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June 18, 2013
Congress Watch: A Summer of Bipartisan Love?
The Hill reported that Speaker John Boehner and his lieutenants are facing major legislative hurdles this summer. "Tests," The Hill calls them. Or superb chances for capitulations under the ever-handy guise of bipartisanship? The tests that the speaker faces include, but aren't limited to: "Immigration reform, a five-year farm bill, the constitutionality of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, a possible government shutdown and increasing the federal debt limit." As Hot Air reports, the farm bill is full of pork (more than the kind that goes "oink.") Nonetheless, the speaker is committed to pushing it through this week. The 2013 versions of the farm bill contain huge spending increases at a time when Uncle Sam is running generous surpluses (right). The 2008 farm bill (farm bills are passed in five-year blocks, similar to what the commies used to do in Russia) stuck taxpayers with a $604 billion...(Read Full Post)