Kline: ‘Stop playing politics’ on GOP’s Cut, Cap, Balance plan

WASHINGTON — John Kline, the Minnesota Republican who chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee, is out with an op-ed today urging President Barack Obama to “stop playing politics” with the Cut, Cap and Balance legislation the House is set to vote on today.

Kline, a co-sponsor of the legislation, wrote in an op-ed published in The Hill that he’s “disappointed — but not wholly unsurprised — to learn that the president has threatened to veto the Cut, Cap and Balance Act.”

He continues:

“This administration simply refuses to acknowledge the severity of our nation’s debt crisis. I strongly urge the president to stop playing politics with the economic stability of this country and join my Republican colleagues in supporting a real plan to put our country back on the path to prosperity.”

The House is expected to pass the Cut, Cap and Balance Act today, but that’s likely as far as it will go. The Senate is controlled by Democrats, who are unlikely to support the legislation, and as Kline notes, Obama has promised a veto should it somehow reach his desk.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Jon Kingstad on 07/19/2011 - 11:59 am.

    Kline-hypocrisy- but I repeat myself.

  2. Submitted by Theo Kozel on 07/19/2011 - 06:17 pm.

    Any bill that has no chance of really being passed into law is playing politics in and off itself. This bill will not make it through the Senate, and anyone with half a brain assumes the President would veto it. Kline doesn’t want the President playing politics with the GOP’s playing politics. As the other poster pointed out: this is hypocrisy in its purest form.

  3. Submitted by Bernice Vetsch on 07/20/2011 - 04:56 pm.

    Neither this bill nor the Gang of Six plan (see http://www.ctj.org for July 20 report) will cure the deficit or return America to health. Mr. Kline has apparently not studied either closely enough.

    Only one plan would make the deficit disappear over a modest number of years and heal our economy through job creation, a green energy policy, infrastructure updating, and increase revenue without hurting people: The People’s Budget.

    I’m hoping the president has read it, even though it was written by real progressives rather than Blue Dogs.

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