October 10, 2005
-- 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.Go to Yellow Dog Blog to follow links and read more.
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.
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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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