Sen. Claire McCaskill: We'll Spend All the Money Anyway Despite Compromise
“I think there was some spending in the bill that was makeup for a starvation diet under the Bush Administration, some important priorities of our party, frankly of the American people. And, the question is does it belong in the stimulus bill or does it belong in the appropriations bill. I think some of the money that we cut in the compromise to get the votes that we have was in fact spending that more appropriately should go in an appropriations bill.“
Senator Claire McCaskill
On the Obama Stimulus Bill
Meet the Press
February 8, 2009
Yep. Claire McCaskill admits that democrats are going to spend the $100 billion cut away in the senate for a compromise whether it is put back into this bill or another one.
Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill from Missouri appeared on NBC’s Face The Nation this morning. In discussing the “compromise” Senate “stimulus” bill, which cuts about $100 billion in government spending as compared to the House bill, McCaskill justified the cuts by stating that the spending cuts could be added back later in an “omnibus” spending authorization. (Transcript to follow when available.)
So McCaskill, at least, recognizes that the “compromise” is not a real compromise. The spending “cuts” which induced Republican Senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and Arlen Spector to support the “compromise” Senate bill are a ruse. There has been no agreement by Democrats not to spend the money, only not to spend it in the “stimulus” bill.
Sen. McCaskill was not the first democrat to say this.
Sen. Carl Levin had this to say on Friday after the compromise was announced:
Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, told reporters he and others hoped that some of the funds on the chopping block would be restored next week when negotiations open on a House-Senate compromise.