Senator Reid used cloture once again to cut off debate and prevent any amendments to pay for the $34 billion price tag of the latest bill to extend unemployment benefits.
To circumvent Senator Reid’s legislative blockade, Senator Tom Coburn has filed two motions to suspend the rules and require the bill to be paid for and to publicly disclose the Senate’s failure to adhere to its own PAYGO rules which were passed with much fanfare earlier this year.
PAYGO MOTION: The first Coburn motion would suspend the rules to amend the bill to require the Senate website to disclose to taxpayers the total amount the Senate has voted to borrow in spend since the PAYGO was signed into law.
Click here for additional background on PAYGO amendment 4493. Click here for a chronological poster outlining the Senate abusing PAYGO by borrowing $266 billion since its enactment in February of this year.
Dr. Coburn's first motion to suspend the rules and statement for the record:
Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, I submit the following notice in writing: In accordance with rule V of the Standing Rules of the Senate, I hereby give notice in writing that it is my intention to move to suspend rule XXII for the purpose of proposing and considering the following amendment to amendment No. 4425 to the House amendment to the Senate amendment to H.R. 4213, including germaneness requirements:
At the appropriate place, insert the following:
SEC.__. SENATE SPENDING DISCLOSURE.
(a) IN GENERAL.--The Secretary of the Senate shall post prominently on the front page of the public website of the Senate (http://www.senate.gov/) the following information:
(1) The total amount of discretionary and direct spending passed by the Senate that has not been paid for, including emergency designated spending or spending otherwise exempted from PAYGO requirements.
(2) The total amount of net spending authorized in legislation passed by the Senate, as scored by CBO.
(3) The number of new government programs created in legislation passed by the Senate.
(4) The totals for paragraphs (1) through (3) as passed by both Houses of Congress and signed into law by the President.
(b) DISPLAY.--The information tallies required by subsection (a) shall be itemized by bill and date, updated weekly, and archived by calendar year.
(c) EFFECTIVE DATE.--The PAYGO tally required by subsection (a)(1) shall begin with the date of enactment of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 and the authorization tally required by subsection (a)(2) shall apply to all legislation passed beginning January 1, 2010.
PAYFOR MOTION: The second Coburn motion would suspend the rules to require the bill to be paid for with $40 billion in cuts (reducing unneeded government printing, cutting non-essential government travel, and eliminating bogus government bonuses)and revenue raisers (selling unneeded government property and collecting unpaid taxes from federal employees). This motion also includes the PAYGO disclosure requirement.
Click here for additional information on the PAYFOR amendment.
Dr. Coburn's second motion to suspend the rules and statement for the record:
Mr. COBURN. Mr. President, I submit the following notice in writing: In accordance with rule V of the Standing Rules of the Senate, I hereby give notice in writing that it is my intention to move to suspend rule XXII for the purpose of proposing and considering the following motion to recommit with instructions of H.R. 4213:
The Senator from Oklahoma [Mr. Coburn] moves to recommit H.R. 4213 to the Committee on Finance with instructions to report the same back to the Senate with changes to include:
(A) a reduction in unnecessary government printing and publishing costs to save $4.6 billion over ten years;
(B) a requirement to sell off $15 billion worth of unused and unneeded federal real property;
(C) a requirement for the Internal Revenue Service to collect any unpaid taxes from federal employees, which would bring in $3 billion, including nearly $2.5 million owed by employees of the U.S. Senate;
(D) a prohibition on bogus bonuses for government contractors whose projects are over budget, behind schedule, or do not meet basic performance standards, saving more than $8 billion over ten years;
(E) a prohibition on nonessential travel by government employees to save $10 billion over ten years; and
(F) a requirement the Secretary of the Senate post on the Senate's public website the total dollar amount of new borrowing and spending and other violations of PAYGO approved by the Senate since the PAYGO law was signed into law.
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