Spending Bill Stinks
The $1.1 trillion spending bill agreed to by both parties has enough poison pills that it should be vetoed.
One of the most notable changes includes dramatically expanding the amount of money that wealthy political donors could give the national parties, drastically undercutting the 2002 landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul. Top donors would be allowed to give three times the annual cap on national party donations to three additional party committees set up for the purposes of the presidential conventions, building expenses and election recounts.
For the first time, Congress also would allow the benefits of current retirees to be severely cut, part of an effort to save some of the nation’s most distressed pension plans…
At domestic agencies, the EPA’s budget would be cut by $60 million…
The benefits for retirees that will be cut are from pension plans that have already been agreed to and planned for. To cut them after the fact is a cruel way to deal with some of the most financially vulnerable of our society, while allowing rich donors to give more to elect the people who will give take care of them even more while ignoring middle and lower income Americans.[su_csky_ad]