"Second verse, same as the first," go the lyrics to a '60s Herman's Hermits song about Henry VIII and repetition ad naseum. And so it goes with a new wave of Republican rumblings about a second Obama-era stimulus package that Democrat Nancy Pelosi and company are now publicly pondering.
On both sides of the aisle, lawmakers are beginning to express doubts that more bailouts will solve the nation’s economic problems and have labeled their frustration “bailout fatigue.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not one of them.
With our economy already staggering under an avalanche of debt, taxes, regulations, and the high costs of energy, Democrats in the Senate have decided to pile on a real economy killer: the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (S. 22). Incredibly, nearly 20 Republicans in the Senate joined with them in support of this destructive bill.
The U.S. Senate voted 62 to 34 yesterday to begin debating the D.C. voting rights bill (S. 160), which would add two permanent seats to the House of Representatives. It would give the District of Columbia a permanent seat in the House by the opening of the 112th congressional term, with the other seat appropriated for the state of Utah until the 2010 census results are available.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has revealed more of her worldview of humans and their worth. In an interview with George Stephanopoulos for ABC, Pelosi was attempting to defend the new $825 billion economic stimulus package, which contains a provision that individual states be reimbursed for contraceptives and other “family planning” services provided for people who have no health insurance.
"The U.S. military expects to have 20,000 uniformed troops inside the United States by 2011 trained to help state and local officials respond to a nuclear terrorist attack or other domestic catastrophe, according to Pentagon officials," the Washington Post reported on December 1. "The long-planned shift in the Defense Department's role in homeland security was recently backed with funding and troop commitments after years of prodding by Congress and outside experts, defense analysts said."
When California Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi became House Speaker with the election of a Democratic majority in 2006, hopes ran high in some quarters that the feisty grandmother of seven would lead an investigation into the Bush administration’s actions involving the United States in the Iraq War.
On July 4 of this year, an old patriot passed away. Former five-term North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms, retired since 2002, finally succumbed at 86 after a long career on the forefront of American conservatism during the Cold War and thereafter.
The bill amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) would allow the government to engage in massive collection of American citizens’ communications without a search warrant, clearly in violation of the Fourth Amendment, is moving forward in the Senate, after having been passed by the House on June 20. In February, the Senate had passed similar legislation (see Senate vote #25 in “The Freedom Index” in this issue of TNA), but the House did not do likewise and the legislation stalled. More recently a compromise between the Bush administration and congressional leaders breathed new life into the legislation.