Republican Members of the House of Representatives, goaded on by TEA Partiers, have made a good start in fulfilling their promise to cut $100 billion out of current spending of taxpayers' money. The House approved 66 amendments, most on roll-call votes by big majorities, to the Act called the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2011. Here is a sampling of those 66 amendments, which are only a drop in the bucket for dealing with the federal deficit, but they reveal some of the nonsense now embedded in the federal budget.
Amendment #8 prohibits the use of any funds in the Act to design, renovate, construct, or rent any United Nations headquarters. The UN was projected to spend $1.9 billion to make its headquarters even more luxurious than it already is.
Amendment #79 prohibits the use of any of the Act's funds to pay the salary of any Department of Health and Human Services employee who develops or promulgates regulations or guidance for ObamaCare's health insurance exchanges. The public is still opposed to the mandates and the costs of ObamaCare.
Amendment #83 prohibits the IRS from using appropriated funds to enforce ObamaCare's individual mandate to buy insurance. This vote probably reflects the news that IRS is hiring 1,054 new agents to enforce the individual mandates and to fine Americans who don't obey.
Amendment #84 cuts out of the Environmental Protection Agency's appropriation the $8.5 million budgeted for the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Registry, which was preparing to operate Cap and Trade, and is the foundation of the EPA's effort to pursue its radical anti-jobs agenda.
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