26 February 2010

she made me for my money

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Since they're not spending the stimulus money, why the hell not? This seems perfectly reasonable to me.
Senator Jim Bunning, a Kentucky Republican... is pariah to a whole new level. Before heading home for the weekend, the Senate is trying to wrap up a 30-day extension of unemployment benefits, health care benefits for the unemployed (Cobra), highway and transit programs, the compulsory copyright license used by satellite TV providers and the federal flood insurance program. Some of the programs -- including unemployment benefits and Cobra -- expire on Sunday unless something is done and Dems are proposing a $10 billion bandaid fix while they work on a bigger year-long extension they aim to pass in the next couple of weeks.

Bunning, though, is objecting, as is the privilege of any senator. He says he'll allow the bill to go through tonight if money from the stimulus is used to pay for the bill, rather than passing it unfunded. “What I have proposed is a pay-for. My gosh, we've got over $400 billion in unspent stimulus money,” Bunning said on the Senate floor. “I'll be here as long as you're here and as long as all those other senators are here and I'm going to object every time because you won't pay for this and you propose to never pay for it.”

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