Conservatives — not only across Nevada, but all around the U.S. — have been told by their GOP Congressional delegations to “bend over and take more of the same.” Disgustingly, Nevada’s Mark Amodei, Joe Heck and Crescent Hardy are in that same boat, each having voted to keep John Boehner as the Speaker of the House for a third term.
So, lets take a glance at what Boehner has done for the American people and analyze why they voted as they have:
In 2011, Boehner signed off on the Budget Control Act, which also came to be known as “sequestration.” The sequestration deal was designed to cut $1.2 trillion from 2013 to 2021; a gang of legislators was supposed to cut a deal to avoid half of those cuts coming from the military budget, but the deal never happened, and the military took the brunt of the cuts.
In September 2011, Boehner attempted to ram through a stopgap funding measure that would have jacked up spending on disaster relief. In the end, many Republicans voted against the measure not because of the disaster relief funding, but because they did not believe the bill cut enough spending.
In December 2012, Boehner purged conservatives from leadership slots in Congress. Conservatives in Congress have routinely complained for years about Boehner’s attempts to stifle their leadership trajectories.
After Senator Ted Cruz led an effort, along with his allies in the House, to pass a budget that did not include funding for Obamacare – an action that led to a short-lived government shutdown when Democrats refused to sign off on such a budget – Boehner caved, funding Obamacare and reversing some cuts from sequestration.
In July 2013, Boehner found himself on the same side as Nancy Polesi as both had to defend their votes to maintain the spying program that lets the National Security Agency collect Americans’ phone records. Conservatives argue that the program violates basic rights to privacy and constitutional protections against illegal searches and seizures.
Finally, in December 2013, Boehner signed off on a $1.1 trillion budget deal with President Obama. The nearly 1,600-page bill provides funding for ObamaCare implementation and government-backed preschool programs.
Amodei, Heck and Hardy’s support of Boehner proves that the outcome of last November’s elections mean absolutely nothing.
UPDATE: John Boehner is already purging from key positions, members who failed to vote for him, including Florida Congressmen Ted Yoho and Rich Nugent, Randy Weber of Texas and Tim Huelskamp from Kansas, proof that Boehner isn’t about leadership but about power.