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27 September 2008 at 2:28 p.m.
House Passes Trillion-Dollar 'Defense' BillPosted September 27th, 2008 by xntryk1 http://www.alternet.org/s…
Posted on September 26, 2008
With All Eyes on the Bailout, House Passes Trillion-Dollar Defense BillBy Joshua Holland
On Wednesday, the House passed a mammoth defense bill by a 392-39 vote. It's expected to clear the Senate with little difficulty next week.
It was part of a trillion-dollar stop-gap measure to keep programs running through next March, allowing lawmakers to skip town without passing a final budget. The Associated Press reports, “The legislation came together in a remarkably secret process that concentrated decision-making power in the hands of a few lawmakers.”
In keeping with the tradition of recent years, Bush held a gun to his own head and threatened to pull the trigger if his demands weren't met. According to the AP, “To earn President Bush's signature rather than a veto, House and Senate negotiators dropped several provisions he opposed. They include a ban on private interrogators in U.S. military detention facilities and what would have amounted to congressional veto power over a security pact with Iraq.”
In other words, Congress also maintained recent tradition, swearing not to give Bush a blank check and then whipping out their pens and signing a blank check.
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30 September 2008 at 2:42 p.m.
Just to last until March? Makes 700 billion to bail out the banks seem like small change!
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