“The Senate Omnibus Is Out”
And it’s porktacular!
It’s nearly 2,000 pages, and even the tables summarizing its thousands of earmarks are a sight to behold.
The AP is rightly portraying the bill as the porkers’ last hurrah, a kind of monster’s ball for old-guard appropriators — Republican and Democratic alike — “seeking one last victory before tea party-backed GOP insurgents storm Congress intent on ending the good old days of pork-barrel politics.”
[...] Sen. John Barrasso (R., Wyo.) tells National Review Online that while he hasn’t had a chance to review the package, it “sounds like a last gasp effort of a congress that spends too much.”
Indeed, the Senate bill has more pork fat than the House counterpart passed last week, and far worse, it contains funding for Obamacare implementation.
Democrats are already actively courting the handful of Republican votes that will be necessary to overcome the promised filibuster. Retiring Sen. Bob Bennett (R., Utah) has already said he will support it, and Sens. Kit Bond (R., Mo.), George Voinovich (R., Ohio) and Susan Collins (R., Maine) have said they are thinking about doing the same.
Just enough of those GOP “pragmatists” to give the $1.1 trillion bill the veneer of bi-partisanship.
(h/t newrouter and BBH)
More here, including this heartening bit:
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-OK, has vowed to force a reading on the Senate floor of all 1,924 pages of the bill. And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has filed an amendment to eliminate all funding for earmarks in it.