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The Senate broke early, this past Thursday, for their 11 day long vacation, kicked off with the Memorial Day Holiday upcoming on Monday. They aren’t coming back into session until June 7 th. They can’t “do” anything because of their arse kissing fillibuster rules until June 11th, 15 days after that.
HuffPo. You need to read the entire story, but here’s a taste:
On June 1, several programs, including extended unemployment benefits, will expire. By the end of the week, 19,400 people will prematurely stop receiving checks, according to data from the Department of Labor. How long will it take the Senate to finish the bill? With Republicans promising to stand in the way, leadership will need to file at least one time-consuming “cloture” motion to break the filibuster and to set up a vote by the end of the week in the best-case scenario. By the end of the following week, the number of premature unemployment exhaustions will climb to 323,400. The week after that, 903,000. By the end of the month, 1.2 million.
It will be the third time this year that lawmakers have allowed extended unemployment benefits to lapse, and the second time they’ve decided to leave town for recess fully knowing the lapse would cause panic and confusion among blameless layoff victims — not to mention what Katz calls a “huge” administrative burden on state workforce agencies.
But this is the first time the Democratic Party can’t even half-plausibly blame the Republicans for the lapse. “This isn’t being done because of Republicans, believe me. This is done because there’s a group of us, we don’t have a majority, but they listen,” said Rep. Dutch Ruppersburger (D-Md.), who fought to shrink the size of the bill. “I think it’s really symbolic. We have a very diverse party and the party has come together… This is a real victory for the moderates and the Blue Dogs and the freshmen, that our party leadership is working with us to let this happen.”
The difference between the Blue Dogs and the Progressive Caucus, as I have repeatedly pointed out, is that the Blue Dog contingent is already a sell out to the established domestic energy, pharma, and tobacco industries, from which it takes donations, and said industries also are the financial backers of the Tea Party movement, which is the Republican Party’s astroturf for non thinking, feel good libertarian type older voters already on government benefits.
The House sucked up to the Blue Dog contingent to get their version ready for the Senate, and the Senate, as usual, skeedadled out the door, without taking any action on it, laughing at them again. The House also just left the entire month of December 2010 out of the bill, so the budget “deficit hawks” in the flyover states, like Sen. Kent Conrad (D, ND, Middle East Warmonger, Domestic Budget “hawk”) can look at it again.
“It’s so hard to know what the economic conditions will be at that point,” he said.
Remember that “health insurance reform” bill these clowns just passed with great fanfare a few months ago ?
They are cutting the unemployed COBRA’s benefits, too. Any person laid off after this Monday, May the 31st, will not be able to get COBRA subsidies to continue to purchase health insurance. Welcome to the open market and the Emergency Room, folks !
Here’s the last bill that the Senate passed Thursday the 27th before they rushed off to fundraise: HR 4899, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010, which passed 67 to 28.
This is the War Appropriations Supplemental, which the President said that he had to have by Memorial Day. Instead of amending it by formal process, they passed the bill in the Senate by a roll call vote.
It wasn’t always called that, it started out with a cutesy name, “Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010”
Here’s the list of bastards who were fighting over it, recognize any names ? I do.
May 27, 2010: Senate insists on its amendment, asks for a conference, appoints conferees Inouye; Byrd; Leahy; Harkin; Mikulski; Kohl; Murray; Dorgan; Feinstein; Durbin; Johnson; Landrieu; Reed; Lautenberg; Nelson NE; Pryor; Tester; Specter; Cochran; Bond; McConnell; Shelby; Gregg; Bennett; Hutchison; Brownback; Alexander; Collins; Voinovich; Murkowski.
Oh, and look who didn’t bother to vote on this, Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, and Sen Claire McCaskell of Missouri, both Blue Dogs.
And here is the Summary of this thing, the ORIGINAL version, as written by the Congressional Research Service.
3/24/2010–Passed House without amendment. (This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010 –
Makes emergency supplemental appropriations for FY2010 to: (1) the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster relief, including to the DHS Office of the Inspector General for disaster-related audits and investigations; and (2) the Department of Labor for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) for training and employment services for activities under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, to be available for grants to states for youth activities. Appropriates specified funds to the House of Representatives for a payment to Joyce Murtha, widow of John P. Murtha, late a Representative from Pennsylvania. Makes emergency supplemental appropriations to the Small Business Administration (SBA) for the business loans program account. Amends the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to extend from March 28, 2010, through April 30, 2010, the authority of the SBA to guarantee up to 90% of qualifying small business loans made by eligible lenders in the Economic Stimulus Program for Small Businesses.
Rescinds certain amounts of funds from the following accounts: (1) the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program; (2) the Department of Transportation (DOT), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program; (3) the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and (4) the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Programs.
Yes, these “deficit hawks” ( a phrase directly from a billionaire Tea Party operative who supports Sen Lieberman) cut money from the WIC, the Nutritional Program for poor Women, Infants, and Children, to fund the Surge in Afghanistan and to stay longer in Iraq. Oh, and they cut Highway Traffic Safety, Trash Recycling, and Rural Development programs, and the ability to get a bit of help to convert your old TV to play new Analog, too.
Starve your toddler, die on the Highway, don’t recycle but send to the landfill, and while you’re at it, either buy a new TV or go without.
And here’s an outline of what you really got from the Senate, from THOMAS, HR 4899, Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2010, Engrossed Amendment as Agreed to by Senate
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Farm Service Agency
agricultural credit insurance fund program account
Emergency Forest Restoration Program
Foreign Agricultural Service
food for peace title ii grants
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE–MILITARY
Military Personnel, Army
Military Personnel, Navy
Military Personnel, Marine Corps
Military Personnel, Air Force
Reserve Personnel, Army
Reserve Personnel, Navy
Reserve Personnel, Marine Corps
Reserve Personnel, Air Force
National Guard Personnel, Army
Operation and Maintenance, Army
Operation and Maintenance, Navy
Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps
Operation and Maintenance, Air Force
Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide
Operation and Maintenance, Army Reserve
Operation and Maintenance, Navy Reserve
Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps Reserve
Operation and Maintenance, Air Force Reserve
Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard
Operation and Maintenance, Air National Guard
Afghanistan Security Forces Fund
Iraq Security Forces Fund
Aircraft Procurement, Army
Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles, Army
Procurement of Ammunition, Army
Other Procurement, Army
Aircraft Procurement, Navy
Other Procurement, Navy
Procurement, Marine Corps
Aircraft Procurement, Air Force
Other Procurement, Air Force
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle Fund
RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Navy
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide
REVOLVING AND MANAGEMENT FUNDS
Defense Working Capital Funds
OTHER DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE PROGRAMS
Defense Health Program
Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities
high-value detainee interrogation group charter and report
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE–CIVIL
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Corps of Engineers–Civil
mississippi river and tributaries
operation and maintenance
flood control and coastal emergencies
EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF
reclassification of certain appropriations for the national nuclear security administration
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
federal payment to the public defender service for the district of columbia
Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
acquisition, construction, and improvements
Federal Emergency Management Agency
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
public health and social services emergency fund
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Payment to Widows and Heirs of Deceased Members of Congress (they paid deceased Rep. Murtha’s widow)
Military Construction, Army
Military Construction, Air Force
Family Housing Operation and Maintenance, Air Force
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Veterans Benefits Administration
compensation and pensions
GENERAL PROVISION–THIS CHAPTER
LIMITATION ON USE OF FUNDS AVAILABLE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Administration of Foreign Affairs
diplomatic and consular programs
embassy security, construction, and maintenance
contributions for international peacekeeping activities
Broadcasting Board of Governors
international broadcasting operations
UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
office of inspector general
BILATERAL ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE
global health and child survival
international disaster assistance
Economic Support Fund
migration and refugee assistance
Department of the Treasury
international affairs technical assistance
INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE
Department of State
international narcotics control and law enforcement
Funds Appropriated to the President
foreign military financing program
GENERAL PROVISIONS–THIS CHAPTER
extension of authorities
spending plans and notification procedures
haiti debt relief
haiti debt relief authority
democratic republic of the congo
international scientific cooperation
international renewable energy agency
office of inspector general personnel
authority to reprogram funds
special inspector general for afghanistan reconstruction
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
highway traffic safety grants
(highway trust fund)
consumer assistance to recycle and save program
(rescission) rescission, new way of saying cut funding for
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Community Planning and Development
community development fund
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Economic Development Administration
economic development assistance programs
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
operations, research, and facilities
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Food and Drug Administration
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Office of the Secretary
salaries and expenses
(including transfer of funds)
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
salaries and expenses, general legal activities
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Science and Technology
GENERAL PROVISION–THIS TITLE
PROHIBITION ON FINES AND LIABILITY
FUNDING FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AND FISHERIES IMPACTS
GENERAL PROVISIONS–THIS ACT
availability of funds
PUBLIC AVAILABILITY OF CONTRACTOR INTEGRITY AND PERFORMANCE DATABASE
ASSESSMENTS ON GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES
COASTAL IMPACT ASSISTANCE
the above is from Thomas, individual lines may be searched here: (use the bill number and title, as searches expire)
Yes, this was your summer jobs bill from the “in a big hurry” Senate, which was amended by a voice vote to look like this.
Here’s a sample of what’s in the bill the Senate just passed:
ASSESSMENTS ON GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES
Sec. 3011. (a) Submission of Information Related to Disposition Decisions- Not later than 45 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Director of National Intelligence, in coordination with the participants of the interagency review of Guantanamo Bay detainees conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13492 (10 U.S.C. 801 note), shall fully inform the congressional intelligence committees concerning the basis for the disposition decisions reached by the Guantanamo Review Task Force, and shall provide to the congressional intelligence committees–
(1) the written threat analyses prepared on each detainee by the Guantanamo Review Task Force established pursuant to Executive Order 13492; and
(2) access to the intelligence information that formed the basis of any such specific assessments or threat analyses.
(b) Future Submissions- In addition to the analyses, assessments, and information required under subsection (a) and not later than 10 days after the date that a threat assessment described in subsection (a) is disseminated, the Director of National Intelligence shall provide to the congressional intelligence committees–
(1) any new threat assessment prepared by any element of the intelligence community of a Guantanamo Bay detainee who remains in detention or is pending release or transfer; and
(2) access to the intelligence information that formed the basis of such threat assessment.
(c) Congressional Intelligence Committees Defined- In this section, the term `congressional intelligence committees’ has the meaning given that term in section 3(7) of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 401a(7)).
Sec. 3012. Of the amounts appropriated for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program under subpart 1 of part E of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3750 et seq.) under the heading `STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE’ under the heading `Office of Justice Programs’ under the heading `State and Local Law Enforcement Activities’ under title II of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Public Law 111-8; 123 Stat. 579), at the discretion of the Attorney General, the amounts to be made available to the Marcus Institute, Atlanta, Georgia, to provide remediation for the potential consequences of childhood abuse and neglect, pursuant to the joint statement of managers accompanying that Act, may be made available to the Georgia State University Center for Healthy Development, Atlanta, Georgia.
In other words, they are going to let Congressional committees be fed a bunch of “intelligence” on whether or not Guantanamo detainees in any state of detention, guilty, innocent, pending release, in perpetual limbo, should be considered a threat and continue to be held indefinitely.
Since the Secret, Special Forces, which are not “officially” under McChystal’s command, are still actively kidnapping and renditioning foreigners, and since Bagram Prison has been shown to have this prison within the prison complex, per the Red Cross, and then using “enhanced interrogation techniques” on them, and since we are still propping up the corrupt and opium poppy fueled drug trade warlords in Afghanistan, like Karzai’s brother, what chance is there that warlord “A” wouldn’t sell out his competitor warlord “B” for some cold hard cash, a free pass, and the subsequent result is somebody gets tortured to give phony information, to keep that War On Terror Going ?
Another sample, for “Afghanistan Security Forces Fund” and “Iraq Security Forces Fund” – that’s 3.6 billion right there, we’re still “training” them not to shoot at us 9 years after this crap started !
For an additional amount for `Afghanistan Security Forces Fund’, $2,604,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2011
For the `Iraq Security Forces Fund’, $1,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2011
$3 million for Army tracked combat vehicles ( aka”tanks”)
$219 million for Army Aircraft
$17 million for ammunition
$2 billion for unspecified “Other Procurement”
$296 million for Navy aircraft
$31 million for “other” Navy
$162 million for Marines
$174 million for Aircraft procurement, Air Force
$672 million for “other procurement, Air Force.”
$189 million for “procurement, Defense Wide”
$ 1.1 billion for “Defense Working Capital Funds.”
So this is just a SUPPLEMENTAL AMOUNT of EXTRA money we need to defend ourselves from a bunch of mid eastern, mountain dwelling, subsistence goat herders and poppy growers ! WTF ! It only adds up to about $60 billion dollars. What part of THIS IS EFFING STUPID AND WASTEFUL DID YOU MISS ?