Another cute little trick by congress, supplemental appropriations funding. Legitimate needs for this type of emergency funding are needed for wars and natural disasters and such, that can't wait until the next budget cycle. Over the last 25 years, each year congress has enacted between one and eight emergency spending bills ranging from 1.8 billion to 120 billion. All of these bills have had spending added to them that would not pass muster under normal budgetary procedures. But there is usually very little oversight and a great sense of urgency to get these passed. The war funding bill passed in 2003 had $348 million for 29 projects unrelated to the war. such as $110 million for the National Animal disease Center in Ames Iowa. The emergency supplemental appropriations act for defense, the global war on terrow and tsunami relief (2005) had $1.13 billion for projects that had NOTHING to do with any of the emergencies beinng funded..$55 million for waste water treatment in De Soto county Mississippi and $25 million for Fort Peck Fish Hatchery in Montana. The stimulus had so many that it would be a huge undertaking to begin listing them.
The Congressional Reseach Service has stated that "had supplemental appropriations been fully offset, federal debt held by the public could have been reduced by about 18% or $930 billion per year.
source: Supplemental Appropriations: Trends and Budgetary Impact report
Answer by ImaginationMama at 7:50 PM on Apr. 1, 2011
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Answer by jesse123456 at 8:53 PM on Apr. 1, 2011
You know, it's no secret how I feel about Obama. I do believe that he is pretty useless s a leader and has NO idea what he is doing. However...I would have been SO impressed and may have completely changed my mind IF he had done just a few of his simplest campaign promises. A MAJOR one being going through the wasteful spending with a fine tooth comb and not allowing all those earmarks!! Others being debating bills on Cspan AND posting bills for 48hrs online before voting on them ;) I REALLY wish we could get SOMEONE in there that would see this get DONE!
Answer by momof030404 at 10:59 PM on Apr. 1, 2011
It seems like there a some good ones in D.C; who are trying to get us out of this mess but they have a very tough job!
This is exasperating as well!
Answer by agentwanda at 11:28 PM on Apr. 1, 2011
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Answer by minnesotanice at 10:26 PM on Apr. 2, 2011