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What will Congress hide in the Defense Appropriations Bill?

By John Tate

While Americans busy themselves with holiday preparations, the weeks surrounding Congress’ Christmas break can often be the most dangerous time for our freedoms.

After all, we were given the “gift” of our Federal Reserve System just a couple of days before Christmas in 1913.

Part of the legislation being considered before Congress adjourns this year is the $636 billion Defense Appropriations bill.

It’s bad enough that this Congress, which was elected by a country tired of our endless nation-building, is about to vote to keep overextending our military and involving it in unconstitutional interventions, but lawmakers are seeking to include much more than defense items in this appropriations package.

According to the latest reports, legislators may attempt to tack on language forcing monopoly bargaining on every policeman, firefighter, and emergency medical technician (EMT) in the country, as well as extending the PATRIOT Act.

Some in Congress want to add H.R. 413 and S. 1611, the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act of 2009, to the House and Senate appropriations bills.

H.R. 413 and S. 1611 would override state labor laws, increase the power of the federal government to intervene in local arrangements, and continue to strip away the decision-making power of non-unionized workers.

And reports indicate that lawmakers are looking to include a temporary extension of some of the PATRIOT Act’s provisions that are set to expire at the end of the year. These representatives argue that they need more time to debate revisions to the Act.

When it comes to the PATRIOT Act, there’s only one course of action that needs to be taken – once again respecting our civil liberties by immediately repealing the entire bill.

In addition to the massive appropriations legislation, lawmakers could also vote as soon as Wednesday on raising the debt limit on the federal government’s credit card by as much as $2 trillion.

It is long past time Congress began paying down its debts instead of firing up the printing presses. Real change means facing reality and rejecting any further attempts from both major parties to add to our debt.

Click here to find contact information for your representatives and senators.

Tell them you oppose not only funding our efforts to police the world, but that you are against raising the national debt limit and adding in unrelated legislation to the defense bill that attacks worker freedoms and continues the federal government’s assault on our civil liberties.

The best gift Congress can give Americans this holiday season is to go home before they destroy any more of our freedoms.

 

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