CFTR: Omibus = Lump of Coal At Christmas
ALEXANDRIA, VA – Citizens for the Republic (www.cftr.org) today urged the Senate to defeat the 1,964-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill – which includes funding for ObamaCare – and instead pass Sen. Mitch McConnell’s clean, one-page Continuing Resolution that funds the government at current levels until February 18 of next year – just long enough to let the 112th Congress take up the matter when it convenes in a few weeks.
“Under the so-called ‘leadership’ of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the 111th Congress chose to shirk its constitutional responsibility to pass a budget, opting instead to spend its time on a failed, pork-laden ‘stimulus’ package that didn’t stimulate, a cap-and-tax scheme that was so bad even the Senate wouldn’t pass it, and a government takeover of health care,” said CFTR Executive Vice President Bill Pascoe. “Now, with the clock winding down and Christmas around the corner, Harry Reid drops a lump of coal into the nation’s stocking, in the form of a pork-laden, $1.1 trillion spending bill that contains more than 6,600 earmarks and spends money we don’t have on such critical measures as maple syrup research and a monument to a dead Congressman.
“This bill is so big it took the Government Printing Office two days to print it,” Pascoe continued. “It spends $575 million per page. And it contains more than a billion dollars to begin funding ObamaCare, even as increasing numbers of Americans have made clear their opposition to the government takeover of health care.
“If it weren’t so serious a matter, it would be laughable,” Pascoe continued. “Just a few short weeks ago, the American people showed at the polls what they think of this kind of irresponsible, spendthrift governing – they gave Democrats the boot, and replaced them with Republicans who promised to end the gravy train.
“Instead, Congress should pass Sen. McConnell’s response – a one-page Continuing Resolution that merely continues funding for the government at current levels until February 18. That would leave the new, 112th Congress plenty of time to take up government funding for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year. That’s the right – and the responsible – thing to do.” – See more at: http://cftr.org/press/release12.aspx#sthash.eFOcUGd3.dpuf