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$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Easily Approved by Congress

It had a little bit of everything to tempt the palate of most lawmakers, including gun-violence prevention cash and home-state pet projects.

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Bridget Johnson

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January 16, 2014 - 5:10 pm
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WASHINGTON — The Senate passed a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriations bill tonight, sending the spending whopper to President Obama’s desk for a signature and leaving the hacktivist collective Anonymous simply commenting on its Twitter account, “Where is the cash coming from?”

The vote on the 1,500-page monstrosity, a deal announced on Monday, in the upper chamber was as easy — 72-26 — as it was in the House yesterday, where it passed 359-67.

Supporters hailed it as another step toward comity in Congress on the heels of the bipartisan budget agreement forged and passed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) at the end of last year.

“I’m pleased that Congress has come together to fill in the details of the framework Chairman Ryan and I agreed on in December and fund the government in a way that invests in families and communities across the country,” Murray said. “Moving forward I hope we will build on this bipartisan work rather than returning to the economic hostage-taking and artificial crises we saw far too much of last year.”

The omnibus included all 12 appropriations bills and was forged in negotiations with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), as well as a few dozen Democrats and Republicans from both chambers of Congress. “It is truly a bipartisan agreement that a significant number of members worked on day and night over the holidays,” Mikulski said.

It had a little bit of everything to tempt the palate of most lawmakers, including gun-violence prevention appropriations cheered by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). The bill includes $115 million for Obama’s “Now is the Time” initiative to expand access to mental health services, $128 million for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to conduct background checks, $58.5 million for states to improve their criminal background check databases, $75 million for the National Institute of Justice to conduct a new Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, and $15 million to train local police on how to respond to active shooter situations.

“Thankfully, the resources included in this bill will make it easier for these people – who are frequently the victims of violent crime – to get help,” Murphy said. “Furthermore, I applaud the bill’s commitment to improving our nation’s criminal background check system, which will help take guns out of the hands of criminals and prevent them committing heinous acts of violence against innocent victims.”

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said he got “several key provisions that are critically important to Georgians and the economic future of our state,” including “language that will help us make progress with Georgia’s number one economic development project – the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project.”

“I’m also pleased that this bill prevents cuts to benefits for military widows and widowers as well as for disabled veterans that were set to take place in 2015,” Isakson added. “…While this bill is not perfect, it is a step in the right direction toward getting Congress back in the business of budgeting and appropriating, rather than continuing the pattern of last-minute showdowns on short-term patches.”

Mikulski got $417 million in funding for the Office on Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice as part of the omnibus. “Now that our efforts to reauthorize VAWA 2013 have succeeded, I know that it is more important than ever to make sure that we continue making strong investments in programs to combat domestic abuse, dating violence and sexual assault; protect women, families, underserved victim populations, and our communities; and help rebuild lives,” she said.

Alaska got funding for fisheries management, support for mental health programs, and payments to tribes for operating health programs that the administration has not been making as required by contract.

“While I am adamant about reducing the deficit and cutting the fat from the federal budget, I was aggressive about leveraging my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee to ensure Alaskans receive their fair share of federal investment dollars,” said Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska).

In addition to Isakson and Shelby, GOP “yeas” came from Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), David Vitter (R-La.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

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The porkiest state in the nation continues on it's roll with HI reps bragging how the state scored once more. How do "native? Hawaiians continuously reap what is awarded to Native American Tribes elsewhere? Are we not all American in America?

http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/11628/Omnibus-Laden-With-744M-Federal-Pork-for-Hawaii.aspx
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They're being compensated for the Battle of Diamond Head.
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in a bill which it is being reported nobody read, congress couldn't find the ability to cut 1 penny from every dollar, and save the American Taxpayers from borrowing more, and leaving more debt to the next generation.

and yet, they call this something good.

What a bunch of failures, that need to be removed from office, and put conservatives, and fiscally responsible people in office.

Maybe more CPAs, and business men, and less lawyers, and political career opportunists
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payday loans are the way to go
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Bipartisan - adj. - definition. (Revised 2013). Democrats get everything they want, Republicans get to be called 'bipartisan'.
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“While I am adamant about reducing the deficit and cutting the fat from the federal budget, I was aggressive about leveraging my position on the (Fill in the blank) Committee to ensure (Fill in the blank) citizens receive their fair share of federal investment dollars”

The motto of the Ruling Class. A deal supported by the Ruling Class and opposed by the Country Class is not "bipartisan"!!
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Back in October the GOP poobahs told us to "focus on ObamaCare". Apparently, what they really meant was "Take your eye offthe ball" so that they could pass this monstrosity! Next will be Amnesty. And worse is that despite the "focus on ObamaCare" rhetoric, they have not lifted a finger to begin undoing it. And Worst of all they are quietly positioning themselves to accept ObamaCare as a fait accompli and "focus" only on tweaking it around the edges.

Lying sacks of .....
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I've gotten to the point where I am going to have to take a break from politics for a while. I get sick at my heart and stomach every single time I see the articles about the continued mess they make and their total disregard for what their constituents desire and need. I have disgust for all of them!
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lol

"Spend all you want, we'll print more" :)

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"sending the spending whopper to President Obama’s desk for a signature and leaving the hacktivist collective Anonymous simply commenting on its Twitter account, “Where is the cash coming from?”"
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There's the rub, eh? The Bank of China - or maybe from the Gulf oil conglomerates - and more and more some customer service desk in India times hundreds of thousands?

I think of these as circular dollars - we lay out money for goods products and services from these countries - they take what they need then 'loan' us the money so they can take from the circle once again.
Our yet to be born are signing the IOU's.

It sounds like a perpetual motion money machine - only it can't go on forever. In fact its beginning to slow...


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