Posts tagged ‘government waste’

February 2, 2012

House Votes to Limit Welfare Cash Usage

HR 3567, the Welfare Integrity Now for Children and Families Act of 2011, was overwhelmingly passed in the House. The measure prohibits State welfare agencies  from allowing the use of cash assistance debit cards in strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores.

159 Democrats joined 236 Republicans in support of the bill, while one Republican, Justin Amash (MI-3), joined 26 Democrats in opposition to the measure.

January 19, 2012

Senate Passes Disaster Relief Bill

The Senate, on December 17, 2011, passed HR 3672, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2012 by a vote of 72 – 27.

The measure allows for spending up to $8.073 billion by the Corps of Engineers, FEMA, and the Social Security Administration. All 27 nay votes were Republicans who objected to the amount budgeted.

January 19, 2012

Senate Rejects Amendment to Reduce Duplicative Programs

The Senate rejected SA 610 on September 15, 2011, an amendment put forth by Senator Tom Coburn (OK), to  save at least $7 billion by consolidating some duplicative and overlapping Government programs.

Democrat Senators Baucus (MT), Klobuchar (MN), Manchin (WV), McCaskill (MO), Nelson (NE), Tester (MT), and Webb (VA) joined all 47 Republicans in support of the measure,  but failed to obtain a filibuster proof 60 votes.

November 30, 2011

Senate Votes Down Amendment to Eliminate Duplicative Programs

The Senate voted 54 – 45 for Senate Amendment 610, which would have cut $7 billion from the Federal Budget; the measure required a 3/5 majority to override a potential filibuster. The Amendment directed the Office of Management and Budget to identify and report to Congress a minimum of $7 billion in cost savings that could be had by eliminating or consolidating unnecessary or duplicative Federal programs contained in the General Accounting Office Report GAO-11-318SP of March 2011.

Seven Democrats joined all Republicans in voting for the measure: Max Baucus (MT), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Claire McCaskill (MO), Joe Manchin (WV), Ben Nelson (NE), John Tester (MT), and Jim Webb (VA).

April 18, 2011

House Votes to Consider Ryan Budget Plan

On Friday, April 15th, 2011, the House voted 235-193 to consider and debate Rep. Paul Ryan’s long-term budget proposal, establishing the budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2012 and setting forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2013 through 2021.

House Concurrent Resolution 34 is a pro forma measure, meaning that it has no force of law, even if the Senate were to ratify it, which is highly unlikely. It is merely a starting point of debate over the direction of the Federal Budget in the years to come, and for this reason, I will not consider the votes made by House members on this bill in their scores.

April 14, 2011

House Defunds Prevention and Public Health Fund

Th House voted 236-183 on H.R. 1217, which defunds a slush fund of the HHS Secretary, the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The Fund is a part of the Obamacare bill, and its broad language allowed the Secretary of Health and Human Services to disburse large amounts of taxpayer money to NGOs and private groups to study and practice preventive health care with little oversight. The CBO estimates that the measure will save taxpayers $6 billion from 2012-2016, and an additional $10 billion from 2017-2021.

Four Democrats joined the Republican majority in its passage: Altmire (PA-4), Boren (OK-2), McIntyre (NC-7), and Peterson (MN-7).

April 8, 2011

Senate Approves Amendment Ordering OMB to Streamline Programs

Senate Amendment 273, which orders the Office of Management and Budget to consolidate unnecessary duplicative and overlapping government programs was passed by a vote of 64-36. The legislation follows on from a GAO report to Congress entitled “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue” (GAO-11-318SP) and applies the savings towards deficit reduction; it is estimated that the actions by the OMB will save taxpayers at least $5 billion annually.

Thad Cochran (MS) was the only Republican voting against the measure, while 16 Democrats joined the Republicans in support of the bill.

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