Breitbart News has obtained a legislative summary of the provisions in the Senate deal to reopen government and extend the debt ceiling. Breitbart News has also obtained a copy of the legislative text. Currently, Senate staff are able to review the summary and legislative text in the Senate cloakroom, but aren’t allowed to retain a copy or make it public. In the interest of transparency, we have included the document below.
As expected, the deal provides full back-pay for furloughed federal workers who haven’t been at work for two weeks. It also provides back-pay, though, for state government workers who were furloughed because their work is supported by federal grants.
Click on the link below to open the 8-page bill summary.
Most items are business as usual, but notice in Section 123, they increased the funding for Olmstead Lock & Dam Project in Kentucky, Senator McConnell’s home state. The project had reached its spending limit of $772 million, so they increased the ceiling to $2.9 billion, in order to avoid a halt in construction that would have cost $160 million. Even though he helped Harry Reid write the bill, a spokesman for McConnell was quick to point out that it’s not his earmark,
In Section 130 they increased the funding for the Civil Liberties Oversight Board from $898,000 to $3.1 million. According to Wikipedia, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) is an independent agency within the executive branch established by Congress in 2004 to advise the president and other senior executive branch officials to ensure that concerns with respect to privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in the development and implementation of all laws, regulations, and executive branch policies related to terrorism.
We have to be considerate of the rights of terrorists while the NSA, et al are spying on harmless American citizens – and we need more money to do it.
Section 140 of the bill states there will be no cost of living raise for Congress in 2014. While that sounds big of them, remember this bill expires in January, 2014, and there are other types of raises they could bestow upon themselves.