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    Senators load spending bill with earmarks


    Don't confuse the tax compromise with this bill to fund the government through the end of the 2011 fiscal year. This puppy, the last of its kind, has 6,000 earmarks totaling $8 billion tucked in $1.2 trillion in spending.

    Excerpted from “Senators load spending bill with earmarks” By Philip Rucker and Paul Kane, The Washington Post, Wednesday, December 15, 2010
    Weeks after swearing off earmarks, many senators stand to gain tens of millions of dollars for pet projects in a massive spending bill that could be their last chance at the money before a more conservative Congress begins next month. …
    Excerpted from “Senate Dems unveil $1.1T spending bill” By Alexander Bolton, The Hill, 12/14/10 01:52 PM ET
    The 1,924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare reform bill Congress passed earlier this year as well as additional funds for Internal Revenue Service agents, according to a senior GOP aide familiar with the legislation. …
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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    I've always thought it was weird how people focus on earmarks instead of what actually goes into the various departments. 8 Billion for earmarks is some giant waste, but the DOD spending twice that on a weapon system we'll never use doesn't get much attention.

    Earmarks aren't always bad. Sometimes they're specific projects that are important and beneficial to the community.

    Phase III Dredging, Miami Harbor - Construction, $5,000,000 Miami-Dade County, Florida Funds will be used to dredge the Miami Harbor federal channel so that the Port will be able to accommodate post panamax ships. The entrance channel will be widened to assure safety of ships negotiating the cross winds and currents at the existing channel's narrow opening. The Port of Miami is one of the nation's strongest economic engines, responsible for 176,000 jobs. By dredging to a depth of 50 feet, the Port of Miami will be able to double the amount of cargo it currently handles, making it competitive with nearby foreign ports such as Freeport, Bahamas, which is already at the critical 50 foot depth.
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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    … Earmarks aren't always bad. Sometimes they're specific projects that are important and beneficial to the community. …
    True. McCain's issue with earmarks has to do with their origin, without committee review, without notice.
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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    This Bill makes me wonder about the current leadership in both the House and Senate. It may be a lame duck session, but why in the world would the leadership in the committees, House and Senate allow this to happen. IMO, it is pathetic.
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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    We need a tax revolt in this country.


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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    This Bill makes me wonder about the current leadership in both the House and Senate. It may be a lame duck session, but why in the world would the leadership in the committees, House and Senate allow this to happen. IMO, it is pathetic.
    They're trying to get one last batch in before the changing of the guard.

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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    They're trying to get one last batch in before the changing of the guard.
    Hopefully voters will not forget. Pelosi and Reed have to go as well as anyone else who supports uncontrolled spending.
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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    Which spending bill?
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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    We need a tax revolt in this country.


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    Do you mean not paying your taxes?

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    Re: Senators load spending bill with earmarks

    Quote Originally Posted by mike2810 View Post
    Hopefully voters will not forget. Pelosi and Reed have to go as well as anyone else who supports uncontrolled spending.
    that would be the entire Democratic party. Not that I'd mind seeing them all leave

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