H.R. 1586 is perhaps emblematic of the reason Congressional approval ratings are hovering near the single-digit level. This legislation is a $26 billion spending bill that would, among other things, impose an additional tax on bonuses received from certain TARP recipients. The Senate amended the original House bill, but in their hurry to pass the bill last week, they could not even be bothered to NAME the bill. It is officially being called "______ Act of ________." Really. "_______ Act of ____________." This is referred to as a "placeholder" name, and Congress did not take the time to replace the "placeholder" with any form of real name.
This un-name may be what ultimately goes into law. With the Senate out of town until September, there is no chance to pass an amendment in both houses. The Constitution requires both houses of Congress to pass identical bills, so the House must take up the “______Act of____” and pass it in that form. If it does, the "______ Act of __________" will stand as a lasting tribute to the fact that for Congress, spending billions of taxpayer dollars is a casual act not worthy of their time and attention.
This, my friends, is the world of Reid and Pelosi, and the reason they and their Democratic colleagues, and probably some Republicans, too, should be tossed out on their ears.