Senate Defeats Vitter Stimulus Amendment to Strike Certain Spending

Senators have defeated an amendment offered by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) to the economic stimulus package economic stimulus package (S.1 / H.R.1) by a vote of 32 to 65.

The amendment would strike certain spending provisions within the bill to remove around $35 billion from the total cost according to Senator Vitter.  He also estimates that a provision within his amendment to strike all Davis / Bacon wage rules in the bill would save around $17 billion.

The Government Printing Office describes Davis / Bacon as an act which “requires that each contract over $2,000 to which the United States or the District of Columbia is a party for the construction, alteration, or repair of public buildings or public works shall contain a clause setting forth the minimum wages to be paid to various classes of laborers and mechanics employed under the contract.”

Here are some wasteful spending items that Vitter’s amendment would strike, as taken from two local Louisiana news articles (linked here & here):

  • $1 billion for the 2010 census
  • $20 million for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove small and mid-sized fish barriers
  • $600 million for the federal government to purchase energy efficient vehicles
  • $500 million for NASA climate change studies
  • $850 million to bail out Amtrak
  • $100 million for the Department of Defense to purchase hybrid vehicles
  • $2.25 billion for groups engaged in neighborhood stabilization programs, such as ACORN and other entities
  • $870 million to fight the pandemic flu
  • $248 million for the consolidation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • $125 million for the District of Columbia sewer system

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One response to “Senate Defeats Vitter Stimulus Amendment to Strike Certain Spending

  1. I have read the bill and nowhere did I see ACORN in it.. so that is made up.

    There are a lot of things in there I don’t understand why he would want out. Most of that is very good stuff that will help to stimulate the economy. Does he think the sewer system in DC doesn’t need fixed?? Isn’t that infrastructure???
    What is wrong with Hybrid vehicles?? That is a good thing for the environment, a good thing for the economy and a good thing for the government. Looks like a win, win, win all the way around.

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