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Senate Passes Massive Defense Spending Bill

October 12, 2009 by  

Senate passes massive defense spending bill Even though the U.S. is grappling with a multitrillion dollar federal budget deficit, senators have approved a Pentagon spending bill worth $636 billion, which includes $2.7 billion in earmarks.

The bill will fund U.S. military operations during the current fiscal year, and combines $128 billion for the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan with $498 billion for the rest of the Defense Department’s budget, according to media reports.

Although the Senate decided against funding additional Lockheed Martin F-22 fighter jets, the VH-71 replacement presidential helicopter and a second engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the majority of the lawmakers rejected an amendment to withhold funding for 10 C-17 cargo aircraft.

It was proposed by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona who said purchasing the aircraft —which cost $2.5 billion — represented wasteful spending and who called on the president to veto the bill.

The measure also contains $2.7 billion worth of earmarks sought by individual senators, including funding for-profit companies to develop new technologies. McCain also introduced an amendment which aimed to require earmarked for-profit companies to be subject to competitive bidding, but it was also defeated.

The legislation must now be reconciled with a measure passed by the House of Representatives in July before being offered to President Obama for signature.
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  • s c

    Once again, our elected morons won’t keep earmarks out of any legislation. While I am no longer a believer in letting the military have everything they want, there is a side-effect that should produce positive results. That is, comrade obama is a firm believer in spending money that doesn’t exist.
    Because of that, he will have to choose between military spending and pet social engineering projects. In the interim, America will pay in many ways for this gross stupidity. 2010 is not far off, and when people understand that this will affect their health care and social security and all other high-dollar entitlements, comrade obama and his braindead stooges will be more than stunned when voters give him what he has truly ‘earned.’ Call it the Copenhagen Syndrome. Enjoy!

    • Thurman Marcum

      S.C

      I agree with you,this one time the left and the right can agree.Letting the military have everything they want,is costing us.We need to stop this war and bring our troops home.

    • Norm

      sc
      October 8, 2009
      An Associated Press-GfK poll says 56 percent of those surveyed in the past week approve of Obama’s job performance, up from 50 percent in September. It’s the first time since he took office in January that his rating has gone up.
      Don’t be so sure about 2010. The stock market is doing well, employment will probably rise in the next 6 months, and most people do want healthcare reform.
      The Republican congressmen, by the way, have an overall job perfoemance rating of 26%. “Just say no” may well byte them in the ass.

      • ccg

        I think you are biased, and have wishful thinking.

      • DaveH
      • April

        Sorry, that won’t fly. Many American Press polls are tweaked to make it look like the majority agrees with the far left. Just another one of their tactics to win by making some feel like their vote won’t count. It only works for so long, and then watch out when the sleeping giant awakens.

        • Norm

          April
          By sleeping giant are you reffering to the Glen Beck idiots or the Rush Limbaugh dittoheads?

          • DaveH

            All anyone can do, Norm, is gather as much information as possible from various sources, then use that information combined with their life experiences to make a decision.
            You then have to live with yourself if you purposely wear blinders because you are benefitting from something that you know deep-down goes contrary to that knowledge and life experience.

      • Robert

        Who was polled. The senate?

  • ccg

    Our Congressmen and women both in the House and in the Senate forget that they are supposed to represent us, not lord it over us. They have lived up on the ‘hill’ so long that they have no concept of reality any more.
    We need term limits badly.
    For pity sakes, when I see my earnings and income declining I do something called ‘ECONOMIZE’. Another word for it is DOWNSIZE. The people of Congress don’t have that concept. They don’t have to really earn their salary by working. Heavens no, actually read one of the bills before they vote on it? No way.
    Of course we need our military funded, but quit adding PORK on to these bills. Quit voting yourselves raises, put yourselves on the same insurance programs the rest of us are on and wake up.

  • Jack Kinch(1uncle)

    Again, our states should pass an amendment to the constitution stopping all wasteful spending on special interest groups.

    • outspoken2

      Who is special interest? Everybody has his/her hand out looking for the proverbial governmental handout. Where does the money come from, it comes from you and me. Special interest is pork barrel spending, and we all know the barrel is not large enough, instead of barrel size it’s truckload size and larger still.

    • Donna

      Yeah, I’m with you. Stop all special interest group funding. We DON’T have the money. When you don’t do your job correctly, you are either fired or stripped of responsibilities. Let’s strip them down to national security and give the responsibilities of schools, roads, etc. back to the states and pay the states the majority of your income taxes. At least you know your tax dollars would at least be going to the state you live in for the things your state needs.

  • DaveH

    Senate Roll Call Vote on HR3326:
    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00315

    Note that only 1 Democrat voted Nay. And only 6 Republicans voted Nay.

    The Democrat Politicians just can’t seem to find a spending bill they don’t love.

    • outspoken2

      The only thing that is different about Republicans and Democrats is their name.

      • april

        Answer to outspoken2. Wake up man, do you hear any of the garbage comming from the GOP, like you hear from Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Charles Rangel, Chris Dodd, Barney Frank, who bragged about a twrist with his boyfriend in Ca. without no one watching went skinny dipping in a stranger pool, he thought that was funny. Now let’s not forget Barbara Boxer, Maxine Waters, John Murtha, John Kerry, Chuck Shummer, Henry Waxman and their chief impostor obama. This group of marxist anti-american radicals, couldn’t get a job as a local cop, but run our Gov’t, and if they get their way will rip our country apart. Obama is there to shepard our way to poverty nation status…..

  • DaveH
    • eyeswideopen

      I know that every major medical company out there is ripping off all the people, not just us. That is my complaint. Profit is fine, but when it is rigged so there is no competition and it deals with health, I get real pissy. It’s one thing when you are purchasing a car, boat, etc..and you can decide to stay in your budget but when it is life and death, the fairness scale tips in favor of the masses. So I must be a socialist when it comes to healthcare issues. Is everyone happy now? So be it. When I can finally enroll in Medicare, that program should work well for me, as a socialist, I will really enjoy it…..if it is still around.

      • Randall

        Eyes, just a couple of points here. No one is “ripping you off”, you don’t like it, don’t pay it, you don’t like your doctor go to another, don’t like your insurance, buy another.

        If the only game in town becomes the federal government, THEN it will be rigged so that there is no competition, only a single entity in charge looking to drive down costs. How are they going to do that? With either LESS care or POOR care.

        Obviously you don’t know anyone whose sole health care is controlled by Medicare or you wouldn’t be in such a hurry to get there.

        Its very simple for me. Name a federal government program, ANY federal government program that provides excellent service at low cost (total cost)? Military?, Postal?, Medicare?, Congress? C’mon, just one. With their track record, I’d just as soon they stay out of my health care …. heck I want them out of everything.

        • DaveH

          Well-said Randall.

        • Norm

          Randall
          There’s about as much competition between insurance companies as there is in OPEC. Even worse, they have most of the US congress on their payroll. This last attempt to sink the health care reform was an obvious fraud. Even the bean counters who put together had red faces.

          I think Olympia Snowe put nicely. Our healthcare system is like the Titanic. It’s very difficult to change course, but the alternative is an iceberg.

        • eyeswideopen

          Randall, it doesn’t do much good to get a new insurance company as they are covered under the Anti-Trust Act. You can only purchase certain insurance from certain companies in your certain state. It is tightly controlled or haven’t you heard that the competition is non-existant amoung the majority of the states? The congress needs to repeal the anti-trust laws that the insurance companies are using to shield themselves from honest competition.

          • Lisa A.

            Well Said, Eyes Wide Open

        • eyeswideopen

          Randall, the V.A. healthcare, the military healthcare runs better than most private hospitals. Have experienced both, for myself and my father.

      • DaveH

        Eyes, if you are only attacking the businesses that get special privileges and exemptions from the government, then I agree.
        But the only way we are going to achieve that is to greatly lessen the government’s involvement in the marketplace. Whenever the government is involved there is potential for corruption. And it is difficult for even the above-average citizen to keep track of whether a particular law might actually be meant to favor a certain special interest. The politicians usually give those laws misleading rosy-sounding titles. How many citizens are willing to spend the time exploring the text of the laws to discover their true intent?

        An example of that (but not business related) is the Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002. The title makes it sound so wonderful. But it is a well-known fact that it takes a lot of money to get the amount of information necessary to the public to achieve removing an incumbent from office. If the political money flow is stifled, that is better for the incumbent. The Congressmen are just trying to secure their jobs with Laws like these. It is damn near impossible now to get rid of a Congressman.
        We do have this wonderful source of information now (the Internet), but you can bet the politicians and their lobbyists are working hard to hatch a plan to thwart this source of information.

    • TerminIL

      And it’s all being pushed by the Federal Government. Who’s scamming who here?

  • http://websitebeingredone iris falkson

    I enjoy your articles, and would like to use some of your material, credit given.
    Is it possible to find out what Senators, by name who added the earmarks? As a Marine wife, many of my readers would like to know who these greedy Senators are, and why the bill does not include new types of available guns that work, which we do not have now, and why the cargo planes being built were refused by the Department of Defense but one Congressman who is under investagation has managed this travesty.
    Iris Falkson
    Beaufort Hyde Newspaper

    • ccg

      Iris I will tell you right now, that you are a hero. It takes a lot of stamina to be a Military man’s wife or a Military woman’s husband. You support your husband while he is out protecting our freedom, and you run your household without help.
      Thank your husband for me for his service, and I thank you for your sacrifices and your service to our country as well.
      God Bless You!

    • Randall

      Thank you and your husband for your service and sacrifice.

    • http://www.boblivingstonletter.com/ Bob Livingston

      You can go to http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/L?d111:./temp/~bda58bW:1[1-85](Amendments_For_H.R.3326)&./temp/~bdjcEf You will have to search through the various amendments which will list the sponsor and co-sponsors, if there are any. This will tell you what you need to know. They have intentionally made the process tedious to discourage scrutiny.

      • April

        Thanks Bob! This a great site.

    • DaveH

      Here is an additional source, Iris. As Bob said, it will be tedious, good luck:
      http://www.gpoaccess.gov/crecord/index.html

  • c. pen

    I would like to see legislation pass to not add an ear mark for any certain bill that has nothing to do with the main body, bills’ title or any association with any bill up for a vote. For example … what does gay rights(actually special privelage) have to do with the DOD? I believe I have the right to not have homosexuality jamed down my throat every time I turn around. That is an invasion of my privacy and my religious beliefs. I wish that my fellow Americans would vote in a real conservative christian/statesman rather than another treasonous politician.

    • DaveH

      I believe it is unconstitutional to favor any special group with Federal law. But someone has to stand up and organize a court case for these various attacks on our Constitution, and that takes a lot of money. The elected officials know that and I believe that is why they are deluging us with laws. They are trying to overwhelm the system.
      Our task is to identify these politicians and throw their raggedy butts out of office. I know of only one I would definitely keep and that is Ron Paul. There are no doubt many others that I’m not familiar with. For those of us that have the time, we can go to the roll call votes of the House of Reps and the Senate to see how certain Congressmen have voted.
      For the House (look under Quick Links for ‘roll call votes’:
      http://clerk.house.gov/

      • DaveH

        For the Senate (pick the ‘Votes’ link, then ‘more’ or select from ‘roll call tables’ for a different session of the Senate):
        http://www.senate.gov/

      • s c

        When government favors a group over the rest of us, the polite word is ‘protected status.’ It is a form of discrimination and class warfare. It unfairly opens doors for a handful, and shreds the Constitution.
        It is yet one more example of elected inferiors who have no character. They enjoy the luxury of low standards, and they will plague us until we rid ourselves of them.
        The Founding Fathers knew them as European camp-followersand oppressors. Today, they’re better known as useless politicians.

  • James Corbin

    Obama is costing us! We have to have a strong military. Other countries are building their militaries– While our’s is going down. If ever we need a strong military it is now. I received an e-mail
    saying that Devaut Muslim Arif Alikhan ( Homeland Security Posts) as assistant Secretary for policy Development and Kareem Shora was appointed by DHS Secretary Napolitano on Homeland Security Advisory Council ( HSAC ) After all It was the devaut muslims bombed the trade center!!!

    • Norm

      James Corbin
      Other countries are gaining on us???

      Rank Country Military expenditures (USD) Date
      — World Total 1,470,000,000,000 2008
      — NATO Total 1,049,875,309,000 [citation req'd]
      1 United States 663,700,000,000 2010
      — European Union Total 312,259,000,000 2008-2009
      2 People’s Republic of China 70,308,600,000 2009
      3 United Kingdom 65,149,500,000 FY 2009-10
      4 Japan 48,860,000,000 2008
      5 France 47,421,250,000 2010
      6 Germany 45,930,000,000 2008
      7 Italy 40,050,000,000 2008
      8 Russian Federation 39,600,000,000 2009
      9 India 32,700,000,000 2009-2010
      10 Iraq 32,400,000,000 2009
      11 Saudi Arabia 31,050,000,000 2008
      12 Turkey 30,936,000,000 2008[13]
      13 South Korea 28,500,000,000 2008
      14 Brazil 23,972,836,012 2009
      15 Australia 23,040,500,000 2009-10
      16 Canada 19,038,161,370 2009-2010

    • DaveH

      We eventually are going to run out of money with all the government spending and then we won’t even be able to protect our own nation. It happened to the USSR; it can happen to us.
      We need to get off our high horses and quit thinking that we have to be the World’s policemen.

      • Thurman Marcum

        Dave,

        I agree with you on this one.We can’t be world policemen.

      • Norm

        DaveH
        Yo Dave. We don’t agree too often.

      • Thurman Marcum

        daveh,

        Dave if you ever deside to come over to the left,we be glad to have you.You are right. We can’t be world policemen.

        • DaveH

          Thurman, I believe in individual responsibility. No matter how ill or impoverished I am I would never try to force someone else to carry me. That’s why I vote Libertarian.

  • Mark

    I call it investing…not spending…I took out a home LOAN, a bail-out… invested 10K in my 120K home and now it’s worth 159K….get it?

  • James Corbin

    Should listen to Glenn Beck!! He isn’t a republican or Demacrat. He lets both parties have it. He tells it like it is!!

    • Norm

      James Corbin
      Glen Beck is a physco. He belongs in a padded cell. Read his thoughts on the Rockefeller Center carved door reliefs or his comments on the “sword to plowshare” statue at the UN.

  • Norm

    Senate

    Nine of 10 of the top earmark recipients in the Senate were from the appropriations committee. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) was the only non-appropriations committee member to crack the top ten. The average senator received $178 million in earmarks: The 29 Senate appropriators averaged more than $273.3 million each, more than 50 percent higher.

    By far the leader in total earmarks was Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) with $837.3 million. This includes $3.7 million for the National Center for Natural Products Research housed at the Thad Cochran Research Center; $492,000 for the strategic biomass initiative; and $173,000 for the National Wild Turkey Federation.

    Top Ten Senate Earmark Recipients

    Member
    Party
    State
    Solo Earmarks
    Solo and With Other Lawmakers

    Cochran
    R
    MS
    $289,793,000
    $837,256,500

    Landrieu
    D
    LA
    $103,303,050
    $469,691,110

    Stevens
    R
    AK
    $389,043,750
    $456,902,750

    Bond
    R
    MO
    $128,227,400
    $454,632,500

    Shelby
    R
    AL
    $191,099,800
    $426,492,200

    Inouye
    D
    HI
    $229,775,440
    $414,327,330

    Byrd
    D
    WV
    $333,024,438
    $407,360,438

    Murray
    D
    WA
    $141,007,117
    $376,489,467

    Clinton
    D
    NY
    $98,000
    $342,403,455

    Durbin
    D
    IL
    $39,313,300
    $335,181,200

    Source: TCS analysis

    6 Dems. and 4 Reps. (the ratio as senate members). The big hitters are from the South mainly.

    • Norm

      The above are 2008 figures.

  • Robert

    If I’m elected president in 2012, I will cut military spending to $0.00. Here’s my plan. Launch every missle with a nuclear warhead that we have all over the world and see what happens. Simply solution to cutting the deficit, No?

    • Norm

      Rush Limbaugh had a similar solution. Not good.

    • eyeswideopen

      I would laugh, if I didn’t know that you are serious. You are just more aggressive than most of the people on this site who just want to use their guns. lol lol

      • Norm

        “The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.”
        Rush Limbaugh
        I kid you not.

  • Norm

    Infamous Quote from Hermann Goering (Hitler’s #2)
    I thought it was Dick Cheney.

    “Why of course the people don’t want war. Why should some poor slob on
    a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of
    it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally the common people don’t want war neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
    That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
    and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
    country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

  • http://pasarbagus.yonkly.com/emelysaelee224 Internazionale

    Senate

    Nine of 10 of the top earmark recipients in the Senate were from the appropriations committee. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) was the only non-appropriations committee member to crack the top ten. The average senator received $178 million in earmarks: The 29 Senate appropriators averaged more than $273.3 million each, more than 50 percent higher.

    By far the leader in total earmarks was Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-MS) with $837.3 million. This includes $3.7 million for the National Center for Natural Products Research housed at the Thad Cochran Research Center; $492,000 for the strategic biomass initiative; and $173,000 for the National Wild Turkey Federation.

    Top Ten Senate Earmark Recipients

    Member
    Party
    State
    Solo Earmarks
    Solo and With Other Lawmakers

    Cochran
    R
    MS
    $289,793,000
    $837,256,500

    Landrieu
    D
    LA
    $103,303,050
    $469,691,110

    Stevens
    R
    AK
    $389,043,750
    $456,902,750

    Bond
    R
    MO
    $128,227,400
    $454,632,500

    Shelby
    R
    AL
    $191,099,800
    $426,492,200

    Inouye
    D
    HI
    $229,775,440
    $414,327,330

    Byrd
    D
    WV
    $333,024,438
    $407,360,438

    Murray
    D
    WA
    $141,007,117
    $376,489,467

    Clinton
    D
    NY
    $98,000
    $342,403,455

    Durbin
    D
    IL
    $39,313,300
    $335,181,200

    Source: TCS analysis

    6 Dems. and 4 Reps. (the ratio as senate members). The big hitters are from the South mainly.

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