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April 8, 2011

House Passes Continuing Appropriations for Military

H.R. 1363, the Department of Defense and Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, ensures the funding of military payroll and services until September 30, 2011, removing this from the negotiations in the overall budget that may threaten a shutdown of government services. This funding was provided for in H.R. 1, which passed the House February 19, 2011, but the Senate has yet to consider it. The measure also reduces or zeroes out a number of agricultural, energy, and foreign subsidies and assistance programs.

The bill was passed in a mixed partisan vote of 247-181, with 15 Democrats joining the majority of Republicans for it, and six Republicans voting against it in an attempt to force a shut down of the government. The six Republicans were: Amash (MI-3), Bachmann (MN-6), Barton (TX-6), King (IA-5), Mulvaney (SC-5), and Paul (TX-14).

April 3, 2011

House Passes Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011

In a novel legislative move, the House passed H.R. 1255, the Government Shutdown Prevention Act of 2011 on Friday, April 1, 2011 by a slim majority vote of 221-202. Fifteen Republicans joined all Democrats in voting against the measure.

The one page bill simply states that if the House leadership has not received word from the Senate that it has ratified H.R. 1 (which continues funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011) by April 6th, 2011, then H.R. 1 is considered as passed into law without Senate ratification or Presidential signature.

The measure also provides that if there is a government shutdown, then all members of Congress and the President shall not be paid for the period in which the government is shutdown.

 

January 10, 2011

Pay Reduction Passed

House Resolution 22 which reduces House member allowances by 5%, and reduces House Committee staff salaries by 9% was passed 408-13.
No Republican voted against it.
The following Democrats voted against this spending reduction:
Ackerman (NY-5), Clarke (NY-11), Conyers (MI-14), Ellison (MN-5), Filner (CA-51), Honda (CA-15), Jackson (IL-2), Lee (CA-9), Moran (VA-8), Payne (NJ-10), Schakowsky (IL-9), Towns (NY-10), and Woolsey (CA-6).
Apparently, they felt unable to take a hit in the wallet like other Americans. Though it is more of a gesture than any real reduction in Federal spending (it saves the taxpayers approximately $25 million), it signals just who will not compromise at any level for more responsible government.

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