The stimulus bill passed the House of Representatives today. The vote was split strictly along party lines with not a single Republican voting for the bill. The House had passed a previous draft of the bill two weeks ago, but since that version was amended by the Senate, the House had to vote again on the present draft today.
Mel Martinez on Stimulus Bill
The House of Representatives passed the $787 billion stimulus bill 246-183. The Senate will also pass the bill within the next several days, as that was the deal signed behind closed doors by the Democrats. Representative Jack Kingston pointed out that this bill that supposedly doesn’t contain any earmarks, contains $30 million for the study of rats in the San Francisco Bay Area, which we reported on here. There is a lot more pork, which we pointed out here.
Several Republican lawmakers argued quite rightly today before the vote that the bill contains tens of thousands of payouts, and is thousands of pages long. Due to the size and length of the bill, no one in the House actually had the opportunity to read the full bill, as was pointed out in the debate on the House floor.
There is no focus in the spending measure. Essentially, it is an amalgamation of pork projects to those who cried the hardest and loudest in the last few weeks. The full text is available in the link below.
If you have nothing to do for the next 3 months or so, you might be able to get through it. Congress put this haphazard plan together and through in just two weeks, with little debate and without reading it.
There is a a “tax break” for Americans, which will average to about $13 a week for the average American worker. There is nothing to help with the foreclosure crisis or to help the overburdened American taxpayer.
The bill has $20 billion in tax incentives for renewable energy, which may help the economy 10 to 15 years down the road. It also expands a $2,500 tax credit for people who buy plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. There’s also a lot in there that no one has had the opportunity to properly consider or vet because we simply have not had the time to think about it.
See a video against the stimulus bill below. Congressman Mike Pence gives an eloquent speech against this ridiculous spending spree:
Mike Pence: Republican Against the Stimulus Bill