When all four Kansas Republicans in the U.S. House voted for the Cut, Cap and Balance Act this week, they won applause from Americans for Prosperity Kansas. “I thank the Kansas representatives for safeguarding the future of America and demanding Washington tighten its belt,” said Derrick Sontag, AFP’s state director. But part of responsible leadership is supporting legislation that can actually become law, and President Obama’s spokesman dismisses the Cut, Cap and Balance Act as “duck, dodge and dismantle.” No one thinks it could pass the Senate, and even if it did, Obama would veto it. The House GOP legislation, which passed 234-190 Tuesday, makes raising the nation’s debt limit contingent on sweeping and immediate spending cuts, a future spending cap, and the passage of a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget — something that would take the support of two-thirds of each chamber of Congress and 38 states.
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