The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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Our Overlawyered Nation

You want to know why we can't seem to get anything done in this country? Have a peek at this single sentence, pulled by an enterprising Freeper from the House version of the Stimulus bill:

“For transit capital assistance grants, $6,000,000,000 (increased by $1,500,000,000), of which $5,400,000,000 (increased by $1,350,000,000) shall be for grants under 5 section 5307 of title 49, United States Code and shall be apportioned in accordance with section 5336 of such title (other than subsections (i)(1) and (j)) but may not be combined or commingled with any other funds apportioned under such section 5336, and of which $600,000,000 (increased by $150,000,000) shall be for grants under section 5311 of such title and shall be apportioned in accordance with such section 5311 but may not be combined or commingled with any other funds apportioned under that section: Provided, That of the funds provided for section 5311 under this heading, 3 percent shall be made available for section 5311(c)(1): Provided further, That applicable chapter 53 requirements shall apply except that the Federal share of the costs for which a grant is made under this heading shall be, at the option of the recipient, up to 100 percent: Provided further, In lieu of the requirements of section 1103 of this Act, funds made available under this heading shall be apportioned not later than 7 days after the date of enactment of this Act: Provided further, That for purposes of applying section 1104 of this 25 253 Act to this appropriation, the deadline for grantees to enter into obligations to make use of not less than 50 percent of the funds awarded shall be 90 days after apportionment: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1101(b) of Public Law 109–59 shall apply to funds made available under this heading: Provided further, That not-withstanding any other provision of law, of the funds apportioned in accordance with section 5336, up to three-quarters of 1 percent shall be available for administrative expenses and program management oversight and of the funds apportioned in accordance with section 5311, up to one-half of 1 percent shall be available for administrative expenses and program management oversight and both amounts shall remain available for obligation until September 30, 2012: Provided further, That the preceding proviso shall apply in lieu of the provisions in section 1106 of this Act.”


Feel free to copy and paste this text to your Congresscritters and ask them to explain it. I'm betting that the odds of them being able to do it without cross-referencing the entire U.S. Code a thousand times approaches zero.

  #DailyFodder


Comments:

#1 captainfish 09-Feb-2009
HOLY CRAP!!!!!

HOLY FREAKIN HELL!!!!

I tell you what. People just need to vote in normal people. If those people can't read a bill, they would just not vote for it. Send my grandma in there. She would filibuster by just asking them to explain it over and over and over and over and over and over and o...... whew. Ok, I give up.
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