Capitol Hill's Top "Earners":
Mary Landrieu (D-LA): reportedly got $300 million in extra funding for Louisiana in exchange for her vote for Obamacare. When reporters first asked her whether she had voted with the Democratic leadership in exchange for $100 million dollars, she was eager to set the record straight: “It’s not $100 million, it’s $300 million, and I’m proud of it and will keep fighting for it." Landrieu is obviously beyond anything slightly resembling shame.
Christopher Dodd (D-CT): managed to extort $100 million in taxpayer money for hospitals in his home state, particularly the University of Connecticut.
Ben Nelson (D-NE): got the federal government to use money from taxpayers of every other state in the nation to pick up Nebraska's Medicaid tab in perpetuity in exchange for his vote to cut off debate on the Democrat's abominable socialist health care "reform."
Fortunately, many are not taking this abuse of power lying down. Individuals and even some states are considering legal action based on the unconstitutionality of the "deals" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has cut with his corrupt Democrat colleagues.
Harry Reid's "Bribes" to Senators Landrieu, Nelson for Their Healthcare Votes Are Unconstitutional
Senate Candidate Bill Parson Cites Article IV Sections 1 & 2 as Prohibiting Reid’s Payola Ploy
MOAPA, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Retired Marine and former energy industry Project Manager Bill Parson, a Constitutional Conservative candidate for the Republican nomination to remove Harry Reid from the U.S. Senate in 2010, has denounced Harry Reid’s “purchase” of the votes of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) as unconstitutional under Article IV, Sections 1 and 2 of the United States Constitution.
“By granting citizens of those two states special taxpayer-funded rights unavailable in Nevada and 47 other states, the Senate has violated the Constitution and broken faith with the American people.”
“Setting aside the question of blatant public bribery – using taxpayer funds – it is clear that the “deal” that bought Senator Ben Nelson’s vote, and the earlier deal that bought Senator Mary Landrieu’s vote, are unequivocally unconstitutional,” Parson said from his home in Moapa, Nevada. Article IV Section 1 states that the: ‘Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State.’ Constitutional scholars report that this clause is routinely applied to both the laws of the states being honored by other states, as well as to Federal laws that are expected to be applied equally in all states.
“However,” Parson pointed out, “the more specific constitutional prohibition against these one-state bribes – which give the citizens of one state privileges and tax-funded benefits unavailable to other states, Article IV Section 2 – reads: ‘The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.’ This provision clearly states that benefits such as those bargained away in the middle of the night to buy Senator Nelson’s decisive 60th cloture vote, the one that broke the filibuster and paved the way to a power-grab that will take over one-sixth of the entire U.S. economy, was unconstitutional as well as potentially illegal. [More]
(Columbia, SC) -- Seven Republican state attorneys general are thinking of suing over U.S. Senator Ben Nelson's health care politicking to benefit his home state.
The Nebraska Democrat wrangled a deal in exchange for his vote to overhaul the nation's health care system.
The Democrats need all 60 votes to break a GOP filibuster, and Nelson held out for both stronger anti-abortion language and some cash for Nebraska.
A provision in the Senate version of the bill calls for the federal government to reimburse the Cornhusker state 100-percent of its Medicaid costs.
Other states get only 91-percent. [More]