Friday, December 17, 2010

Lame-Duck Session - #2483 - The Tea Party is Back - Heritage Foundation (2) The Boxer-Reid Land Grab-Heritage Foundation (3) McConnell Throws Reid Under the Omnibus - American Thinker

Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago last night, a group of colonists disguised as Indians boarded British merchant ships and dumped an estimated £10,000 worth of tea into Boston Harbor. This Boston Tea Party, which John Adams described as the “grandest event which has ever yet happened since the controversy with Britain opened,” was not just a protest about taxation. Our forefathers did not destroy tea because of a simple tax dispute. The 1773 Tea Party were protesting the process by which the British government taxed them. They were fundamentally rejecting the way the British were governing them. Last night, the spirit of the Tea Party won another major victory when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D–NV) was forced to drop his $1.27 trillion, 1,924-page omnibus spending bill. The problem with Reid’s omnibus spending bill was not just its size—although our federal government does spend far too much of other people’s money—but the way it was drafted and forced on the American people. For far too long our Congress has amassed more and more spending power into fewer and fewer legislative acts while waiting until the last possible minute to consider them. Lobbyists have made an entire business model out of identifying must-pass appropriations and tax bills and then getting pliant Members of Congress to insert their special breaks, loopholes, and giveaways. The omnibus collapse was a complete rejection of that way of doing business in Washington. Senator John McCain (R–AZ) told National Review: “I know this is a seminal moment, because for the first time since I’ve been here, we stood up and said ‘enough.’ Read more.......

The Boxer - Reid Land Grab - Heritage Foundation - While Congress tackles all the responsibilities it should have already dealt with this year, Senator Harry Reid (D–NV) is hoping to sneak through legislation comprised of more than 100 bills that couldn’t pass on their own merit. This drastic expansion of federally owned lands has not even been introduced as a bill, but Reid hopes to jam it through before Christmas.  The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2010 is set to designate hundreds of thousands of acres of land under the control of the federal government. Yesterday, Michelle Malkin went on a media tour exposing this secret attempt. The piece of legislation has no official name because Reid has refused to introduce it or give any opportunity for public debate. Some of the highlights of the bill include:
$17 million for 30 acres to expand ownership of lands near Jimmy Carter’s boyhood home. That’s almost $600,000 an acre.
$500,000 for a study to see if the Hudson River Valley is of national significance.
$26 million for submerged and privately owned areas in the Virgin Islands—another 8,600 acres.
$10 million to create a 100-acre “buffer” expansion of Morristown National Historical Park and $100,000 for signs.
$16 million for 89,000 acres (or 139 square miles) of Valles Caldera National Preserve.  Read more..........

McConnell Throws Reid Under the Omnibus - American Thinker - The Tea Parties have had their first major victory, as Harry Reid pulled the pork-laden omnibus spending bill from Senate consideration, in the face of Republican opposition capable of winning at least 41 votes to sustain a filibuster. GOP senators like McConnell who had helped put pork into the bill woke up and realized the electorate was serious when it rejected earmarks. McConnell, aware of the changed mood of the country, worked hard to persuade GOP senators. Robert Costa and Andrew Stiles of NPR report:  Retiring GOP senators like Kit Bond (MO), George Voinovich (OH), and Robert Bennett (UT) were considered by numerous Senate aides to be, at varying points, susceptible to Reid's machinations. Other Republicans rumored to be mulling a 'yea' vote on the omnibus included Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Sen. Thad Cochran (MS), who together requested more than $500 million worth of earmarks in the bill.  Read more........

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