Congress To Pass Continued Spending Legislation Despite Rhetoric Of Fiscal Cliff

Congress was out of session yesterday, but returned today. The Senate has before it a six-month bill that will keep the government running. The bill is expected to be on Obama’s desk before October 1, the start of fiscal year 2013. The House passed the bill last Thursday. This is simply advancing more deficit spending pushing us further to the “fiscal cliff” for the sake of political expediency.

This piece of legislation claims to hold federal spending at 2012 spending levels. Lawmakers are simply playing politics with this issue.

The Hill reports,

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Lawmakers are loathe to take votes on items of much substance before the presidential election — or for that matter, any elections — for fear it will hurt their campaigns. Thusly, there is an eight-day session with the CR as the major piece of legislation zipping through the chambers.

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The bill has a top-line spending level of $1.047 trillion, which was set in the August 2011 debt-ceiling deal.

The House pushed the bill through, despite 70 Republicans opposing the measure, setting up the last and biggest vote before the election.

The Senate also has its eye on legislation that would help create jobs for veterans returning to civilian life. They should get to that Wednesday, as well, and we’ll see if they can get any agreement on that bill.

Yes that’s right. With all the rhetoric going on about cutting spending and deficits and the national debt, only 70 Republicans stood against this.

Freshman Rep. Jeff Landry (R-LA) said the numbers were too high for him to vote yes. “I don’t like the numbers, I agreed to the Ryan budget,” Landry says. “And based upon the events that have transpired over the last 24 hours around the globe, I don’t think it sends a great message to continue to fund Egypt.”

Speaking of Funding Egypt, the Associated Press reports,

The measure allows for almost $130 million a month in military and economic aid to Egypt since it permits aid to flow at the same rate as current funding.

As for aid to Egypt, it would be permitted at an annualized rate of $1.55 billion — $250 million in economic aid and $1.3 million in military aid, though the actual flow of money is supposed to be contingent on the administration’s willingness to certify that Egypt has met stringent conditions demanded by Congress, including demonstrating that it is taking specific steps toward democracy.

US News reports,

The House voted 329-91 for a six-month continuing resolution to maintain government spending at $1.047 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office estimated this summer that Congress could fund all current programs at $1.039 trillion, but Congress went ahead and filled the $8 billion gap, increasing funding to all programs across the board.

The House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers admitted the legislation was less than ideal.

“This bill essentially punts on the core duty of Congress to complete its annual appropriations and budget work,” Rogers said in a release.

“I voted for it because we have to be adults,” says Rep. Allen West 9R-FL). “We want to govern and we want to take care of our responsibilities and that is the most important thing. I am not going to come up here and cut my nose just to spite my face.”

Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan also voted for the legislation. I’m sure the Democrat led Senate will pass the bill and get it on Obama’s desk and he’ll sign it. The issue is to keep the machinery turning for political expediency, doesn’t matter that this is what has been taking place over the past couple of years or not. We can’t have our precious government at a stall while the rest of the country is sputtering.

Here’s the details of those in favor of the legislation and those that opposed it.

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