Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SCUMBAG FEAST! ‘All Hell is Breaking Loose’: $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Reaches 2,000 Pages, Includes 20,000 Earmarks

In one of their last acts before Congress adjourns for the year, Senate Democrats are pushing a 1,924-page spending bill that includes massive earmark spending. If passed, the measure would be enacted into law without debate in the full senate.

Senate Appropriations Committee chair Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, says the bill must pass. “The twelve bills included in this package fulfill the Congress’ most basic responsibility, to exercise the power of the purse,” he said in a statement. “This measure reflects a year’s worth of work by members of both parties. Together, we have closely scrutinized the president’s budget request, held hundreds of hearings, thousands of meetings, and asked literally tens of thousands of questions to each and every federal department and agency seeking justification for how taxpayer dollars are being spent.”

Meanwhile, Republicans poring over the bill are calling it a “total mess.”

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, criticized the Democratic majority for failing to pass budget resolutions, and “today we learn Senate Democrats now want to sandwich them together, totaling almost 2,000 pages, and jam them through in the waning moments of this lame duck session before anyone can read them. This political end-around reveals just how quickly my colleagues across the aisle have already forgotten the voters’ message in November,” Cornyn responded. READ MORE...

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