Posts Tagged ‘earmarks’

Reid Kills $1.2 Trillion Spending Bill To Push For Dream Act Amnesty For Illegals Bill

Harry Reid tables the $1.2 trillion spending bill in favor of pushing through the the rest of the progressive democrat’s agenda, including votes on the Dream Act and a bill to repeal “Don’t ask, Don’t Tell”. Senate majority leader Harry Reid caved in after Senator Jim DeMint demanded the nearly 2000 page, earmark laden, omnibus bill be read aloud on the Senate flood.

The Senate will move to pass a “Continuing Resolution” to fund the government on a temporary basis. A similar CR has already passed the house. This will allow the Republicans to strip out the offensive earmarks and get a more GOP friendly bill considered in the next session of congress.

As previously reported here on Upstate Voice, critics suggest the Dream Act is nothing more than a back door plan to provide amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens and their family members. Reid has scheduled the Dream Act for a vote on Saturday.

GOP Leaders Continue To Support The Earmark Bribe Culture

It’s not surprising the political establishment elite in D.C. don’t want to give up the carrots they dangle in front of colleagues when trying to get their vote for a piece of legislation. This is just more of the same old corrupt process politicians use to pass flawed and costly legislation on Capital Hill. Most voters are outraged over this kind of outright bribery and have had enough of it.

According to Politco, GOP establishment leader Mitch McConnell is plotting behind the scenes to oppose an earmark ban.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is maneuvering behind the scenes to defeat a conservative plan aimed at restricting earmarks, setting up a high-stakes showdown that pits the GOP leader and his “Old Bull” allies against Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and a new breed of conservative senators.

The argument that earmarks only amount to a few billion dollars, in a budget of trillions, completely misses the point. Citizens are wising up and are demanding the process for passing legislation be reformed to eliminate the corrupt process of earmarks, which are slipped into legislation at the last minute as a bribe to get those last few votes.

Certainly, states need funds appropriated for critical projects but those appropriations need to be discussed openly in committee, debated openly on the floor of congress and given an up or down vote, based on merit, not on political favoritism or bribes for votes.

We need to contact our elected officials and let them know how we feel. We should strongly urge them to support the ban on earmarks, lest we replace them with someone who will.