GOP back stabbing with Omnibus spending bill in Lame Duck session of Congress?

A drum beat has been going on with little light of day. The debate? Whether this lame duck session will pass a short-term CR or an Omnibus spending bill that will take funding the government through September of 2015. This would preclude any attempts at reining in the government until then. Why in the world after all of the CR’s would we now not do one for a couple of months and attempt to control this out of control government when we will have both Houses of Congress? Deal with the Immigration issue as a separate issue? Obamacare? EPA?

An omnibus spending package funding the government through next September is expected to hit the House floor next week, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing told The Hill.

Hing said negotiators made significant progress over the Thanksgiving holiday in crafting a full omnibus bill, which would include appropriations for the entire government.

House Republican leaders are pitching a plan that would fund nearly all government agencies through next September except the Department of Homeland Security. DHS – which oversees nearly all immigration operations – would only be funded until March. That vote is likely to come next week, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting Tuesday morning. (We know this is not going anywhere and/or is meaningless)

Read more: Politico

The biggest battle is going on in the choosing of the Senate Chairs. Sessions is fighting for Chair of the Budget Committee. He is key to any hope of the Conservatives stopping the Obama juggernaut whether it be Immigration or Obamacare, EPA, you name it.

Two Republican senators are facing off in a bitter battle for the chairmanship of the Senate Budget Committee, which could turn into a “proxy war” on immigration, Talking Points Memo reported.

In the wake of the GOP taking control of the Senate, Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, a longtime committee member, is seeking to reclaim his seniority over Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the committee’s ranking member.

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Oh we now hear the Democratic Senators exclaim how unacceptable it would be not to pass the Omnibus bill. How could the government function really? Truth be told, the Senators for years failed to offer a budget as required by law.

But far worse, are our turn coat GOpers starting to sing the same tune.

Update from Weasel Zippers:

Sessions: House GOP Is Already Close To Breaking Their 2014 Election Promises…

Via National Review:

Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) suggested that House Republicans are on the verge of breaking their campaign promise to fight President Obama’s administrative amnesty, as evidenced by the legislative text currently being circulated.

Sessions said that the proposed language “fails to meet [the] test” established by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who promised earlier this year that the GOP would do everything possible to thwart Obama’s executive orders.

Obama’s temper tantrum: ‘To hell with Congress’ and your bill

It turns out that the latest omnibus spending bill that no one read is just filled with more good news, Obama plans on not abiding by the bill he signed.

The American Spectatorsummarizes:

This isn’t just a matter of choosing how to interpret unclear provisions of a law;this is explicitly refusing to abide by clear-as-day provisions in a law he just signed. As I have written repeatedly,this man has dangerously authoritarian tendencies. He is a menace.

Expose Obama has a good breakdown of the temper tantrum our fearless leader is having. Slide over to the The Washington Times piece to get a feel of the arrogance of our despot.

Emily Miller of The Washington Times reports that Obama plans to violate the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill he signed on Friday. Instead,he issued a signing statement that he and Eric Holder’s Justice Department believe the bill is “subject to well-founded constitutional objections.” (Here’s the text of the statement.)

What are they? That Congress has asked to be notified if U.S. troops are placed under foreign command. It does not ban the practice of placing U.S. troops under foreign generals;it simply requires that Congress be notified beforehand. Expose Obama gives you the why of Obama having his knickers in a knot over this.

The bill —which Obama signed —defunded four of his nine czars. Zero-funding these offices,Obama wrote,“could prevent me from fulfilling my constitutional responsibilities.”

Altogether,these acts,Obama writes,represent “constitutionally impermissible forms of congressional aggrandizement.” Why am I laughing myself silly??

And for those of us who are having our own temper tantrum and threatening to walk away from our Rhino to be, do you really want more of this? Do you think four more years of this is better?

Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending measure, 57-35 vote tally

 Only time will reveal the porkulus in this one. And more to come with the passage of the Defense funding bill, the next in line– saving that one to add anything on to it that may have been forgotten for the Senator”s home town. Who is to pay for this absurdity? Over 5000 “earmarks”- whence cometh this absurd term for graft and corruption?

Here is the individual  vote Tally:

Sen. Kyl’s thoughts on the matter:

I would suggest that President Obama and his White House officials and staff stop trying to blame President Bush for everything. If the President has been in office long enough to get the Nobel Peace Prize, presumably he’s been in office long enough to do something about the public debt or unemployment. He’s done something about it alright. Unemployment up from 7.6 percent to 10 percent, and the national debt from 10.6 trillion to 12 trillion dollars.

Senate Democrats overcame the opposition Saturday when the Senate voted 60-34 to end debate and clear the way for a final vote.
Republican fiscal hawks Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), as well as centrist Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), were among the Republicans who voted against it. Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Evan Bayh (Ind.) voted against it while GOP Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.) voted in favor of it.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele reacted to passage of the omnibus bill by calling on President Barack Obama to veto it.

“Poll after poll have made it clear that this kind of irresponsible and excessive spending is unacceptable, but Democrats simply aren’t getting the message,” Steele said. “Now the American people are looking to President Obama to stand true to this campaign promises of fiscal responsibility and stage an economic intervention on his spend happy colleagues by vetoing this bill. I encourage President Obama to stand firm against the peer pressure and ‘just say no’ to Congressional Democrats.”

The only measure excluded was the bill funding the Pentagon. Leaders deliberately left it out so they could use it for a vehicle for other high-priority items the House would like to turn to this week. If Congress fails to pass the defense-spending bill by the end of the week when the current continuing resolution funding the government expires, it will have to pass an extension.

Oink Oink, Another Pork-Stuffed Omnibus Spending Bill

Oink Oink, the pigs come to the trough once again! We will see you all 2010! Special Saturday vote– lucky us. And if this isn’t enough, a Judge has ruled that ACORN must remain at the trough also. Congress cannot deny them funds, Merry, Merry Christmas. From my house to yours!

It wouldn’t be the Holiday Season  without Congress rushing through another pork-filled omnibus spending bill. This year, not even a recession or $1.4 trillion budget deficit prompted even the slightest deviation from business-as-usual budgeting. Here are two key observations on this year’s spend-o-rama:

First, while most people have focused on health care and cap-and-trade, discretionary spending has leaped by 25 percent since the Democrats took the Congressional majority three years ago — plus $311 billion in additional “stimulus” discretionary spending. This comes to $561 billion more in discretionary spending over these three years than if they had limited growth to the baseline inflation rate. Worse, this new spending has pushed the 2011–2020 discretionary spending baseline $1.7 trillion higher than three years ago. We’ll be paying this bill for decades.

Even with a massive budget deficit, this Congress raised their own office allowances by 8.4 percent, and gave huge increases to LIHEAP (120 percent), the Corporation for National and Community Service (mostly Americorps, 30 percent), Transportation Security Administration (20 percent) and the NEA and NEH (8.1 percent each).

Second, remember President Obama’s pledge to “slash earmarks to no greater than 1994 levels” of 1,318? He followed up that promise by signing a pork-laden omnibus bill in February, and then promising once again to cut pork next time. House Democrats made similar pledges. Well, this bill contains 5,224 earmarks, bringing the year’s total to 8,939, and with a remaining defense bill that will likely push the total past 10,000 (this year’s whoppers includes $750,000 for the World Food Prize in Des Moines). In other words: promises made, promises brazenly broken. After blasting the GOP majority for exceeding 10,000 earmarks twice in twelve years, the Democratic majority will have exceeded 10,000 in each of its first three years. And President Obama — who recently said, “If my administration evaluates an earmark and determines that it has no legitimate public purpose, then we will seek to eliminate it” — hasn’t publicly criticized a single earmark.
Is this the “change” the American people voted for?


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