Just in Case You Didn’t Notice …

Congress finally renewed highway funds and extended the lower student loan rate.  This news comes via the HILL.  This should save a few jobs and fill a few potholes.  It also renews my Flood Insurance during the hurricane season!!!

Congress on Friday approved legislation that will extend federal highway programs through 2014, a low interest rate on student loans for one year, and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years.

Leaders in the House and Senate negotiated the giant package, leaving no doubt that it would have enough support to pass. The bill will likely be the last major piece of legislation approved by Congress until after the November elections.

The House voted 373-52 in favor of the bill, which was supported by every voting Democrat, while 52 Republicans opposed it. In the Senate, the tally was 74-19, with 23 Republicans joining every Democrat in voting for the measure. Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) voted present, while Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) missed the vote.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama looks forward to signing the bill.

Congress faced a weekend deadline for extending the highway and student loan provisions. The rates for federally backed student loans were set to double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, and transportation funding was due to expire.

See?  They can work together ever so often.

34 Comments on “Just in Case You Didn’t Notice …”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Guardian news ‏@guardiannews

    Barack Obama visits Colorado Springs neighbourhood destroyed by wildfires http://gu.com/p/38y78/tf

  2. bostonboomer says:

    You’d think the Republicans could have done this earlier instead of waiting till the very last minute. But it’s a relief that they did it.

  3. northwestrain says:

    OK — I have to say it . . . . I do NOT understand the Republicans — their logic is heads up their asses.

    Why on earth are the against road improvements. There are so many roads that need upgrading or simply tantalizing. I know because I spent the winter driving on some really awful roads comparing those to the ones that have recently been repaved or upgraded. Arizona where many of the nutjobs live have some of the worst roads. This is where the nearly unregulated trucks — heavy loads seem common and 3 (three) trailers following behind the big rigs. The more progressive states limit truck loads — and our roads are much better.

    Also there were a lot of road workers staying at RV parks — which brought in a lot of money to the local communities in the road work zones. How can the GOP nutjobs not see that money going into the economy can only be helpful?

    And then student loans — banks get zero percent interest (welfare to the banking industry) but students need to pay higher interest rates. Personally I believe public colleges should be very inexpensive for students — like back in the stone ages– before RayGun was Prez.

    • bostonboomer says:

      They are against anything Obama is for. They decided to do this the night of Obama’s inauguration and they stuck to their word.

      • northwestrain says:

        Just what the gop did with Clinton — and GWB carried that onward to the point of ignoring warnings about Bin Laudin — just ’cause Clinton was worried about the psychopath well the cheney bush gang would do the opposite. Recent release of CIA secret data tells of all the missed opportunities by the cheney bush psychopaths.

        Yes of course the Republicans are immature — when are the dems and real liberals going to buy a clue? Try to work with the gopers — not possible.

        • dakinikat says:

          You could see they actually can get stuff done when they have to when they rushed all that stuff through before Boehner took over. They should have had a fire lit under them during the Bush years. Idiots.

    • dakinikat says:

      Think toddlers who want their way and believe in magical thinking.

    • NWRain, this is completely OT but I gotta say it, last night my daughter and I watched the Long Long Trailer, and I must admit…I thought of you. 😉

  4. bostonboomer says:

    OT– This is hilarious. Justice Department won’t prosecute Attorney General Holder for contempt of Congress.

    In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department said that it will not bring the congressional contempt citation against Holder to a federal grand jury and that it will take no other action to prosecute the attorney general. Dated Thursday, the letter was released Friday.

    Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the decision is in line with long-standing Justice Department practice across administrations of both political parties.

    “We will not prosecute an executive branch official under the contempt of Congress statute for withholding subpoenaed documents pursuant to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” Cole wrote.

    In its letter, the department relied in large part on a Justice Department legal opinion crafted during Republican Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

  5. bostonboomer says:

    Family Research Council says SCOTUS is now aligned with Satan after Obamacare decision.


    • RalphB says:

      And Roberts is vacationing in an impregnable fortress 🙂

    • dakinikat says:

      The christofascists strike again. Please, can we send them to Afghanistan so they can have a Hatfield and McCoy type shoot out with their cousins the Taliban?

    • northwestrain says:

      And they think that the mythical Jesus would approve — the same Jesus who was concerned about the smallest sparrow? Better not mess with Jesus’ sparrows.

      Mt:10:29: Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

      Mt:10:31: Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

      Lk:12:6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

      Lk:12:7: But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

      Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_in_the_bible_did_Jesus_talk_about_the_sparrow#ixzz1zEJgaMAr

  6. RalphB says:

    Apparently Obama tried to burn them out 🙂 Jeez Louise

    While Colorado burns, conservatives have looked for ways to blame it on President Obama.

    Some of the same people who have bashed the president as a big government, big spending liberal now say a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes in the conservative stronghold of Colorado Springs can be blamed on the president because he has been too slow to spend money to beef up the federal fleet of air tankers.

    The meme began more than a week ago when pundit Michelle Malkin, who lives in Colorado Springs, wrote a piece for the National Review Online titled “Obama Bureaucrats Are Fueling Wildfires.”

    “The Obama administration’s neglect of the federal government’s aerial-tanker fleet raises acrid questions about its core public-safety priorities,” she wrote.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Meanwhile Romney argues that the federal government should not get involved in disaster relief.

      Did you see what Charlie Pierce wrote about this today? Apparently Colorado Springs eliminated almost all public services and public employees. Even the mayor is only part time and earns about $6,000 per year!


      • RalphB says:

        Pierce also highlighted Screaming Crazy Malkin as well. Great as always!

      • RalphB says:

        Translation from the Original Screaming Crazy Lady-ese: “Necessary budget and public employee union reforms” are for people who are not currently saving my ass.

        I think I can speak for the rest of America, toots, when I say, either be grateful for the help we are extending to you through our tax dollars, or shut up, get a bucket, and start bailing. Jesus. Some people.

      • bostonboomer says:

        I wonder what Malkin was saying when New Orleans was drowning.

      • RalphB says:

        She was probably trying to remotely hold it under water.

    • northwestrain says:

      OK then let the whole damned place burn.

      The crazies moved there — so let it burn and then bring in tents and charge double the price and let their god take care of them.


  7. dakinikat says:

    Mitt can’t keep his policy stances straight … probably because he’s been on just about every side of an issue at one time or another

    Romney tells TPM he misstated his own immigration policy to Newsmax http://bit.ly/MY1lkk”

    • bostonboomer says:

      Right now Al Sharpton is playing tapes of Romney bragging about his health care plan. Ed Rendell said that Romney gave a presentation to PA officials explaining how great his plan was and how PA could implement it. He even urged Obama to copy his plan back in 2009. Some group should follow him around showing all those sound bites.

      • RalphB says:

        If Rmoney tries running against Obamacare, everyone in the country will probably see all those sound bites multiple times 😉

        • dakinikat says:

          He’s nuts if he thinks that would work. He has to criticize a Bush appointed supreme court justice and remind every one that his program was basically the source of the mandate. Plus, the polls show that most people are still concerned about jobs and the economy. If he and the Rethugs keep pushing these stupid things that excite the crazies they’ll drive off the independents. Plus, it only helps Obama if he doesn’t talk about jobs and the economy. Really really stupid.

  8. RalphB says:

    Charles Pierce is simply hilarious here on the Fortnight of Freedom.