Wasn’t This Supposed To Be A ‘Clean’ Continuing Resolution? What’s With All The Pork?


Maybe it depends on what your definition of “clean” is. If “clean” means “bereft of any semblance of fiscal conservatism,” then yes, the shutdown-ending continuing resolution to raise the Federal debt ceiling is exactly the gift President Barack Obama was asking for when he and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) famously demanded that Congress pass a “clean” debt bill.

Likewise, if “clean” means “back-loaded with undisclosed pork spending that will only be made known once we’ve passed the bill and then read it,” then — praise Congress — they carried out the task admirably.

Following the Obamacare strategy of ramming a bill through before each member has a chance to see what all it says, Congress gave deceased Senator Frank Lautenberg’s millionaire widow a $174,000 death benefit, a $3.1 million allocation to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, almost half a billion dollars in Department of Transportation money for roads destroyed by Colorado flooding, and — most egregiously — a $2 billion carrot for Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who can go back to the Bluegrass State a hero for tripling the original $775 million allotted by Congress for dam construction on the Ohio River.

Any of these extras might (or might not) be justifiable if they passed through the committee process on their way to an appropriations vote. But they slid through on Obama’s “clean” debt limit bill instead. The McConnell buy-off is particularly revealing, since the Senate Minority Leader evidently wielded his party leverage not to join the few conservative Senators in insisting on a focused piece of legislation, but rather to stay viable with back-home voters.

Predictably, Democratic leaders closed ranks when criticism arose in the hours after Obama signed off on the bill.

“What difference does it make?” chafed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when questioned about the add-ons. “Why are we talking about this? We’re talking about a bill that, as I said last night, I’m not asking anybody to vote for this bill on the merits.

CNS News quoted Pelosi further:

“My members have some of the same questions, not certainly in terms of the death penalty to the Lautenberg family [Ed. note: death penalty?], but when you have a CR, it is an appropriation, and this, yes would be the normal place for them to do that,” adding that it was consistent with what would be in a continuing resolution.

But not a “clean” resolution, right?

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • terryk

    GOP RINOs Cave but McConnel secures $2B for his state while the rest of the country gets nothing Well its noted and will be remembered.

    • Buxom Betty

      Yeah, but Cruz, Lee & Paul are the dangerous ones!!! Alas,There must be a catastrophe, a real purging & intense economic suffering for these venal paradigms to finally be laid to rest!!

      “There’ll be no mutant enemy we shall certify, political ends as sad remains will die.” – Jon Anderson of YES, from the album, “Close to the Edge”, 1973

  • FreedomFighter

    “What difference does it make?” chafed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when questioned about the add-ons
    As a tax payer I pay for what idiots like Pelosi spend, that’s the difference Pelosi, your spending my children’s future, wasting what is and what will be for your vain idiotic endeavors. Pelosi you are POS.

    Laus DeoSemper FI

    • Lancelot Link

      Gee, that “what difference does it make?” seems to be a big thing amongst the DEMs, especially their women!!!

      Now, in addition to her famous O-Care quote, “we will know what’s in it, after it is passed”, we now have also, “I’m not asking for anybody to vote on the bill on the merits.”

      Yeah, but, to the LOONY TUNES LIB & their media lapdogs, Sarah Palin is the dumb woman & Pe-Lousy gets cover

      • Amfer Ferg

        I caught that also. Two evil beatches with the same modus operandi.

      • vicki

        Pelosi said We (congress) have to pass the bill so YOU (taxpayers) can find out what is in it.

        She and others already knew full well what was there and they didn’t want it coming out in debates.


    Obummer had this to say yesterday after bill was rammed through with little time for many to review it:“But all my friends in Congress understand that how business is done in this town has to change because we’ve all got a lot of work to do on behalf of the American people,” Obama said, “and that includes the hard work of regaining their trust.”

    “Our system of self-government doesn’t function without it,” he said

    Oh, well, I guess we will start that “change thing” next time around, right, Mr. Prez???“

    He also implored Congress to pass a long term balanced budget!

    [We] shouldn’t approach this process of creating a budget as an ideological exercise — just cutting for the sake of cutting. The issue’s not growth versus fiscal responsibility. We need both,” Obama said. “We need a budget that deals with the issues that most Americans are focused on: creating more good jobs that pay better wages.”

    May I remind all, that Obummer is first prez ever to have operated without a budget for his first term & it is now going on in 2nd term. This is a violation of constitutional law, & as DEMs control senate, it is their responsibility to get this done. If this had been done there would not have been a shutdown. May I remind all that Obummer has put forth 2 budgets that DID NOT GET ON SINGLE VOTE FROM HIS OWN PARTY in these the most partisan times in D.C. history. May I remind all that Paul Ryan put forth 2 very sensible budgets that passed the House, but Obummer & DEMS shot down….so who is being ideological here??? But, hey, though his words sounded good, if you want to bankrupt the country who needs a budget???

  • Lee Berry

    the Communist Party USA is amazed at the – (now rapid) – progression of our country toward the stronghold of socialism. Even in our complete flip of morals from wrong is right – illegal to legal – without so much as a blink of an eye by John and Jane Q. Public – – we are walking straight into their waiting arms. Pelosi, the Democratic Leader of Congressional Progressive Caucus, vice – chairs Sheila Jackson Lee, Bernie Sanders, members including Jim McDermott, James McGovern, Charles Rangel, John Tierney, Maxine Waters (names taken directly from the official CPC website). Their beliefs include are “economic justice” which boils down to over-load the economy, collapse it – until we cry wolf – then making us as a collective totally reliant upon the government for our every need. Their core values are listed on the website – all standard which follow the opposite of what America’s capitalism SHOULD be (and in line with progressive rather than a Democratic Republic nation.

    • mark

      Sorry, but on this one the Republicans piled on the pork for themselves as well. Didn’t you read the article? McConnell is a shoe-in for reelection in KY now with all the construction jobs that $2.9 billion in bridge building will bring to his state while he voted against Obama’s Infrastructure Bill that would have done the same for the whole country. You see, McConnell is a deficit hawk – except when it comes to his own state. There they need more construction and more jobs. The other 49 states and their people can suck wind. Pull themselves up with by their own bootstraps to get out of this recession without any “socialist hand-outs” from the federal government. Oh yeah, I get it, Mitch!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/16/mitch-mcconnell-budget-deal_n_4111387.html

      • CORMAC___NJ

        You might be underestimating Kentuckians, and overestimating Obamacare. When, 6 months from now, the healthcare industry has fallen apart, the economy is in shambles and people are rioting in the streets, those construction jobs won’t look like a very good bargain.

  • fahkir1

    The real loser in this is the American people.

  • Fedup

    There isn’t anything in Washington that is “clean!” Everything and everyone there is dirty, rotten, crooked and arrogant! Government is responsible for EVERY problem facing this nation – IT is responsible for the debt!

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    True…Nothing is Clean…That is why I call it the DC CESSPOOL….The Stench from the place is OVERPOWERING….Both so Called Parties that are really just one party…The POLITICIANS PARTY….

  • Liz

    This is laughable, does anyone really believe these Progressive Liberals will ever send anything labeled CLEAN through? They mean clean out anything sensible and helpful to the American people, and continue to add everything that will benefit them.


    The lesson here is not that liberals are total scum – I think we all knew that. The lesson is that conservatives are colossally stupid.

    Think about it – the only possible way that the whole shut-down thing could have actually resulted in an overturn of Obamacare, would have been for the Democrats to say “OK OK, we can’t stand to see the American people suffer like this – we’ll give in and abandon our most cherished legislation!”

    Think about that. The thing that the Republicans were threatening Democrats with is the very thing that Democrats like to do most: cause pain to regular Americans. Is it any wonder that, in the end, the Democrats walked away with even more than they started with?

    And it’s not like the Republicans had no evidence pointing to Democrats love of hurting the country – we’ve had 9 months of watching them use sequestration as a torture device!!!!

    Please, do NOT support Ted Cruz for President. It’s not that he isn’t a good and moral man. I believe he is. I believe that he truly wants to restore this nation to its former greatness, He just isn’t smart about how to make it happen.

    Ted Cruz grew up with great parents, surrounded by good people who guided him every step of the way, and as a result he has no real comprehension of the kind of wickedness that he is up against. If he did he would have realized that his plan would have never succeeded.

    The man to back is Rand Paul. Notice that Paul, while not opposing his fellow conservatives fight against ACA, never prominently attached his name to the fight. It’s because he saw the likelihood of failure.

    Why? Because unlike Cruz, Rand Paul is not just a clone of his parents. Rand’s Dad Ron, while being a brilliant libertarian, is also a bit of a crack-pot. He supports open borders, abortion rights and was even friendly to Occupy Wall Street.

    Rand is none of those things, That proves that he, unlike almost all other conservative politicians, actually had to rebel against authority to come to the truth. he had to think for himself, and oppose his own family.

    That ability, and the vastly greater judgmental capacity it fostered, will be absolutely critical if traditional American values are ever to return to Government in this once-great nation.

    Please remember that in the next Presidential primary election.

  • rbrooks

    lol. all of your conservative hero’s proved to be the same old crooks.

    all politicians are crooks.

    some of you will never learn.

  • Motov

    Proves the definition of politics,…
    Poli means many
    Tics are blood sucking parasites.
    They cannot stop themselves from taking what they can!

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    The less people who sign up the quicker this monster will fail! Go to and sign on “I will not comply”


    There is also this site to opt out!