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PorkBusters v.2.0

Posted by Richard on November 1, 2005

PorkBusters v.2.0Glenn Reynolds and N.Z. Bear have announced version 2.0 of the PorkBusters project (complete with the neat new logo at left, courtesy of Karl Egenberger via Instapundit). This phase is focused on supporting specific legislation, starting with an "offset package" bill being introduced by seven Senators calling themselves the "Fiscal Watch Team": Tom Coburn, Sam Brownback, Jim DeMint, John Ensign, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and John Sununu.

Sen. Coburn’s press release described the Fiscal Watch Team bill as follows:

• A freeze on cost-of-living adjustments for federal employees, including members of Congress, with the exception of law enforcement and military personnel.

• A two-year delay in implementation of the Medicare prescription drug benefit except for low-income seniors who would receive $1,200 in assistance with their drug discount cards.

• A requirement that those with higher incomes pay higher Medicare Part B premiums in 2006, rather than in 2007 as currently scheduled.

• Eliminate $24 billion in special project spending in the recently passed highway bill. 

• A cut of 5% to all federal spending programs except those which impact national security, with 1% set aside for funding of essential programs.

Naturally, I support the Fiscal Watch Team Offset Package, and I’ll be contacting Senators Allard and Salazar to urge them to support it. Contact your Senators and ask them to back the Coburn / Fiscal Watch Team Offset Package. And if/when you get a response, be sure to add it to Bear’s tracking page.

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