WASHINGTON – After a take-it-or-leave-it vote by the Senate, House Democrats face little choice but to drop more than $20 billion in domestic spending from a must pass bill funding President Barack Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan.
The Senate rejected the House measure, passed earlier this month, by a 46-51 vote that fell short of a majority, much less the 60 votes required to defeat a filibuster.
"The measure... does not provide more than $4 billion requested by the administration to finance settlements of long-standing lawsuits against the government, including $1.2 billion to remedy discrimination by the Agriculture Department against black farmers and $3.4 billion for mismanaging Indian Trust Funds.
These Court Ordered funds have been blocked by Oklahoma Senators over and over and over again......
The U.S. Department of Agriculture was found by the Courts to have discriminated against minority farmers for decades and awarded them compensation.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs was found by the Courts to have stolen and squandered billions of dollars of money that should have gone to Native American tribes over the past 50 years.
The rulings were all appealed and upheld.
But the U.S. Congress time and again has refused to pay the judgement. Specifically the Republicans in the Senate continue to block paying what is owed these Americans.
Spite? Meaness? Stupidity? Ignorance? Racism?
Who knows? But it is certainly not complying with the "Rule of Law" under the "Constitution".
Big talk from stingy greedy little people, Oklahoma's own included. We believe in the rule of law except when we don't.
How many tribal Oklahomans are personally continue to be robbed of their just payments by their own Senators? How many Black Oklahoma Farmers have been destroyed and lost or will lose their farms because of their own Senators? Just who do these old wealthy supposedly Christian white men represent anyway? Certainly not those wanting justice. certainly not those wanting the "Rule of Law". Have they no decency? Have they no shame?
How about those of us who continue to support them? We are the guilty ones aren't we? Are they doing what Oklahomans want them to do?