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Same as usual: That "simple" stopgap measure still sticks it to U.S. taxpayers

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by thisnumbersdisconnected, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. thisnumbersdisconnected

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    The project is several years behind schedule, is a case study in government cost overruns like nothing since the military's $600 toilet seats, and probably isn't even necessary.

    The bill also pays the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg a death benefit equivalent to the late lawmaker's salary of $174,000. Sounds reasonable, since it's traditional when a congresional member dies in office. Until you realize Lautenberg's estate, left entirely to his wife, is worth $59 billion.

    I thought the whole idea was just to keep the government from defaulting on its debt. What has a questionable and overly expensive dam, or Lautenberg's widow, got to do with that?
     
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