It was an unexpected move but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Members of Congress back to Washington mid-district work period today for a vote on a $26 billion aid package. Roll Call has details on the vote:
The House — often a third fiddle to the Senate and the White House — has a rare moment in the spotlight today as it reconvenes to clear a $26 billion state aid package intended to prevent layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers and other state and local government workers.
The extraordinary session in the midst of the summer recess has Members scrambling to attend but also gives both parties another chance to show off their strategies heading into November.
...“Once again, the Democratic majority’s rush to enact unpopular legislation with questionable objectives will result in sloppy lawmaking,” said Rep. David Dreier (Calif.), the ranking member on the Rules Committee. “If they can’t get the name of the bill right, what other problems might be lurking under the hood?”
Many large organizations have sent out letters of disapproval on the package as well. From the Business Rountable:
The United States already has the second highest tax rate among developed countries and an international tax structure that is a relic of an era in which U.S. companies faced little competition from foreign-headquartered corporations as they competed around the world. The current U.S. system is inconsistent with the free flow of trade and investment, and it inhibits use of foreign earnings to invest in the U.S. economy. The provisions included in the House legislation to be considered today will only make matters worse.
Conservative publications are questioning the bill as well. From Human Events:
This particular bailout with no name is an additional $10 billion for state government union employees with an additional delayed $16 billion to bailout Medicare for another six months.
Over $400 billion of the original $787 billion in “stimulus” state bailout funds have not yet been spent -- likely held back for the purpose of presidential election season union community organizing.
Why would the administration waste all that taxpayer money on Congressional elections?