The Senate will vote today on completing plans to trim the budget for the rest of this fiscal year in order to prevent a complete government shutdown. Senator Ben Nelson says both bills are full of “tricks, treats, gimmicks and games”.
“On one side we see a bill that purports to cut 50-billion dollars. In reality it only cuts 6.5-billion dollars. No wonder people don’t trust numbers coming out of Washington. In a budget of more than one-trillion dollars a cut of about half-a-percent isn’t enough. The other bill, HR1 is bad as well. It’s chocked full of provisions pushing political agenda snuck into the bill in the dead of night. One attacks America’s farmers. It aims to block allowing more American made ethanol used in our cars and trucks. That’s right. It tries to block more ethanol in our cars and trucks.”
The House of Representatives approved at the Republican plan and Senator Nelson says it is a complete nightmare.
“Another political agenda in the House bill eliminates public television in Nebraska. It eliminates poison control centers. It blocks a consumer data base that people might use to determine a products safety and keeps high speed internet service out of rural areas like Nebraska. The bill also limits urban homeland security funds and sets the limit at 25 cities. That will likely bar any future funding to the largest city in our state, Omaha, and particularly with the Strategic Command Headquarters located in the area.”
Senator Nelson says both of these bills are full of provisions that attack farmers, ethanol use, education and services that Nebraskans rely on.
“More than 12-hundred Nebraska children would lose access to Head Start which is proven to help student’s complete high school and be on their way to a productive life. The bill also cuts Pell tuition grants. It cuts 13-million dollars in loans that Nebraska rural communities need to make their drinking water safe and to comply with federal law. It cuts 13-million dollars in community development block grants that help local businesses create jobs and local economic growth. After all is said and done, Washington hasn’t gotten serious yet and I won’t be responsible for the failings of the House and Senate.”
Senator Nelson says he can be held accountable for one of the twelve spending bills that run the government as he is chairman of the Senate Appropriations Legislative Branch Committee that oversees the spending bill for Congress. He says they cut spending 5-percent this year and expect to cut more this year. There are eleven other spending bills and he hopes they follow his example.