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House Moves War Spending Package to the Senate.

July 2, 2010 - by Donny Shaw

If you asked the House of Representatives right now to approve $37 billion to continue the war in Afghanistan indefinitely without a plan in place for winding it down, the answer would be “no.” But through some carefully considered procedural maneuvering last night, Democratic leaders in the House managed to pass their war spending bill, reject attempts at setting a withdrawal timeline, enact a broad budget enforcement resolution that will guide all discretionary spending for 2011, and even throw in billions of dollars (fully offset) in unrelated domestic spending. The bill is H.R. 4899.

At the core of the procedural maneuvering was a “deem and pass” rule, which, you may recall from the health care reform debate, allows a bill to be “deemed” passed without actually getting its own vote. For all the details of what went down, I recommend reading David Dayen’s rundown. It’s a long post, but this is the kind of scenario that is purposefully designed by Congress so that you can’t really tell what happened by looking at the roll call votes or the actions that get recorded in the congressional record. The Hill also has a good article, but I definitely recommend the more procedurally-informative post from Dayen. You need to know what happened procedurally in order to interpret the data Congress is putting out on this. In fact, you can’t even find the most important vote if you’re looking at the actual spending bill that was passed. You need to look at the “rule” that set up the votes on the bill and allowed it to be deemed passed (H. Res. 1500). The full roll call on the rule can be seen at this link.

The Senate won’t be taking up this package of war and domestic spending until mid July, likely after they take care of the pending unemployment insurance bill. As we’ve seen recently, the Senate has no appetite right now for new deficit spending, so there may be some problems getting this through as the $37 billion in war money is not offset.

We’ll be following this as it moves into the Senate, but, for now, go read that David Dayen piece to catch up on what happened in the House.

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Displaying 1-30 of 34 total comments.

justamick 07/14/2010 12:28pm
in reply to justamick Jul 14, 2010 12:28pm

As for two wars we couldnt afford… the only reason why Afghanistan is still going on is because Bush Jr. foolishly decided to jade us all and get us into a war we should never gotten into (Iraq). If all attention and focus was left on Afghanistan, then we’d be having a different conversation regarding war spending. The fact remains, Afghanistan is a mess that we started back when the Soviets decided to invade. We created the problem that exists there today. (Reference Congressman Charlie Wilson) The Taliban would never have had the political footing to gain power if we would have invested in their infrastructure after the Soviets invaded and were defeated.

justamick 07/14/2010 12:28pm
in reply to artledoux Jul 03, 2010 3:19am

I think you’re slightly lopsided on your facts… Obama has done little to clean up the mistakes of Bush Jr. Prime example: Patriot Act. Nuff said. Your lord and savior Obama has done nothing but make a bad situation worse with Government Health Care take over and Government take over of the automotive industry. (Reference Government holds majority stakes in GM)

Chris51 07/11/2010 9:14pm

FreedomWorks(Tea Party) has big money donations. Oil&Gas Industry Special Interest group contribute 80%+ to Republicans. Koch Industry lead in contributions. Senators will be listen to them, not the cries of the average Americans. Here are donation recorded. The unemployed dont have Lobbyist and Special Interest groups. This is how it appears for Democrats and millions of average Americans. NO MONEY, NO VOICE, NO CRUMS.

Total individual contributions by party, 1989-2010
The following individuals contributed at least $50,000 to federal candidates and parties during one or more election cycles while affiliated with the organization. Based on data released by the FEC on June 13, 2010
Koch, Charles&Elizabeth Total $494,700 Soft Money $0 Democrats $1,500 Republicans $298,200 Democrates 0% Republicans 60%
Koch, David&Julia Total $2,009,095 Soft Money $1,222,500 Democrats $0 Republicans $1,911,095 Democrats 0% Republicans 95%

Chris51 07/11/2010 9:35am

Governer Machin like most Americans. He wants to preserve the job he has(Politician), and advance his career. He is probably making decisions by listening to political power and money. Does anyone really think he or any of the SENATORS who have stood in the way of passing Unemployment Insurance Extension to the millions who need it, are losing any sleep?

The worse SENATORS are the ones who are probably lining their pockets big time right now by being the one vote that completely blocks UI Bills from passing. That would probably be Senators like Ben Nelson and Jim Bunning on the obvious ungly corrupt Senator list.

The millions of ordinary Americans that have been forced into unemployment lines may not have very much money, or even empathy from other fellow employed Americans at this point, but you have the power of your vote in November. Take names, and make sure you make it to that appointment.

Chris51 07/10/2010 8:31pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 8:18pm

Oil&Gas Industry Contribution 2009-2010
Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86% Repubs

Kosh has made big contributions to FreedomWorks, a non-profit that funds Tea Party. These 2 organizations are putting a great deal of pressure on Republicans to not support UI Ext. with stimulus that require corporations to help pay back through taxes.

Most big corporations have made record profits this year by cutting jobs long-term. They started layoffs in 2007, and putting millions of Americans on unemployment.

They created the business mantra of “Do more, with less”, causing todays workforce to do more job responsibility with no more pay.

Chris51 07/10/2010 8:18pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 08, 2010 6:32pm

Halliburton Continues to Flood Lawmakers With Contributions After Oil Spill
Published on July 9, 2010
Halliburton, the company once headed by former Republican Vice President Dick Cheney contributed $15,500 to federal candidates during June, according to a Center for Responsive Politics review of their political action committee’s most recent campaign finance filing…
OPENSECRET.ORG

Chris51 07/10/2010 8:03pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 8:02pm

Oil & Gas Industry, history of strong influence in Washington. Individuals and political action committees affiliated with oil and gas companies have donated $238.7 MILLION to candidates and parties since the 1990 (Bush Senior term) election cycle, 75% of which has gone to REPUBLICANS…
Former oilmen George W. Bush and Dick Cheney occupied the White House for 8 yrs, the oil and gas industry could not win support for repealing bans on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. However, Congress voted in 2008 to lift a ban on offshore drilling… Read full story: http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/indus.php?ind=E0

Drilling bans were lifted during Bush’s last months in WhiteHouse in 2008. The After consumers & transportation industry & economy felt the pain of $1-$2 price hikes of gas, during Summer 2007. It was “the straw that broke the Camel’s backs”, PUTTING USA/AMERICANS INTO TAIL SPIN.

Chris51 07/10/2010 8:02pm
in reply to Chris51 Jul 10, 2010 6:28am

Top 5 Contributions from Oil&Gas Industry 2009-2010:
1 Koch Industries $724,300 14% Dems, 86%Repubs
2 Exxon Mobil $548,214 13% Dems, 87% Repubs
3 Chevron Corp $516,891 18% Dems, 82% Repubs
4 Valero Energy $467,000 17% Dems, 83% Repubs
5 Marathon Oil $378,190 23% Dems, 76% Repubs

Tea Party Movement benefits from millions of dollars from conservative foundations that are derived from wealthy U.S. families and their business interests. Money flowing primarily through two conservative groups: Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks. FreedomWorks receives substantial funding from David Koch of Koch Industries, the largest privately-held energy company in the country, which make substantial annual donations to conservative org…
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tea_Party_movement_funding

Chris51 07/10/2010 6:28am

Republicans filibustered UI Ext bill! They’re asking for UI Ext be paid, while at the same time they’re fighting to give their Special Interest groups special tax stimulus. Rep are trying to look like they care about the deficit, but for 10 yrs (Bush Admin) they never spoke of concerns for the huge deficit they were digging us into as they approved large spending for Special Interest. The Rep debate on these UI Ext bills are like “broken record”. They want USA to use the stimulus money that is already committed to the agreed upon projects, programs, etc. Republicans want USA to “rob Peter to pay Paul”, so they can try to prolong the problem past November election. This is how they have operated for YEARS, and we’re in worse shape now because of their IRRESPONSIBLENESS. People should not be in Leadership positions if they cant make decision for the problems at hand.
Dont take my word for it. Please read links Donny Shaw and others have provided with accurate research and reporting.

Chris51 07/08/2010 6:32pm

GOP are determined to bloc everything the President is trying to do for the USA right now. He has a vested interest, and seems to take pride in doing the best job he can while in office.
We are in trouble as long as Republican politicians continue favoring their special interest.
How can any CEO or Owner of business get anything done if half of his managers or executives stand in his way just to be defiant.

President Obama speech on CSPAN today, while in Kansas City, MO to support a future candidate. Was right on.
If you are an unemployed American, and are thinking no one understands the difficulties of being jobless. Obama speech articulated the financial and emotional struggles well. Hat’s off to the President for saying what needed to be said.

http://cspan.org/Watch/Media/2010/07/08/HP/A/35248/Pres+Obama+Remarks+at+Fundraiser+for+Missouri+Senate+Candidate+Robin

Chris51 07/08/2010 5:59pm

Senator’s excuse for not passing is a false statement.
Read all about it:
The funding argument is even harder to swallow. I’d be more sympathetic with these new converts to fiscal responsibility if they were as enthusiastic about paying for extending $32 billion worth of special interest tax breaks as they are about funding the unemployment extension. If I understand correctly, these lawmakers insist that Congress fund every dime of added jobless aid, which nearly all analysts agree will help boost the economy. But they feel no need to pay for continuing these special interest tax breaks, which will not.
Full Story:
http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

Chris51 07/08/2010 9:51am

Read and sign this petition on Change.org today if you agree.

Petition Title: Tell your Senators to vote for an emergency extension of UI Benefits.

http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/category/employment_unemployment

enlargementpill 07/08/2010 1:00am

yes this right .i m with you Barrym

Chris51 07/07/2010 9:04pm

CNN has actually screened and blocked several comments/blogs that expose the truth about the Republican Senators in regards to the UI Ext bills.

Here are some stories written with very accurate reporting of the UI Ext Crisis.

The unemployment emergency
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/05/AR2010070502658.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Senate struggles with unemployment benefits
http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Tax-VOX/2010/0707/Senate-struggles-with-unemployment-benefits

Calls to Suicide Hotlines Skyrocket Along with Unemployment
http://uspoverty.change.org/blog/view/calls_to_suicide_hotlines_skyrocket_along_with_unemployment

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Chris51 07/06/2010 1:31pm

Great reporting on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ljoh5oW1Yb8

This news reporting, the debates on CSPAN, and OpenCongress.com help give the public a close-up look at our cRepresentives job incompetence.

Congress should draft up a “Fairness To Jobless Citizen’s Act”, that would remove incompetent Senators and be required to replace them with an unemployed American that will appreciate the job opportunity, work hard and will be effective for The People.

GodPleaseReturnToTheUSA 07/05/2010 4:35am

Its all a form of deception. The reports by the media about how “much better” our country is doing, the reports on the “rise” in the economy, the “fall” in unemployment numbers, etc. Its to keep our attention focused on “doing better” and to keep our attention off how bad our country is actually doing. Be not deceived people. Listen very closely to what the US Government DOES instead of what they SAY. We should always discern a tree by the type of fruit it bears, not by the amount of water it receives. The love of money, greed, and power will quickly lead this country to destruction. Dear God, help us! I read a book titled “What in the World is going on?” by Dr. David Jeremiah……..wether you be Christian or not, I suggest you read this book….will open your eyes on what is going on in the power of politics and how the USA is growing under the authority of other countries. Once unemployment is reinstated-think of investing in this book. God Bless!

Chris51 07/03/2010 9:46pm
in reply to artledoux Jul 03, 2010 1:49pm

Why don’t our Republican Senators get that there is a great need?

The job market is broken.
The corporate executives are not going to give up their year-end profit bonus by adding jobs/payroll to their companies.

Here are a few stories on our jobless nation:

Job recovery hits a wall
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_june/index.htm

Job gloom at all time high
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/03/news/economy/discouraged_workers/index.htm

7.9 million jobs lost- many forever
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/02/news/economy/jobs_gone_forever/index.htm

Jobless claims spike
http://money.cnn.com/2010/07/01/news/economy/jobless_claims/index.htm

Thousands at risk for losing unemployment benefits
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/money/job_news/unemployment-benefits-jeopardy-6-28-2010

Chris51 07/03/2010 8:36pm
in reply to GABE1004 Jul 03, 2010 5:50am

You’re right.

Iraq is Bush’s oil war. Channey’s corporation got all the contracts out there. Now even the people in Iraq do not have jobs. American Corporations have secured contracts and are making billions off of the governments.

Things are never simply as they seem… Politics are an excellent source for GREED + POWER = CORRUPTION.

artledoux 07/03/2010 4:31pm

They just gave 15 million to restore concentration camps in Germany, look for it
in the news. While I understand it’s important to preserve history, is it not
important to make sure your own country men, women and especially children are
fed and have a roof over their heads first? Can we who are unemployed go to
Germany and work on those camps and earn some of our own tax dollars to send
home and care for our families? You people of the senate go on a vacation and
leave your own to wither away!
Art LeDoux

artledoux 07/03/2010 1:49pm
in reply to WeThePeopleFightBack2010 Jul 03, 2010 1:05pm

The answer to making and keeping jobs in America is simple. It does not
take an act from congress, nor the president. It’s action from you and I.
If we buy American made only, the money stays here. If they don’t make
the widget you want here, go to a garage sale or make it yourself!
That’s how we stop jobs from leaving!
Art LeDoux

WeThePeopleFightBack2010 07/03/2010 1:05pm
in reply to WeThePeopleFightBack2010 Jul 03, 2010 1:03pm

The government should not stop spending, just stop making the rich get richer while the middle class becomes poor.If they would have divided that money among the people we could have paid off our mrtgs and the banks would have their money and the people would not be loosing their homes. People want to work.I guess I don’t understand why we are still letting the millionaires continue to make more money by having their factories in other countries.Places continue to close down and move out of America as we speak.It seems to me that it all started when our factories moved overseas, taking jobs away from Americans. That was not Obamas fault.But why can’t he fix that and bring back our jobs by forcing these owners to bring back our factories? Then people could get jobs and spend money on mtg, utilities, food, and even a pair of shoes. That would put money back into the economy.Instead he bailed out the banks, etc.How is that going in the right direction?….I bet you still have your job.

WeThePeopleFightBack2010 07/03/2010 1:03pm
in reply to artledoux Jul 03, 2010 3:19am

Thats true that it was a mess before Obama took over. People are still loosing their jobs, not being able to find another one, unless they are lucky and managed to find a p/t job at minimum pay. It has been a domino affect to all industries, Foreigners are buying industries in America and hiring NOT Americans, The Neilson Plant in Florida, 90% of the people employed there are from India, not America. People can’t find jobs. How is that a positive direction. We need to get our factories back to America where they belong. Yes, I got $400 back from tax breaks, ooooohhh, like thats gonna make a difference when people have NO jobs. How many million dollar bonuses were given to rich bankers (or whatever) in their big bailout.

firestorm145 07/03/2010 6:09am

What the hell is this? We need the money for unemployment and jobs and they are willing to spend money on a war we should not be in? Everyone protest and fight back against this. People need help here.

GABE1004 07/03/2010 5:50am
in reply to artledoux Jul 03, 2010 3:19am

Some people can’t see it or dont want to admit it.

The other thing is we have to deal with our veterans who are comming back with mental problems. I have a nephew with one tour in Kosovo, three tours in Iraq.

We should never hav ebeen in Irag in the firsst place or that Iraq precious oil is where now?

GABE

artledoux 07/03/2010 3:19am
in reply to WeThePeopleFightBack2010 Jul 02, 2010 4:21pm

I think your a little lopsided on the facts. Bush made the mess that Obama is
trying to clean up. Prior to taking office we were losing over 200,000 jobs a
month, now we are in the positive. It is not enough to overcome the unemployment
rate, but at least we’re going in the right direction. There is no magic wand
to wave to get this back on track. If you want to repeat history have the
government stop spending and we’ll be in for an even worse situation.
Look it up the same thing happened in 1937.
Bush doubled the national debt, if he had left everything alone from the Clinton
era our national debt would have been erased by 2011. Instead he gave several
trillion in tax breaks to the rich and started 2 wars we could not afford.
The average American only got about 100 dollars a year back from Bush’s tax cuts and someone making 10 million saved $500,000!
Art LeDoux

ET235 07/02/2010 4:54pm
in reply to jlcarpenter77 Jul 02, 2010 10:20am

I like your reference to 2012. I believe it’s going to happen.

When are the politicians gonna take a cut in pay. When are the business owners who moved their plants overseas gonna pay taxes.

Why does President Obama keep lying to the public? Today again he said how good the economy is, we all know thats a lie. The unemployment is up higher than when he started office and he has bankrupted our country. We need our factories brought back to America and we need industries in America to employ Americans.

jla0218 07/02/2010 3:34pm

They’re not all taking next week to vacation. Most will probably use the time to let their constituents know what a great job they’re doing and how much things have gotten better since the last election they were in. WE know it’s bull crap because we were FORCED to become involved in the process. A majority just finds it easier to believe what they’re told. I agree that, as a country, we should be taking care of Americans first and foremost. But even actors do ads begging us to help other countries. A good example is the Sally Struthers commercial that is asking for money to feed starving children overseas. There are kids starving in EVERY city in America – including Hollywood. It’s time we stopped listening to what we’re told and started making decisions based on information we find out for ourselves. And PURDUE725- seriel killers, murderers, rapists, and drug dealers sleep just fine…. why wouldn’t the crooks in congress?

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