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Old 01-15-2014, 11:04 AM  
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First time since 2011 a $1 trillion dollar appropriations bill

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/op...=1420088400000


The last time Congress approved a series of spending bills to pay for the government ó its most basic job ó was in 2011. Since then, Republican lawmakers, determined to thwart the Obama administration at every step, have forced the government to subsist on stopgap measures that simply carry over or cut previous spending, with no accounting for growth, inflation or changing priorities.

Thatís about to change this week, in one of the few pieces of good news to emerge from the current Congress. Assuming hard-right members of the House donít manage to block it, a $1 trillion appropriations bill is about to be approved by both chambers for the rest of the 2014 fiscal year, through the end of September. That means some of the most important domestic programs, starved for cash by budget caps and the sequester, will finally get much of the money they need.

Republican moderates, politically burned by the government shutdown last fall, joined Democrats in fending off almost all of the Tea Partyís demands. Right-wing Republicans failed to prevent any money from being spent on implementing the health care law, or enforcing power-plant regulations, or reforming financial practices under the Dodd-Frank law.

While the bill still reflects many Republican priorities, most of the worst proposals are gone. So are the deepest cuts of the sequester, following the budget agreement reached last month. Head Start would get $612 million more than last year, enough to restore the 57,000 slots that were cut by the sequester. The bill creates a new $250 million grant program that would encourage states to build or expand high-quality preschool classes for poor families. There would also be significant increases for health agencies whose research budgets had been cut: $1 billion more for the National Institutes of Health, $567 million more for the Centers for Disease Control, and $91 million for the Food and Drug Administration. NASA gets a boost over last yearís amount, and the administrationís transportation grant program for the states, intended to create jobs and rebuild infrastructure, won $600 million, more than the White House requested.

Republicans did win some victories. The financial regulators, including the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission, received far less money than they need to do their jobs rigorously, and there was an unnecessary cut to a fund for disease prevention and public health. There will not be enough money for the United States to fulfill its pledges to the International Monetary Fund. One terrible environmental rider was included, a gift to the coal industry that allows continued dumping of toxic coal-mining waste in streams. Also included is the ridiculous provision that prevents enforcement of new light-bulb standards, a triumph for those who consider incandescent lights a symbol of freedom.

The right-wingís larger victory is in the overall spending amount, which is far less than it should be to revive the economy. In 2008, discretionary spending under President George W. Bush was $1.176 trillion. That amount should have gone up in the following six years to reflect growth and inflation, paid for with new tax revenues. Instead it has fallen sharply to $1.012 trillion. The spending bill is better than a stopgap measure, but it is nowhere near sufficient to pay for the necessary investments in education and infrastructure that the country needs.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:30 AM   #2
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Let's do a brief recap (paragraph by paragraph)

1. Republican obstructionists
2. Important domestic programs are now gonna get paid
3. Right wing republican failure
4. Cuts are gone...cash for everyone....some even got more than the white house asked for.
5. No cash for international monetary fund. Toxic waste dumping continues (republicans hate streams).
6. We need more cash.

That about sums it up...
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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...Republican lawmakers, determined to thwart the Obama administration at every step, have forced the government to...cut previous spending, with no accounting for growth, inflation or changing priorities.
You say that like it's a bad thing.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:36 AM   #4
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:07 PM   #5
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Since then, Republican lawmakers, determined to thwart the Obama administration at every step, have forced the government to subsist on stopgap measures that simply carry over or cut previous spending, with no accounting for growth, inflation or changing priorities.
Is this a press release written at DNC headquarters?
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:08 PM   #6
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Wow those right Wing guys are just a bunch a mean guys doing mean things because they are… mean I tell ya. To parrot word the left likes to use in reference to Tax cuts, Iraq and Afghanistan…; Is this another “unfunded” spending bill?
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:13 PM   #7
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Is this a press release written at DNC headquarters?
Yeah I'll wait to pass judgement until I read more details from a reputable news source.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:21 PM   #8
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Yeah I'll wait to pass judgement until I read more details from a reputable news source.
Well, I don't think it's so much the details as the spin. It's a fact that it's been a long time since Congress has passed new spending bills instead of using continuing resolutions, but it's partisan spin to say that the reason they haven't been doing it is because Republicans wouldn't agree (as if democrat proposals were certified goodness and Republican opposition/alternative-proposals were unprincipled pettiness).
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:21 PM   #9
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Is this a press release written at DNC headquarters?
Did you not see the link? It's the NY Times. So the answer is yes, yes it is.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:37 PM   #10
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Did you not see the link? It's the NY Times. So the answer is yes, yes it is.
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:38 PM   #11
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:25 PM   #12
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Federal government runs December surplus of $53.2 billion

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Gonna trim that budget deficit down to only $600 billion this year.
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:11 PM   #13
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Gonna trim that budget deficit down to only $600 billion this year.
Kind of weird to me that we are talking about billions, and SNAP gets attacked when it's still well under $100 MIL even after substantial recent increases:

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Old 01-15-2014, 10:45 PM   #15
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I just want to know how school lunches play into all of this.

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