>>Senate GOP denied on spending filibuster attempt. $1.1 trillion spending insanity continues while the Nation bleeds jobs!
Posted December 12, 2009on:
It passed the Senate Sunday afternoon Dec. 13, 2009 by a vote of 57 to 35. $3.5 billion in pork.
The Senate joined the House in spending the United States into bankruptcy. Moody’s has said it will soon have to rate the United States credit worthiness down from AAA to AA, which is right in there with most countries on the African continent!
Nothing about this spending makes sense. Nothing! Read the increases and the mind is boggled. but we must remember that in the past 11 months the federal government has hired 75,000 more federal workers at an average pay of $71,000. this compare to the $41,000 average pay for the civilian population. And this is not considering the benefits federal workers get.
There were also over 3000 ear marks in this spending bill. The House version passed by only 20 votes which is a very narrow magin for a spending bill. all Republicans and 28 Democrats in the House voted against it. The Senate is expected to vote on this bill Sunday with todays vote effectively ending any Republican attempt to filibuster or even to debate the merits of the spending on the different departments and ear marks.
The measure combines $447 billion in operating budgets with about $650 billion in mandatory payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. It wraps together six individual spending bills and also contains more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by lawmakers in both parties.
The measure provides spending increases averaging about 10 percent to programs under immediate control of Congress, blending increases for veterans’ programs, NASA and the FBI with a pay raise for federal workers and help for car dealers.
It bundles six of the 12 annual spending bills, capping a dysfunctional appropriations process for budget year that began Oct. 1, dysfunctional appropriations process in which House leaders blocked Republicans from debating key issues and Senate Republicans dragged out debates.
Just the $626 billion defense bill would remain. That’s being held back to serve as a vehicle to advance must-pass legislation such as a plan to allow the government’s debt to swell by nearly $2 trillion. The government’s total debt has nearly doubled in the past seven years and is expected to exceed the current ceiling of $12.1 trillion before Jan. 1.
The measure contains 5,224 pet projects for lawmakers totaling $3.9 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based watchdog group.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., who leads the transportation, housing and community development spending panel, obtained 61 earmarks worth $68.8 million in programs under her jurisdiction, including $1.2 million for infrastructure improvements for the Port of Everett.
Her GOP counterpart, Christopher Bond of Missouri, pulled down 21 projects worth $32.5 million from the some portion of the bill, including $2.5 million for a community center in Kansas City.
Saturday’s bill would offer an improved binding arbitration process to challenge the decision by General Motors and Chrysler to close more than 2,000 dealerships, which often anchor fading small town business districts. It also would renew for two more years a federal loan guarantee program for steel companies.
The bill also caps a heated debate over Obama’s order to close the military-run prison for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It would permit detainees held there to be transferred to the United States to stand trial but not to be released.
The bill would void a long-standing ban on the funding of abortion by the District of Columbia government and overturns a ban on federal money for needle exchange programs in the city. It also would phase out a D.C. school voucher program favored by Republicans and opens the door for the city to permit medical marijuana.
It would also lift a nationwide ban on the use of federal funds for needle-exchange programs.
Federal workers would receive pay increases averaging 2 percent, with people in areas with higher living costs receiving slightly higher increases.