Highlights From the Debt Deal

From Breitbart News:

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.

CR – Debt Limit bill 10-16-13

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.


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15 Responses to Highlights From the Debt Deal

  1. Mrs AL says:

    This all belongs in the circular file and so does every member of the House and Senate who voted for it. Oh, the Resident belongs there also.

    Appreciate the heads up and links, Kathy. I’m going to go do some housework now to lower by BP …

  2. western guy says:

    Have there been any other prostitutes in history to earn 3 billion dollars in one trick?

  3. bullright says:

    Now if that’s any message, it says ‘floodgates are open to business as usual’.

    Civil liberties oversight, I thought the Supremes did that(ha ha) Please tell me someone else heard about CLOB before. (its not doing a very good job…especially if its associated with the NSA) I don’t have a PhD in big government but isn’t “independent agency within the executive branch” an oxymoron?

  4. bullright says:

    Let me see, the house which everyone complained about and blamed for the shutdown(including Repubs), and then Mitch really makes out on the deal, in the Senate. …

  5. Clyde says:

    Thanks for posting that, Kathy. Just proves that McConnell needs to be tossed as well. And, to those who are stating such, please DO NOT compare our senate and house to PROSTITUTES. THEY give something in return for what they get.

  6. Garnet92 says:

    According to an account I read, Dianne Feinstein and Lamar Alexander added the funds for that dam dam in Kentucky. What a surprise to McConnell! He had no knowledge of it nor any part in writing it – what a windfall for his state! RIGHT!

    He’s lying and he knows that we know that he’s lying, and he doesn’t care. What a weasel – he really does need to go.

  7. Hardnox says:

    Good post. There are no coincidences in politics.