From “The Hill“:
- The Senate on Thursday will resume consideration of S. 679, a bill to streamline the presidential appointment process, and is expected to vote around noon on amendments offered by Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Jim DeMint (R-SC).
Vitter’s amendment would end the ability of the White House to appoint policy “czars,” and prohibit funds for salaries and expenses for appointed czars. DeMint’s would end the U.S. government’s authority to provide loans to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and rescind related appropriated amounts.
Senator DeMint’s amendment would stop the international banksters from using U.S. taxpayer money (read: YOUR MONEY) to bail out international banks. The U.S. has currently committed $108 Billion to the IMF. Screw the IMF.
From Senator DeMint’s web site:
- U.S. Senators Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), David Vitter (R-Louisiana) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) today offered an amendment to the Economic Development Revitalization Act to roll back the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) ability to use $108 billion in taxpayer dollars to bailout foreign countries, including heavily indebted Greece.
“Our nation is on the brink of bankruptcy and American taxpayers simply cannot afford to bailout Europe,” said DeMint. “The U.S. debt is so massive it is now 95% of our total Gross Domestic Product, that is one of the worst debt to GDP ratings in the world, even higher than Ireland and Portugal. If we don’t our reverse our reckless fiscal course, America will be the one in need of a bailout. We need to stop the spending, stop the debt, and pass a balanced budget amendment.”
Senator Vitter’s amendment would strip salaries from White House “czar” positions and require Senate confirmation of any czars. The following is from Senator Vitter’s web site:
- …an amendment to the Nominations Process Reform Bill that would defund current “czars” in the Obama administration and require Senate confirmation of current and future czars who hold similar authority and power as cabinet officials but have not undergone the formal confirmation process.
“These czars are provided with a considerable amount of power and influence, putting them on the same level as cabinet members who are thoroughly vetted and approved by the U.S. Senate, but without the public scrutiny,” Vitter said. “And I’m very concerned about that undefined authority of what are essentially political advisory positions, especially when the decisions they make can have a profound effect on our lives.”
The Senators’ legislation is similar to Rep. Steve Scalise’s (R-La.) legislation included in the 2011 spending package which passed the House in February. The legislation would eliminate funding for newly established administrative offices that are headed by a ‘czar.’
The Vitter, Paul, Heller and Grassley amendment goes a step further by expanding the definition of what is considered a ‘czar’ to include the head of any task force, council, policy office or similar office established by the president that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. This would not include the National Security Advisor.
Call your Senators now! Even if they’re dedicated socialists like mine!