A post by Pat
Now there’s a quote I can hold as close to my heart as, “Give me liberty or give me death”.
A million dollars for oyster rehabilitation is just one of the earmarks stuffed into a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that just passed the House.
The House Thursday passed a huge spending measure combining major spending boosts for domestic agencies and foreign aid with more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by lawmakers.
The 1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure would provide $447 billion in operating budgets for 10 Cabinet departments, awarding increases averaging almost 10 percent. On top of that comes more than $600 billion in payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.
The 221-202 vote to approve the House-Senate compromise bill sends it to the Senate, which may pass it this weekend and ship it on to President Barack Obama. Not a single Republican voted for the bill.
The generosity comes on top of an infusion of cash to domestic agencies in February’s economic stimulus bill and a $410 billion measure in March that also bestowed budget increases well above inflation.
“When are we going to say, ‘Enough is enough?”‘ said House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio. “Let’s stop the madness.”
Jason Chaffetz said it.
The American people get it. If you want to continue to have a job here and continue to represent the people, you better vote the way they want you to. America is fed up with this uncontrolled spending.
This is the worst of the worst. We had a 2500 page bill that we have less than 24 hours, and we voted on it, and it is so full of garbage.
I took out a 12-year incumbent Republican because of this issue. I was adamant in saying, look, we have to be good stewards of the American peoples’ money, and those that refuse will suffer the consequences. The reason you do an ombnibus bill and combine six different agencies into one bill is to hide stuff…You load all the crap that would never stand by the light of day…
Everybody is going to have to be personally accountable and go back to their voters and they will say, you know what, I did not send you to Washington to write pork. …
They’re going to have to answer. The more they become creatures of Washington D.C., the more trouble they will have. I can just answer for myself and say I am proud I did not vote for it and did not put any crap in the bill.
A different point of view from Maryland’s representatives.
Nearly $100 million in spending earmarked by Maryland lawmakers appears headed to more than 70 projects in the state under a huge year-end spending measure that the House approved Thursday.
The earmarked money would be spread liberally across Maryland. Favored recipients include the state and local governments; colleges and universities, both public and private; as well as the Girl Scouts; the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation; the Kennedy Krieger Institute; and many more.
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, one of the negotiators, unleashed a flood of news releases Wednesday to trumpet the spending measure. … “Today, my promises made are promises kept,” she said.
My hat is off to you to Rep. Chaffetz. One of the few good guys.