What those sneaky Dems have been up to

Courtesy House Republican Conference

With 15 Million Americans Out of Work, Democrats’ Focus on Pork-Laden, Job-Killing Spending Bill

December 16, 2010

  • Republicans are committed to fighting hard on behalf of America’s families.  As promised in the Pledge to America, we will fight to permanently end the threat of job-killing tax hikes, stop all the job-killing spending in Washington and cut spending immediately when we take control of the House of Representatives in January.
  • The American people sent a loud message to Washington in November that they are tired of Washington’s job-killing spending binge.
  • While Republicans know Americans want Congress to encourage job creation by cutting spending, Democrats did not get the message.
  • While the nation continues to suffer from 19 straight months of unemployment at or above 9.4 percent, the Democrats have chosen to spend hard-earned tax dollars on termite research and mosquito trapping projects.
  • Having failed to pass a budget or sign any of the 12 annual spending bills into law, Democrats are packing every dime of federal spending into one massive 1,924 page bill that Members will have no chance to read.  In January, Republicans will post bills for 3 days before asking members to vote on them.
  • The bill contains $1.106 trillion in non-emergency budget authority for Fiscal Year 2011.
  • The cost of the Democrats’ enormous spending bill amounts to $575 million per page.
  • The Senate omnibus would be an increase of $174 billion above the spending levels of just two years ago.
  • The Democrats’ omnibus bill contains more than $1 billion in funding to implement job-killing provisions of ObamaCare.
  • The job-killing omnibus is a 19 percent increase in discretionary spending since Democrats took control of Congress and the White House.  When stimulus spending is included, non-defense discretionary spending grew by 84 percent from 2008 to 2010.
  • The job-killing spending under the Democrats’ leadership fuels growing deficits and debt and will ultimately lead to a lower standard of living and less opportunity for future generations of Americans.
  • According to CBO, “Higher debt would increase the probability of a fiscal crisis in which investors would lose confidence in the government’s ability to manage its budget.”
  • While House Republicans and the American people have rejected job-killing spending and the corrupt earmarking system, Democrats are using their last opportunity in complete power in Washington to shove billions of dollars in pork-barrel spending through Congress.
  • The Democrats’ Omnibus contains nearly 7,000 earmarks totaling $8.3 billion.
  • This $1.1 trillion legislation continues the unsustainable, high rates of spending passed by the Democrat majority for FY 2010.
  • Rather than continue the same profligate spending, Republicans have pledged to return discretionary government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.
  • Returning discretionary spending to FY 2008 levels would save at least $100 billion in the first year alone and reduce deficits and debt by more than $900 billion in the next ten years.
  • It’s time for real fiscal discipline in Washington, DC.  Republicans are determined to get government spending under control when they take control of the House in a few short weeks.
  • Some of the “vital” projects funded by earmarks in the bill include the following:

o    $3,490,000 for Subterranean Termite Research in Louisiana

o    $1,454,000 for Mosquito Trapping Research in Florida

o    $1,000,000 for Peanut Research in Georgia

o    $994,000 for Endophyte Research in Arizona

o    $503,000 for Wild Rice and Soybean research in Minnesota

o    $300,000 for an Aquaculture Research and Education Center in Pennsylvania

o    $935,000 for the Pasteurization of Shell Eggs in Michigan

o     $349,000 for Swine and Animal Waste Management in Louisiana

o    $500,000 for Oyster Safety in Florida

o    $247,000 for Virus-free Wine Grape Cultivars in Washington

o    $208,000 for Beaver Management in North Carolina

o    $469,000 in Mite Suppression in Hawaii

o    $2,150,000 for Salt Pond restoration in San Francisco

o    $1,000,000 for the Holt Collier Visitor and Interpretive Center in Mississippi

o    $1,500,000 for Lake Tahoe Region Invasive Mussel Prevention in California and Nevada

o    $1,000,000 for a Visitor’s Center at the Battle of New Market Heights Memorial in Virginia

o    $350,000 for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in Nevada

o    $500,000 for a Native Hawaiian Culture and Arts Program

o    $700,000 for the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Connecticut

o    $250,000 for the Winston Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri

o    $750,000 for the Forum Theatre in Binghamton, New York

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