“A total mess”: GOP in revolt over massive new $1.1 trillion spending bill

posted at 5:40 pm on December 14, 2010 by Allahpundit

Supposedly it’s the giant number of earmarks involved in the bill that have them balking, but really they just don’t want to be locked into a Democratic Congress’s spending plan for another year. Better to pass a continuing resolution before Saturday — the deadline for funding the government, or else it shuts down — and let the tea-party Congress put out its own bill in January.

After all, elections have consequences. Or do they?

Republicans poring over a 1,924-page overarching spending bill proposed by Democrats to cover the rest of the fiscal year are threatening to
grind the legislation to a halt, citing massive earmark spending, which, if passed, would be enacted into law without debate in the full Senate.

Two sources who spoke to Fox News are describing the legislation as
“a total mess.”…

In total, more than 20,000 earmark requests are listed. The financial services earmark chart, for instance, lists 220 earmark requests from dozens of lawmakers, mostly in the House, each worth anywhere from $50,000 to $2.4 million. The largest sum was requested by Inouye and his Hawaii colleague Sen. Daniel Akaka for “Bank on USA” demonstration projects” in their state. The projects are designed to give underserved communities greater access to financial institutions…

“All hell is breaking loose,” the source told Fox News, noting that Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina were expected to insist the omnibus bill be read in its entirety by the clerk on the Senate floor before a vote is held. They also were expected to seek debate on all earmarks and any amendments.

McConnell says no one in the GOP caucus has seen the bill yet, and even retiring Republican Judd Gregg is demanding that it be scrapped in favor of a continuing resolution. Which means a Senate filibuster is a foregone conclusion, right? Wrong: No fewer than four Republicans — Bond, Collins, and retirees Bennett and Voinovich — are thinking of voting for it. The only Democrat I’ve heard of who’s considering opposing it is Claire McCaskill, who’s up in 2012 and wants an amendment capping discretionary spending in order to appease Missouri voters in the general campaign. Democrats would love to be able to spare her from having to vote yes in order to protect her for the election, so those four Republican votes will have not only policy consequences but potentially electoral ones too.

Exit question: Are DeMint and Coburn really going to force a full reading of the bill? No wonder Reid’s threatening to hold this sucker over until January 5.

Update: In case you’re not sufficiently excited about the bill already: “Indeed, the Senate bill has more pork fat than the House counterpart passed last week, and far worse, it contains funding for Obamacare implementation.”

Update: Idle thought: Does taking a stand on the omnibus spending bill buy the GOP some leeway among the base to support the tax cuts deal? It’d be a lot easier to quietly vote yes on extending unemployment benefits while making a lot of noise about getting rid of earmarks.



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If it does, Buh, Bye, Cox Cable…

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:45 PM

That’s why I asked, my friend.

Knucklehead on December 14, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Yup. I knew that darlin’

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:48 PM

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:48 PM

I was just re-enforcing/reiterating.

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:50 PM

40 hours? Bring it on baby

cmsinaz on December 14, 2010 at 6:51 PM

Yup. I knew that darlin’

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:48 PM

Gotta keep my travel budget flush. So many places to go, so little cash.

Knucklehead on December 14, 2010 at 6:52 PM

No fewer than four Republicans — Bond, Collins, and retirees Bennett and Voinovich — are thinking of voting for it.
All of them but Collins are retiring. Roy Blunt was just elected to replace Kit Bond. Bastards.

lizzie beth on December 14, 2010 at 6:21 PM

What’s ironic is Claire-Bear is thinking of voting against it…The buzz is that Jim Talent as well as the already declared Sarah Steeleman (sp)plan to run for the R side of the ticket opposing her in ’12.
Roy Blunt has been very vocal that he won’t sign the “No earmark” pledge as he is a protege of Bond: King of Earmarks. I held my nose and voted for him in the general, but enthusiastically cast a ballot for his opponent in the primary. This sickens me!

Chewy the Lab on December 14, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Mara Liasson should be fired from NPR FNC for being a water girl.

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:53 PM

Mara Liasson has Bette Davis insane eyes.

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Chewy the Lab on December 14, 2010 at 6:52 PM

Hey darlin’
Wondering if the Rino crowd here will vote for Ben Judas Nelson (D) limpy after this $hit?

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:59 PM

The Dems did not learn a cotton-pickin’ thing from November 2nd. Idjits.

kingsjester on December 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Neither did some Repugnicans, apparently.

Midas on December 14, 2010 at 7:00 PM

http://atdhe.net/4371/watch-fox-news

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 6:31 PM
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Does that work all the time? For all Fox shows?

Knucklehead on December 14, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Knucklehead:Yes,same one that is on TV.Wifey is watching
TV,so I click the link,and watch it on my mon
itor thingy!!:)

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM

The Dems did not learn a cotton-pickin’ thing from November 2nd. Idjits.

kingsjester on December 14, 2010 at 5:44 PM

In a sense, they did. They leanred they had only six weeks to use the power they had, and they must ram through pork, DADT, DREAM and START, plus a federal land grab.

Wethal on December 14, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Not very articulate, but below is my message sent to Bond’s website. All ya’ll MO Hotairians…send him a message, please!

“Please, sir, I DO NOT vote for this horrific budget bill! I know you are known for earmarks, but this is way, way too over the top.
At this point in our nation’s financial condition, this is tantamount to a family which is on food stamps and medicaid which also lives in public housing, selling the foodstamps, subletting the apartment, and “scalping” their prescriptions to buy a big screen tv. It is obscene, at best.
Pledge to vote NO!”

Chewy the Lab on December 14, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Knucklehead on December 14, 2010 at 6:43 PM
If it does, Buh, Bye, Cox Cable…

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 6:45 PM

OmahaConservative:This is the same link I put up since the
MidTerm Election night,and so far,no pro
blems!:)

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:06 PM

Is Ben Nelson Traitor D NE voting FOR this?
Since he likes his pizza homeade maybe he will began to like the home shopping network to.

Make the lyin traitor miserable!

These commiecrats need to be afraid to show their faces in public!

It’s OK for Code Pinkos its ok for Patriots too!

dhunter on December 14, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Yes,same one that is on TV.Wifey is watching
TV,so I click the link,and watch it on my mon
itor thingy!!:)

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM

After all this time, your encrypted posts still need deciphering for me. So that’s an affirmative, eh mate? We can stream FNC 24/7 at your link?

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 7:07 PM

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Cool beans!

Bye bye Dish!

Knucklehead on December 14, 2010 at 7:08 PM

Wow, I guess it really is absolutely true – elections simply don’t matter anymore. The political system of liberty and self-governance that the founders left us is simply gone now.

Waiting and hoping that the next election will change things simply isn’t the required course of action anymore.

Midas on December 14, 2010 at 7:10 PM

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Cool beans!

Bye bye Dish!

Knucklehead on December 14, 2010 at 7:08 PM

I am soooooo with you on this.
Anything to save a utility bill.

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 7:17 PM

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:06 PM

I can get weather, FNC and local online. F* Cox Cable.

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 7:20 PM

SHUT IT DOWN!
Reid and all of his little troglodyte friends is a POS.

Who wrote this thing anyway? I think Issa should look into it on January 5 so he can answer the question: who’s been running this country into the ground, anyway?

Yellowdog12 on December 14, 2010 at 7:25 PM

$1.1 trillion???????? :o GULP!!!!

Obviously, the Democrats STILL aren’t listening.

capejasmine on December 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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After all this time, your encrypted posts still need deciphering for me. So that’s an affirmative, eh mate? We can stream FNC 24/7 at your link?

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 7:07 PM

OmahaConservative:For anyone on H/A,or is veiwing H/A,
oh,its your link now!!:)

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:30 PM

canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:06 PM
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I can get weather, FNC and local online. F* Cox Cable.

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 7:20 PM

OmahaConservative:Cool,heres another good link,who needs
Sirius Radio!:)
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canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:34 PM

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canopfor on December 14, 2010 at 7:34 PM

Wonderful. Thanks, boro.

OmahaConservative on December 14, 2010 at 7:41 PM

“Today we have the opportunity to complete the great unfinished business of our society and pass health insurance reform for all Americans as a right, not a privilege,” Pelosi said before the House approved the bill, which first passed the Senate on Christmas Eve. “

The Commies ruined our Christmas last year its’ payback time SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT! Pass no bills but CR Shut it down until Jan 6th!

What if NO REpubs show up in house or Senate do they lack a quorum such that nothing can pass.

DO IT ANY WAY YOU HAVE TO OR BE GONE REPUBS. GIVE THE COMMIES THE CHRISTMAS GOOSE ON THEIR WAY OUT!

dhunter on December 14, 2010 at 7:43 PM

All I hear: Republican crickets.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 14, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Didn’t McCain offer a bill to clear out all the earmarks? What happened to that?

Zaggs on December 14, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Didn’t McCain offer a bill to clear out all the earmarks? What happened to that?

Zaggs on December 14, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Ah the RINO herd lead by McSame is waiting until the New Year when Repubs are in control to limit Earmarks, Earmarks for Demrats = Good For Repubs = Bad in McSames RINO world!

dhunter on December 14, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Didn’t McCain offer a bill to clear out all the earmarks? What happened to that?

Zaggs on December 14, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Ah the RINO herd lead by McSame is waiting until the New Year when Repubs are in control to limit Earmarks, Earmarks for Demrats = Good For Repubs = Bad in McSames RINO world!

dhunter on December 14, 2010 at 7:58 PM

Oh, please!
If I have to hear McSame do his mindless babbling about the evils of earmarks again, I may put a gun to my head.
“My friends…” ARGH!!!

Jenfidel on December 14, 2010 at 8:01 PM

THE SPENDING MUST STOP!!!

Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it!!!

(This means YOU, RINO’s!!!)

landlines on December 14, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Wouldn’t be surprised if they tucked away some kind of new law that overturned November’s elections. Or gave broad new powers to the President. Anything is possible. Democrats are pure evil. They are not just on the side of everything wrong in the world, they are out in the forefront leading the charge. Supporting America’s enemies and hindering our allies at every opportunity, all while waring with the American people.

JellyToast on December 14, 2010 at 8:21 PM

Shut it all down. It’s time to go to the mattresses.

exceller on December 14, 2010 at 8:27 PM

You can pontificate here and it is mental masturbation. You can/should also send an email and call your congress critter. Melt their phones and load up their email accts. I have.

Dingbat63 on December 14, 2010 at 8:29 PM

They haven’t quite gotten where they want to go yet, because a trillion dollars in spending still shocks people, but the idea is to inoculate us so they can spend a trillion dollars every so often without hearing a peep from the electorate.

ncborn on December 14, 2010 at 8:32 PM

The “R”s should just leave town.
The telling the dems to NOT do it.
Telling them that anything that is passed will try to be undone and anything that cant be undone will be unfunded.
If they ( the dems) choose to pass crap that the people dont want that the people will have their voice heard in 2012.

ColdWarrior57 on December 14, 2010 at 8:32 PM

Sen. Ensign makes his point that lower tax rates increase revenues, but that they must be coupled with less spending.
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SenateSessionPart236/start/13598/stop/13768

onlineanalyst on December 14, 2010 at 8:40 PM

Anyone have a likely vote count? I can’t believe McCaskill is the only dem who would vote no on this mess, and if Collins is opposed to Obamacare, would she vote to fund it?

LASue on December 14, 2010 at 8:45 PM

The Repubs are getting JUST what they deserve. They have no creditability left after they agreed to the Obama compromise so now they are left to jumping up and down in their playpen. Some have mentioned that there was an election in November and the Dems didn’t learn. Who cares, Dems are just being Dems. It is the Repubs who did not learn. On their first vote they put us deeper into debt.

The Repubs don’t have the leadership to make a difference. Six months from now when it is even clearer the Repubs will be a laughing stock. Pelosi is going to be bitch slapping them for the next two years. This bill is just the first smack.

patrick neid on December 14, 2010 at 8:45 PM

Update: Idle thought: Does taking a stand on the omnibus spending bill buy the GOP some leeway among the base to support the tax cuts deal? It’d be a lot easier to quietly vote yes on extending unemployment benefits while making a lot of noise about getting rid of earmarks.

It does no such thing. They were supposed to pass a clean compromise or none at all. They did not and showed themselves not capable of leading. They should have let everything expire come back in the new year and write good clean bills. Instead the rolled over just as they always have. More debt, more excuses.

Pelosi owns these dogs.

patrick neid on December 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM

The earmarks are a sideshow – the substance of the bill is the real abomination. The Dem’s couldn’t be bothered to pass a budget before the election, why would anyone who claims to be a Republican let them decide now, after a crushing defeat, how the money will be spent next year? It is ludicrous.
I will probably be saying this alot over the next two years: Republicans can either stop this or lose the Tea Party in 2012.

motionview on December 14, 2010 at 8:53 PM

this is why we donated to, and then elected these guys. if they don’t take a stand on this, well then they’re worthless.

sbvft contributor on December 14, 2010 at 8:56 PM

Andrew Stiles reports at NRO:

Washington — Senate Republican leaders have lashed out at the 1,924-page omnibus spending bill introduced today, and chided Majority Leader Harry Reid’s announcement that the Senate would stay in session “no matter how long it takes” to address the remainder of the Democratic agenda.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) called the bill “inappropriate” and said the situation was “eerily reminiscent of last year,” when Democrats introduced a 2,700-page bill spending late in the session that few members had seen, much less had time to review. “This is exactly what the American people said on November 2 they did not want us to do,” he said. “This bill should not go forward.”

McConnell said there was broad consensus among Senate Republicans in opposition to both the omnibus package and a smaller continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the government through the end of 2011. He said he favored a short-term CR that would fund the government “probably till next February,” allowing the new Congress to proceed from there.

On the tax deal, which could see an up-or-down vote in the Senate sometime this evening, McConnell warned members of the House against trying to amend the current package. “This agreement is not subject to being reopened,” he said, adding: “I hope our friends in the House understand that the best way to go forward is to pass the Senate bill.”

Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) referenced the words of retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R., N.H.), who in his final speech on the floor earlier today spoke reverently of the Senate as a “great deliberative body.” Kyl said it would be “simply impossible” for the Senate to address everything on Reid’s agenda “without disrespecting the institution, and without disrespecting the [Christmas holiday].”

onlineanalyst on December 14, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Possible GOP supporters include Sens. Thad Cochran (Miss.), Bob Bennett (Utah), Kit Bond (Mo.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), George Voinovich (Ohio) and Susan Collins (Maine). All are members of the Appropriations Committee.

Update from The Hill. Just knew porkmeister Lisa would turn up.

Wethal on December 14, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Word has it that there is growing dissatisfaction among Republicans in the House re passing the tax bill.

onlineanalyst on December 14, 2010 at 9:06 PM

scrap it, rewrite it, not a single ear mark. This is why we voted the pigs out.

Alden Pyle on December 14, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Rule of thumb:

If nobody is happy with the bill, its a bad bill.

Dump it.

BobMbx on December 14, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Some real Republican “sweethearts” on the Appropriations Committee, eh Wethal?

onlineanalyst on December 14, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Some real Republican “sweethearts” on the Appropriations Committee, eh Wethal?

onlineanalyst on December 14, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Nightmare!
Every RINO squish you could name!

Jenfidel on December 14, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Some real Republican “sweethearts” on the Appropriations Committee, eh Wethal?

onlineanalyst on December 14, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Porkmeisters try for that committee. Once they insert the stuff favorable to themselves, they can expect it won’t be taken out on the floor.

Wethal on December 14, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Hannity just did a fabulous rip on Weiner and his tax hiking liberals….the video would be worth capturing.

Rovin on December 14, 2010 at 9:23 PM

You know…

… Burning it all down and starting with the founding documents, sounds pretty good about now.

Seven Percent Solution on December 14, 2010 at 6:20 PM

This.

It’s “do or die” time. Either we drastically prune the D.C. Central Government, or we cede history to the “Chinese Century”.

I don’t think many Americans will like a “Chinese Century”.

Who is John Galt on December 14, 2010 at 9:26 PM

If the Democrats still control the Congress, it is because the Americans have allowed this. No, hear me: If the Democrats still control the Congress, it is because the Americans have allowed it. I understand the ground of your objection; now you understand the ground of mine, which is this: They have allowed it.

Kralizec on December 14, 2010 at 9:27 PM

It’s “do or die” time. Either we drastically prune the D.C. Central Government, or we cede history to the “Chinese Century”.

Who is John Galt on December 14, 2010 at 9:26 PM

You have perhaps too much faith in order. Have you considered the possibility that the century will be neither an American century, nor a Chinese century, nor anyone’s?

Kralizec on December 14, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Kralizec on December 14, 2010 at 9:27 PM

True. The Dems (and RINOs) have made their voters (and their economies) addicted to pork, so as long as they keep the pork coming, they get re-elected. That’s how Murtha worked. Made the whole district dependent on federal money.

Wethal on December 14, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Word has it that there is growing dissatisfaction among Republicans in the House re passing the tax bill.

onlineanalyst on December 14, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Unfortunately, the Dems are caving, so Pelosi should be able to get it through.

Wethal on December 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Unfortunately, the Dems are caving, so Pelosi should be able to get it through.

Wethal on December 14, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Her House version?

onlineanalyst on December 14, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Sing along with me!

. . . let it fail, let it fail, let it fail . . .

BigAlSouth on December 14, 2010 at 10:56 PM

This is deadly serious business. Conservatives in the House and Senate are on the front lines for the survival of our country.

Stay in DC through Christmas if necessary to block these madmen. Get out of politics if you’re not willing to sacrifice for your country.

scotash on December 15, 2010 at 4:16 AM

…or else it [the government] shuts down…

Can we try it?

curved space on December 15, 2010 at 5:31 AM

What’s really troubling to me is that I know a good number of those earmarks came from Republicans wanting to quietly bring home the bacon while positioning themselves to be able to claim they’re for tax cuts. I.e., saying they want to curb the growth of the Federal Govt while actively participating in that growth. Hypocrites. Talk about not learning anything from the election.

JSGreg3 on December 15, 2010 at 5:59 AM

When did they find the time to write this spending bill when they just couldn’t find any time to actually write a budget which they are required to do? The whole thing is just a last money grab to keep their voters happy and then blame the Reps when the well runs dry.

Kissmygrits on December 15, 2010 at 9:03 AM

To those in Washington who think that the results of the Midterms mean that you can continue ignoring the wishes of the American people, a word of warning: I hope y’all have a trade you can fall back on after November 2012. Politics as usual just ain’t gonna cut it.

kingsjester on December 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

…..The Repubs don’t have the leadership to make a difference. ……..

patrick neid on December 14, 2010 at 8:45 PM

The problem is the Dem’s and and Rep’s have the same leadership: corporate fascists.

riverrat10k on December 15, 2010 at 2:58 PM

ooops . shoulda looked like this. I think.

…..The Repubs don’t have the leadership to make a difference. ……..

patrick neid on December 14, 2010 at 8:45 PM

The problem is the Dem’s and and Rep’s have the same leadership: corporate fascists.

riverrat10k on December 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM

The Republicans just need to stand up and vote NO. The Donks have enough head count to pass this on their own. Let them.

SunSword on December 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM

This better not pass. It will be a real revolution if it does, nevermind Greece.

AnninCA on December 15, 2010 at 5:54 PM

kingsjester on December 15, 2010 at 9:25 AM

I’m trying to think of a century that didn’t belong to one or a few world powers.

still thinking…

Daemonocracy on December 15, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Can someone tell me what comes after a ‘trillion’?

steelman on December 16, 2010 at 7:24 AM

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