09/14/2012 Leave a comment
The U.S. House voted on Thursday to enact HJ Res 117, the stopgap Continuing Resolution spending measure, which will fund the Federal Government for the next six months… …again kicking the can down the road on any real and meaningful reform of the bloated and out-of-control Federal Government.
So, what was funded by this measure? Among others… …the USDA and its out-of-control welfare state; the Interior Department which is the home of the business-crushing EPA; the Department of Defense and its newly authorized powers of detention, support for Libya and Egypt, and, of course, Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare. Yes, your fiscally responsible, Republican-controlled U.S. House voted to fund ObamaCare.
I was stunned and disappointed that V.P. Candidate and budget fiscal hawk, Paul Ryan, voted for the new spending and debt.
I was expecting our entire Republican delegation to vote in stride with the leadership, so is I was very heartened to see that Jo Ann Emerson, our self-proclaimed “True Conservative”, voted against the spending measure. Assuming she voted against it for the right reasons, KUDOS TO HER! Not finding a related press release, I contacted her district manager for a quote with no response at this writing.
Considering the 8th is an R + 15 district in the Cook Partisan Voting Index, she has no reason to worry about a challenge for her seat from the left. Thus, we can hope Jo Ann will be the “True Conservative” and take the lead in fighting against the enslavement of our children to this crushing debt. Winning the battle to balance the budget and pay off the debt would certainly be a legacy worthy of another bridge across the Mississippi.
Here is a summary of the bill from the Library of Congress:
Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013 – Makes continuing appropriations for FY2013.
Appropriates amounts for continuing operations, projects, or activities which were conducted in FY2012 and for which appropriations, funds, or other authority were made available in:
– the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (division A of P.L. 112-55), except for appropriations designated by Congress for disaster relief in such Act
– the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (division B of P.L. 112-55), except for appropriations designated by Congress for disaster relief under the heading “Department of Commerce–Economic Development Administration–Economic Development Assistance Programs” in such Act;
- the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2012 (division A of P.L. 112-74);
- the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (division B of P.L. 112-74);
- the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act, 2012 (division C of P.L. 112-74);
- the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2012 (division D of P.L. 112-74);
- the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (division E of P.L. 112-74);
- the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (division F of P.L. 112-74);
- the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2012 (division G of P.L. 112-74);
- the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (division H of P.L. 112-74);
- the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012 (division I of P.L. 112-74);
- the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012 (except for appropriations designated by Congress for disaster relief under the heading “Department of Transportation–Federal Highway Administration–Emergency Relief” in such Act; and
- the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2012 (P.L. 112-77), except for appropriations under the heading “Corps of Engineers-Civil.” Increases such rate of operations by 0.612% percent.
Continues any project or activity in the Overseas Contingency Operations/Global War on Terrorism (OCO/GWOT) at a rate for operations that would be permitted by the amount in the President’s FY2013 budget request.
Provides funding under this joint resolution until whichever of the following first occurs: (1) enactment of an appropriation for any project or activity provided for in it; (2) enactment of the applicable appropriations Act for FY2013 without any provision for such project or activity; or (3) March 27, 2013.
Authorizes continuation of other specified activities (including those for entitlements and other mandatory payments) through such date.
Amends the Continuing Appropriations and Surface Transportation Extensions Act, 2011 to extend through March 27, 2013, the mandatory freeze on the pay of certain federal civilian employees.
Declares that any statutory pay adjustment otherwise scheduled to take effect during FY2013 but before March 27, 2013, may take effect on the first day of the first applicable pay period beginning after that date.
Sets forth reporting requirements of specified federal departments and agencies to congressional appropriations committees through March 27, 2013, on: (1) certain spending, expenditure, or operating plans; and (2) updates to such plans to reflect any adjustments to funding as a result of a sequestration ordered by the President under the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings Act and any extension to such date.
Requires the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) by November 1, 2012, and each ensuing month through April 27, 2013 to report to such committees on all obligations incurred by each department and agency through March 27, 2013.
Allows amounts made available for the Department of Commerce–National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)–Procurement, Acquisition and Construction to be apportioned up to the rate for operations necessary to maintain the planned launch schedules for the Joint Polar Satellite System and the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system. Requires the Director of OMB to report to congressional appropriations committees a plan to maintain the launch schedules and life cycle cost estimates established in FY2012 for such satellite systems and options for reducing costs, including management costs.
Requires the Secretary of Education to report to specified congressional committees regarding the extent to which students in the following categories are taught by teachers deemed highly qualified: (1) students with disabilities, (2) English learners, (3) students in rural areas, and (4) students from low-income families.
Makes appropriations for payment to the heirs at law of Donald M. Payne, a former Representative from New Jersey.