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Turbaconducken! A chicken inside a duck inside a turkey, all wrapped in bacon.
Okay, people. Now, hurry up and digest this entire 1,434 legislative text of the porkulus conference report so you can be informed, deliberative, responsible citizens participating in the democratic process. Hurry! Get on with it. Go.
Oh, wait. Never mind. Chuck Schumer says we don’t care. President Obama says we don’t need anymore debate.
For those silly few of you left who DO CARE, I’ve uploaded the just-arrived document.
It’s so damned big WordPress won’t let me upload it the normal way, so I uploaded it to Scribd — which took several minutes.
Probably about the same amount of time most members of Congress will actually spend reading it before they ram it down our throats.
Update: I’m told by another Hill staffer that there’s yet another version of the bill due out in the next hour or so.
Update: I’ve also uploaded detailed spending tables derived from the conference report.
Update 12:45pm Eastern. Some new bullet points from Hill GOP staff outline what’s been added and removed:
· $9 billion for school construction was added back in (originally cut by Nelson-Collins)
· $5 billion increase for the state fiscal stabilization fund (originally cut by Nelson-Collins), making it a grand total of $53.6 billion
· $2 billion for neighborhood stabilization program, money for groups like ACORN
· $1 billion added back for Prevention & Wellness Programs, including STD education
· Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research was added back in, leading Americans down the path towards healthcare rationing (63 patient advocacy groups signed a letter voicing their concerns with this provision)
(BUT, NOT INFRASTRUCTURE)
· Money for highways and bridges was cut by $1 billion from the House-passed level
· Tax relief to help middle class families and small businesses was sharply pared back in order to increase government spending. Public opinion over the last 4 weeks has shown that Americans overwhelming believe tax cuts, and not government spending, are a better way to stimulate the economy.
· Approximately $75 billion in true tax relief was CUT from the Nelson-Collins package. So, while the overall size of the package may have gotten slightly smaller, the spending actually increased.