EMERGENCY SESSION! $26 billion Payoff for Unions and Special Interests is an Emergency?
August 17, 2010
The annual August Congressional Recess is one of only a few times a year the American Taxpayer can be sure a bill isn’t being considered to spend billions of dollars we don’t have. However, this August, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and President Obama had different plans.
This past week, House and Senate approved a $26 billion bailout for teachers unions and irresponsible state governments. This last minute bailout before the school year begins required the House to return to session from recess. This left the taxpayer on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in unplanned travel expenses, to return their Representatives to work – for one day.
According to The Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper, “A K Street lobbyist said the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) pushed Pelosi to call the House back for the vote.” So at the behest of union bosses, Congress had been summoned back to Washington.
In addition to the $10 billion for teachers, the bill included $16.1 billion in Medicaid funding, to shore up state budgets. However, these dollars won’t immediately be sent to the states, but will be dispersed in January of 2011.
These ‘emergency’ legislative maneuvers prompted Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) to state on the House Floor: "We are here today because the Speaker of the House has declared us in 'Emergency Session.' There is a national emergency. Apparently, Congress has not spent enough money."
It’s time for legislators in Washington, and for state governments to balance their books. With the national debt spiraling out of control, we simply cannot afford to continue to add to the deficit. Please take a moment to call your Senator and Representative, and tell them this is simply unacceptable.
To find out how your Member of Congress voted on the $26 billion bailout for unions and special interests go to: http://thomas.loc.gov/
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