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The Bill With No Name

Posted By Mike Brownfield On August 9, 2010 @ 3:30 pm In Education | Comments Disabled

This Congress has broken a lot of ground, but for all the wrong reasons. Now it has another ridiculous notch to add to its belt: Congress is poised to pass a major piece of legislation without bothering to give it a name.

To recap, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told us that health care reform would have to pass before we could find out what’s in it [1]. Then, for the first time since the modern budgetary process was enacted, the House decided not to pass a budget [2] (avoiding one of its principle duties). Now, as the Cato Institute reports [3]:

H.R. 1586 has adopted the name, the “______Act of____,” apparently because of the haste with which the Senate wanted to pass the bill last week.

The Senate’s substitute amendment on this $26 billion spending bill had a placeholder bill name, and it could not take time to replace the placeholder

What’s in the bill is even scarier than Congress’ flagrant laziness. It’s a $26.1 billion bailout [4] for state governments, funded in part by $11 billion in tax hikes [5] on U.S. companies that compete internationally [6]. That piles on top of the $862 billion stimulus and a long list [7] of massive deficit spending.

Have some suggestions for what the bill could be called? Feel free to post your ideas in the comments below.

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[1] would have to pass before we could find out what’s in it: http://www.foundry.org/2010/03/10/video-of-the-week-we-have-to-pass-the-bill-so-you-can-find-out-what-is-in-it/

[2] decided not to pass a budget: http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/92237-house-has-passed-budget-resolution-every-year-since-budget-act-according-to-study

[3] Cato Institute reports: http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/2010/08/09/what-do-prince-and-h-r-1586-have-in-common/

[4] $26.1 billion bailout: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/112647-house-may-cut-recess-short-to-move-26b-state-aid-package

[5] $11 billion in tax hikes: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703748904575411384086577058.html

[6] U.S. companies that compete internationally: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2009/05/Obama-International-Tax-Plan-Would-Weaken-Global-Competitiveness

[7] long list: http://www.foundry.org/2010/08/09/morning-bell-blaming-bush-doesnt-create-jobs/

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