|"Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast"
|"The liberal soul shall be made fat, and he that watereth, shall be watered also himself."
-- Proverbs 11:25
On Thursday, the House took up the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2010. The bill would ensure that child marriage is recognized as a human rights violation, and develop comprehensive strategies to prevent such marriages around the world. The legislation seemed likely to garner strong bipartisan support in Congress, and in the Senate, it did. But last night, the bill was voted down in the House by Republicans who argued the bill is too costly and could lead to increased abortions -- gripes the measure's supporters say have no basis in reality and are just excuses to kill the popular bill.
In its current form, S. 987 simply makes child development a key priority
within the existing U.S. international development agenda. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the bill could cost $67 million over five years, only if Congress appropriates this money later. But Republicans, led on the floor last night by Representative Dan Burton
(R-Ind.), are trying to block the bill's passage on the grounds that "the bill does not reflect current fiscal
This is a pretty cynical position to take, given that the bill doesn't actually appropriate any new funds. It's also worth noting that the potential appropriations that the bill might get later are minuscule in comparison to most budgetary items. How can Republicans explain efforts to defeat a human rights bill because of $67 million in potential spending while simultaneously pushing for a tax cut deal for wealthy Americans that will add $858 billion to the deficit? Is this at all credible?
Labels: Greedy Republican Bastards