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Star-Spangled Banner & War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission blocked in US Senate

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  • nappingcrow
    Today in the United States Senate, Senators appear to have voted to block cloture on a bill termed the Coburn Omnibus (now referred to as S. 3297, the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 28, 2008
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      Today in the United States Senate, Senators appear to have voted to
      block cloture on a bill termed the "Coburn Omnibus" (now referred to
      as S. 3297, the "Advancing America's Priorities Act"). This omnibus
      bill included the "Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Bicentennial
      Commission" Acts (S. 1079/HR 1389). The omnibus bill was brought up
      in an effort to get around a block which was put in place by Senator
      Tom Coburn (Oklahoma). Senator Coburn has evidently been blocking
      dozens of bills under the mistaken impression that they authorized
      money to be spent, when in fact money cannot be spent without an
      *appropriations* bill. According to the Congressional Budget
      Office, "By themselves - that is, in the absence of subsequent
      legislation - those authorizations do not cause changes in federal
      spending or revenues."

      Senators from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, North Carolina, South
      Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Mississippi and Florida
      among others voted against cloture, which appears to mean that they
      will continue blocking the bill from being voted on indefinitely.

      If passed, this will serve to raise public awareness of the War of
      1812 and our history, and can do nothing but good for the reenactment
      community - please contact your Senators (especially if there is War
      of 1812 history which should be preserved in your state) and let them
      know it is important. At the risk of preaching to the choir here, we
      shouldn't allow our history to be forgotten.

      A summary of the votes on the "Coburn Omnibus" may be found at:
      http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_c
      fm.cfm?congress=110&session=2&vote=00189

      EXCERPT OF PURPOSE OF THE BILL BELOW:

      Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission (S.
      1079/HR 1389)

      110th CONGRESS
      1st Session
      H. R. 1389
      IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
      September 25, 2007


      (b) Purposes- The purposes of this Act are to--

      (1) establish the Star-Spangled Banner and War of 1812 Commemoration
      Commission;

      (2) ensure a suitable national observance of the War of 1812 by
      complementing, cooperating with, and providing assistance to the
      programs and activities of the various States involved in the
      commemoration;

      (3) encourage War of 1812 observances that provide an excellent
      visitor experience and beneficial interaction between visitors and
      the natural and cultural resources of the various War of 1812 sites;

      (4) facilitate international involvement in the War of 1812
      observances;

      (5) support and facilitate marketing efforts for a commemorative
      coin, stamp, and related activities for the War of 1812 observances;
      and

      (6) promote the protection of War of 1812 resources and assist in the
      appropriate development of heritage tourism and economic benefits to
      the United States.

      ...
      Regards,
      Brian Smith
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