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Reid Forced To Drop $1.3T ‘Omnibus’ Bill

From a deeply saddened Associated Press:

Senate Dem leader drops nearly $1.3T spending bill

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
December 17, 2010

WASHINGTON – After wrestling with — and finally abandoning — a 1,900-page catch-all spending bill stuffed with more than $8 billion in home-state projects known as earmarks in Washington and pork in the rest of the country, Senate leaders need to come up with a measure to keep the federal government running into early next year

What a sentence. But where was there any "wrestling"? Also, it will be a simple matter "to keep the federal government running." All the Senate has to do is pass the same ‘continuing resolution’ that the House passed last week, which will provide funding through February.

No, what really happened here was the lame duck Senate Democrats attempted a coup. They wanted to control government spending through September of 2011 – which would have been most of the first term of the new Congress.

But the Democrats failed, thanks to heat from the Tea Party and the rest of the conservatives who screamed bloody murder.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had thrown his weight against the bill in recent days, saying it was "unbelievable" that Democrats would try to muscle through in the days before Christmas legislation that usually takes months to debate.

"Just a few weeks after the voters told us they don’t want us rushing major pieces of complicated, costly, far-reaching legislation through Congress, we get this," McConnell said. "This is no way to legislate."

Why not? The Democrats did the same exact thing last year and Mr. McConnell didn’t bat an eyelash.

The House and Senate typically spend months on the 12 annual spending bills, but Democrats didn’t bring even a single one to the Senate floor this year, an unprecedented collapse of an appropriations process. The House only passed two of the 12 bills and didn’t make any of the other 10 public

Which is something the AP has castigated Congress for, day in and day out. (Just kidding. The AP didn’t even bother to report this.)

McConnell had earlier quietly backed the effort to produce the legislation, which had significant input from Republicans on the Appropriations panel.

But release of the bill on Tuesday sparked an outcry among the GOP’s conservative political base. Senate Republicans held two combative closed-door meetings in which the rank-and-file turned up the heat on those few Republicans who were considering voting for the bill.

Republicans were also irate that the measure contained money to begin implementation of Obama’s controversial health care law and a financial overhaul measure that all but a handful of Republicans opposed

Thank God for the Tea Party. They can’t get to Washington soon enough.

McConnell proposed Thursday to keep the government running at current funding levels through Feb. 18. By then, Republicans will have taken over the House and bolstered their strength in the Senate, giving them greater leverage to force spending cuts.

The House last week passed a yearlong funding bill that’s mostly frozen at current levels.

Er, only because ‘continuing resolutions’ cannot raise the budget. But the AP wants you to think they did so because they are concerned about the deficit rather than lazy cowards.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 17th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Reid Forced To Drop $1.3T ‘Omnibus’ Bill”

  1. Petronius says:

    “Thank God for the Tea Party. They can’t get to Washington soon enough.”

    Amen, brother Steve. Amen.

  2. River0 says:

    I’ll second that. Yes, thank God and His Tea Party for blocking Dingy Harry, the vacuum cleaner bag dwelling parasite. His minions are fat blood-sucking ticks on the body politic. We have a long way to go, but we’re going down the right road for a change.

    This is some kind of wild ride, isn’t it? America careening downhill on a twisty road with a bunch of hallucinating drunks at the wheel, fighting for control. Like Cary Grant in that scene from North By Northwest.

  3. proreason says:

    It’s something to keep in mind.

    Only sledgehammers work on the criminals.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    In the meat space world I’ve published extensively about S.510 and HR 2749.

    The Senate was taking up the House Omnibus Spending bill for 2011 (H.R.3082); but because the Republicans were insisting that the Senate clerks read the entire 1,924-page, $1.4 trillion spending bill paragraph by paragraph – which would have taken 50 hours to read out loud – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) decided to yank the bill (including S.510 within it). In its place, the Senate may actually adopt Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) idea of passing a one-page spending bill as a temporary, two-month stop-gap.

    However, it is too early to celebrate, so keep the pressure on to make sure that S.510, the so-called Food Safety bill, is not included in any substitute spending bill. The Congressional leadership is working on a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the Federal government at this year’s level. However, even though S.510 is also dead as amendment to the Omnibus bill, it is not yet known whether it will be added to the to-be-completed CR.

    Keep in mind that this will have to be passed by the House of Representatives as well. So, process wise, it could well be a round of “ping-pong” with the CR. The clock is ticking as this “lame duck” session comes to an end and still has many matters yet to deal with.

    These cock-a-roaches could give tenacity-lessons to Taliban criminals. It ain’t over folks; don’t celebrate prematurely.

  5. oldpuppydixie says:

    Apart from Chuckie Grassly and his perpetual ethanol fraud, who were the other republicans considering passage of this monstrosity?

  6. oldpuppydixie says:

    Apart from Chuckie Grassly and his perpetual ethanol fraud, who were the other republicans considering passage of this monstrosity? Oh, and notice how my senator–Mitchie the Kid McConnell– sticks his head up from his usual hiding position under his desk just in time to castigate the democrats and cheer the brave republicans AFTER THE FACT!!!! Where was he a few days ago??? Where were these courageous words??? This weasel has GOT to go next time around.

  7. Mae says:

    “Senate Dem leader drops nearly $1.3T spending bill” – too bad he didn’t drop it on that foot he’s always sticking in his mouth. If only, if only, dear Sharron……

  8. wardmama4 says:

    Please all – never forget that these lying cheats have had a majority since The Won’s Immaculation – they could have done this at any time and probably could have gotten it through easily. This is intentional as they wanted to wait until the last second as they intend to bash the Republicans (who with minorities in BOTH houses – CAN’T STOP ANYTHING) as being ‘obstructive’. Other than being a speed bump on the way to socialism on steroids – the 111th Congress has no excuse for not passing a damn thing that they wanted. Other than there must be Dems who aren’t playing along – as we have proof (Obamacare) that these crapweasels aren’t listening to We The People . Well, now that I think about it – This entire Lame Duck Congress – is also proof that they aren’t listening to the very people who keep them in their jobs.

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