Senate Democrats overcame a Republican (means they got the republicans to lay down)
filibuster to clear the way for a vote Sunday on a huge end-of-year $1.1 trillion spending bill that includes money to run much of the government and pay for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. (substitue, inflation building bill)
The spending measure gives the Education Department, the State Department, the Department of Health and Human Services and others generous budget increases far exceeding inflation. ( JUST THE RIGHT THING TO DO AT THIS TIME, WHEN WE ARE SO FLUSH IN THE FERDERAL COFFERS.)
On Saturday, the Democratic controlled Senate voted 60-34 to end the GOP filibuster that threatened to hold up the legislation.( Well they have to make it look good.)
A final vote was set for Sunday afternoon whether to send the measure to President Barack Obama. ( Pre-determind outcome, is yes, spend it, we are not deep enough in debt yet to enslave every middle class citizen to the poor house.
Democrats held Saturday's vote open for an hour to accommodate Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an Orthodox Jew,( a weak man who knows he can't cut it
out of the protected halls of congress in the real world)
who walked more than three miles to the Capitol to vote on the Sabbath after attending services at his synagogue. Lieberman, wearing a black wool overcoat and bright orange scarf, finally provided the crucial 60th vote. (NOT TO MENTION HIS COAT WAS ALSO REVERSABLE, YOU KNOW A TURNCOAT.)
The 1,000-plus-page bill (Where is the enviromental police when they cut down all the trees needed to make the paper for the 2,000 page health bill and now this 1,000 page joke on the American people.)(attack on our wallet)
brings together six of the 12 annual spending bills that Congress had been unable to pass separately even though the new fiscal year began Oct. 1 because of partisan roadblocks. (Because none of them had enough merit on their own).
It includes $447 billion in operating budgets with about $650 billion in mandatory payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid as well as an estimated $3.9 billion for more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by individual lawmakers in both parties.( 5,000 porkbarrel projects would be more like it.)
The bill increases spending by an average of about 10 percent to programs under immediate control of Congress, blending increases for veterans' programs, NASA and the FBI with a pay raise for federal workers and help for car dealers.
(YEP, I SURE ENOUGH GOT A 10% INCREASE IN MY WAGES THIS YEAR.)
Republicans who fought the bill said it provides too much money at a time when the government is running astronomical deficits. "Obviously we need to run the government, but do you suppose the government could be a little bit like families and be just a little bit prudent in how much it spends?" said Sen Jon Kyl R. Az.
( A LITTLE BIT)?????????But the second-ranking Senate Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, said the measure restores money for programs cut under former President George W. Bush such as popular grant programs for local police departments to purchase equipment and put more officers on the beat.
The legislation also:
_Includes an improved binding arbitration process to challenge the decision by General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC to close more than 2,000 dealerships.
_Renews a federal loan guarantee program for steel companies.
_Permits detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to be transferred to the U.S. for trial, but not to be released.
_Calls for federal worker pay increases averaging 2 percent.
When are we going to hold our elected officials accountable for their actions? Watch close now. remember how a less than quorm of congress passed the tax bill in 1916 by having those who supported the bill stay after Christmas break, they were told to hang around and not say anything to those who might oppose this bill. Then with fewer members then is required they voted on and passed the income tax bill that John D. oilrichfeller had bought and paid for. It is not a crime to be rich, it is a crime to be rich and try to cheat others by buying influence. How many elected officials have been bought? How do you know your has not been bought? This is the time to take charge of our country, time to hold elected officials accountable. It is time to get the career Senators and Congressmen out of office, insist on term limits, and make it a national referendum vote before congress can spend more money than they take in. We have been taken over by the builderburgers and did not see them coming. Obama is their puppet, and so are most of our polititions.
GOD BLESS AMERICA AGAIN, AND HE WILL WHEN WE THANK GOD FOR OUR BLESSING and GET rid of the president who says we are not a Christian Nation.