Senators Got 154-Page ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Bill 3 Minutes Before Voting on It

CNS News
January 5, 2013

 

Late-night scheming at the Capitol

Late-night scheming at the Capitol
PHOTO: Bloomberg

The U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to approve legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff despite having only 3 minutes to read the 154-page bill and budget score.

Multiple Senate sources have confirmed to CNSNews.com that senators received the bill at approximately 1:36 AM on Jan. 1, 2013 – a mere three minutes before they voted to approve it at 1:39 AM.

The bill is 154-pages and includes several provisions that are unrelated to the fiscal cliff, including repealing a section of ObamaCare, extending the wind-energy tax credit, and a rum tax subsidy deal for Puerto Rican rum makers.

The bill avoids the fiscal cliff by making permanent the Bush tax cuts for individuals making less than $400,000 per year and couples making less than $450,000 and by putting off the automatic spending cuts (sequestration) from last year’s debt ceiling deal until March.

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TOR note:  Also see Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee talk about this very issue — the all-too-familiar, panic-driven ratcheting of tyrannical legislation at the last possible moment.  -DB