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Dec162010

Republicans To Read Every Page Of Omnibus Spending Bill On Senate Floor

THE HILL

As the lame duck session of Congress draws to an end, Senate Democrats have proposed a massive, last minute 'catch all' bill before ceding power in the new Congress next year.

But, Republicans claim none of them even know what's in the nearly 2000 page bill that will cost a half billion dollars per page.

Republicans will paralyze the Senate floor for 50 hours by forcing clerks to read every single paragraph of the 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

Senate clerks are expected to read the massive bill in rotating shifts around the clock — taking breaks to drink water and pop throat lozenges  — to keep legislative business on track, according to a Democratic leadership aide.

The bill would fund the budget which expires this weekend. Republicans want to pass a 'continuing resolution' that would extend the current budget into February and give lawmakers time to put together something smaller and more reasonable.

Imagine, reading a bill before passage...that's certainly novel.

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If they really do this I suspect it will sound much like one on those top 10 pop songs (from the 50's)when you read the lyrics without the band and the melody. Just plain stupid and in this case insanely wasteful of "our" tax dollars.

"Bing bang, I saw the whole gang
Dancin' on my living room rug, yeah!
Flip flop, they was doin' the bop
All the teens had the dancin' goin on
But there was lollipop with a Peggy Sue
Good Golly, Miss Molly was-a even there, too!
A- well-a, splish splash, I forgot about the bath
I went and put my dancin' shoes on, yay...

I was a rollin' and a strollin', reelin' with the feelin',
Moving and a groovin', splishin' and a splashin', yeah!

Yes, I was a-splishin'' and a splashin'...
I was a-rollin' and a-strollin'...

Yeah, I was a-movin' and a-groovin'
We was a-reelin' with the feelin'
We was a-rollin' and a-strollin'
Movin' with the groovin' splish splash, yeah!"

Perhaps we could rename it the democrat shuffle.

December 16, 2010 at 13:54 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Is it possible that Senate Republicans are showing some intestinal fortitude here, buoyed by the support evident in the election results? Perhaps some of the establishment go-along-to-get-along types are realizing they risk being left behind if they don't get ahead of the curve prior to the new Congress being sworn in.

Whatever the reason, it's nice seeing them acting like responsible legislators for a change, instead of members of the Senate Country Club and Back-slapper Society.

December 16, 2010 at 14:41 | Registered CommenterRedBeard

Agreed RB, but I still don't trust 'em,,,,,,yet.

I saw/heard lindsay graham on Greta Van Susteren's show last night. Damned if the man didn't sound like he had been reborn - conservatively speaking. He'd better be cause if I was still a South Carolinian I'd vote his ass out in a heart beat if he doesn't get it together by the time his "turn" comes back around. Might still would just for his past sins.

Still got my fingers crossed regarding the GOP. I had high hopes for Steele as leader of the GOP but he turned out to be a wash. With the right person at it's head maybe the GOP will make a significant turn and stay on coarse.

December 16, 2010 at 14:55 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Well, Ol' Lindsay is on board with START, as well as McCain and our very own Voinovich.

December 16, 2010 at 17:08 | Registered CommenterGrayRider

Too bad we can't make Harry Reid stand up for 40 hours and read the bill.

December 16, 2010 at 17:13 | Registered CommenterThomas Miller

Figures gray, note taken.

December 16, 2010 at 19:10 | Registered CommenterTijuana

Well, well, well. As Gray's update says, we won this round. "We" meaning the people of the United States, even the left-wing idiots who are so ignorant of basic economics that they think they lost.

But again we must keep reminding our elected officials that one victory in one battle of the war is not enough. We cannot afford to take time to celebrate this; we need to charge ahead and fight the next battle, and the next, and the next, until we get our country back.

The next two years will be either the beginning of a renewed America, or the end of America as we know it. Short time, historically, two years. We must make the best possible use of it.

December 17, 2010 at 07:00 | Registered CommenterRedBeard

All funding to NPR had better stop and they'd better kill this damned el presidente-care and stop wasteful spending on studying the mating habits of fleas and, and, and,,,, .

December 18, 2010 at 20:21 | Registered CommenterTijuana

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