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October 10, 2005

Never-Ending Cruelty

-- by Dave Johnson

Yet another sad story of Republican cruelty to Americans: Yellow Dog Blog: Another Cruel Vote By Senate Republicans,

I wrote on Thursday about an under-the-radar Senate vote that happened the previous week, in which Republicans voted to gut the Community Services Block Grant program, which provides money to help low-income people with essential living expenses such as housing, food and heating costs.

But there were the Republicans last week, pulling their Simon-Legree act again – except this time, cruelly yanking the plug on a bill that would have fully funded the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Sponsored by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and co-sponsored by 28 senators, the amendment was defeated 50-49 last week by a point of order that blocked an up-or-down vote.

Go to Yellow Dog Blog to follow links and read more.

Posted by Dave Johnson at October 10, 2005 10:26 AM

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Of course they'd pull the energy assistance bill, exactly when people need it most considering what heating bills are going to be this winter. I wonder how many elderly people will freeze to death?

Posted by: MJ at October 10, 2005 6:21 PM

"Of course they'd pull the energy assistance bill, exactly when people need it most considering what heating bills are going to be this winter. I wonder how many elderly people will freeze to death?"

Take gun out of holster. Point at foot. Pull trigger.

Posted by: brodix at October 11, 2005 9:18 AM

This vote was not even as close as it seems: it failed 50-49, but needed a three-fifths majority to pass (click on the link in the Yellow Dog blog to the senate.gov page). That's probably why Santorum voted for it: cheap cover to use for his faux populist credentials next year.

Posted by: Tim francis-Wright at October 12, 2005 9:26 AM

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