My reading of the Budget Bill some quick comments

by Datechguy | August 1st, 2011

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My reading of the Budget Bill some quick comments

I have read/​skimmed the Bud­get deal as posted at legal Insur­rec­tion this morn­ing a few thoughts:

1. I like that it is only 74 pages, nobody in con­gress has an excuse to not read it

2. Any­thing that is dated after 2012 means very lit­tle, any new con­gress can change this.

3. There are items in this bill that seem to affect the stand­ing rules of the sen­ate, that is likely not constitutional.

4. There are a lot of amend­ments to exist­ing law, which means you have to read the exist­ing law to know what it is actu­ally doing.

5. The Bal­anced bud­get Amend­ment line here calls only for a vote, that doesn’t mean it is going to pass, nor that it will include the 23 trig­ger nec­es­sary for such an amend­ment to be worthwhile.

6. It is inter­est­ing to note that the joint com­mit­tee has equal mem­ber­ship for minor­ity and the major­ity party in both cham­bers and that it goes away on Jan­u­ary 31 2012, just in time for the elec­tion season.

7. The crit­i­cal deci­sion here will be the makeup of the Joint Com­mit­tee, Those appoint­ments will be where the Rub­ber meets the road.

After read­ing the bill, if it was up to me, I’d be a yes vote, This bill is not an exam­ple of steam­ing in the right direc­tion, it is an exam­ple of com­plet­ing the turn of the ship so it is fac­ing in the right direc­tion but you have to turn the ship before you change direc­tions, this is the turn.

Update: Jim­mie Bise and the Lonely con­ser­v­a­tive are both iffy on the bill, but since the Joint com­mit­tee only goes to 2012 I think it’s not that big a risk.

Update 2: Down­load it here.

Update 3: Sissy Willis links

Update 4: Bad link fixed

I have read/skimmed the Budget deal as posted at legal Insurrection this morning a few thoughts:

1. I like that it is only 74 pages, nobody in congress has an excuse to not read it

2. Anything that is dated after 2012 means very little, any new congress can change this.

3. There are items in this bill that seem to affect the standing rules of the senate, that is likely not constitutional.

4. There are a lot of amendments to existing law, which means you have to read the existing law to know what it is actually doing.

5. The Balanced budget Amendment line here calls only for a vote, that doesn’t mean it is going to pass, nor that it will include the 2/3 trigger necessary for such an amendment to be worthwhile.

6. It is interesting to note that the joint committee has equal membership for minority and the majority party in both chambers and that it goes away on January 31 2012, just in time for the election season.

7. The critical decision here will be the makeup of the Joint Committee, Those appointments will be where the Rubber meets the road.

After reading the bill, if it was up to me, I’d be a yes vote, This bill is not an example of steaming in the right direction, it is an example of completing the turn of the ship so it is facing in the right direction but you have to turn the ship before you change directions, this is the turn.

Update: Jimmie Bise and the Lonely conservative are both iffy on the bill, but since the Joint committee only goes to 2012 I think it’s not that big a risk.

Update 2: Download it here.

Update 3: Sissy Willis links

Update 4: Bad link fixed

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