Over 6,800 earmarks, in a trillion-dollar, 1,924 page bill that funds Obamacare,
Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2011, according to Senate GOP sources.
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.
The pork flows freely as Senators load spending bill with earmarks
The $1.2 trillion bill, released on Tuesday, includes more than 6,000 earmarks totaling $8 billion, an amount that many lawmakers decried as an irresponsible binge following a midterm election in which many voters demanded that the government cut spending.
The bill includes $18 million for two nonprofits associated with deceased Democrats, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Rep. John P. Murtha;
Pork for the swine!
$349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina; and $6 million for a rural Iowa school program named after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
Republican Mitch McConnell’s hypocrisy shines through,
But McConnell, like other new earmark opponents, stopped short of asking for his projects to be removed from the bill.
And I’d like to know, why should the Republicans consider at all any significant legislation proposed by the Democrats at this point? Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion has a plausible explanation,
The Omnibus Bill is Reid’s bargaining chip. Reid will agree to pull the bill and submit to a continuing budget resolution to fund government for a couple more months, in exchange for Republican cooperation in getting votes on New START, DADT, judicial nominations, and other non-budgetary legislation.
Republicans should not accede to this tactic under any circumstance. Call Reid’s bluff. Force Democrats to pass the Omnibus Bill if they can muster the votes, and Obama to sign that monstrosity.
Are you listening, Mitch?
That’s $575 Million In New Spending Per Page, in case you were wondering.
(post re-edited to add omitted items)