Bad bipartisanship: Obama and Boehner team-up to push a terrible piece of legislation


At long last, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have found common ground. Unfortunately, however, it’s not good news.

Arm-twisting by Obama and Boehner resulted last night in House passage by a narrow margin of a spending bill opposed by sizable numbers of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

The New York Times ITEMIZES several of the bill’s awful features:

One rider would allow a huge increase in the size of checks that deep-pocketed donors can write to win inner-sanctum clout with the major political parties. A donor now held to a mere $97,200 under party limits would be able to give a staggering $777,600. In a further invitation to luxury shopping, a couple yearning for the inside track could triple-down and give $3.1 million to party committees. This is pretty much the coup de grâce for the McCain-Feingold law’s ban on large party donations enacted to end the “soft money” corruption of Watergate.


The second rider, custom tailored for the banks of Wall Street, would kill a crucial part of the Dodd-Frank reform law aimed at curbing the banks’ reckless speculation in complex derivatives that fueled the banks’ ignominious collapse in 2008 and fed the great recession. The rider would effectively put taxpayers back on the hook to cushion the banks’ losses in risky derivative deals.


The omnibus bill includes a thicket of other regressive moves, including further budget cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency, always a favorite target of the Republican right wing.

An article in The Hill TELLS of the defections in both parties over the legislation, which has been nicknamed “cromnibus” because it combines the traditional sweeping scope of an omnibus spending bill with a continuing resolution:

The vote split Democratic leaders, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi opposing the bill and criticizing the White House, but Minority Whip Steny Hoyer backing it. Fifty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, while 139 opposed it…

Democrats objected to changes to the Wall Street reform bill that were included in the 1,600-page bill, and many were unswayed by a last-ditch White House lobbying push…

Conservative Republicans, meanwhile, opposed the bill for not doing more to curtail President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. While 162 Republicans voted for the bill, 67 rejected it…

The bill’s passage, as a result, was a remarkable victory for both Speaker John Boehner  and President Obama, who were able to cobble together the votes for passage.

House Democrats have long-been agitated with the White House and its outreach efforts, but they’ve largely kept the grumbling behind closed doors and off the record…

Pelosi, rarely a public critic of the president, minced no words in denouncing the “cromnibus” — and Obama’s support for it…

Pelosi said she is “enormously disappointed” with the administration’s endorsement.



  1. Steverino

    I’m surprised there wasn’t a line item providing a tax break for in home car elevators and fur storage.

  2. Obama never was what he tried to make us believe in 2004 at the D convention or his pre-2008 campaign speeches. He said everything the left and center wanted to hear for the most part, and seemed to be the right candidate for the times we were in and wanted out of. He was given a role to play and he accepted it. That’s all he was doing, playing a role. He’s as inauthentic as the person I note below.

    I’ve never been so disappointed in someone I’ve voted for. He showed us right from the beginning of presidency who he was in bed with, from his selection of Tim Geinther to Eric Holder to all the cronies that supported exactly what many so detested in the 8 years prior to his election.

    Fancy talker is all he is.

    My greatest fear isn’t so much that we will get a republican president in 2016 because it sure looks like we will. I’m hearing rumblings of Mitt Romney being in the line up again and that’s what I find disgusting. That guy stands for nothing but fame and fortune for his elitist friends. He’ll say anything to get elected. There’s nothing authentic about him either.

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