Monday, February 9, 2009

Collaborators: 3 Republican Senators to Remove

Democrats are focusing on the votes of the following GOP Senators in order to pass the pork-laden $1.2 trillion (with interest) spending bill the president is pitching as a stimulus package:

Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania;

Olympia Snowe of Maine;

Susan Collins of Maine.

In a news report from the financial site, writers Mark Pittman and Bob Ivry today noted that stimulus package the U.S. Congress is completing would raise the government’s commitment to solving the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion, enough to pay off more than 90 percent of the nation’s home mortgages.
The Federal Reserve, Treasury Department and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have lent or spent almost $3 trillion over the past two years and pledged to provide up to $5.7 trillion more if needed. The total already tapped has decreased about 1 percent since November, mostly because foreign central banks are using fewer dollars in currency-exchange agreements called swaps. The Senate is to vote early this week on a stimulus package totaling at least $780 billion that President Barack Obama says is needed to avert a deeper recession. That measure would need to be reconciled with an $819 billion plan the House approved last month.

Only the stimulus package to be approved this week, the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program passed four months ago and $168 billion in tax cuts and rebates approved in 2008 have been voted on by lawmakers. The remaining $8 trillion in commitments are lending programs and guarantees, almost all under the authority of the Fed and the FDIC. The recipients’ names have not been disclosed.

“We’ve seen money go out the back door of this government unlike any time in the history of our country,” Senator Byron Dorgan, a North Dakota Democrat, said on the Senate floor Feb. 3. “Nobody knows what went out of the Federal Reserve Board, to whom and for what purpose. How much from the FDIC? How much from TARP? When? Why?”
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Democrats are trying to pass this lipsticked pig of a bill off as bi-partisan just because these three idiots are going to vote for it.

3 GOP vote does not make it a bi-partisan bill.

If the Republicans were drunk with spending, the Democrats have slipped off into OCD insanity.

9:27 AM  

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