GOP’s Extravagant Wish List of Debt Limit Demands

DEAR SANTA,

I WANT A PONY, A BICYCLE, AND…

I’ll Only Extend The Debt Limit Through December 31, 2014 If It Includes:

Weakened Environmental Protections

  • Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline without necessary review
  • Rubber stamp even more production of offshore oil and gas
  • Accelerate Energy Production on Federal Lands regardless of environmental impact
  • Block greenhouse gas regulations despite climate change
  • Derail federal Coal Ash regulations
  • Stifle federal regulations designed to ensure the other kids have clean air, clean water, and safer toys, food and cars with the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act

Rollback of Financial Safeguards that Protect Families

  • Eliminate Dodd-Frank’s “Systemic Dissolution Fund” that handles the unwinding of troubled financial firms
  • Eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which protects Americans from predatory financial practices
  • Weaken federal employees’ retirement program (FERS)

Risking Families’ Financial Stability

  • Tax reform that lowers tax rates for the wealthy but doesn’t contribute a dime to bringing down the debt
  • Make it harder for immigrant families to receive the child tax credit
  • Eliminate the Social Services Block Grant that provides funding for state-based programs that help vulnerable Americans

Taking Away Health Care Protections

  • One year delay of health reform, taking away tax credits for families and businesses to help them buy health insurance, and eliminating important patient protections for millions of Americans
  • Increase Medicare means testing, making some seniors pay more for their Medicare
  • Strip injured patients of their legal rights, discourage efforts to improve patient safety, and make Americans more vulnerable to injuries from negligent care
  • Eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which helps Americans get important preventive health services
  • Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Reduction, cutting funding for hospitals that serve the most vulnerable Americans

And Any Other Unrelated Provisions That I Want.

SINCERELY,

HOUSE REPUBLICANS

PS: SORRY, THERE ARE NO COOKIES.  SEQUESTER CUTS.