In deficit reduction talks, Senate Democrats derail and insist on increasing spending & taxes.


In today’s deficit cutting talks with Vice President Joe Biden; Democrat representatives stated that they felt the way to fix the problem was to increase spending and subsequently increase taxes.

Does anybody else see the conundrum that the Republicans are having to deal with?

We are $14.3 trillion+ in debt that needs to be agreed upon by August 2 (less than a month away) or at we risk defaulting on our debts.

If we do not make some serious cutting, start creating jobs and selling more exports; we are going to have a serious problem balancing the budget.

It is at this point that we need to be CUTTING; not INCREASING spending.

Is Vice President Biden and his debt group really that oblivious to the will of the American people?

Are the Democrats really surprised that the Republicans walked out of deficit cutting talks?

How can you argue a concept of cutting spending when the other side wants to spend more money?

Its a waste of time and unbelievable that the Democrats would adopt this line of thought.

Even though, it is not technically “his job” Obama, as President, should get involved considering the severity of our situation.

According to my sources on Capitol Hill; the only involvement Obama is doing is “looking for a meeting room”.  Literally.

The game plan was to have deficit reduction talks completed by the end of June. That’s only 7 days from now.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, a Republican leader, also agrees that President Obama needs to get directly involved.

“It’s clear that these were non-serious negotiations and the only time it’s going to get serious is when the president of the United States becomes thoroughly engaged,” Cornyn said. “There’s not going to be a deal without his direct involvement.”

Flashback to the 2011 Compromised Budget talk delays. The only time serious progress was made was when Obama was involved so he could push the Democrats to be reasonable.  It is obvious that Obama is needed in this case.

Deja vu seem to fall upon my ears as I heard Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell ask of Obama once again, “Where is he?” What does he propose? What is he willing to do to reduce the debt and to avoid this crisis that’s building on his watch? He’s the one in charge. I think most Americans think it’s about time he started acting like it.”

Raising the Debt Ceiling and increasing spending; Contradictory?

It is imperative that we cut trillions of dollars from our $14.3+ trillion debt and NOT increase spending.

You cannot spend your way out of a recession.

The Democrats fail to understand the generic cutting mindset as the “Democrats continue to insist that any deal must include tax increases,” said Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, in a statement announcing his decision. “There is not support in the House for a tax increase.”

The tax issue must be resolved before discussions can continue,” Cantor said. “Given this impasse, I will not be participating in today’s meeting and I believe it is time for the president to speak clearly and resolve the tax issue. Once the tax issue is resolved, we have a blueprint to move forward to trillions of spending cuts and binding mechanisms to change the way things are done around here.”

Note to the Democrats: Your constituents want you to cut spending.  You have to come to the deficit reduction talks in the mindset of “what are we cutting, today?” because if you are looking at things from an increased spending point of view; the discussion is going to be pointless and a waste of everyone’s time.

It is imperative that you understand that we cannot spend, and most certainly cannot freeze, our way out of a recession. We have less than one week until Congress is needed to make a decision on whether or not we are going to raise the debt ceiling and to determine if the US will start defaulting on our debtors. Our SP index rating already dropped to negative; let’s not fall even further into the economic hole.

Note to the Republicans:  Eliminating the subsidies and tax breaks for big oil is NOT increasing taxes. If we eliminated a lot of the money we give big oil (they are doing just fine on their own); we could give that money back to the people and small businesses through price relief at the gas pump and help jumpstart our economy.

Also, please not give in to a  payroll tax deduction as that directly drains the Social Security funds and we are already short on Social Security funds as it is.

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So much for Obama’s transparency; $1.3 Trillion Dollars Missing


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NEW CUTS ADDED: The good, the bad and the undecided in the 2011 budget compromise bill.


Listen to Heart of America’s Radio program regarding the 2011 Budget Compromise, the cuts, the increases and who was the ultimate winner in the budget battle.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hoa/2011/04/12/041211–heart-of-americas-2011-budget-compromise

UPDATE ON BILL STATUS AT END.

Overall Spending Limit: The final CR will include a total of $1.049 trillion in funding, nearly $40 billion worth of reductions from last year’s (fiscal year 2010) levels.

Pretty amazing, considering President Obama only wanted to freeze spending and not engage in real cutting.

This includes the $12 billion in reductions previously approved by Congress and for this bill:

Program Cuts; $36.5 billion cut + $2 billion cut for 1 wk continuing resolution = $38.5 billion cut.

** $13 billion from funding for programs at the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services

** Over $1 billion in a cut across non-defense agencies

** $8 billion in cuts to our budget for State and Foreign Operations

** $630 million in earmarked transportation projects

** At least $2.5 billion in transportation funding

** $35 million by ending the Crop Insurance Good Performance Rebate

** $30 million for a job training program that was narrowly targeted at certain student loan processors

** $1.9 billion from Homeland Security

** $354 million in funding for an alternative engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter was cut.

** $325 million was cut for production of and modifications to Boeing Co.’s C-17 military transport plane.

**$1.6 billion was cut from the EPA’s budget.

** $2.9 billion for funding of Obama’s pet project of a  high-speed rail projects was reduced, wiping out funding for all such new projects and taking back money that remained unspent.

** $438 million from a Energy Department’s energy-efficiency and renewable-energy program.

** More than $1 billion would be cut from programs to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, and viral hepatitis.

** $377 million cut from current levels on contributions to the United Nations.

** $433 million would be cut from the agriculture credit insurance fund.

**$3 billion cut from Agriculture, $64 million cut to Agricultural Research Service and $125.9 million cut from National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

** Only $1 billion for Food Safety and Inspection, which is $10 million below the fiscal year 2010 level, while allowing for uninterrupted meat, poultry, and egg products inspection activities of the agency.

** $10.9 billion reduction in Commerce, Justice, Science.

** $946 million cut for the Justice Department appropriations.

** $6.5 billion cut in the Commerce Department.

** $4.2 billion cut on Defense earmarks.

** $3.6 billion reduction in the Energy and Water section.

** $800 million reduces most Treasury and Executive Office of the President accounts and reduces funding for construction of new federal buildings.

**  In addition, the bill terminates two programs funded in ObamaCare (the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) and the Free Choice Voucher programs.

** Over $1 billion from the Department of Education

Programs “protected” in the 2011 budget compromise.

** Current levels of Head Start and Race to the Top enrollment

** Pell Grant’s maximum award at $5,550.

**  Title I grants leveled to districts at $14.5 billion, special education at $11.3 billion.

**  Teacher Incentive Fund is level-funded at $400 million.

** Strong investments to efficiently and effectively run Medicare and to implement the Affordable Care Act

** Strong investments in National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Science Foundation and the Office of Science

** The bill also includes $18.5 billion for NASA and fully funds the newly authorized exploration program.

** The Department of Defense is funded at $513 billion in the CR – approximately $5 billion above last year and also includes an additional $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations (emergency funding) to advance our missions abroad.  However; some defense spending was cut (such as the 2nd F35 alternative engine and defense earmarks etc).

[The Defense section of this legislation includes $126.7 billion for military personnel, providing for 1,432,400 active duty and 846,200 reserve troops. In addition, the bill contains a total of $165.6 billion for operations and maintenance, $102.1 billion for procurement, $75 billion for research and development, and $31.4 billion for Defense health programs.]

** The CR restores a long-standing provision against the use of federal and local funds for abortions in the District of Columbia.

** All critical operations for DHS – including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Agency, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service are sufficiently funded to meet mission requirements and sustain staffing levels. This includes funding for 21,370 Border Patrol agents, 33,400 ICE detention beds, and military pay and allowances for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Program funding increases

**  $13 million increase over last year for the Inspector General of Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to provide oversight of the billions of dollars remaining in TARP assets and continues current funding for drug task forces and programs to assist small businesses

** The CR also includes the reauthorization of the DC Opportunity Scholarships, along with a $2.3 million funding increase, to stop the termination of the program and allow new students to participate.

** The legislation also eliminates four Administration “Czars,” including the “Health Care Czar,” the “Climate Change Czar,” the “Car Czar,” and the “Urban Affairs Czar.” Cost  savings; unknown.

** An Energy Department program to provide loan guarantees for renewable and alternative energy projects was spared. That means the Obama administration will be able to honor commitments such as a $967 million loan guarantee for a 290-megawatt Arizona solar power plant. First Solar Inc. is developing the solar farm and has agreed to sell it to NRG Energy Inc. The deal would have been scuttled without the loan guarantee.

** Plus, Head Start, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, got a boost of $340 million, bringing it to $7.57 billion.

** $100 million Educational Technology State grants, $19 million Literacy Through School Libraries and the $42 million Byrd Honors Scholarship made the cut. (The $88 million Smaller Learning Communities and $250 million Striving Readers program from 2010 remain unfunded).

Much speculation and discontent is being expressed by fiscal Republicans as they feel that the budget cuts presented (despite it being the largest budget cut in history) is too small.

I am getting a feeling that this budget could also reach a stalemate and so I am asking that the House of Representatives follow the Senate lead and bring HR 1297 to the House floor for an up/down vote to ensure that our military is paid in the event of a government shutdown.

There are some controversial measure that are still left to be discussed.

**  Funding for NASA’s Constellation exploration program, courtesy of Alabama’s Senator Richard Shelby. This is an absolute MUST as Obama is trying to stop our space exploration and hitch rides with Russia at $60+ million/a seat.

ESPECIALLY since Virginia based Orbtial Science has failed 2 launches- one back in March 2011 and another in 2010 and Orbital Sciences is one of the private companies NASA is counting on to lift cargo to the International Space Station when the shuttles are retired. We MUST have a back up plan and keeping NASA’S Constellation exploration program opened and funded is essential to ensure our lead in Space.

**California has posed serious restrictions on water usage and now they are wanting to limit the water usage again to preserve some fish species.

I dont live in California but have many friends who do that say that the water restrictions are creating a problem for people, California needs to look into a healthy balance. Why is this even being placed in the 2011 budget, this is a state issue.

** A program designed to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases common among IV drug users is in the works of whether to fund them in DC and other states.

Considering that HIV and AIDS does not have a cure, if there is a preventive procedure available to lessen the possibility of an outbreak then, by all means, we should look into funding it on a federal level. The states cannot afford any additional financial stress.

** Homeowners associations want to apply for federal grants for pool and spa safety programs. THIS IS A WASTE OF TAX PAYER MONEY. Homeowners associations can take necessary measures to ensure that there pools and spas are safe for everyone without getting federal funding for it. This measure needs to be opposed.

** Environmental issues range from waiving the price cap for the federal government when it purchases a green vehicle (a price cap should hardly ever be waived, I support a tax credit but that is for everyone not just the federal government).

There are also several clean air provisions, beyond the EPA and CO2 measures that were not included in the broader bill (I support the Clean Air Act because I enjoy breathing in clean air as well as a provision that would exempt some ponds and creeks, particularly on farms, from being subject to the EPA’s “Navigable Waterways” restrictions.

Here’s hoping that we can reach an agreement to the 2011 budget so we can start focusing on the 2012 budget (which is for a much longer period of time as the 2011 budget runs out September 30, 2011 [funding for a little over 5 months] and the 2012 budget appropriations and get started on our talks of NOT raising the debt ceiling and bringing (S. 163 and H.R. 421),  The Full Faith & Credit Act which ensures that our debtors are paid if we do not raise the debt ceiling.

In the meantime, dont forget to contact your Representative and ask them to bring HR 1297, Ensuring our Military is Paid Act to the floor for an up/down vote to ensure that our military is paid and to keep our mission operational despite a possible government shutdown on April 15th.

**This list contains highlighted program cuts. This list is not comprehensive of all program funding levels in the legislation. In addition, the totals DO NOT reflect the overall across the board cut of 0.2% to all non-defense programs.**

For a list of additional highlighted cuts, please click HERE.

UPDATE ON BILL STATUS:

The 2011 Budget Compromise passed the House  260 to 167 and passed the Senate 81 to 19.

Also voted on was the controversial plan to end Title X funding for reproductive health care, money that Republicans complained goes predominately to Planned Parenthood as well as defunding the health care law implemented last year.

Although it passed the House it was defeated in the Senate 42 to 58.

The  amendment to defund health care reform was rejected 47 to 53.

Next up, the 2012 budget and the vote to raise the debt ceiling, two more highly charged congressional debates.

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Final Vote Tally on 1 wk CR; allowing time for the new budget to be drafted.


Yeas Nays PRES NV
Republican 208 28   4
Democratic 140 42   10
Independent        
TOTALS 348 70 14

 

—- YEAS    348 —

 

Adams
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Altmire
Andrews
Austria
Baca
Bachus
Barletta
Barrow
Bartlett
Bass (CA)
Bass (NH)
Benishek
Berg
Berman
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Blackburn
Bonner
Bono Mack
Boren
Boswell
Boustany
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Braley (IA)
Brooks
Brown (FL)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Buerkle
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Butterfield
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Capito
Capps
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson (IN)
Carter
Cassidy
Castor (FL)
Chandler
Cicilline
Clarke (MI)
Clay
Clyburn
Coble
Coffman (CO)
Cohen
Cole
Conaway
Connolly (VA)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Cravaack
Crawford
Crenshaw
Critz
Cuellar
Culberson
Cummings
Davis (CA)
Davis (KY)
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
Denham
Dent
DesJarlais
Deutch
Diaz-Balart
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Dold
Donnelly (IN)
Doyle
Dreier
Duffy
Duncan (TN)
Edwards
Ellmers
Emerson
Eshoo
Farenthold
Farr
Fattah
Fincher
Fitzpatrick
Flake
Fleischmann
Fleming
Flores
Forbes
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Gallegly
Garamendi
Gardner
Garrett
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gibson
Gingrey (GA)
Gonzalez
Goodlatte
Gosar
Granger
Graves (MO)
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Griffin (AR)
Griffith (VA)
Grijalva
Grimm
Guinta
Guthrie
Hall
Hanabusa
Hanna
Harper
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Hayworth
Heck
Heinrich
Heller
Hensarling
Herger
Herrera Beutler
Higgins
Himes
Hinojosa
Holden
Hoyer
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Hurt
Inslee
Israel
Issa
Jackson Lee (TX)
Jenkins
Johnson (OH)
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Kaptur
Keating
Kelly
Kildee
Kind
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kissell
Kline
Lamborn
Lance
Landry
Langevin
Lankford
Larsen (WA)
Latham
LaTourette
Latta
Levin
Lewis (CA)
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Luján
Lummis
Lungren, Daniel E.
Lynch
Manzullo
Marchant
Marino
Matheson
Matsui
McCarthy (CA)
McCarthy (NY)
McCaul
McClintock
McCollum
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinley
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
Meehan
Mica
Michaud
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller (NC)
Miller, Gary
Moran
Murphy (CT)
Murphy (PA)
Myrick
Napolitano
Neal
Neugebauer
Noem
Nugent
Nunes
Nunnelee
Olson
Olver
Owens
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Paulsen
Pelosi
Pence
Perlmutter
Peters
Peterson
Petri
Pingree (ME)
Pitts
Platts
Poe (TX)
Pompeo
Posey
Price (GA)
Price (NC)
Quayle
Quigley
Rahall
Reed
Rehberg
Reichert
Renacci
Reyes
Ribble
Richardson
Rivera
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Rokita
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross (AR)
Ross (FL)
Rothman (NJ)
Roybal-Allard
Royce
Runyan
Ruppersberger
Ryan (WI)
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Scalise
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schilling
Schmidt
Schock
Schrader
Schwartz
Schweikert
Scott (VA)
Scott, Austin
Scott, David
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Sewell
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuler
Shuster
Simpson
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Speier
Stark
Stearns
Stivers
Stutzman
Sullivan
Sutton
Terry
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tierney
Tipton
Tonko
Tsongas
Turner
Upton
Van Hollen
Visclosky
Walberg
Walden
Walz (MN)
Wasserman Schultz
Watt
Webster
Welch
West
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (FL)
Wittman
Wolf
Womack
Woodall
Wu
Yarmuth
Yoder
Young (FL)
Young (IN)

 

—- NAYS    70 —

 

Amash
Bachmann
Baldwin
Barton (TX)
Blumenauer
Broun (GA)
Canseco
Capuano
Chabot
Chaffetz
Chu
Clarke (NY)
Crowley
Davis (IL)
Duncan (SC)
Ellison
Engel
Filner
Frank (MA)
Fudge
Gohmert
Gowdy
Graves (GA)
Gutierrez
Harris
Hastings (FL)
Hirono
Holt
Honda
Huelskamp
Jackson (IL)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, E. B.
Jordan
King (IA)
Kucinich
Labrador
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Long
Mack
Maloney
Markey
McCotter
McDermott
McGovern
Meeks
Miller, George
Mulvaney
Nadler
Palazzo
Pallone
Payne
Pearce
Rangel
Richmond
Rigell
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Scott (SC)
Serrano
Southerland
Towns
Velázquez
Walsh (IL)
Weiner
Wilson (SC)
Woolsey

 

—- NOT VOTING    14 —

 

Ackerman
Becerra
Berkley
Cleaver
Fortenberry
Frelinghuysen
Giffords
Hinchey
Moore
Paul- Where is Ron Paul?!
Polis
Waters
Waxman
Young (AK)



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BREAKING NEWS: 11th Hour Deal Reached to Avert Government Shutdown


Moments ago and minutes before the midnight deadline,  Congress decided on a budget to fund the rest of 2011 as well as an extension bill to keep the government running in the meanwhile.

The budget outline is as follows:  $36.5 billion  in cuts from the 2010 budget with $514 billion for the defense budget covering the remainder of this fiscal year. The funding extension will cut spending 2010 levels by $2 billion equaling total spending cuts equal $38.5 billion and will fund governmental operations until April 15th, leaving 1 week to write a bill and have it approved by all parties.

Further, the agreement reached with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would repeal President Obama’s government takeover of health care in its entirety.   I feel this was purely symbolic as the Democrats control the Senate; so even if the health care law is voted upon- it will most likely stand.

On the plus side,  now there will numerous studies utilized that will force the Obama Administration to reveal the true impact of the law’s mandates, including a study of how individuals and families will see increased premiums as a result of certain Obamacare mandates; a full audit of all the waivers that the Obama Administration has given to firms and organizations – including unions – who can’t meet the new annual coverage limits; a full audit of what’s happening with the comparative effectiveness research funding that was in Obamacare and the president’s failed “stimulus” spending bill; and a report on all of the contractors who have been hired to implement the law and the costs to taxpayers of such contracts.

Additionally, the new agreement will deny additional funding to the IRS, something that President Obama has been fighting to increase.

On a questioning note, the agreement with Senate Democrats guarantees a Senate debate and vote on legislation that would end federal funding for Planned Parenthood as well includes a complete ban on local and federal funding of abortion in the District of Columbia, applying the pro-life principles of the Hyde Amendment (“D.C. Hyde”).  However, this is also another useless vote as the Senate is majority ruled by the Democratic Party and the Democrats are normally pro-choice.

Fortunately for our Environment, Republicans have agreed to drop House-passed provisions to block the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing new rules on global warming or enforcing several other environmental regulations. Such policy issues dropped from the measure include a ban on new greenhouse gas restrictions on power plants and oil refineries, cleanup plans for the Chesapeake Bay and lakes in Florida, and blocking the agency from revoking permits for mountaintop mine sites that pollute rural waters.

Finally, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would be required to yearly audits by both the private sector and the Government Accountability Office to monitor its impact on the economy, including its impact on jobs, by examining whether sound cost-benefit analyses are being used with rulemakings.

While this sounds like a sure thing, I cant help but to think the Tea Party is going to raise ruckus at the $38.5  billion budget cut saying its “not enough” and put pressures on their Republican Representatives to stand tall in budget talks. (Ive seen it happen already).

IF ANYTHING; this gives us time to get SB 724 and HR 1297 approved and moved up the ranks of command so that we can ensure that our military and defense contractors get paid in case of a possible government shutdown.

Please contact your member of Congress and ask them to support SB 724 and to bring HR 1297 to the floor for an up/down vote. Our military should not have to suffer . Not only does it lower troop morale but it also distracts them with financial issues at home instead of focusing on the mission at hand.

Note to Reps on the 2011 budget talks: Drop the Planned Parenthood defunding fight.


Im as pro life as they come but we need to make sure that our ADOPTION centers are up and running before we defund Planned Parenthood.

Adoption centers are over occupied and under funded as it is and it would be irresponsible and heartless for us to push this cut without a better plan for our adoption centers.

We need to let go of this dream right now and work on a budget compromise.

Once we get an adoption center policy, THEN this issue can be brought to the table.

Let’s not cut off our nose to spite our face.

Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 11:51 pm  Comments (1)  

ATTN US MILITARY: Please read. Re: MyPay Account


ATTN MILITARY- If you are looking at your MyPay acct and you noticed that you are only getting paid until today, April 8th– do not panic. All it takes is a couple keystrokes to change the pay date bracket.

In the meantime, please contact your Representative and ask them to bring HR 1297 for a vote so our military and defense contractors will get paid and we can continue to focus on our military mission. Thank you!

I just contacted ALL of Congress’s House Representatives in Florida and asked them to put HR 1297 to a vote and not to rely on HR 1363 to ensure that our troops are paid. I urge to do the same. You can find your Representative by clicking inside the link attached.

Find your Representative by clicking; https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

I also included a song for you, please take the time to watch it.  May God bless you and your family.  ❤


Published in: on April 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

ATTN MILITARY- SB 724 has garnished 61 votes (list inside) allowing military to get paid despite a govt shtudown.


ATTN MILITARY- From what I understand we have garnished enough Senatorial votes needed to pass SB 724 that will entitle military members and defense contractors to get paid.

A similar bill is being pushed through the House. Will keep you updated as it develops. ♥

Here are the cosponsors of SB 724, please call their office and thank them.

For my Floridian friends, please note that Senator Bill Nelson (Democrat) is NOT on the list and vote accordingly come 2012.

However, Senator Marco Rubio has supported this legislation so a big THANK YOU goes out to Senator Rubio.

Is YOUR Senator on the list?

Sen. Alexander, Lamar [R-TN]
Sen. Ayotte, Kelly [R-NH]
Sen. Barrasso, John [R-WY]
Sen. Baucus, Max [D-MT]
Sen. Bennet, Michael [D-CO]
Sen. Bingaman, Jeff [D-NM]
Sen. Blumenthal, Richard [D-CT]
Sen. Blunt, Roy [R-MO]
Sen. Boozman, John [R-AR]
Sen. Brown, Scott [R-MA]
Sen. Burr, Richard [R-NC]
Sen. Casey, Robert P., Jr. [D-PA]
Sen. Chambliss, Saxby [R-GA]
Sen. Coats, Daniel [R-IN]
Sen. Collins, Susan M. [R-ME]
Sen. Corker, Bob [R-TN]
Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]
Sen. Crapo, Mike [R-ID]
Sen. DeMint, Jim [R-SC]
Sen. Durbin, Richard [D-IL]
Sen. Ensign, John [R-NV]
Sen. Enzi, Michael B. [R-WY]
Sen. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC]
Sen. Grassley, Chuck [R-IA]
Sen. Hagan, Kay [D-NC]
Sen. Hatch, Orrin G. [R-UT]
Sen. Hoeven, John [R-ND]
Sen. Inhofe, James M. [R-OK]
Sen. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA]
Sen. Johanns, Mike [R-NE]
Sen. Johnson, Tim [D-SD]
Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI]
Sen. Kirk, Mark [R-IL]
Sen. Klobuchar, Amy [D-MN]
Sen. Kyl, Jon [R-AZ]
Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]
Sen. Lieberman, Joe [ID-CT]
Sen. Lugar, Richard [R-IN]
Sen. Manchin, Joe [D-WV]
Sen. McConnell, Mitch [R-KY]
Sen. Moran, Jerry [R-KS]
Sen. Murkowski, Lisa [R-AK]
Sen. Portman, Rob [R-OH]
Sen. Pryor, Mark [D-AR]
Sen. Risch, James E. [R-ID]
Sen. Roberts, Pat [R-KS]
Sen. Rockefeller, Jay [D-WV]
Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]
Sen. Sessions, Jeff [R-AL]
Sen. Shelby, Richard [R-AL]
Sen. Snowe, Olympia J. [R-ME]
Sen. Stabenow, Debbie [D-MI]
Sen. Tester, John [D-MT]
Sen. Thune, John [R-SD]
Sen. Toomey, Pat [R-PA]
Sen. Udall, Mark [D-CO]
Sen. Udall, Tom [D-NM]
Sen. Vitter, David [R-LA]
Sen. Warner, Mark [D-VA]

Attached is SB 724, if you want to read it in its entirety.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s112-724

 

The Cost of a Government Shutdown


With a list of government operations and departments set to close, many of the People are wondering- what the cost of this shut down will be?

Looking back to 1996 — The Office of Management and Budget estimated  that in 1996 , the final price tag for the 3 week shutdown was over $1.25 billion.

Going further back into 1991 –A funding gap of just 3 days in 1991 rang up a $607 million bill, including $363 million in lost revenue and fees, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Not only will operations stop, military/staffers not get paid (while the President and Congress continues to be), cost us up to $1.25 billion but there is also a concern over revenues from loss of use, uncollected fines and fees.

For example, The Environmental Protection Agency, failed to collect $63 million in fines because of canceled facility inspections during the November shutdown in 1995. Uncollected airline taxes and fees by users of government facilities like national parks also added up.

In 1995, the Interior Department concluded that the closing of national parks had cost related businesses and nearby local governments almost $300 million.

A study conducted by the by National Parks and Conservation Association found that – even a year after the budget standoff – small businesses were still suffering from a lingering decline in tourism, especially by foreign visitors.

Contractors also suffered during the mid-1990s shutdowns. According to a survey conducted at the time by Signet Banking Corp., a third of federal contractors furloughed some of their own employees in January 1996. Many of those workers never received checks from their private-sector employers to make up for time lost.

With all of these factors combined, it boggles my mind to see someone support a government shutdown and I am now determined that supporters of a government shutdown are either supporting a shut down out of spite, to “prove a point” or are not aware of the true implications.

My fellow Tea Party members are saying that we need deeper cuts but what they fail to realize is that this will COST taxpayers MORE

Its not “worth it” for a government shutdown and we most definitely do not need the extra cost on the shoulders of the taxpayers.

Anybody who argues otherwise- is failing to see the forest through the trees and should perhaps take a trip to a National Park to try again; that is, when the government reopens.

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Republican prep for a possible govt shut down, prepares an alternative route.


In an effort to keep the government afloat, Republican lawmakers have claimed that they are ready with another short-term spending bill if a compromise cannot be reach from both parties by April 8- the deadline of the current continuing resolution.

In a closed door meeting, Speaker John Boehner stated that this new stopgap bill would include $12 billion in domestic cuts and allow the government to operate for another week as well as include financing for the Department of Defense through the end of the budget year, September 30, 2011 in an effort to persuade Democrats to vote for the passage.

It is unclear as to what programs would be cut and I am suspecting that it will not be revealed until the last minute as the cuts are being kept under wrap so that the Democrats cannot prepare a rebuttal to them.

Either way, we need to stop issuing Continuing Resolutions and work on a real budget for the rest of the fiscal year. This is starting to get ridiculous and is causing too many fluctuations within business models as operational expenses are not concrete.

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