Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Spending Bill - #2685 - House Avoids Government Shutdown with Short Term Spending Compromise - The Blaze (2) Wonderful: GAO Report Identifies $100 - 200B in Duplicative Annual Federal Spending (3) VIDEO: Charlie Cook Looks Into Senate's Future, including Virginia's Senate Race 2012 - National Journal

The House passed emergency short-term legislation Tuesday to cut federal spending by $4 billion and avert a government shutdown. Senate Democrats agreed to follow suit, handing Republicans an early victory in their drive to rein in government. The bill that cleared the House on a bipartisan vote of 335-91 eliminates the threat of a shutdown on March 4, when existing funding authority expires. At the same time, it creates a compressed two-week timeframe for the White House and lawmakers to engage in what looms as a highly contentious negotiation on a follow-up bill to set spending levels through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. The Senate set a vote on the short-term measure for Wednesday morning, the final step before it goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. “We’ll pass this and then look at funding the government on a long-term basis,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.  Read more........

Wonderful: GAO Report Identified $100-200B in Duplicative Annual Federal Spending - Hot Air -  The GAO examined numerous federal agencies, including the departments of defense, agriculture and housing and urban development, and pointed to instances where different arms of the government should be coordinating or consolidating efforts to save taxpayers’ money.  The agency found 82 federal programs to improve teacher quality; 80 to help disadvantaged people with transportation; 47 for job training and employment; and 56 to help people understand finances, according to a draft of the report reviewed by The Wall Street Journal…  Read more........

Charlie Cook Looks Into Senate's Future, including the Virginia Senate Race - National Journal - Charlie is correct, but he fails to address the philosophical reasons the two election cycles will be particularly bad for the Senate Democrats. In the House, the liberals "hide" behind politically drawn district boundaries designed to guarantee their reelection, no matter how appalling their actions, or the political mood of their state. When political winds are blowing against them, they just hunker down and ride out the storm behind the barriers of their selectively drawn districts. In the Senate, they have no place to hide, because they do not get to pick and choose which voters will go to the polls on their behalf. The boundary lines of their "districts" cannot be changed for political advantage, and therefore they must face every voter in their state. Only the very BLUEST of states like New York guarantee politicians like Senator Chuck Schumer a life time appointment to the Senate. Article and commentary contributed by Steve Peters.

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