He doesn’t appear to have any justified objections. He’s just being a dick when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he won’t vote to ratify the START Treaty.
Hours earlier, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dealt a blow to the administration’s hopes for strong bipartisan support, criticizing the treaty’s verification system and expressing concern that the pact would limit U.S. missile defense options even though Obama insisted Saturday it imposes no restrictions on missile defense.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Detroit, said failure to support the START treaty would “damage national security.” Levin, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday, dismissed GOP opposition as “a straw man argument”.
More from the Washington Post:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) announced Sunday that he will vote against a new U.S.-Russia nuclear-arms accord, a move that could pressure other Republicans in what is likely to be a close vote in the next few days.
His statement came as Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the chamber’s second-ranking Republican, also said he would not support the treaty unless it was amended.
Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) signaled Sunday night that he would move ahead with a vote on the treaty despite Republicans’ complaints about a lack of time. Reid filed a motion for cloture, which will probably lead to a final vote between Tuesday and Thursday.
They will vote for this. Eventually. I suspect the intention is to do it when the GOP controls the House so that they can take credit for it. Because, as we all know, making sure that President Obama doesn’t get any credit for good things that happen is the modus operandi of the GOPosaurs.
In other words: dick move.
In other GOPocrisy news, we learn today that Eric Cantor raised his Congressional office budget by 81% since he took office:
Cantor, the Virginia Republican who has led the GOP charge this year to freeze federal salaries, has boosted his congressional office’s payroll by 81 percent since coming to Congress in 2001 — about 8 percent per year through 2009. When he became minority whip last year, the office’s personnel expenses went up by at least 16 percent.
Cantor and other GOP leaders are now pledging to cut their budgets by 5 percent when they take over the House in January — a symbolic gesture aimed at showing a commitment to slowing Washington spending. But the lawmakers suddenly calling for wage cuts often haven’t practiced what they’re preaching.
Wow. Actual journalism from the Associated Press. Color me amazed.
Here’s a fun bit:
The lawmakers offered various explanations for their rising costs, with many saying they were simply going along with the budget allowances that Congress sets each year for its members. Some said they were working to hire the best staffs they could to serve their districts or had new demands such as the need to hire a social media coordinator.
See? They couldn’t help it. They had to increase their spending. It’s probably the President’s or the Democrat’s fault.
I’m just sayin’…