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Tags: Michael Brown | budget | House | Elizabeth Warren

Ex-FEMA Chief: House GOP Caves on a Bad Budget

By    |   Friday, 12 December 2014 04:54 PM EST

The House vote on Thursday night for $1.1 trillion in new federal spending should have Americans who went to the polls on Nov. 4 reaching for their pitchforks right about now, conservative talk radio host and former Washington insider Michael Brown told Newsmax TV on Friday.

Brown, appearing on "America's Forum," told co-hosts JD Hayworth and Ed Berliner that the budget negotiations almost qualified as "comedy," with House Republicans happily signing off on the package even as one Senate Democrat, Elizabeth Warren, was urging colleagues to kill it.

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It was an up-is-down, black-is-white turn of events, said the Denver on-air personality and former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency under President George W. Bush.

"Elizabeth Warren, who was against government shutdown, is now for government shutdowns," said Brown.

"The Republicans just won a wave election after a government shutdown, and what do they do after we put them in office?" he said. "They turn around and they say, 'Oh, you know what? We're going to spend $1.1 trillion. We're going to fully fund Obamacare. We're going to give money to DHS to do the immigration programs.'

"If the American people don't have pitchforks ready to go right now, I don't know what else it's going to take," said Brown.

By pushing a bill that funds the president's healthcare and immigration priorities — the very programs midterm voters rejected — Republican leaders including House Speaker John Boehner demonstrated that they're prepared to ignore their base and side with Obama, said Brown.

Brown scoffed at the argument that a full-year budget needed passing on Thursday in order to avert another government shutdown.

"They could have done a very short-term CR," said Brown, referring to a continuing budget resolution. "They could have actually [passed a budget for] between now and, say, the end of February" at which time they'll run both chambers of Congress.

Brown offered a dismal prognosis for conservatives, despite midterm voters expanding the Republicans' House majority and handing them control of the Senate.

"As long as we continue with the current [Republican congressional] leadership, nothing's going to change," said Brown. "The new people we elect can kick, scream, holler, do whatever they want to do. But as long as the leadership remains the same — and I mean I'm talking about the speaker on down to the whip — nothing's going to change."

Asked why, Brown said that "we have a wing of the Republican Party that is a progressive, big government wing. … But we don't want to admit that."

Brown said that Senate conservatives such as Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah could take up the fight that the House abandoned because the Senate has created room for debate, voting to keep the government running another two days in order to work on the House-passed bill.

But Brown said that Cruz and Lee should proceed carefully, and first watch whether liberal Democrats such as Wall Street critic Warren keep attacking the bill, which rolls back a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms by insuring banks for potentially risky forms of financial trading.

"If the Democrats end up in a cat fight over the spending bill because Elizabeth Warren and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party doesn't like some of the stuff they're doing with Dodd-Frank and the other bills, we could actually see the fight that we had hoped to see on the House side," said Brown.

Brown also discussed the controversial report from Senate Democrats on severe interrogation techniques authorized for CIA use after 9-11.

"I was in a Senate Intelligence [Committee] briefing shortly after 9-11 when they talked about some of these things," said Brown, "and I will tell you that while the things that we did probably make some people squeamish, it's not torture.

"We didn't pull people's fingernails out," he said. "We didn't do what they did to John McCain in Hanoi. We didn't break arms and tie them up behind their backs. We didn't do that kind of stuff. So it's not torture. It's enhanced interrogation."

Asked how Americans could be persuaded today that such techniques were crucial, Brown said, " I don't know, other than we need to relive 9/11. We need to remember."

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The House vote on Thursday night for $1.1 trillion in new federal spending should have Americans who went to the polls on Nov. 4 reaching for their pitchforks right about now, conservative talk radio host and former Washington insider Michael Brown told Newsmax TV.
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