Congress Just Authorized $1.1 Trillion in Spending ... And Nobody Read the Bill


We are so lucky to live in a country where we have representation. Think about it – we all get to choose someone to go to Washington DC and look out for our best interests. We all have a voice, and we can all rest assured that those elected officials will diligently work for us, their constituents.

Please note my sarcasm.

It's triggered by the recent spending bill passed by Congress – all 1, 582 pages of it.

Wouldn't you think that before authorizing something so massive that our members of Congress would have read it? Or at the very least, have hired someone to read it and summarize it for them?

Nope.

According to one very amused congressman, Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) nobody read this massive bill. Trust me, this is really funny. You'll laugh too.

On Capitol Hill on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Blumenauer: "The omnibus bill yesterday, it was 1,582 pages, did you have a chance to read all the pages before voting on it?"

Blumenauer laughed and said: "Nobody did!"

"Nobody did?" said the CNSNews.com reporter.

"Nope," said Blumenauer.

(source)

This isn't even "corruption." It goes way beyond that. This is our elected representatives giving us the middle finger and then laughing about it. Because it's all a big joke to them. They make salaries most of us can only dream about earning and they don't even have enough respect for those of us who put them into office to, I don't know, do their jobs!

How much do they make, you ask? Members of Congress are paid $174,000 per year for their "service." Some with special jobs receive more. For Example, House Speaker John Boehner receives $223,500.

Then, of course, there is a budget for each office. Are you sitting down? Each office budgets between $1.27 million to $1.546 million. Congress has 535 members. So at the minimum, $679,450,000 is paid to run the offices of these people who do not care enough to read the bills that they are voting on…in our best interests, of course.

Almost $700 million dollars is spent on staffing and office expenses, and no one had time to read a bill before voting 'yes' and signing it into law.

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  • KDip23

    People get so amped up on here like it's their first time hearing about stuff like this; then you make these plans of takeover and that you never follow through.

  • disqus_dDOVNnCOZH

    We the people voted them in. Are we going to vote them out in the next election? If not then we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

    • Brian Baertlein

      You think our elections are fair?

  • 7thPillar

    If you aren't "Runnin' for the Border," you outta be.

    Taco Bell is even better in Central and South America.

    The Boot-Strap Expat
    http://7thpillar.wordpress.com/

  • TESS KOMAS

    This entire government become such a joke - a perfect reflection of who gave them that power. VOTERS.

  • Malcolm Jensen

    It's called crisis management. They do nothing purposely to create a last minute crisis and then respond with a bill that was prepared months ago. This bill will be a massive 1500 to 2000 pages long. When the time is right and the crisis declared the bill is introduced as an emergency stopgap measure and the politicians must pass it to "Save our country". Remember the gorgeous Nancy Pelosi standing at the podium and saying "We must pass this 15,000 page bill to find out what's in it." If what they just passed is as bad as Obamacare we are doomed.

  • Lady Patriot

    An additional 1.1 trillion $$ to spend...while military personnel have to buy their own uniforms and fatigues. I know that sounds trivial, but it's just an example of how unequal our world has become. Why aren't some of the morons in congress recalled and why isn't Obama impeached and sent to Federal prison? There seems to be something strange brewing in Washington.

    • Malcolm Jensen

      I joined the U S Navy in 1964 and I was issued a sea bag of uniforms. I paid for that gear with money deducted from my paycheck every month. Paying for uniforms has been happening since the civil war.

    • Lady Patriot

      I think you'd better look into military history a little more closely. Enlistees did NOT pay for their first issue of clothing before 1964, at least. If you did so, it may be because the Navy started requiring payment from personnel at that time. Besides that, you should have gotten an "allowance" for your clothing each year thereafter, so in effect...you did not pay. I have a few military men in my family.

      The Civil War was another matter. Our military was still relatively young, clothing couldn't be mass produced, and many soldiers did indeed pay to have someone make a uniform for them.

    • mcbvet

      First you all better think before you write anything!! Enlisted personnel DO NOT pay for their uniforms!! and we DO NOT have fatigues any longer. If a uniform becomes unservicable through normal wear and tear, itis turned in ad replaced, however most just go out and buy a few extras just in case. Officers, on the other hand are required to purchase much of their uniforms. There is a clothing allowance paid to service members,,,,however small it is,,wont buy a complete uniform. Do Not start spouting off about things you know nothing about.

    • Guest

      I think YOU should read the whole discussion before getting so hot under the collar, so bug off old man and have another shot of whiskey.

    • john4637

      Discussion regarding Congressional salaries now all about which branches of our enlisted military purchases their uniforms. No wonder we are in trouble, we cannot even have a one topic conversation, let alone think about how to solve this serious crisis we are now experiencing.

    • Lady Patriot

      Our neighbor's daughter just joined the Navy. Money is being deducted from her pay for her clothing. During a discussion with other veterans (3 of them including my husband), it was agreed they NEVER paid for their first issue of clothing in the military and were surprised she had to do so. Malcolm Jensen claims he had to pay, too.

  • Defend 2nd Amendment

    Tax payers' money = easy money.

  • Ron

    Ever wonder what they really do for that hefty salary they get?

    • Lady Patriot

      I don't know about the salaries, but here are various grants given by our government, like the one to study albino squirrels, and the one to study the effect of cocaine on the mating habits of quails, etc.... Then there's money given to the IRS to party, party, party...Do you see how crazy our government has become?

  • J J

    Does anyone in Congress even know how to read??? Or do they just know how to push the button??? We need to get rid of all of them and start fresh with some people who are willing to abide by the Constitution and the laws of the land!!!!!!!!! It's despicable that we are having to follow laws passed by lawmakers who didn't read the bill and then won't take any responsibility for their actions!!!!!

    • Lady Patriot

      I know there's people in congress who aren't too bright. The rest of them just have no common sense.

  • Shawn W Janke

    The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed with the blood of tyrants. It took less than 3% to thwart the British in the 1770's. 3% today would be all the deer hunters in three Midwest states.