Skip to comments.Congress gutted defense appropriations to fund teacher bailout
Posted on 08/13/2010 7:54:20 PM PDT by aimhigh
The link at Thomas.gov for HR 1586 doesn't work because Congress doesn't want the details of this bill revealed. Congress paid for the teacher bailout with defense cuts. Here are some of the "recissions":
Sec. 303. Of the funds appropriated in Department of Defense Appropriations Acts, the following funds are rescinded from the following accounts in the specified amounts:
Aircraft Procurement, Army, 2008/2010, $21,000,000;
Procurement of Weapons and Tracked Combat Vehicles, Army, 2008/2010, $21,000,000;
Procurement of Ammunition, Army, 2008/2010, $17,000,000;
Other Procurement, Army, 2008/2010, $75,000,000;
Weapons Procurement, Navy, 2008/2010, $26,000,000;
Other Procurement, Navy, 2008/2010, $42,000,000;
Procurement, Marine Corps, 2008/2010, $13,000,000;
Aircraft Procurement, Air Force, 2008/2010, $102,000,000;
Missile Procurement, Air Force, 2008/2010, $28,000,000;
Procurement of Ammunition, Air Force, 2008/2010, $7,000,000;
Other Procurement, Air Force, 2008/2010, $130,000,000;
Procurement, Defense-Wide, 2008/2010, $33,000,000;
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Army, 2009/2010, $76,000,000;
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Air Force, 2009/2010, $164,000,000;
Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Defense-Wide, 2009/2010, $137,000,000;
Operation, Test and Evaluation, Defense, 2009/2010, $1,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Army, 2010, $154,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Navy, 2010, $155,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps, 2010, $25,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Air Force, 2010, $155,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Defense-Wide, 2010, $126,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Army Reserve, 2010, $12,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Navy Reserve, 2010, $6,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Marine Corps Reserve, 2010, $1,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Air Force Reserve, 2010, $14,000,000;
Operation and Maintenance, Army National Guard, 2010, $28,000,000; and
Operation and Maintenance, Air National Guard, 2010, $27,000,000.
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37 Republicans voted for this bill. disgraceful.
Still want some facts to discuss the recission issue.
That right there is the next "Contract With America" initiative, but the GOP is either too stupid to recognize it or too obtuse (and complicit) to dare suggest it.
What a mess.
Is this post just emotional manipulation? I would really like some facts to present. Otherwise, I have been duped into playing the game from “our” side.
There are two ways to respond. One view is that these are cuts from prior legislation that granted money to the military. And the money was approved, regardless of whether or not it has been spent.
The second view is that Congress previously approved the military spending with no intention of every letting the military touch the money.
Your friend can use word games to make it look like nothing. But, either way you look at it, the budgeted money was shifted from the military to teachers.
NOTE The following text is a quote:
Home Briefing Room Speeches & Remarks
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release August 10, 2010
Remarks by the President on Teacher Jobs
11:43 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. One of the biggest challenges of this recession has been its impact on state and local communities. With so many Americans unemployed or struggling to get by, states have been forced to balance their budgets with fewer tax dollars, which means that theyve got to cut critical services and lay off teachers and police officers and firefighters.
Its one thing for states to get their fiscal houses in order and tighten their belts like families across America — because families have been doing it, theres no reason that states cant do it, too. Thats a welcome thing. But we cant stand by and do nothing while pink slips are given to the men and women who educate our children or keep our communities safe. That doesnt make sense. And thats why a significant part of the economic plan that we passed last year provided relief for struggling states — relief that has already prevented hundreds of thousands of layoffs.
And thats why today were trying to pass a law that will save hundreds of thousands of additional jobs in the coming year. It will help states avoid laying off police officers, firefighters, nurses and first responders. And it will save the jobs of teachers like the ones who are standing with me today. If we do nothing, these educators wont be returning to the classroom this fall. And that wont just deprive them of a paycheck, it will deprive the children and parents who are counting on them to provide a decent education. It means that students in Illinois and West Virginia who count on Rachel and Shannon are going to be not getting the education that they deserve. It will deprive countless cities and towns of the law enforcement officials and first responders who risk their lives to keep us out of harms way. It will cost us jobs at a time when we need to be creating jobs. In other words, it will take us backwards at a time when we need to keep this country moving forward.
Now, this proposal is fully paid for, in part by closing tax loopholes that encourage corporations to ship American jobs overseas. So it will not add to our deficit. And the money will only go toward saving the jobs of teachers and other essential professionals.
It should not be a partisan issue. I heard the Republican Leader in the House say the other day that this is a special interest bill. And I suppose if Americas children and the safety of our communities are your special interests, then it is a special interest bill. But I think those interests are widely shared throughout this country — a challenge that affects parents, children and citizens in almost every community in America should not be a Democratic problem or a Republican problem. It is an American problem.
Im grateful that two Republicans joined Democrats to pass this proposal in the Senate last week. And Im equally grateful that Speaker Pelosi has called back the House of Representatives to a special session so that they can vote as well.
I urge members of both parties to come together and get this done so that I can sign this bill into law. I urge Congress to pass this proposal so that the outstanding teachers who are here today can go back to educating our children. America is watching and America is waiting for Washington to act. So lets show the nation that we can.
I want to thank Rachel as well as Shannon not only for being here today, but for the extraordinary work that theyre doing each and every day with special education children, with kindergarteners so theyre getting off to a right start. And I also want to thank Arne Duncan, who has been doing as much as anybody all across the country to try to emphasize how important it is to make sure that we are providing a first-class education to every single one of our children.
This bill helps us do that. And so its time for Democrats and Republicans to come together and get it done.
Thank you very much, everybody.
11:48 A.M. EDT