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Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

By SAM HALL
December 12, 2011

House Speaker John Boehner: Running the best Congress money can buy

Congressional Republicans — supposedly representing the party of less, leaner government — are stuffing the latest spending deal with right-wing leaning “policy riders” and earmarks to gain conservative support going into the 2012 elections.

The volume of these riders stuns even the most jaded Congressional cynics as Republican lawmakers stack the bill with legislative initiatives targeted to benefit high-dollar GOP donors.

For example, Kentucky GOP Senator Mitch McConnell and House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) have packed in several riders to benefit the coal industry.  McConnell, Rogers and House Speaker John Boehner have received more than $1.1 million in campaign donations from the coal industry.

Republicans have also floated riders to weaken environmental reviews of Shell Oil’s Gulf of Mexico drilling plans and — not coincidentally — Shell has contributed heavily to those Congressional Republicans.

Other GOP-sponsored riders seek to cut funding needed to implement Wall Street reforms. Boehner, who received more than $200,000 from Wall Street executives, backs these efforts.

“The strategy is simple,” a GOP house aide tells Capitol Hill Blue. “We deliver for those who contribute.”

The riders are a key part of Congressional efforts to fashion a $1 trillion spending bill to meet the requirements of the August budget accords.

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2 Responses to Republicans pack spending bill with perks for donors

  1. Gregg

    December 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    No comments? Really, none?
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    I know, it’s useless to talk about something that is so ingrained into the system of politics that most people are just desensitized to even the topic, much less any details about such behaviors being disseminated by the media.
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    Old stuff…back to sleep. Snnnnnoooorrrre! ZZZZZZZZZZZ!

  2. Rick

    December 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Wow! Pols rewarding the favored ones. I am totally shocked! Just change the party name and pols in the story and recycle it next week.