"It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt." -- JP Curran, 1790

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Are you freakin' kidding me?

As you are aware, the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (H.R. 1105) cleared the House with a partisan vote (except for a few of those who are mentioned in a previous post), and it rests with the Senate. We do have a Democrat (Sen. Feingold) calling for a veto of the current version of the bill, but you'd think the legislative action would mirror the words and rhetoric...they don't.

Senate Amendments proposed yesterday:
  • 596 (Tom Coburn - OK) -- requiring competitive contract procedures
  • 599 (Lisa Murkowski - AK) -- modification of rule promulgation
  • 607 (Roger Wicker - MS) -- preventing use of funds for "coercive abortions"
  • 608 (Tom Coburn - OK) -- providings funds for "Emmett Till Civil Rights Crime Act"
  • 610 (Tom Coburn - OK) -- preventing "earmarks"
  • 623 (Tom Coburn - OK) -- no earmarks for 14 lobbying firms under investigation
  • 635 (John Thune - SD) -- funding for Emergency Fund for Indian Safety and Health

Nothing in these amendments actually reduces the pork or the spending. Coburn's 610 amendment seemingly addresses this, but the only way to do anything is to squash this bill where it stands...in the Senate. This is absolutely ridiculous, people. What is surprising is that we have Republican Senators, supposedly Conservatives, looking for their piece of the Appropriations pie.

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