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Senate kills House bill to cut $15 billion from passed $300 billion spending deal

Failure theater: The Senate today killed a House bill that would have cut $15 billion from the $300 billion spending deal passed in March.

In a 48-50 vote, senators failed to discharge the measure from committee. A majority vote was needed.

GOP Sens. Richard Burr (N.C.) and Susan Collins (Maine) joined 48 members of the Democratic caucus in voting against bringing up the bill. “My belief … is that it’s the job of Congress to comb through these accounts and that’s what we do on the appropriations committee,” Collins said.

The vote is a blow to conservatives and the White House, who pushed the package in response to backlash from the GOP base over a mammoth rescissions package passed in March.

I wish Burr and Collins would simply switch parties. At least that way there would be no way for them to fool anyone into thinking they believe in smaller government or controlling spending.

The bill was garbage anyway, as it really did little to really promote smaller government or controlled spending. All it did was give House Republicans a fake talking point when they campaign for re-election in the fall. “I fought to cut the budget!” they will scream, citing the House vote that passed the bill, even though they all knew the bill did little, and that it was almost certain the Senate would kill it.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

 
The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

 
He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

 
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2 comments

  • Localfluff

    Can the president use money from tariffs to build the wall? As it is a non-budgeted extra income.

  • Max

    The president can make Mexico pay for the wall.

    The only ones in America required to pay taxes are citizens and guest workers with green cards. All others are illegal and cannot work. All of those who work and pay taxes with the illegal Social Security numbers and fake names, along with employers matching funds, are legally removed as “a donation by a non-resident”, through the Federal Reserve, washed clean from having no legal standing or any responsibility being outside congressional purview. We are talking about $300 billion or more just in federal taxes that never make it to the general fund. The Federal reserve has never been audited. Where the money goes is only rumors.
    Tax returns come from the treasury, not the federal reserve.

    All it would take is an executive order based upon current law to stop the practice, or take advantage of it and build a wall. It’s the president’s job to deal with non-residence through their embassies with existing treaties as a guide. We are not responsible for citizens of foreign countries. It’s not our place unless they are committing crimes in our country.

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