You need to go over to Daily Kos and read the diary titled “Which 32 Senate Democrats Just Sold You Out to Give Wall Street a CRomnibus Christmas?”
Kaine and Warner are two of the 32 DINOs who sold us out to the GOP and their corporate bosses.
We all know about two of the toxic items in the “CROmnibus bill:
— Puts the taxpayers on the hook to bail out Wall Street banksters who lose money on derivatives, and,
— Removes limits from how much $$$ individuals can contribute to political campaigns.
But wait!!! There’s more!!! Here — copied from Kos — is a summary of what else our two Senators did to us.
But there’s so much more to the CRomnibus than just those two riders. Under the bill, trustees would be enabled to cut pension benefits to current retirees, reversing a 40-year bond with workers who earned their retirement packages. Voters in the District of Columbia who approved legalized marijuana will see their initiative vaporized, with local government prohibited from taxing or regulating the drug’s sale. Trucking companies can make roads less safe by giving their employees 82-hour work weeks without sufficient rest breaks. Pell grants for college students will be cut, with the money diverted to private student loan contractors who have actively harmed borrowers. Government financiers of overseas projects will be prevented from stopping funding for coal-fired power plants. Blue Cross and Blue Shield will be allowed to count “quality improvement” measures toward their mandatory health spending under Obamacare’s “medical loss ratio” provision, a windfall saving them millions of dollars.
I’m not done. The bill eliminates a bipartisan measure to end “backdoor” searches by the NSA of Americans’ private communications. It blocks the EPA from regulating certain water sources for farmers. It adds an exception to allow the U.S. to continue to fund Egypt’s military leadership. In a giveaway to potato growers, it reduces nutrition standards in school lunches and the Women, Infant and Children food aid program. It halts the listing of new endangered species. It stops the regulation of lead in hunting ammunition or fishing equipment. It limits contributions to the Green Climate Fund to compensate poor countries ravaged by climate change. I could go on. And even if the offending measures on derivatives and campaign finance were removed, all of that dreck would remain.
Here’s a link to the Kos article.
What a deal!! We all got screwed and we didn’t even get kissed.