On Wednesday, the Senate overcame a filibuster for a bill that would send $26 billion to the states to “prevent teacher layoffs and help states with Medicaid costs”. The bill will now pass the Senate this week. As a result, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D. Ca.) has quickly called all House members back from their “summer vacation” to a special House session set for next Tuesday so that the House can pass the same bill.
Most thought this bill was dead in the water, but, not so. The final vote was 61-38, with 2 Republican Senators changing their votes at the last minute. Why, you ask?
By now you are all familiar with the Louisiana Purchase, and the Cornhusker Kickback, that, charitably, annoyed many Americans. Now, we have the Maine ________. (Fill in the blank, as most of you are far more clever than I am.)
To win the [2 Republican] Maine senators’ support, Democrats dropped plans to cut $107 million in funds expected to go largely to Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics Corp. facility that builds Navy ships in Maine.
I’m guessing, by now, all Senators, regardless of their party affiliation, know that if they hold out long enough, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. Ne.) will give them pretty much whatever they want to secure their votes. So, Senators Collins and Snowe (R. Me.) held out, and got what they wanted.
If that doesn’t annoy you, perhaps a headline in today’s Boston Globe will.
[Massachusetts Governor] Patrick prepares plan to restore budget cuts.
So, Massachusetts, as are many states, is living well beyond its means, but they need not worry, Uncle Sam will rescue them.
Yet another example of this administration seemingly avowed purpose of rewarding bad behavior…with your money.