The Senate on Tuesday rejected legislation calling for a congressional commission to recommend reductions in the federal deficit.
The 53-46 vote fell seven votes shy of the necessary 60 under an agreement both parties reached Monday night, and represented deep divisions on both sides of the aisle. A group of 37 Democrats and 16 Republicans supported the commission, while 23 Republicans and 23 Democrats opposed it.
The vote defeated an amendment by Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and ranking member Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) that would have created an 18-member panel to propose spending and reduction policies.
Senators who supported the idea of a commission said they were frustrated at congressional inaction in reining in federal spending.
Who votes to approve federal spending? Here’s my problem with this bill… We have 538 members of Congress, 100 Senators, 435 members of the House of Representatives and 3 Representatives from the District of Columbia. What exactly is their job, if not to oversee spending, programs and pork belly pay-offs for votes? Here’s a suggestion to Congress, DO YOUR JOB. There are numerous instances of redundancy in the government, start by cutting those departments. Many of the Czar’s are duplicates of Cabinet positions, cut those positions, as well as their staff. Quit funding projects to examine the mating rituals of field mice. Quit okaying a 35% increased budget to the EPA for 2009, this is obscene.
Instead of performing their jobs, some members of the Senate would rather absolve themselves from responsibility and finger-point to some obscure commission, by adding another layer of bureaucracy which is appalling. Some championing this bill claim it would help the special interest entrenchment in D.C., while this carries be some validity, the truth is that IF these elected officials cannot vote on legislation which serves the country best interests, they need to GO.
Here are the cowards in the Senate who voted in favor of this legislation and refuse to do the job they were elected to perform.
By Vote Position YEAs —-53 _____Alexander (R-TN)Bayh (D-IN)Begich (D-AK)Bennet (D-CO)Bingaman (D-NM)Bond (R-MO)Boxer (D-CA)Carper (D-DE)Chambliss (R-GA)Collins (R-ME)Conrad (D-ND)Corker (R-TN)Cornyn (R-TX)Dorgan (D-ND)Durbin (D-IL)Enzi (R-WY)Feingold (D-WI)Feinstein (D-CA)Franken (D-MN)Gillibrand (D-NY)Graham (R-SC)Gregg (R-NH)Hagan (D-NC)Isakson (R-GA)Johanns (R-NE)Johnson (D-SD)Kaufman (D-DE)Kerry (D-MA)Klobuchar (D-MN)Kohl (D-WI)Landrieu (D-LA)LeMieux (R-FL)Leahy (D-VT)Levin (D-MI)Lieberman (ID-CT)Lincoln (D-AR)Lugar (R-IN)McCaskill (D-MO)Menendez (D-NJ)Nelson (D-FL)Nelson (D-NE)Pryor (D-AR)Reid (D-NV)Schumer (D-NY)Shaheen (D-NH)Tester (D-MT)Udall (D-CO)Vitter (R-LA)Voinovich (R-OH)Warner (D-VA)Webb (D-VA)Wicker (R-MS)Wyden (D-OR)
In the bill they allocated 9 million for staff and other expenditures for 2010 alone, while facing trillions in debt, nine million may not seem like a lot.. yet this is exactly how we have reached the ballooning deficit we have.. one million at a time. Each one of these, so called Senators, should be removed from office on their next re-election, we can only pray.
The bill can be found here.