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House passes bill to keep government running until November 18th

I was trying to keep track of this bill.  If I understand it correctly, it is a continuing resolution (necessary because the democrats have not passed a budget) which keeps the government funded until November 18, 2011, and contains a provision funding FEMA.

It now goes to the president for signature.

And November 18th, it will all be to do again.  What a way to run a country.

The House has passed a short-term spending
bill
that keeps the government running for six weeks and buys time for
future budget negotiations.

The 352-66 vote sends the measure to President Barack Obama in time to avert a government shutdown at midnight.

Now, what I don’t know is what happened to the spending off-sets the conservatives were fighting for.  Sounds like it didn’t happen.

(Yes, the GOP removed the spending off sets.)

In lieu of a 2012 federal budget, the House voted 352-66 to extend current  government funding through Nov. 18. The bill, which already passed the Senate,  now moves to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

Bipartisan support for the bill came only after Republicans removed  controversial spending cuts to offset an additional $3.2 billion in funding to  the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Senate Democrats balked at the offsets, which included about $1.5 billion in  spending cuts to a Department of Energy loan program for manufacturers of fuel-efficient  cars, as well as the DOE program that awarded a loan to bankrupted solar company  Solyndra.

Read more:  http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/04/congress-avoids-government-shutdown-yet-again/#ixzz1a0pK1B9j

HR 2017:  http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:HR02017:@@@R#

HR 2608 House Roll #745:  http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2011-745

Posted:  10/04.11 @9:11 p.m.

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Democrats block FEMA funding bill because House cut money from agency that funded Solyndra!!

The Democrat Senate blocks the FEMA spending bill and then blames the republicans

The democrats want people to suffer and starve to death, they absolutely do, especially Harry Reid, and they will deny FEMA funding in order to save more funds for Solyndra type spending.

Harry Reid is threatening yet another government shutdown.  Blaming, of course, who?  The republicans.  Jay Carney chimes in speaking for Obama, with the same load of BS.

But who blocked the bill?  The democrat Senate.  Because it cuts spending to offset the costs, i.e., cuts in energy department spending such as more Solyndra type spending. 

Come on, demos, the day is over when you can make some public statement that is diametrically opposed to the FACTS.

The Democratic-led Senate blocked a House bill Friday that would provide disaster aid and keep government agencies open, escalating the parties’ latest showdown over spending and highlighting the raw partisan rift that has festered all year.

 The republicans in the House have passed the funding bill, they just want to offset the cost by cutting what?  Cutting the money from an Energy Department Loan Program – the Loan Program that funded the Solyndra scam of $500 million dollars tax payer money.

We should be praising the republicans. 

And you have to go to Paragraph #17 to get to the meat of the disagreement, but here it is:

The bill the House approved Friday morning contained just one change — an additional $100 million in savings from cutting a second Energy Department loan program, this one aimed at sparking new energy technologies.

That is the same program that financed a $528 million federal loan to Solyndra Inc., the California solar panel maker that won praise from President Barack Obama but has since gone bankrupt and laid off its 1,100 workers. The Obama administration had praised Solyndra as a model for green energy companies, but now Congress is investigating the circumstances under which the government approved the loan.

Reid has called for a Monday vote on a new bill he wrote to accept the House-passed FEMA funding level, but to tack the additional spending onto the deficit rather than find cuts elsewhere.

http://news.yahoo.com/senate-blocks-house-disaster-aid-bill-163747221.html

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/sep/23/senate-blocks-emergency-disaster-money/?page=1

Posted:  09.23.11 @ 11:29 p.m.

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