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The Omnibus Spending Bill 2010 - An "Obamanible" Snow Job
By Scott Rohter
Dateline: December 17, 2010
The Omnibus Spending Bill a.k.a. the “Obamnibus Spending Bill” was defeated yesterday in Congress without so much as a vote ever being taken, when the Democrats realized that they could not peel off enough moderate Republican votes to pass the bill. (It was necessary to get some Republican support because not all Democrats were in favor of the abominable bill.) Senator Clair McCaskill, D. Missouri publically stated on the floor of the Senate that she would not support the bill. That left the Democrats with a maximum potential of 58 votes in favor of the bill, which was not enough for passage. Senator Harry Reid then withdrew the bill for consideration and no official vote was ever taken.
This morning, Senator Susan Collins’ office refused to comment on whether she had in fact supported the bill or not. The following Senator’s offices were not available for comment:
Senator Olympia Snow, R. Maine
Senator Scott Brown, R. Mass.
Senator George Voinovich, R. Ohio
The Omnibus Spending Bill was over 1900 pages long, and was written months ago but it was deliberately held back until the last few days of this “Lame Duck Session”, just before the Christmas break, and the Democrats intended to try to force it through Congress before anyone could actually get a good look at it. However, that did not occur primarily because of the opposition of Senator Clair McCaskill, D. Missouri, who objected to all of the earmarks, and because the Republicans in the Senate closed ranks and presented a unified opposition. The Omnibus Spending Bill contained over 6000 Congressional earmarks and totaled 1.3 trillion dollars, and had plenty of “Congressional bacon” for everyone! Its defeat was a victory for America. After the new Congress is seated, perhaps we can expect that our newly elected representatives in Washington will propose and consider a more common sense spending measure!
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