Skip to comments.DeMint Pledges to ‘Expose’ and ‘Fight’ Omnibus Bill
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.”
Tell the American people what's going on. Expose every corrupt bastard in the Senate in favor of passing this monstrosity!
DeMint ping please!
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!
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.
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?
I don’t think that’s possible.
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.
Akaka's bill is plenty reason to stop it.
Oh No! Not a government shutdown. Please don’t throw mw in that Briarpatch.
Demint / Bachmann 2012 .
"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?
Yeah,Its Called We are all Screwed
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.
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.
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.
Well, just because someone has a bunch of tricks doesn’t mean they will work.
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.
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