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  •  Clean Bill? (4+ / 0-)
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    gloriasb, grasshopper, sethtriggs, kurt

    >Up to $450 million to the Department of Transportation to rebuild infrastructure destroyed in last month's Colorado floods;
    >$3.1 million to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (yeah, that one's a head-scratcher); and
    >$174,000 to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died in June (another head-scratcher).

    Thought this was intended to be a clean bill.
    You know while they were giving out money NM was flooding, too.

    Guess they just can't do a clean bill no matter what.

    •  I think they consider a bill "clean" when it does (3+ / 0-)
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      madmojo, fleisch, sethtriggs

      not seek to dismantle anything.  Loading it with goodies for all the kids is normal operating procedure.

      •  Rebuilding Colorado (1+ / 0-)
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        after huge floods isn't "goodies", and would likely be appropriated anyway, why not here?

        Same with Sen. Lautenberg's wife.

        Remember, this is a budget bill, so adjustments to what is being paid for is not "goodies" or "pork", just stuff we're paying for.

        After the flame wars about NSA spying, one would think folks here would applaud more money going to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (something the GOP would surely love to kill by withholding funding).

        My guess is that this is something added by "our" side.

        The Board has two main functions: (a) advice and counsel on policy development and implementation and (b) oversight. Its functions include reviewing proposed legislation, regulations and policies; advising the President and the departments and agencies of the executive branch; and continually reviewing the implementation of the regulations, policies, and procedures of the executive branch relating to terrorism to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. In addition, the Board is specifically charged with responsibility for reviewing the terrorism information sharing practices of executive branch departments and agencies to determine whether they adhere to guidelines designed to appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties are being followed. In the course of performing these functions, the Board shall coordinate with the privacy and civil liberties officers in the relevant departments and agencies.
        Just imagine for one moment that the WH actually cares about ensuring privacy and civil liberties are protected, and it totally makes sense that we'd throw in funding for this board, which certainly doesn't serve any gop-supported purpose.

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