“On Wednesday, there will be a cloture vote on Senate bill S.510.”
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Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:07:53 AM by IbJensen
Do Democrats really believe Americans don’t see through their schemes? Apparently they do. Witness the hubbub over the hotly debated military appropriations bill that went down in a procedural vote Tuesday.
The Democrats’ ploy, practiced over the years by both parties depending on which one was in power, works this way: You take a bill that addresses a clear need and has strong popular support; in this case, “… a defense bill that provides our troops with the equipment and resources they need to protect themselves and keep our nation safe,” as described by Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn. Then you lard it up with stuff the opposing party assuredly will find unacceptable.
When the voting is done, the majority party can accuse the minority of being a “party of no,” or playing partisan politics with important legislation most Americans support.
Everyone knows the Senate would have passed the $726 military appropriations bill, probably unanimously, if it had been submitted solo. But the Democrats added repeal of the don’t-ask, don’t-tell law banning service by open homosexuals as well as the so-called DREAM Act, which would bestow citizenship upon illegal immigrants’ children who attend college or serve in the U.S. armed forces. Critics call this a form of amnesty and won’t support it.
The DREAM Act deserves to be debated on its own merits; it clearly does not belong in a military-appropriations bill. And Defense Secretary Robert Gates has made clear he wants Congress not to act on don’t-ask, don’t-tell at least until after Dec. 1, when the military will complete a study on the law’s effects. Meanwhile, President Obama has stirred the pot further by nominating a supporter of don’t-ask, don’t-tell, Gen. James Amos, to lead the Marine Corps.
Majority Democrats carried a 56-43 procedural vote but needed 60 to continue. Democrats Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor of Arkansas both voted with the Republicans; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid joined them so that he’ll be able to bring up the bill later. Sen. Reid’s vote signals Democrats might try to push the don’t-ask, don’t-tell and DREAM Act provisions during a lame-duck session after the Nov. 2 election.
The narrative of this bill is practically indistinguishable from the plot device used in the 1939 film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” in which a dishonest senator slips a bit of graft, in the form of an illicit dam project, into a spending measure most senators support. Angrily denouncing his one-time protege, Sen. Smith, corrupt Sen. Paine declares: “To prevent his expulsion, he’ll hold up this deficiency bill — vital to this country, which must be passed today!”
That’s all the more reason Americans should not be fooled by the hoary rhetoric surrounding the military-appropriations bill. They should insist it be stripped of irrelevant fluff and partisan gamesmanship, and put to a vote without further delay.
He, his wife Lana, and the rest of our beloved veterans are now seeing some important results.Last week, the story broke about Irelan and how his gun rights were snatched from him by the federal government. Wayne lost his Second Amendment rights after the Department of Veterans Affairs notified the National Instant Criminal Background Check System NICS.
Congressman John Boozman, after being contacted last week, immediately promised to check into the facts and do what he could to correct this terrible injustice.Boozman appeared on NRA radio and laid out his plans on how he would attempt to stop this appalling event from occurring in the future. Congressman Boozman also commended Sergeant Irelan on his persistence in correcting this governmental fiasco and highly praised his efforts, which will benefit veterans in the future.
“Wayne has had the courage to serve his country… this might be one of his greatest contributions, serving in this way, and being willing to step forward and voice an injustice…” ~ Congressman John BoozmanBoozman definitely lived up to his end of the deal; due to his efforts, the House Veterans Affairs Committee adopted an amendment on Wednesday, which would reform the process that removes Second Amendment rights from veterans.
This amendment requires a judicial authority to declare a veteran is a threat to him or the community before his name is handed over to NICS, thereby granting our heroes due process of the system.