Somewhat surprisingly, U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, (D-Tucson), is asking Republican representatives to join him in voting against the $33 billion War Spending bill requested by President Barack Obama.
It’s no shock that Grijalva is opposed to the war in Afghanistan and has already concluded it’s a lost cause. The surprise is that teacher unions have tacked a $10 billion rider to the bill to prevent teacher layoffs. Grijalva is not known for opposing tax money for unions, especially the ones like the National Education Association who donate heavily to Democrats.
With all the non-war related extraneous pork and extras included funding Mexico’s border security (I can’t even type that without laughing right out loud) the U.S. Border Patrol, green energy and the kitchen sink, the much-delayed War Spending appropriation has swollen to $70 billion.
On the surface, it would appear to be a rare example of fiscal responsibility from Grijalva, but more likely the Dems in Washington believe War Spending won’t pass and Grijalva took this stance hoping to regain some of the popularity he lost calling for a boycott of his own state. Way to go Raul.