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Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill

VP Dick Cheney cast the tie-breaking vote to pass the stalled budget bill that reduces spending for social programs and hurts low income Americans. The bill slashes money for Medicaid, student loans, welfare and child support, while giving new tax breaks to the rich.

Emergency Campaign for America’s Priorities says Cheney kicked the crutches out from under Tiny Tim. At least, the Senate put in some changes that will require House approval, so the bill will be deferred until 2006. From the press release (received by e-mail):

Fortunately, this fight is not over – Tiny Tim can enjoy Christmas unscathed by the immoral Republican budget. Because Senate Democrats and a few courageous moderate Republicans forced changes to the bill which will require approval in the House – which has left town – ECAP’s effort to derail reconciliation in its entirety soldiers on into the New Year. House Republican leaders have been forced to move heaven and earth to garner the votes necessary to pass their sinful budget agenda in the past – and rest assured – they will not find the task any easier in an election year. In addition, it is inevitable that more objectionable provisions which were inserted into the bill in secret will be identified with the additional time for examination which now exists – providing even more ammunition to derail it when it comes up in the House again next year.”

In a later press release, the group says the entire spending bill will have to be revoted on, not just the Senate amendments.

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  • Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 01:30:20 PM EST
    Finally, the spending spree it over! Hopefully the taxpayers will catch a break.

    Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#2)
    by desertswine on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 01:52:19 PM EST
    Cheney kicked the crutches out from under Tiny Tim
    Did we expect less of this vampire?

    Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#3)
    by soccerdad on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 01:53:50 PM EST
    Finally, the spending spree it over! Hopefully the taxpayers will catch a break.
    This is truly funny, since the increases in the defense bill, tax cuts and the Iraq war overwhelm this. Talk about a lack of reality

    Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#4)
    by scarshapedstar on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 02:16:46 PM EST
    Finally, the spending spree it over! Hopefully the taxpayers will catch a break.
    Psst - it was a Republican spending spree. I guess the right hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing, though...

    Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#5)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 03:08:27 PM EST
    Soccerdad: any slow down in the increase in spending is welcome here. I do agree that the war is a major factor. Maybe 2006 will start a drawdown. Scar: You are correct, that is why is was unforgivable.

    Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#6)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 03:09:55 PM EST
    Soccerdad:
    Talk about a lack of reality
    I challenge you to point out in my first posting my lack of reality.

    Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#7)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 04:50:16 PM EST
    I, for one, was impressed by the fact that he cut short his trip to the middle east just so that he could participate in this vote (need I add "/sarcasm"?)

    Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#8)
    by soccerdad on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 05:00:18 PM EST
    There is no slow down in spending, if you decrease one category a little and increase others more theres no savings. Or do you like the fact that spending has been cut to "those" people.

    Re: Cheney Casts Tie Vote to Pass Spending Bill (none / 0) (#9)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Wed Dec 21, 2005 at 08:33:44 PM EST
    Evil Dick to the rescue. Once again.