Monday, November 22, 2004

Monday Madness

Yea, yea, yea I know, it's a kind of unspoken agreement that I don't discuss politics here in this blog. I try to keep my rantings confined to the other place. But people I just can't let this one pass. It affects us ALL.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) --
The Senate voted 65-30 for the legislation late on Saturday that sets aside funds for a range of priorities including a presidential yacht, foreign aid and energy. It is one of the final pieces of work for the 108th Congress and they may return to finish a spy agency overhaul before the end of the year.

The House of Representatives passed the bill 344-51 earlier on Saturday. But it must also approve a resolution that would correct part of the spending bill that would have allowed lawmakers access to the tax returns of Americans and which provoked outrage among lawmakers from both parties.

...
Democrats fumed that Republican leaders had cut crucial funding for education, health and the environment.

Among other bonuses of the Yacht Bill:

--allows health care providers to use religious opinions in deciding whether or not to deny women abortions (I really don't have a problem with this particular one)
--cuts money for education (Pell Grants)
--cuts money for environmental cleanups
-- $2 million for the government to try buying back the presidential yacht Sequoia.

Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said in the House debate.
"I'm very proud of the fact that we held the line and made Congress
make choices and set priorities, because it follows our philosophy."


Well I don't know about the rest of you but this really pisses me the hell off. It's clear what Mr DeLay's priorities are, and education, health care and the enviroment aren't at the top of his list, at least not here in the US

See how they voted.

Okay, rant over, now back to your regular progamed blogging.



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