And everything else they were told to by bribemaster Murtha. Imagine "The Pork Barrel Polka" playing in the background.
Let's start with a quote from She-Porter Swett regarding her former anti-war friends finding out she isn't the hero they thought she was:
“I certainly understand their frustration,” Shea-Porter said in a telephone conference call with reporters this afternoon. “I share their frustration. But the reality is that we are a Congress of 435 individuals. Everybody examined their consciences and tried to come up with the best plan to accommodate what we needed to accommodate.”
Now the best example of the bill She-pot and Hodes think is spiffy. No wait! That's Jiffy as in peanut butter. Read the bill and have a laugh. All these earmarks are what got Republicans dumped just FOUR MONTHS AGO!
Title: Making emergency supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007, and for other purposes.
Sponsor: Rep Obey, David R. [WI-7] (introduced 3/20/2007) Cosponsors (None)
Related Bills: H.RES.261, S.965
Latest Major Action: 3/23/2007 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 84.
House Reports: 110-60
SUMMARY AS OF:
U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007 - Makes emergency supplemental FY2007 appropriations for specified activities related to the global war on terror to the Departments of Agriculture (including food aid to Africa and Afghanistan), of Justice, of Defense (Military, including funds for Iraqi and Afghan security forces), of Defense (military construction and base closure), of Energy, of Homeland Security, of Veterans Affairs (particularly veterans' health programs), and of State (including international peacekeeping operations), and related agencies as well as the House of Representatives.
Provides funds to enable military commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan to respond to urgent humanitarian relief and reconstruction requirements.
Specifies conditions for assistance to Lebanon.
Prohibits the use of funds under this Act to deploy any unit of the Armed Forces to Iraq unless the chief of the military department concerned has certified to the congressional appropriations committees in advance that the unit is fully mission capable. Sets a maximum number of days for deployment in Iraq for military units. Authorizes the President to waive such prohibition and deployment limits on a unit-by-unit basis for reasons of national security.
Directs the President to transmit to Congress by specified dates certain determinations and certifications with respect to conditions to be met by the Government of Iraq. Requires redeployment of the armed forces from Iraq if any of such conditions is not met.
Directs the President to appoint a Coordinator for Iraq Assistance, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Declares that Congress will fully support the needs of members of the Armed Forces who the Commander in Chief has deployed in harm's way in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, and their families.
Declares the sense of Congress that the U.S. Constitution grants: (1) the President the sole role of Commander in Chief; and (2) Congress the sole power to declare war.
Declares the sense of Congress that: (1) the commanders of the U.S. armed forces in Iraq should be allowed to conduct the war and manage the movements of the troops; and (2) Congress should remain focused on executing its oversight role.
Makes additional appropriations for disaster relief and recovery related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to the Departments of Agriculture, of Commerce, of Defense (Civil), of Homeland Security, of Health and Human Services, of Education, and of Housing and Urban Development.
Makes additional appropriations for specified purposes to the Legislative Branch and to the Departments of Agriculture, of Commerce, of State, of the Interior and of Agriculture (for wildfire suppression), and of Health and Human Services (for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and for response to an influenza pandemic).
Rescinds specified unobligated balances of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Prescribes requirements for DHS contracts, subcontracts, and task orders.
Requires each federal agency that has awarded at least $1 billion in the preceding fiscal year to develop and implement a plan to minimize the use of no-bid and cost-reimbursement type contracts.
Makes appropriations to the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to eliminate the FY2007 shortfall in funding for the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 - Amends the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the federal minimum wage to: (1) $5.85 an hour, beginning on the 60th day after enactment of this Act; (2) $6.55 an hour, beginning 12 months after that 60th day; and (3) $7.25 an hour, beginning 24 months after that 60th day. Applies federal minimum wage requirements to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and to American Samoa.
Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend and revise: (1) the work opportunity tax credit; (2) expensing for small businesses; and (3) the credit for certain taxes paid with respect to employee cash tips.
Waives alternative minimum tax limits on the work opportunity credit and the credit for taxes paid with respect to employee cash tips.
Defines qualified joint venture with respect to family business taxes.
Makes certain dependents ineligible for the lowest capital gains rate.
Lengthens the period of failure to notify a taxpayer of liability before interest and certain penalties must be suspended.
Increases the amount of any required installment of estimated tax otherwise due in 2012 from a corporation with assets of at least $1 billion.
Makes appropriations to the Secretary of Agriculture for emergency crop and livestock disaster assistance.
SEC. 3103. SPINACH.
There is hereby appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture $25,000,000, to remain available until expended, to make payments to growers and first handlers, as defined by the Secretary, of fresh spinach that were unable to market spinach crops as a result of the Food and Drug Administration Public Health Advisory issued on September 14, 2006. The payment made to a grower or first handler under this section shall not exceed 75 percent of the value of the unmarketed spinach crops.
SEC. 3104. EMERGENCY CONSERVATION PROGRAM.
There is hereby appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture $20,000,000, to remain available until expended, to provide assistance under the Emergency Conservation Program under title IV of the Agriculture Credit Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2201 et seq.) for the cleanup and restoration of farmland damaged by freezing temperatures at any time during the period beginning on January 1, 2007, and ending on the date of the enactment of this Act.
SEC. 3105. PAYMENT LIMITATIONS.
(a) Reduction in Payments to Reflect Payments for Same or Similar Losses- The amount of any payment for which a producer is eligible under sections 3101 and 3102 shall be reduced by any amount received by the producer for the same loss or any similar loss under--
(1) the Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006 (Public Law 109-148; 119 Stat. 2680); or
(2) an agricultural disaster assistance provision contained in the announcement of the Secretary of Agriculture on January 26, 2006.
(b) Adjusted Gross Income Limitation- Section 1001D of the Food Security Act of 1985 (7 U.S.C. 1308-3a) shall apply with respect to assistance provided under sections 3101, 3102, 3103, and 3104.
SEC. 3106. ADMINISTRATION.
(a) Regulations- The Secretary of Agriculture may promulgate such regulations as are necessary to implement sections 3101 and 3102.
(b) Procedure- The promulgation of the implementing regulations and the administration of sections 3101 and 3102 shall be made without regard to--
(1) the notice and comment provisions of section 553 of title 5, United States Code;
(2) the Statement of Policy of the Secretary of Agriculture effective July 24, 1971 (36 Fed. Reg. 13804), relating to notices of proposed rulemaking and public participation in rulemaking; and
(3) chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code (commonly known as the `Paperwork Reduction Act').
(c) Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking- In carrying out this section, the Secretary of Agriculture shall use the authority provided under section 808 of title 5, United States Code.
(d) Use of Commodity Credit Corporation; Limitation- In implementing sections 3101 and 3102, the Secretary of Agriculture may use the facilities, services, and authorities of the Commodity Credit Corporation. The Corporation shall not make any expenditures to carry out sections 3101 and 3102 unless funds have been specifically appropriated for such purpose.
SEC. 3107. MILK INCOME LOSS CONTRACT PROGRAM.
Notwithstanding subsections (c)(3), (f), and (g) of section 1502 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 7982), there is hereby appropriated $283,000,000, to remain available until expended, for payments under such section, using the payment rate specified in subsection (c)(3)(B) of such section, from September 1, 2007, through September 30, 2008. Of such amount, $252,000,000 shall be available only on or after September 30, 2007, and only so long as an Act to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs for fiscal years after 2007, including such section 1502, is not enacted.
SEC. 3108. PEANUT STORAGE COSTS.
Notwithstanding subsection (a)(6) of section 1307 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 7957), there is hereby appropriated $74,000,000, to remain available until expended, for the payment of storage, handling, and other associated costs for the 2007 crop of peanuts to ensure proper storage of peanuts for which a loan is made under such section. Of such amount, $74,000,000 shall be available only on or after September 30, 2007, and only so long as an Act to provide for the continuation of agricultural programs for fiscal years after 2007, including such section 1307, is not enacted.
SEC. 3109. LOSSES DUE TO APHIS EMERGENCY ORDER.
There is hereby appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture $5,000,000, to remain available until expended, to provide compensation to aquaculture operations and other persons in the United States engaged in the business of breeding, rearing, or transporting live fish to cover all or a portion of the economic losses incurred by the operation or person as a result of the emergency order issued by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on October 24, 2006, prohibiting the importation of specified species of live fish from Ontario and Quebec, Canada, and the interstate movement of these same species of fish from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, or Wisconsin due to outbreaks of viral hemorrhagic septicemia. The operation or person seeking compensation shall be required to document to the satisfaction of the Secretary the economic losses so incurred as a result of the emergency order.