Senate Republicans Tell You To Bend Over Again


Senate passes earmark-loaded budget bill

The Senate approved a $410 billion spending bill Tuesday that will fund the federal government until the end of September, overcoming the objections of Republicans who argue the bill costs too much and is chock-full of pet projects.

Utah’s GOP Sens. Orrin Hatch and Bob Bennett stood in opposition to the omnibus bill, which ultimately passed on a voice vote and will now go to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Hatch zeroed in on earmarks, while Bennett objected to the overall price tag. Bennett defends the earmarking process and says that some in his own party use it to “mislead” the public.

Their disparate views show a rift among Republicans on earmarks, which has dominated the discussion over the budget bill.

The omnibus bill funds transportation, health, energy, education and a slew of other programs. It includes an 8 percent funding increase over the previous year, not to mention 8,500 earmarks worth about $7.7 billion.

Hatch called it “a big huge spending boondoggle,” singling out the pet projects in explaining his “no” vote.

“There’s a lot of stuff in there that’s just thrown in to take advantage of what happens to be a financial crisis,” he said.

But Hatch sponsored 42 of those earmarks worth $63 million and 40 percent of all earmarks were requested by Republicans. He said that many of the earmarks are legitimate, but others “are slipped into the bill at the last minute.”

See also:
Senate passes omnibus bill
Senate passes $410-billion spending bill
Obama gets omnibus and earmark fight
GOP Cross-Overs Have Earmarks to Gain in $410 Billion Spending Bill
H.R.1105

The final passage was by voice vote so we’ll never know who the cowardly weenies were. However, the cloture vote, required to cut off debate (filibuster) was 62-35.
The guilty?

YEAs —62

Alexander (R-TN)
Bond (R-MO)
Cochran (R-MS)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Please note that between the Stimulus Porkapalooza and this latest $410 billion dip at the debt trough, Obama toadies Olympia Snowe and Arlen Specter have personally cost American taxpayers, with interest on the debt, well over a trillion dollars!

/if the Republican party stood for anything resembling conservative economic values and fiscal restraint, this $410 billion porkfest could have easily been stopped dead in it’s tracks

One Response

  1. Congress loves the earmarks as it “spreads the wealth” and drags almost everyone into some form of complicity. When most districts “profit”, dissent is muted. I mean, who complains when a couple of million are brought into their city? By tossing in a few bones, the majority can get their budget passed and get the meat.

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