WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is poised to clear away a Republican filibuster of a huge end-of-year spending bill rewarding most federal agencies with generous budget boosts.
The $1.1 trillion measure combines much of the year’s unfinished budget work – only a $626 billion Pentagon spending measure would remain – into a 1,000-plus-page catchall spending bill that would give Cabinet departments such as Education, Health and Human Services and State increases far exceeding inflation.
After a 60-36 test vote on Friday in which Democrats and a handful of Republicans helped the measure clear another GOP obstacle, the bill was expected to win on Saturday the 60 Senate votes necessary to guarantee passage. A final vote is expected Sunday.
The measure provides spending increases averaging about 10 percent to programs under immediate control of Congress, blending increases for veterans’ programs, NASA and the FBI with a pay raise for federal workers and help for car dealers.
ANOTHER raise for Federal Employees??
Via SmartPlanet: Last week, USA Today reported that Federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14% to 19% of civil servants during the recession’s first 18 months — and that’s before overtime pay and bonuses are counted.
Meanwhile, the Transportation Department had one person earnings $170,000 or more when the recession started. Now there are 1,690 employees making that much. The average federal worker’s pay to $71,206, compared with $40,331 in the private sector.
Back to the AP:
The bill would also void a long-standing ban on the funding of abortion by the District of Columbia government and overturns a ban on federal money for needle exchange programs in the city. It also phases out a D.C. school voucher program favored by Republicans and opens the door for the city to permit medical marijuana.
It would also lift a nationwide ban on the use of federal funds for needle-exchange programs.
Federal workers would receive pay increases averaging 2 percent, with people in areas with higher living costs receiving slightly higher increases.
Once the bill clears the Senate, it would advance to President Barack Obama’s desk.
Is this the hope & change you voted for?
I bet the parents of those inner city kids voted for the Democrats, now kids who had a real opportunity will be doomed to violent, failing, DC public schools which are among the worst in the nation. – LINK.