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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 5, 2009 02:36 PM

A Senate staffer sends the following info to illuminate how the most deliberative body in the world is short-circuiting debate on the Generational Theft Act of 2009.

I repeat what Sen. Coburn said on the Senate floor: “Hurry up is what got us into trouble in the first place.”

I repeat: Kill the bill. Stab it. Stick a fork in it. Then start from scratch (and leave out the godawful mortgage entitlement amendment, please!)

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From Senate staffer…

Just to give everyone a snapshot of the real debate that has occurred on the largest spending bill in history, as of 2pm today:

* 315 amendments have been filed
* 20 amendments have been considered
* 9 amendments have been adopted
* 11 amendments were rejected
* 14 are currently pending

This is a 736 page senate bill, rushed through committee with no hearings, and could pass after being on the floor for less than one week.

Based on where we are today, about 90% of the more than 300 amendments have not received consideration.

Here are the only 9 amendments that have been adopted:

Dorgan Amdt #300

To clarify that the Buy American provisions shall be applied in a manner consistent with United States obligations under international agreements.

AGREED TO VOICE VOTE at 8:31 PM, 02.04.2009

Cardin Amdt #237

To amend certain provisions of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958, related to the surety bond guarantee program.

AGREED TO VOICE VOTE at 6:24 PM, 02.04.2009

Harkin Amdt #178

To provide an additional $6,500,000,000 to the National Institutes of Health for biomedical research.

AGREED TO VOICE VOTE at 8:55 PM, 02.03.2009

Bond Amdt #161

To provide $2,000,000,000 from the HOME program for investment in the low income housing tax credit projects.

AGREED TO VOICE VOTE at 7:22 PM, 02.04.2009

Murray Amdt #110

To strengthen the infrastructure investments made by the bill.

AGREED TO RECORD VOTE at 1:00 PM, 02.03.2009

Coburn Amdt #109

To strike the $246 million tax earmark for Hollywood production companies.

AGREED TO RECORD VOTE at 4:54 PM, 02.03.2009

Isakson Amdt #106

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide a Federal income tax credit for certain home purchases.

AGREED TO VOICE VOTE at 6:24 PM, 02.04.2009

Mikulski Amdt #104

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an above-the-line deduction against individual income tax for interest on indebtedness and for State sales and excise taxes with respect to the purchase of certain motor vehicles.

AGREED TO VOICE VOTE at 5:14 PM, 02.03.2009

Landrieu Amdt #102

To ensure that assistance for the redevelopment of foreclosed and abandoned homes to States or units of local government impacted by catastrophic natural disasters may be used to support the redevelopment of homes damaged or destroyed as a result of the 2005 hurricanes, the severe flooding in the Midwest in 2008, and other natural disasters.

AGREED TO UNANIMOUS CONSENT at 10:30 PM, 02.04.2009

Here are the 11 amendments that have been rejected:

Martinez Amdt #159

To reduce home foreclosures, compensate servicers who modify mortgages, and remove the legal constraints that inhibit modification, and for other purposes.

WITHDRAWN UNANIMOUS CONSENT at 7:01 PM, 02.04.2009

Specter Amdt #101

To provide an additional $6,500,000,000 to the National Institutes of Health for biomedical research.

WITHDRAWN UNANIMOUS CONSENT at 8:55 PM, 02.03.2009

McCain Amdt #278

To reimplement Gramm-Rudman-Hollings to require deficit reduction and spending cuts upon 2 consecutive quarters of positive GDP growth.

RULED OUT OF ORDER at 7:22 PM, 02.04.2009

Cornyn Amdt #277

To reduce income taxes for all working taxpayers.

RULED OUT OF ORDER at 8:25 PM, 02.04.2009

Inhofe Amdt #262

To appropriate, with an offset, $5,232,000,000 for procurement for the Department of Defense to reconstitute military units to an acceptable readiness rating and to restock prepositioned assets and war reserve material.

RULED OUT OF ORDER at 7:44 PM, 02.04.2009

Bunning Amdt #242

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to suspend for 2009 the 1993 income tax increase on Social Security benefits, and for other purposes.

RULED OUT OF ORDER at 8:31 PM, 02.04.2009

DeMint Amdt #168

In the nature of a substitute.

RULED OUT OF ORDER at 6:41 PM, 02.04.2009

Boxer Amdt #112

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the deduction for dividends received from controlled foreign corporations for an additional year, and for other purposes.

RULED OUT OF ORDER at 8:55 PM, 02.03.2009

McCain Amdt #279

To prohibit the applicability of Buy American requirements in the Act to the utilization of funds provided by the Act.

NOT AGREED TO RECORD VOTE at 8:52 PM, 02.04.2009

Thune Amdt #238

To ensure that the $1 trillion spending bill is not used to expand the scope of the Federal Government by adding new spending programs.

NOT AGREED TO RECORD VOTE at 7:01 PM, 02.04.2009

Vitter Amdt #179

To eliminate unnecessary spending.

NOT AGREED TO RECORD VOTE at 6:24 PM, 02.04.2009

Here are the 14 amendments currently pending:

McCain Amdt #364

In the nature of a substitute.

Boxer Amdt #363

To ensure that any action taken under this act of any funds made available under this act that are subject to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) protect the public health of communities across the country.

Dodd Amdt #354

To impose executive compensation limitations with respect to entities assisted under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

Ensign Amdt #353

In the nature of a substitute.

Harkin Amdt #338

To require the Secretary of the Treasury to carry out a program to enable certain individuals to trade certain automobiles for certain new automobiles.

Barrasso Amdt #326

To expedite reviews required to be carried out under the National Environment Policy Act of 1969.

McCaskill Amdt #236

To establish funding levels for various offices of inspectors general and to set a date until which such funds shall remain available.

Dorgan Amdt #200

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide for the taxation of income of controlled foreign corporations attributable to imported property.

Thune Amdt #197

In the nature of a substitute.

DeMint Amdt #189

To allow the free exercise of religion at institutions of higher education that receive funding under section 803 of division A.

Dodd Amdt #145

To improve the efforts of the Federal Government in mitigating home foreclosures and to require the Secretary of the Treasury to develop and implement a foreclosure prevention loan modification plan.

Feingold Amdt #140

To provide greater accountability of taxpayers’ dollars by curtailing congressional earmarking and requiring disclosure of lobbying by recipients of Federal funds.

McCaskill Amdt #125

To limit compensation to officers and directors of entities receiving emergency economic assistance from the Government.

Inouye Amdt #98

In the nature of a substitute.

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