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House Passes $174B ‘Son Of Stimulus’

From The Hill:

House narrowly passes Pelosi’s $174B jobs bill

By Mike Soraghan and Jared Allen – 12/16/09

The House narrowly passed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) $174 billion jobs bill Wednesday, only after Pelosi and other party leaders yelled, pleaded and cajoled reluctant Democrats worried over deficit spending.

The vote was 217-212. No Republicans voted for the bill, and 38 Democrats voted against it.

So apparently sometimes there is a ‘dime’s worth of difference’ between the two parties. In this case, 1.74 trillion dimes.

It was the second suspenseful vote of what House members hope was their last workday in 2009. Democratic leaders also had to lobby members from conservative districts to pass a $300 billion increase in the debt limit.

The close votes reflect the growing unease among centrist Democrats that the deficit spending that Congress has undertaken to right the economy is becoming a potent campaign issue.

"We’ve got to indicate we’re serious about the deficit," said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), who voted “no” and represents a Republican-leaning district with low unemployment. "We didn’t cause the deficit, but we have to address it."

Mr. Connolly is the president of Congress’ freshman class, who was just yesterday complaining about how hard these votes are for new members who want to hold on to their phony baloney jobs.

And how did Congress not "cause the deficit"? Someone needs to inform Mr. Connoly that Congress controls the purse strings.

And, lest we forget, the Democrats have been in complete control of Congress for most of our nation’s recent history, including the last three years.

Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.), who is retiring from Congress, changed his vote to put Democrats over the top. That signals a potent variable in vote counting next year — retirees who no longer need to respond to traditional political pressures.

Four centrist Democrats, including Baird, have announced they’re retiring from Congress without plans to run for another office. They all voted for the bill.

Which only goes to show how suicidal these Democrat initiatives truly are.

The other three, Reps. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.), Dennis Moore (D-Kansas) and John Tanner (D-Tenn.), are all Blue Dog Democrats known for voting against Democratic leadership, especially when it comes to deficit spending.

Political analysts are closely watching for more centrist retirements. Those members will have no fear of losing committee assignments and can’t be won over with promises of campaign help or other inducements. Four votes could have tipped most of the close votes in the House major bills this year, such as healthcare and climate change…

These retiring members can also be bought off with plum sinecures either in or out of government, arranged by Democrat power brokers.

[Republicans dubbed] the jobs bill "Son of Stimulus," implying both that it is a monster, and that it is simply an extension of Obama’s stimulus package, which they’ve deemed a failure.

"Even though a mere quarter of the first round of stimulus funds has been spent, Democrats are eager to reach deep into taxpayer pockets again," said a news release blasted to the hometown papers of vulnerable lawmakers from conservative districts…

But the crucial vote came without any apparent arm-twisting. When the clock ticked down to zero, the bill was losing 208-212. But as leaders worked the floor, the numbers in the "yes" column slowly grew. Then Baird stepped to the desk and picked up a green card and signed it to change his vote from "no" to "yes," given [sic] Pelosi the majority she needed.

Baird’s last-minute flip was not the only thing that may have been a surprise to Pelosi.

Earlier in the day, Pelosi told reporters that Baird’s retirement announcement caught her unaware, as well, and joked that he failed to give her the "72 hours notice" that he’d demanded on the healthcare bill.

We wonder what Mr. Baird’s new career will be?

Will he be another anonymous but well-paid lackey in the Obama cabinet, or will he be out in the private sector working at some high minded foundation for Mr. Soros?

We’re sure our watchdog media will keep us posted.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 17th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “House Passes $174B ‘Son Of Stimulus’”

  1. proreason says:

    More jobs saved or created!!!

    It doesn’t get much better than this.

    Except for those 30 million Americans who need jobs but don’t have them. Whiners.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Let us use their numbers.
    Ten million unemployed Americans and 12 million undocumented illegals who don’t pay taxes but reap the benefits.

    If I was the bank I’d stamp this sucker “NSF” and toss them in jail for writing a “HOT” check!!

  3. Media_man says:

    Porkapalooza 3.0. More money for the degenerate public sector hacks bleeding the country white & their “green” sector cronies (same thing really).

    Elections have consequences, which the independents who voted for these monsters are quickly realizing.

    If there is a silver lining in this it’s that the GOP should make huge gains next November.

    But will it be too late?

  4. canary says:

    Pelosi looks like a monkey hoping someone will throw a banana at her.

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