The Senate budget deal that the House will vote on today includes some really nice pork.

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The Senate budget deal that the House will vote on today includes some really nice pork.

The bill includes extra funds to fix flooded roads in Colorado, a $3 million appropriation for a civil liberties oversight board and a one-time payment to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died over the summer. It also includes a more than $2 billion increase in funding for construction on the lower Ohio River in Illinois and Kentucky. Current law authorizes $775 million in spending for related projects, and the bill increases it to $2.918 billion.

The last appears to be a kickback to Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) to get him to buy into this crap.

The bill also has this crap:

The legislation broadly re-opens the government through Jan. 15, and extends the ability of the government to borrow money through Feb. 7. It does so by allowing President Obama to waive the debt ceiling, a move that can be overridden by a resolution of disapproval by Congress that Obama could still veto. [emphasis mine]

In other words, Congress is now ceding this budgetary responsibility and power to the President, who will then rule by decree.

Update: The bill passed both houses of Congress and has now been signed by the President. Note that the only opposition came from Republicans, but even here the opposition was a minority. The Democrats strongly endorsed this bill, and for good reason. It gives them (and the Republicans who supported it) lots of pork and greater power for Obama. Americans meanwhile are screwed. The day of reckoning still looms.


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  • Call your member of the House before this is voted on. Don’t let it pass without protest.

  • Cotour

    These are the names of the eighteen Republicans that voted NO on the Senate budget deal, the rest of them need to be replaced.
    (I see Mr. Rubio seems to have learned his lesson. Keep watching him.)

  • Cotour

    The list:

    Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
    • John Cornyn (R-Texas)
    • Mike Crapo (R-Idaho)
    • Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
    • Mike Enzi (R-Wy.)
    • Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
    • Dean Heller (R-Nev.)
    • Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
    • Mike Lee (R-Utah)
    • Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
    • James Risch (R-Idaho)
    • Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
    • Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
    • Tim Scott (R-S.C.)
    • Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
    • Richard Shelby (R-Ala.)
    • Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
    • David Vitter (R-La.)


  • MIke

    Why are we giving Frank Lautenberg”s widow money?? He was a millionaire!! Is she really that destitute?? What an absolute waste of taxpayer money!!!

  • Garry

    Apparently it’s one of the long-standing traditions of The Club. One of many that make very few ever want to leave.

  • Cotour

    This is how some Liberal / Dems have reacted to the strategy employed by some of the Republicans as specified by the Constitution:

    “After several liberal blogs and Facebook groups picked it up, a new petition picked up signatures at lightning speed, accruing thousands of signatures in a matter of hours.”

    “Arrest and Try House GOP Leadership for Sedition” reads the headline on the user-created petition. Seeking 15,000 signatures before “delivering” to President Obama, the petition statement demands: “[T]he Justice Department of the United States of America to arrest Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Speaker of the House John Boehner and other decision-making House Republican leaders for the crime of seditious conspiracy against the United States of America.”

    It speaks for itself, how dare you attempt to dial down the size and reach into an individuals life of government!

  • I wish you would provide a link or url to this story. Quoting it is interesting, but with no link it carries far less weight, and I can’t easily locate it to post.

  • Cotour

    I am not exactly sure how to create a link, this story is a story on today.

  • Every website has a url, shown in the address bar at the top of your browser. Copy that into your clipboard. Then, highlight the words that you wish the link to “under” and click on the link button that is right above the box where you are typing your comment. You then past that url into the dialogue box that appears and press enter.

    The highlighted text will now be a link.

    Try it. If it doesn’t work we can always try again.

  • Cotour

    Thanks for the tip, I will try it.

  • ken anthony

    But the left still insists on calling Bush Sr., King George.

    IMPEACH THE WHOLE BUNCH OF THEM. Un-frikkin-believable.

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