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Friday, February 13, 2009

House passes non-compromise Pork-A-Palooza

No surprise here, folks; none at all:

The House has passed a $787 billion plan to resuscitate the economy, handing President Barack Obama a big victory.

The measure was passed on a 246-183, with no Republican "yes" votes. It will now go to the Senate, where a vote is expected later Friday.

The eight-inch thick measure combines
tax cuts for individuals and businesses with a half-trillion dollars in government spending for infrastructure, health care and help for cash-starved state governments. Seniors would get a $250 bonus Social Security check.

Eight Democrats voted against the bill.

Obama claims that the plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs. But Republicans said it won't work because it has too little in tax cuts and spreads too much money around to everyday projects like computer upgrades for federal agencies.

202-224-3121. Let's light up those Senate phones because they're lsated to vote on this tonight. Try to appeal to moderate Democrats, or newly installed ones like Michael Bennet (replaced Ken Salazar in CO) and Kirsten Gillibrand (replaced Hillary Clinton in NY). Put a call out to Judd Gregg praising him for withdrawing from the Commerce secretary nomination, and returning to the Senate where we need him. If you think it will help, try to pound some sense into the traitorous trio of Collins, Snowe, and Specter.

We can't stop it, save McConnell lining up enough to hold a filibuster, which is very unlikely. But what the GOP in the Senate can do is hold the line, and vote against it. Make it a party line vote, and make the Democrats own what they created. The GOP didn't have a say in it, and any amendments offered up by the GOP in the Senate have either been watered-down, or removed completely.

The Democrats want this? Fine. Make them own it.

Publius II

UPDATE: The roll call is here. Also the news report is incorrect. SEVEN Democrats voted against it, and one voted "present" (I'm sure President Barry is happy to see a fellow Democrat following in his footsteps). Via Slublog at AoSHQ here's the list of Democrats who voted "no":

Bobby Bright, Alabama
Peter DeFazio, Oregon
Parker Griffith, Alabama
Walt Minnick, Idaho
Collin Peterson, Minnesota
Heath Shuler, North Carolina
Gene Taylor, Mississippi

So 183 people kept their heads and their beliefs in check, and voted against the Pork-A-Palooza. Now if we can just get our caucus in the Senate on the same page.

Publius II


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