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Obey Unveils $1.2T Continuing Resolution

From Roll Call:

Obey Announces Earmark-Free, $1.25 Trillion Spending Bill

By Steven T. Dennis    
December 8, 2010

House Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) has unveiled his $1.25 trillion, 181-page spending bill that omits earmarks, freezes civilian salaries and funds the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We take it that this is the budget that the Democrats refused to produce before the mid-term elections.

“This Committee has done its dead level best within the constraints under which we are operating to make some modest adjustments to salvage some investments which over the long haul just might create more jobs than a tax break for millionaires and adjustments that just might ease the financial desperation facing so many families today,” Obey said in his statement issued late Tuesday night.

Obey prefaced his remark by noting that his bill comes “at a time when we are apparently extending huge tax cuts for millionaires and we’re giving families worth ten million dollars or more a bye on paying taxes on their good fortunes” in an apparent reference to a tax cut deal struck by President Barack Obama with Senate Republicans.

The Democrats just can’t stop griping about Obama’s tax deal. Of course they are shedding crocodile tears. But if they are really so unhappy, let’s put this deal off until after January.

Then let’s see what happens.

The bill keeps overall spending at fiscal 2010 levels. That is $45 billion below Obama’s budget but matches a spending limit resolution passed earlier this year by the House in lieu of a full budget.

So in truth the House was constrained from spending more than 2010 levels because of a previous resolution which allowed them to delay passing a budget before the midterm elections.

Among numerous provisions, it freezes civilian wages for federal employees for two years, as requested by Obama. It also gives agencies discretion to move money within their budgets to avoid furloughs.

Defense spending would increase $4.9 billion to $513 billion, military construction and veterans spending would be cut $1.4 billion to $75.2 billion and domestic programs would be cut $3.5 billion to $501.4 billion. The bill also spends another $159 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Notice how we always have to hear about how much is spent on defense. Also note how the budget numbers are always jiggered to make it sound like we spend more on defense than on domestic programs. Which, of course, is one of the more preposterous lies of the age.

The measure is expected to pass the House Wednesday. The Senate may try and add a larger omnibus measure, which would contain thousands of earmarks, if enough Republicans are willing to go along

Gosh, wouldn’t it be shocking if that happened?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obey Unveils $1.2T Continuing Resolution”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    There may not be earmarks, but us taxpayers are suffering “rear”marks from the certain bite they will take out of us somewhere along the line.

  2. canary says:

    All I know is the government stimulus hand out was not a one time deal. It’s growing daily. It’s insane.
    Majority illegal Mexican areas public schools are getting huge chunks of stimulus money. I’d say when 70 to 90 percent of Hispanics in a school get free lunches then their families can’t come up with even 10 cents a day for breakfast and lunch (2 dollars a month to eat on) then there is a problem. And they are getting all the new building add on.. It’s to keep 6th graders another year in elementary because middle-school is so dangerous. School boards just love it because it’s jobs & federal stimulus money.

    How would you feel after High School making your child do 1 year PE they do away with it’s requirements, but build tennis courts and swimming pools. They cut the number of bus routes to save gasoline and fuel but then want more money for buses, when they aren’t using as many?
    The double dipping is a for sure, then there’s the triple dip they hold elections for.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    Looks to me if we all capitulated and went to jail, we’d be set free from the strains of balancing our check books and paying these ridiculous taxes that they have their eyes on.

    …….and they look down their noses at us? “Humph”

  4. Georgfelis says:

    So after cranking up the *budgeted* spending by over 25% in three years, now they want to freeze it at this horribly high level.

    I have a better idea. Pull out the 2006 budget, dust it off, use it. Keep it up for another 4 years. The economy will recover, the budget will balance, and we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Now keep that same budget for another 4 years, and you can see a good deal of our outrageous debt disolve too…

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