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  • A $900 Million Mistake

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) made a $900,000,000 mistake on a measure to fund the federal government past this Friday.

    The government runs out of money on September 30. The House and Senate are engaged in public negotiations on competing measures to fund the government to November 18. The Senate version of the CR contains two drafting errors that cut $900 million from FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers for the purposes of disaster relief.

    The Senate defeated the House Republican Continuing Resolution (CR) on Friday, because liberals in the Senate did not want to offset funding for disaster relief. Now Senator Reid is forcing a vote on the Senate version of the CR that contains no offsets for disaster funding. Evidently, Senator Reid was in such a rush to get the bill to the Senate floor that he missed this huge mistake.

    The Reid CR in Section 125 of Senate Amendment 656 to H.R. 2608, states the following (see bold):

    Sec. 125. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, effective on the date of the enactment of this Act, there is appropriated—

    (1) an additional amount for “Department of Homeland Security–Federal Emergency Management Agency–Disaster Relief”, $774,000,00, to remain available until expended; and

    (2) an additional amount for “Corps of Engineers-Civil–Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies”, $226,000,00, to remain available until expended.

    (b) The amount made available by this section for the Corps of Engineers–Civil shall be for emergency expenses for repair of damage caused by the storm and flood events occurring in 2011.

    (c) Each amount in this section is designated as an emergency pursuant to section 3(c)(1) of H. Res. 5 (112th Congress) and as an emergency requirement pursuant to section 403(a) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010.

    The numbers in Reid’s amendment (SA 655) are different. Another Reid Amendment that is replaced by the new Amendment appropriates “$774,000,000” for “FEMA—Disaster Relief” and “$226,000,000” for the “Corps of Engineers-Civil–Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies.”  If you take the original $774,000,000 and deduct the Reid CR version of $74,400,000 then you get a drafting error of $696,600,000 for FEMA. If you take $226,000,000 and deduct $22,600,000 then you get a drafting error of $203,400,000 for the Corps. Add up these numbers and you get a Harry Reid error adding up to $900,000,000.

    Only in Washington could this happen.  This is the problem with secretive drafting of bills with no hearings, no committee debate and no regular order.

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    7 Responses to A $900 Million Mistake

    1. Jessie says:

      you know what they say a hundred million hear a hondred million there soon it adds up to some real money

    2. Bobbie says:

      democrats show no reason to trust! they don't take the necessary time to do a job period, let alone an honest one. they're so childish to spin their accounts on republicans, costing more time, weight and money!! Their dereliction is destroying this country daily!!! costs of emergencies should always be budgeted but because we deal with the irresponsible, natural emergencies take precedence over any and all special interests! GOVERNMENT SAYS "we'll take all responsibilities, just don't hold us accountable."

      WE NEED OUR FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE BACK, NOW!! It's not worth the cost of the overpaid federal government to do for us what we have done for ourselves!!!

    3. Slick says:

      The only thing that has changed in Washington since 2010 is the fact that there is a Republican majority in the House!!!! The President is still using the same rhetoric. . . . "emergency spending" to create a crisis and then bills are created behind closed doors with no oversight at all!!!!!

      People, if we don't stand up and take back our government in 2012 and stop this kind of nonsense, then we truly deserve what we get!!!!!

    4. Slick says:

      The only thing that has changed in Washington since 2010 is the fact that there is a Republican majority in the House!!!! The President is still using the same rhetoric. . . . "emergency spending" to create a crisis and then bills are created behind closed doors with no oversight at all!!!!!

      So what is a zero here and a zero there? After all, it is just the difference between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands. In this day and age, when we hear the word "trillion" at least once a day, what does ONE measly zero mean to us . . . . absolutely nothing when we have $15 trillion to pay back!!!!!!

      P.S. Does ANYBODY proofread Harry's brilliant bills or does he write them while he sits on his "throne" in the bathroom!!!!! It's apparently a really "stinky" business because Harry just can't seem to get it right!

    5. Lloyd Scallan says:

      This is Harry Reid. What more do we expect?

    6. Mike, Wichita Falls says:

      So could I leave a "0" off the end of that $600 check I write every month to my health insurer?

      I guess it's too much to ask them to leave a "0" or two off of the next debt ceiling raise.

    7. Perry OK says:

      We need to fire all of them in the next 2 election years. Maybe some new blood and some accounability will help curb the desire to become robber barons. I would also like to add that ALL current members get Hung by the neck until dead as an Example of what we do to those who rob and destroy. A bit drastic but there needs to be some Consequences for all this NON ACTION(BULL____). Lets show them the meaning of tough standards.

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