SENATE LEADERSHIP RESPONDS TO FAILURE TO PASS WAR FUNDING
In the Senate, members of the Appropriations Committee added more than
$10 million in discretionary funding not requested by Bush, including
funding for grants to state and local police departments, $1 billion
for energy subsidies for the poor and more than $1 billion to help
Mississippi recover from Hurricane Katrina.
Reid always held a dim view of the domestic extras, knowing they would guarantee a veto and reinforce perceptions that Senate is to profligate. Indeed, Appropriations Committee members treated the war funding bill like the last train leaving the station and as a result, added billions of dollars for pet programs.
What ever happened to House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi's time to begin to "drain the swamp" after more than a decade of Republican rule. The Republicans lost the 2006 elections because of their pet projects and now the Democrats are joining the Republicans "in the swamp."
The Democrats also won the 2006 mid term elections because they promised to rein in the excessive spending. The Democrats brought in the "pay-as-you-go" concept. Meaning no increasing the deficit, whether the issue is middle class tax relief, health care or some other priority. Pelosi is plotting a"guns-for-butter" strategy to try to force Bush to accept some newdomestic spending in exchange for the money he needs to fight the war. On "pay-as-you-go" the Democrats abandon ship.Also pertaining to domestic add-on linked to war funding, Andrew Taylor Associated Press Writer, wrote that it included work permits for immigrant farm labor. I read this in my Wednesday, May 21, 2008, The Times-Picayune but when I looked this up on the Web I couldn't find it. I even looked this up the the Times-Picayune link and I couldn't bring this up. Question; Was this a miss print because it was dropped before the finial bill or are they trying to hide something from us?
It's time to rein in our politicians, no matter if their are Democrats or Republicans. We must use the power of the Web to e-mail our politicians, to hold them accountable for spending our tax money. The Democrats said they would hold the Republicans accountable but on this bill it seems they are both in bed together.
More on "pay-as-you-go."
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Sunday, May 25, 2008
Senate, Domestic Add-ons Linked to War Funding.
ABC News: Deal Allows for Senate Vote on War Funding