Daily Archives: December 15, 2010

Harry Reid presents $1.1 trillion omnibus for passage

This Congress has a 13 percent favorable rating from a recent Gallup poll, (with 83 percent disapproving) the lowest since Gallup has been polling.  And is there any wonder.

Then come January, we will begin to hear how we have to address the deficit – it will be all about “shared sacrifice.”  How outrageous that will be after more spending such as this.  Just look at these examples of wasteful spending below.

Here are some of the earmarks uncovered in the Omnibus $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill they hope to pass before Saturday, when the government will supposedly shut down.  HR 3082.  This is a different bill than the one to extend Bush tax cuts, which I think has already passed.  [Sorry, it passed the Senate, now to the House for vote probably Thursday]  (Notice, now that particular measure has become the Obama tax cuts.  Obama is not cutting any taxes, so I will always refer to it as the extension of the Bush tax cuts.  It only keeps taxes. from. going. up.!!!

Unsatisfied with the simple continuing resolution the House passed that would keep the government running until the next Congress takes over in January, the Senate is proposing the earmark-laden omnibus as one last spending hurrah before legislators leave town. Grass-roots conservatives are particularly angry that the bill includes $1 billion to fund the healthcare bill that may be unconstitutional, based on a judge’s ruling in Virginia this week.

Among the 6,000 earmarks the media has uncovered so far in the massive legislation the Senate is trying to push through just weeks after Democrats sustained their worst landslide defeat of the post-World War II era:

  • Literal pork: Almost $350,000 is earmarked to study the management of swine waste in North Carolina.
  • $235,000 for the management of invasive weeds in Nevada.
  • $300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii. Founded in 1973, the society sails a “voyaging” boat throughout the Pacific, studying how ancient Polynesian people settled far-flung lands.
  • Funds are devoted to a variety of agricultural needs, including research of maple syrup in Vermont, control of potato pests in Wisconsin, the development of virus-resistant grapes in Washington state, and peanut cultivation research in Alabama.
  • $80 million for states and Indian tribes to pay for preservation of Pacific salmon.
  • $13 million for clean-water initiatives in rural villages in Alaska.
  • $450,000 for the World Food Prize.
  • $500,000 for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
  • $200,000 to install solar panels at a food bank in Arizona

This one, the Omnibus, has passed the House, now to the Senate.  hard to keep up with them.  Here are Republican Senators who are Likely to vote Yes on this bill:

Kit Bond Missouri
George Voinovich Ohio
Robert Bennett Utah
Thad Cochran Mississippi
Susan Collins Maine
Jim Inhofe Oklahoma
Dick Lugar Indiana
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
Richard Shelby Alabama

Posted:  12.15.10

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