House Votes To Defund “Czars”
In another House vote today:
The House voted Thursday to dethrone nine White House “czars.”
Republicans successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama’s senior advisers on policy issues including health care, energy and others out of a job.The vote was 249-179.
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) offered the amendment that blocks funding for various policy advisers to combat what he called “a very disturbing proliferation of czars” under Obama.
“These unappointed, unaccountable people who are literally running a shadow government, heading up these little fiefdoms that nobody can really seem to identify where they are or what they’re doing,” Scalise said Thursday. “But we do know that they’re wielding vast amounts of power.”
He has a point… these people also haven’t been vetted by the Senate, even the Democrat-controlled Senate that would probably rubber-stamp Obama’s appointments. The most obvious conclusion is that Obama didn’t even want that little bit of light to shine on these people or their policies.
Of course, this is all but certain to get shot down in the Senate… but still, it shows that the GOP is serious about reining in runaway government. And the Democrats that vote against this are gonna show the voters exactly where they stand regarding these unelected, unvetted, unaccountable people.