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DeMint Pledges to ‘Expose’ and ‘Fight’ Omnibus Bill
NRO - The Corner ^ | December 14, 2010 9:44 P.M. | Robert Costa

Posted on 12/15/2010 12:14:18 AM PST by onyx

Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) is ready to battle over the omnibus spending bill. According to Roll Call, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) has taken notice:

Although Reid had initially intended to begin work on an omnibus spending bill after the tax vote, he is now pushing it off until late Thursday in the face of stiff GOP opposition. Republicans have threatened to filibuster the omnibus, and DeMint said Tuesday that he would force a reading of the bill on the floor, a process that could take 60 to 70 hours, a Reid aide said.

Reid could begin debate on the omnibus bill before Thursday, because Senate rules allow debate on the arms reduction treaty with Russia and the omnibus to occur simultaneously.

However, by delaying the start of the omnibus debate until late Thursday, Reid appears to be trying to box Republican opponents into either voting for the measure Saturday, when the current continuing resolution funding the government will expire, or shut down the government by filibustering the bill.

DeMint warned National Review Online on Monday about Reid’s potential maneuver.  “Sounds like they want to dual-track [the START treaty] with the terrible omnibus bill,” he said. “I’m really concerned . . . . I’m not going to be sleeping very well this week.”

Wesley Denton, a DeMint spokesman, tells NRO that despite pressure from Reid, the South Carolinian plans to read aloud the omnibus bill, for as long as it takes. He will point out that the Senate could easily pass a continuing resolution sans pork-laden projects.

“This 2,000-page bill is so packed with pork and objectionable legislative items it could take weeks until we know the policy implications, but Reid wants to ram it through in a few days,” Denton says. “This stampede of spending and bad policy is exactly what voters rejected in November. Senator DeMint will continue working with Republican colleagues to expose the bill’s waste and he’ll fight to stop the rush to pass it on the Senate floor.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; demint; federalspending
Go to the airwaves on every TV news channel and shut the government down if that's what it takes, to stop this damn thing from passing.

Tell the American people what's going on. Expose every corrupt bastard in the Senate in favor of passing this monstrosity!

1 posted on 12/15/2010 12:14:23 AM PST by onyx
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To: upchuck

DeMint ping please!


2 posted on 12/15/2010 12:14:51 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Hope he is serious and ready to go to war with the traitors who are selling this country out. Sad we don’t see more outrage from the GOP! There is some serious cr@ppola coming down!


3 posted on 12/15/2010 12:21:43 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: antceecee

This must be stopped. The Marxist are going for everything, aided by some lameduck, corrupt RINOS along with some corrupt RINO incumbents we’re still stuck with by the names of Cochrane of Mississippi and Susan Collins of Maine to cite two.


4 posted on 12/15/2010 12:26:54 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Questions

If something passes in this congress can it be rescinded or amended in next congress?

Can something be attached that will prevent it from taking effect without the next congress?

Is there a procedural reason for Republicans to pass the agreed on extension of “tax cuts” now rather than promising a clean up or down vote on it in the next congress that would be retroactive?


5 posted on 12/15/2010 12:31:45 AM PST by woofie
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To: woofie

I don’t think that’s possible.


6 posted on 12/15/2010 12:32:50 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Thanks imhoffe!


7 posted on 12/15/2010 12:43:57 AM PST by MNDude (Legalize drugs! Ban the Happy Meal!)
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To: onyx; All

I heard McCain reading off a list of the projects that had been included for various states. Some of them even sounded reasonable. However, they should not be snuck into some other bill. There should be a specific bill called something like “Special Local Projects”. Since each House member has roughly the same number of constituents, then each member should be assigned the same amount of dollars. Then they can decide how much to allocate for the various projects their constituents ask for. We should analyze how many dollars for each of, lets say the past 4 years, has been used for “pork” add-ons to other bills, then average it, reduce it by 20%, and divide that figure by the number of House members.

Then that would be their allowance for “Special Local Projects.” This would be a tax reduction of 20% and a fair distribution to all members for the use of their constituents. There should be a pledge not to include “pork” in any other bills, with strong party discipline.


8 posted on 12/15/2010 1:10:30 AM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin
What’s in the Omnibus (Blood boiling)

Akaka's bill is plenty reason to stop it.

9 posted on 12/15/2010 1:31:54 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

Oh No! Not a government shutdown. Please don’t throw mw in that Briarpatch.


10 posted on 12/15/2010 1:52:44 AM PST by screaminsunshine (Americanism vs Communism)
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To: onyx

Demint / Bachmann 2012 .


11 posted on 12/15/2010 2:19:13 AM PST by sushiman
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To: onyx
I have an interesting question some of our more enlightened Freepers who might be more informed as to Senatorial Rules may be able to answer is this:

"Dingy" Harry is threatening to keep the Senate in session up to January 4th if necessary, right?

What would happen (and I KNOW the ever condescending, conciliatory, wuss, McConnell would never even consider same) if he suddenly grew a pair and ordered all Republicans to simply refuse to stay after, say, after the 18th, or come back no matter what Reid "orders?"

After all, Reid is not a Dictator and the Senate is a deliberative body and the Senators are responsible and answer to their constituents, so what could he do? Fire them?

Then if the Demo-Rats go thru with passage of any legislation, I believe they would have doomed their party forever, so what's the downside?

12 posted on 12/15/2010 3:12:46 AM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: woofie

Yeah,Its Called We are all Screwed


13 posted on 12/15/2010 3:17:14 AM PST by ballplayer
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To: onyx
time to run out the clock and let the new Congress take over. Reid is acting like a kamikaze
14 posted on 12/15/2010 3:21:00 AM PST by Puddleglum ("due to the record harvest, rationing will continue as usual")
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To: onyx

Just watched Fox and Friends play a clip of Sen McCain speaking from the floor in the senate. Say what you want about McCain but he was dead on in this case. He blasted the bill for ridiculous spending and asked if anyone paid attention to the last election. He was livid. It was nice to see.


15 posted on 12/15/2010 3:29:50 AM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: gleeaikin

I heard McCain’s recitation of the spending. I disagree, none of them were remotely reasonable. They were, for the most part, payoffs to universities for bogus research. If those assholes want to do research, they can do it on their own dime, not mine.


16 posted on 12/15/2010 3:32:47 AM PST by upsdriver (to undo the damage the "intellectual elites" have done. . . . . Sarah Palin for President!)
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To: onyx

I listened to Demint when he said he had a bunch of tricks up his sleeve to stop Obamacare. He needs to quit talking and keep his word.


17 posted on 12/15/2010 3:51:54 AM PST by Galactica
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To: Galactica

Well, just because someone has a bunch of tricks doesn’t mean they will work.


18 posted on 12/15/2010 4:12:56 AM PST by marvlus
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To: onyx
Go Jim! If the Lou Dobbs thread is true, we have to act to stop this travesty. McConnell had better be sure.... If he sold out then he is out!

Mike

19 posted on 12/15/2010 4:23:50 AM PST by MichaelP (It's the end of the world as they know it, and I'm so glad!)
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To: Conservative Vermont Vet

It has to be stopped. I know it takes 60 votes when the full Senate is present, but were the Republicans absent, I don’t know the rules for passing legislation.


20 posted on 12/15/2010 4:27:48 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: upsdriver; Conservative Vermont Vet

I just saw that, too, but I also heard Major Garrett earlier on Imus and he said that Reid is bluffing about calling the lameduck Senate back into session after Christmas.

Well, if that’s true, then filibustering this damn thing MUST BE DONE!


21 posted on 12/15/2010 4:32:29 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

So here’s the list of Senators and the number of earmarks I found for each in this Omnibus - so find your Senator and see what they did in this bill.

Cochran (R-MS) 230
Wicker (R-MS) 199
Murray (D-WA) 172
Harkin (D-IA) 152
Reid (D-NV) 129
Menendez (D-NJ) 123
Feinstein (D-CA) 121
Lautenberg (D-NJ) 120
Lincoln (D-AR) 114
Inouye (D-HI) 113
Schumer (D-NY) 106
Johnson (D-SD) 105
Landrieu (D-LA) 104
Specter (D-PA) 103
Pryor (D-AR) 96
Levin (D-MI) 93
Stabenow (D-MI) 91
Boxer (D-CA) 90
Brown (D-OH) 87
Grassley (R-IA) 86
Bingaman (D-NM) 86
Durbin (D-IL) 86
Akaka (D-HI) 83
Wyden (D-OR) 83
Cardin (D-MD) 79
Merkley (D-OR) 79
Gillibrand (D-NY) 79
Bond (R-MO) 78
Bennett (R-UT) 76
Casey (D-PA) 76
Udall (D-NM) 73
Reed (D-RI) 70
Kerry (D-MA) 69
Cantwell (D-WA) 69
Hagan (D-NC) 69
Voinovich (R-OH) 68
Klobuchar (D-MN) 68
Rockefeller (D-WV) 67
Dodd (D-CT) 66
Mikulski (D-MD) 65
Tester (D-MT) 65
Lieberman (ID-CT) 64
Hutchison (R-TX) 63
Burr (R-NC) 63
Baucus (D-MT) 62
Dorgan (D-ND) 60
Warner (D-VA) 60
Webb (D-VA) 58
Franken (D-MN) 58
Collins (R-ME) 57
Leahy (D-VT) 56
Murkowski (R-AK) 55
Whitehouse (D-RI) 55
Kohl (D-WI) 54
Conrad (D-ND) 52
Vitter (R-LA) 48
Cornyn (R-TX) 45
Snowe (R-ME) 44
Nelson (D-FL) 43
Chambliss (R-GA) 42
Crapo (R-ID) 41
Risch (R-ID) 41
Bennet (D-CO) 40
Brownback (R-KS) 39
Carper (D-DE) 39
Begich (D-AK) 37
McConnell (R-KY) 35
Roberts (R-KS) 35
Sanders (I-VT) 33
Shelby (R-AL) 32
Inhofe (R-OK) 32
Shaheen (D-NH) 32
Alexander (R-TN) 30
Udall (D-CO) 30
Lugar (R-IN) 29
Graham (R-SC) 27
Thune (R-SD) 26
Isakson (R-GA) 24
Nelson (D-NE) 23
Sessions (R-AL) 21
Bunning (R-KY) 21
Ensign (R-NV) 20
Gregg (R-NH) 13
Barrasso (R-WY) 4
Enzi (R-WY) 3
Hatch (R-UT) 1
Bayh (D-IN) 1
Corker (R-TN) 1
Brown (R-MA) 1
McCain (R-AZ) 0
Feingold (D-WI) 0
Kyl (R-AZ) 0
DeMint (R-SC) 0
Coburn (R-OK) 0
McCaskill (D-MO) 0
Johanns (R-NE) 0
LeMieux (R-FL) 0
Manchin (D-WV) 0
Coons (D-DE) 0
Kirk (R-IL) 0

When you take a long look at those earmark numbers, you can see that more Democrats are up on the high end in terms of earmarks, with a lot more Republicans down here on the low end of the scale.


22 posted on 12/15/2010 4:35:38 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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FROM THIS OTHER THREAD: What’s in the Omnibus (Blood boiling) = POST # 4
23 posted on 12/15/2010 4:39:15 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

At this point, shutting down the government would be akin to derailing a runaway freight train... a freight train that is headed for a school... and on fire.

Close the doors in Washington.


24 posted on 12/15/2010 4:57:49 AM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: snowrip

I think I quite agree. This is all really out of control.


25 posted on 12/15/2010 5:03:33 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx
Reid is fighting the last war...the pre-TEA Party war. This is a major error on his part.

The RATS and RINOS cannot accept the fact that the TEA Party is a major game changer and the American People are now committed and engaged in the political fight. What worked before ObamaCare will no longer work today.

26 posted on 12/15/2010 5:58:07 AM PST by Redleg Duke (We didn't limit out, but we nailed a bunch of RATS!)
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To: onyx; 506Lake; alrea; Amanda King; americanophile; Artemis Webb; Babsig; be-baw; ...
DeMint ping please!

You betcha!

  
Jim
DeMint
Ping!

Want on or off this ping list? Just FReepmail me.

Follow Sen. DeMint on Twitter.

27 posted on 12/15/2010 6:45:44 AM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: onyx

Cochran’s office is going to voicemail. Wicker’s office said he will now vote against it after hearing from the people, which means it could still pass. These Magnolia State senators need to hear from the Tea Party!!!!


28 posted on 12/15/2010 11:24:17 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: Sybeck1

Cochrane’s on board to vote *yes*!
Keep calling that traitor.

GOOD that Wicker has changed his mind.


29 posted on 12/15/2010 11:32:48 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: onyx

30 posted on 12/15/2010 11:49:36 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Memo to Mitt Romney: Just go away.............)
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To: Sybeck1

LOL. Perfect. He won’t run in 2014 anyway. He’s been acting like arrogant since ‘08. He’s still planning to vote *yes.*

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31 posted on 12/15/2010 11:55:57 AM PST by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: upsdriver; All

My point is that some communities believe their tax dollars should be spent on these items. Thus I believe that each Congressman should have a right to his proportional share of a total amount that would be, let’s say 20%, less than is currently being spent on earmarks, and then let their constituents hold them accountable for what they choose to spend it for.


32 posted on 12/15/2010 12:44:29 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: onyx

Democrats confiscating more property.


33 posted on 12/15/2010 3:52:35 PM PST by alrea
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To: onyx
Wow.

Thanks for that list!

34 posted on 12/15/2010 3:55:13 PM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, how's that Lockerbie bomber deal investigation coming along?)
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