Thursday, May 04, 2006

On the Other Hand...

This story is too important to pass up. President Bush is finally doing something he should have done long ago - vetoing [threatening too, for now] a spending bill.
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a $109 billion wartime emergency spending bill on a vote of 78-20, but the bill is substantially larger than the sum President Bush had requested.

The president has lodged a veto threat if the product out of House-Senate negotiations comes in above $94.5 billion. Last month, the House passed its version of the emergency supplemental bill with a $92.2 billion price tag. The extra $2.3 billion was assigned for possible bird flu containment efforts.
In other words, $14.5 billion dollars in pork projects were added into the bill; that's over 14% of everything that's in there. It's sick that Congressmen are doing this, and it's nice to see the President finally take action; he has never used his veto for any reason so far, and the spending of this administration has been out of control.

Now let's see if he actually stays true to his word.