Democrats vote to shut down government over cuts to Solyndra-style program

Senate Democrats have voted down a budget resolution containing a cut to the government program that funds “green” companies like scandal-ridden Solyndra, putting the government on a path to shutdown.

“The Senate has voted to reject the temporary spending bill passed by the House late last night,” the Christian Science Monitor reports this morning. “With near permanent brinksmanship the new normal, Congress headed into votes Friday to try to avert a government shutdown that is slated to occur on Oct. 1 if a continuing resolution bill is not passed.”

“…GOP leaders added a $100 million cut to an alternative energy loan fund to the CR package. Funding for alternative energy is a signature priority of the Obama administration. It also reinforces an emerging theme in the 2012 House GOP campaign to defend its majority: White House “crony capitalism” and the waste of stimulus funding dollars,” the Monitor reports.

“A House Energy and Commerce subcommittee has been investigating the Energy Department and White House Office of Management and Budget over a $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, a solar company with close ties to the White House that went bankrupt two years after accepting the loan. Solyndra was the first loan guarantee issued by the Obama administration and often cited as a success story for the stimulus plan and green energy job creation.

“‘Congress and the American taxpayers have a right to know whether this loan guarantee was rushed out the door before it was ready for prime time, whether the Administration doubled down on a bad bet after knowing of the company’s dubious commercial prospects or, even worse, whether $535 million taxpayer dollars were wasted on false or incomplete information,’ said Rep. Cliff Stearns (R) of Florida, who chairs the panel, in an opening statement at Friday’s oversight hearing.”

Just how much control do corrupt green companies have over Congress?,” asked American Tradition Partnership Executive Director.  “With House Democrats defending Solyndra executive from having to answer questions as they plead the Fifth, to Senate Democrats shutting down the government over small cuts to green welfare programs, the puppet strings are clearly visible.”

So-called ‘green” programs are an efficient way to take taxpayer dollars, run it through a ‘green’ company and funnel it right into politicians’ campaign accounts.  What we are witnessing is a shameless attempt by Gang Green politicians to save a corrupt campaign finance mechanism by keeping the taxpayer funding pipeline gushing and blocking investigations,” said Ferguson.

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