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From: Queen of my Castle (
Subject:         Where they were at odds with this bill:
Date: August 9, 2010 at 5:31 pm PST

In Reply to: It does matter in that it was your claim that there is pork in the bill. posted by Millie on August 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm:

1. Republicans felt that this was the beginning of a new entitlement program--as if we don't have enough of them. Worthy as the cause may be, historically, Washington LOVES to start an entitlement, pack bills for it full of stuff that has nothing to do with the original intent, then rob the fund blind with unrelated expenditures. BTDT with Soc. Security, Medicare, Medicaid.

2. The funding of it. Republicans didn't want it funded with a new tax--as the Democrats did. Because, see, we have this deficit that the Obama Administration and the current congress have already run so far up that the 6th generation from us will STILL be trying to pay!! Unemployment Benefit extension: great idea, if you can pay for it. 9/11 Worker's fund: great idea--how ya gonna pay for it--withOUT raising taxes?

3. The procedure. It was just dirty politics at the minority party's expense to change this vote from requiring a simple majority to needing a 2/3 vote so they can block the Republicans from proposing amendments to fix problems 1 and 2 listed above.

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