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Mean While back at the Ranch, A 'PORK STUFFED DEFENSE BILL' is headed for a VETO

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  1. ASPCA4EVER

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    House seems set on pork-padded defense bill

    Extra expenditures could draw a presidential veto of entire defense budget

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    The fight over fighter jets
    July 21: The Senate has voted to save a lot of money by cutting off spending on F-22, fighter jets. John McCain and President Obama both oppose the F-22. The President said today he'll veto any more money for the advanced fighter NBC's Kelly O'Donnell has details.
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    WASHINGTON - The Democratic-controlled House is poised to give the Pentagon dozens of new ships, planes, helicopters and armored vehicles that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says the military does not need to fund next year, acting in many cases in response to defense industry pressures and campaign contributions under an approach he has decried as "business as usual" and vowed to help end.
    The unwanted equipment in a military spending bill expected to come to a vote on the House floor Thursday or Friday has a price tag of at least $6.9 billion.
    The White House has said that some but not all of the extra expenditures could draw a presidential veto of the Defense Department's entire $636 billion budget for 2010, and it sent a message to House lawmakers Tuesday urging them to cut expenditures for items that "duplicate existing programs, or that have outlived their usefulness."



    While the administration won a big victory when the Senate voted July 21 to end the F-22 fighter-jet program, the House's imminent action demonstrates its continued rebellion on many other Obama administration military spending priorities. Gates continues to struggle with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who are loyal to existing military programs benefiting contractors that provide jobs and large campaign donations.
    House appropriators want to buy, for example, extra C-17 transport planes and F-18 jets, as well as four extra military jets used by lawmakers and Pentagon VIPs. And they want to keep alive a troubled missile-defense interceptor program and continue the troubled VH-71 presidential helicopter program.

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    What other bills are being submitted and shuffled right along under the smoke screen of the health care battle :confused:
    The appropriations committees/special interest/lining their own campaign funding accounts just keeps on grinding away...from both parties of our elected officials. SHAME...SHAME on them!!!
     
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    Not a problem....

    The Reps huff-and-puff, and do their little re-election-"dance" (knowing The Prez is gonna Veto)....The Prez accomodates them....the Reps can say they Stood UP to The Prez (and, assume that guarantees their re-election, and a possible future-"move" to the Senate), and.....The Prez and the taxpayers WIN!

    Maybe they're all simply practicing for the Health Care battle!​
     
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    Ain't it a shame that our President {who is trying to be fiscally responsible} said "NO, we don't need 5 new helicopters just for my specific use one new one would be appropriate, if the other ones are out of date"...but there are still the original 5 in this bill. And since our presidents are not allowed 'line item vetoes' the entire bill is going to be wiped out! Wasted time, wasted effort, our elected officials WASTE A LOT OF TIME & MONEY!!! :mad:
     
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    Not necessarily.

    Karl Rove found the perfect loop-hole!!!!
     
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    Yes, indeed...I keep forgetting the ability of the 'evil doers' to find that one little area that they can stick it to all AMERICA. And he perfected the 'evil doers' character flaw to a new height!
     
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