems and massive debt are too dangerous to be put on a ‘to-do’ list by Congress and that is why I voted to balance the budget before the end of the decade, reform our entitlements, and fully repeal then replace Obamacare so families can keep their doctor and have affordable choices.”

This represents a shift from last year, when Kingston voted for the Ryan budget, while Gingrey and Broun voted no. In the years before they were running for U.S. Senate, both Broun and Gingrey at times voted for Ryan’s outlines — including ones that spent more money than this version, due in part to evolving post-recession economic projections.

Broun, in a statement, “welcomed” Kingston into the camp:

“I’ve been leading the fight against out-of-control spending and government overreach since I came to Congress in 2007. I welcome all of my colleagues who wish to join me in this effort.”

The campaign of former Secretary of State Karen Handel said she would have voted the same way. From Handel campaign manager Corry Bliss:

“Karen would have voted against the Ryan budget because we need significant spending cuts today. The time to address the federal government’s out-of-control spending arrived long ago, and our country cannot wait any longer to make serious cuts to federal spending. For that reason, Karen would have voted against this budget which doesn’t reduce spending levels now in a meaningful way.”

UPDATE 6:52 p.m.: Businessman David Perdue also would have voted against the Ryan budget. According to spokesman Derrick Dickey:

“The primary reason David is running for Senate is to use his business experience to help solve the debt crisis.  He would not have voted for the Ryan budget but hopes to have a direct say in budget discussions next year.”

The Ryan budget escaped the House with 12 Republicans against it — a third of them from the Peach State, including Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton — but will be cast aside by the Senate. Democrats in the upper chamber are not putting out a budget this year, operating under December’s two-year budget deal.

Aside from Broun, Gingrey, Kingston and Scott, all of Georgia’s Republicans voted for the Ryan budget and all of the state’s Democrats were against it — except Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, who did not vote because he is in Austin at a civil rights summit.

43 comments

Wake Up Georgia voting and civil engagement is mandatory. Listen to what the Republican candidates clearly have said when  they support Ryan's budget. Look at their priorities. Give rich people more tax breaks, increase the military budget when their is no need, deny healthcare to the citizens in the 5th poorest state in the country , change medicare to a voucher system, get rid of funding for Pell grants and cut food for poor children. We need to vote for Democrats. They seem to be the party that will  put our tax dollars into policies that are designed to  help the majority of people who live in Georgia. 

Caius
Caius

It makes little difference whether the money gets spent through a budget or a continuing resolution.  Bottom line is we all know where the money is spent.  The problem is that congress makes little effort to control spending.  The Ryan budget was just a political gimmick.  We will operate these two years under the Ryan-Murray deal made back in December.  And that deal increases the national debt once again.



hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

“...I voted to balance the budget before the end of the decade, reform our entitlements, and fully repeal then replace Obamacare so families can keep their doctor and have affordable choices.”


The disastrous economic impact of pandering by nits like Kingston will be the ruin of the strongest economic engine on earth. May he and his ilk stand rejected at the ballot box "before the end of the decade."


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Georgia GOP Leadership-  Stand on the sidelines and blame everyone else while doing nothing.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Paul Ryan has nice hair. That is the only nice thing I can say about him. But given that we collectively have decided to ignore our impact on the environment, deficits won't matter much in thirty years. Water and food will.

ByteMe
ByteMe

It's easy to vote for or against a "budget", since those are just meaningless fantasy anyway.  Reality is called "appropriations" and look and see how all your representatives did with that.

honested
honested

The 'three stooges' among the 'seven dwarfs' in the Senate race could return the deficit to Clinton era levels by doing what President Clinton did, collect sufficient revenue from those most able to supply it!

td1234
td1234

I wish you progressives would actually understand the budget process. It is NOT a cut to not make a projected future increase in spending. A cut is to actually remove money for a program. 

findog
findog

How did they vote from 2001-2006?

That's what I thought

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

These Republican who would rather cut, cut, cut instead of doing away with tax cuts for the rich, subsidies for big oil and tax loopholes for extremely profitable corporations need to stop and think for a minute. The largest portion of the federal budget is defense spending...by a wide margin...wide margin. Think what Georgia would be like without defense spending...Fort Stewart in Kingston's own district...what would Hinesville and SE Georgia be without the billions of dollars the federal government pours into that area...think of Warner Robins and middle Georgia without the money from Robins Air Force Base or deep south Georgia in Valdosta with Moody AFB. Columbus would be absolutely devastated without Ft Benning and Augusta is very much used to the money from Ft Gordon...the list goes on and on and on.  Yet all they talk about is cut, cut, cut.  Why can't we get someone to stand up to the Koch Bros and their ilk, Big Oil and huge corporations that get off without paying taxes?  Oh I know why...because that is where the money comes from for these idiots...Average Georgians don't matter --  only those who keep them in their privileged lifestyle. It is time for this BS to end.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

All for show.

Although touched on yesterday here, Michelle Nunn supports the Keystone Pipeline as a matter of political necessity.  Eleven U.S. Democratic senators today urged President Barack Obama to make a final decision on whether to approve TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL crude oil pipeline from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.  Most notably are the Senators in trouble of having the Senate flip to Republicans: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.  "This process has been exhaustive in its time, breadth and scope. It has already taken much longer than anyone can reasonably justify," they said.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Silly of Rep. Ryan to think there's any stopping our rush to national insolvency. 

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

The Ryan budget would slash Medicare and Medicaid, end the ACA (leaving 10 to 12 million Americans without health insurance), and increase taxes on the middle class, transferring more wealth into the pockets of the Koch Brothers and Paris Hilton.

When I first saw your headline I thought perhaps some Republicans had come to their senses.

Silly me....

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@Caius  Since Ryan's budget is a gimmick, please let us know what parts of the "budget" do you want to "reduce spending," and by what amount, and how much tax cuts will have to be made in order for your budget to be "balanced?"

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@td1234  We wish conservatives would understand the budget process.  Cutting personal taxes to the 1% is not a revenue generator nor do they stimulate the economy. Cutting revenue and pretending project expenses will not occur cause deficits.  You know that natural disasters will occur, and just because you cut the budget does not mean that the costs will not occur.

honested
honested

@td1234  

The 'cruel and unusual' ryan budget certainly makes huge 'CUTS' where he feels like and INCREASES MIC spending.

Ability to read and do math is important in modern society.

td1234
td1234

@NOlongerRepublican  After reading your comments for the last several weeks there is no way in hell that you have ever been a Republican. You might have been a Reagan Democrat but never a Republican. 

CuriousPrime
CuriousPrime

@The_Centrist  Obama made a decision a couple of years ago.  He said No, until the States most impacted by the pipeline and Keystone come to an agreement.

honested
honested

@The_Centrist

There is no 'crude oil pipeline' under consideration.

There is only a 'heated liquid bitumen' pipeline to refine high-sulfur diesel for sale in Asia (it is illegal for use in the United States and the Eurozone).

It is most definitely NOT crude oil.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@The_Centrist  

If any of the above Dems make it through November—they'll immediately withdraw or suspend their support of Keystone.

honested
honested

@EdUktr  

I'm glad to see you support the real solution of long necessary tax increases!

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty  Georgette, Please with all the "cuts" talk. It is NOT a cut to stop future projected increases to a program. 


td1234
td1234

@honested @td1234  


Bedwetting Ed,


And you can back up that statement with some facts? 


If foodstamp spending is $100 today and with auto increases included would be $120 next year and the Ryan budget calls for it to only be a $110 next year then that is NOT a 50% cut in Food stamps. 

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@td1234 @NOlongerRepublican  you have no clue what you are talking about...as usual! the first Democrat I ever voted for was Hillary in the primary when she was running for the Democratic nomination. I had never voted for a Democrat in my entire life. But unlike you I can think and adapt. You do not have that ability. You just stay with the same ole crap all the time and never use your brain. You repeat what you have heard on Fox or Rush or any of those morons or what some preacher tells you at a church. Maybe before you keel over your will realize that Christianity that you profess is useless because you don't have a clue who Jesus was or what His ministry was all about. You might want to read the rest o the Bible before you get to that keel over point. There is a great piece on cherry-picking verses that you are so good at. Wish I had a link to it right now. You are a master at picking certain things and misinterpreting them. But thanks for playing any way.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@EdUktr - Of course.  Just like Kingston would again support a more moderate Republican budget.  (No sense in discussing what Broun and Handel might do as, thankfully, neither will be in office)

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

To use your example and numbers dearie, if there's 20% inflation and only a 10% increase in benefits, it sure as heck is a cut for the recipient who's trying to buy food for her kids.

But as the ever so dishonest  'centrist' says, I'm wasting my keystrokes replying to you.  You'd much rather follow your spiritual leaders the Pharisees and Sadducees.  If Jesus couldn't get through to them, I'm sure as heck not going to convince you to drop your arrogant attitude about His teachings..

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@td1234 @NOlongerRepublican  I am through trying to get facts thru your head...done...finished...you cannot comprehend real information. 1992-95 Publisher and Editor of the Cochran Journal. Look it up tiny 

td1234
td1234

@NOlongerRepublican I am sure you did not write them under the name nolongerrepublican so your proof is just more progressive nonsense unless you are going to reveal your real name so your facts can be checked.

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@td1234 @NOlongerRepublican  you can't think for yourself. that is why you can't accept that. If you ever get the chance you might enjoy reading some of my old columns. I was a newspaper editor in middle Georgia when being a Republican wasn't cool. See I lived and worked in Cochran, GA where Terry Coleman when Terry Coleman was the big dog down there. I wrote editorial after editorial about him and why his Republican challenger was the better choice. I wrote all kinds of political editorials...all extremely to the right and during those years Sonny Perdue was our state senator...a Democrat. It is just a small town newspaper and I don't know if they have archives online or not, but just so you know you are wrong as usual...the proof is there. But thanks for trying anyway.

td1234
td1234

@NOlongerRepublican @td1234 Sure you did. I believe you as much as I believe their is a man on the moon. 


Psychology 101 teaches clearly that people do not normally change their philosophical views that radically in a short period of time. You could very well be outside the norm but I seriously doubt it.  

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@td1234 @The_Centrist  just fyi also voted for Saxby when he first ran for Congress and I lived in his district and God help me for Nathan Deal when I moved to Forsyth Co. Man I was just as stupid as you are! thank God I wised up!

NOlongerRepublican
NOlongerRepublican

@td1234 @The_Centrist  there is no more hypocrisy than anything that comes from you...and just so you know Mr Smarty Pants...I voted for Reagan...GHWB twice, and GWB twice. Not that it matters...you can't seem to comprehend that people have a change of heart when they realize all the bull that is coming from the people that are supposed to be their leaders.  Now I am staunchly liberal and everything that comes from the these Tea Party nut jobs like you and centrist just makes me even more sure I was correct in my changes! And whine tho you may...Hillary Clinton will be the next president if she runs because the majority of America is sick and tired of stupid rethugs who preach smaller government and spending cuts, then turns around and interferes in every day life and spending billions on things that help their donors. You are on the wrong side botard...deal with it.

td1234
td1234

@The_Centrist I agree but pointing out their hypocrisy shows all the lurkers how foolish the progressive philosophy really is.  

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@td1234 - Reading/ replying to hard line partisans is a waste of time.  Just skip over them.

td1234
td1234

@NOlongerRepublican @td1234  So the first time you voted was in 2008. I got it now. 


You support every collectivist cause that Jim places on this board so there is no way in heck that you ever voted for a GWB or any of the Republican Congressmen in the state since 2000 because they have always ran on a believed differently than your stated philosophy. 

td1234
td1234

@honested


Bedwetting Ed, we know exactly where you are coming from.