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Reid shuts down Senate rather than re-affirm Obama’s words on war

Rand Paul pulled a fast one on Harry Reid, introducing a resolution into S.493 which takes the words of one Senator B. Obama and re-introduces them to the Senate;

Here’s the back story: On Wednesday, Paul, with little notice, attached an amendment to the small-business re-authorization bill. The amendment, which chastises President Obama for his actions in Libya, urges members to adopt the president’s own words as “the sense of the Senate.”

To make his point, Paul quoted, in the legislative language, from Obama’s 2007 remarks on the subject: “The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” According to Paul’s office, “the measure aims to put the Senate on record affirming Congress as the body with constitutional authority on matters of war.”

GOP sources tell National Review Online that Paul’s proposal flummoxed Reid, who does not want his members to have to weigh in on Obama’s dusty quote about congressional authority, even if the vote is only to table the measure.

Paul’s amendment sparked an interesting exchange with Sen. “Little” Dick Durbin;

Mr. PAUL. On December 7, 1941, we were attacked and the President declared war. We had a session within 24 hours. On 9/11, we were attacked by people coming from Afghanistan. We met within 3 days and had a use of force authorization. I think there is a problem with sort of saying it is OK to declare that the President can go to war after he has already done it.

In Afghanistan and Iraq, with all the complaints from many people on the different wars in which we are involved, President Bush did come to ask for the authorization of force. We have had 2 to 3 weeks of this issue. They had time to go to the U.N. They had time to go to the Arab League. They had time to go to everyone. I think the Senator from Illinois should be as insulted as I am that they never came to Congress.

The War Powers Act has specific criteria that allows the President to use force: a declared war, when he has use of authorization, or when we are in imminent danger. Which one of those meets the War Powers Act with regard to Libya?

Mr. DURBIN. The Senator is correct in his statement that not only President George Herbert Walker Bush but also President George W. Bush came to Congress and broke precedent. That had not happened in Korea or Vietnam. We went back to what I considered to be the constitutional standard. Congress deliberated on those wars and voted.

As Ace said, “What? Bush “broke precedent” by following the Constitution?”

Rand Paul’s speech below;

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  1. Rand Paul attached that amendment to a Small Business Re-Authorization bill. I applaud what he did. However what I don’t get is what does the US Congress have to do with Small Business, other than to step on its neck at every possible chance? Every regulation has an inordinate effect on small businesses, as they cannot afford to have large compliance organizations to make sure they don’t run afoul of one of the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that bind them. And every single ill-thought-out law that Congress passes creates the opportunity for more government bureaucrats to create more stupid regulations that tie the hands of small businesses all across America.

    What I want to know is what “reauthorization” or even “authorization” of small business does the Senate really think it should be doing. If they want something productive to do, how about clearing out the morass of regulations and allowing small businesses to create jobs and wealth for the country?

    • I have my suspicions, if that link from last year is what they’re talking about;

      Intermediary Lending Pilot Program
      The Intermediary Lending Pilot Program was proposed in the section section of the Small Business Lending Reauthorization and Improvements Act of 2007. It would have created a three-year pilot program to allocated funds from the SBA to designated nonprofit intermediaries. [Read; ACORN type intermediaries?] According to the Congressional Research Service, these nonprofit intermediaries would then “make fixed-interest-rate mid-size loans to startup, newly established, and growing small businesses.” The program would have been limited to $1 million per nonprofit intermediary, with loan interest rates of 1 percent for a maximum of 20 years.

      Loan Program
      The Small Business Lending Reauthorization and Improvements Act also made significant changes to the loan programs of the Small Business Act. The new bill aimed at creating a “preferred lenders” program [Read; Friends of Obama thru race, political orientation, etc?], which would qualify certain lenders to service small business loans. It also would increase the maximum small business loan from $2 million to $3 million. According to the Congressional Research Service, small businesses would also be able to receive the maximum in small business loans, then also qualify for a 504 loan, part of a loan program within the provisions of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.

  1. Rand Paul attached that amendment to a Small Business Re-Authorization bill. I applaud what he did. However what I don’t get is what does the US Congress have to do with Small Business, other than to step on its neck at every possible chance? Every regulation has an inordinate effect on small businesses, as they cannot afford to have large compliance organizations to make sure they don’t run afoul of one of the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that bind them. And every single ill-thought-out law that Congress passes creates the opportunity for more government bureaucrats to create more stupid regulations that tie the hands of small businesses all across America.

    What I want to know is what “reauthorization” or even “authorization” of small business does the Senate really think it should be doing. If they want something productive to do, how about clearing out the morass of regulations and allowing small businesses to create jobs and wealth for the country?

    • I have my suspicions, if that link from last year is what they’re talking about;

      Intermediary Lending Pilot Program
      The Intermediary Lending Pilot Program was proposed in the section section of the Small Business Lending Reauthorization and Improvements Act of 2007. It would have created a three-year pilot program to allocated funds from the SBA to designated nonprofit intermediaries. [Read; ACORN type intermediaries?] According to the Congressional Research Service, these nonprofit intermediaries would then “make fixed-interest-rate mid-size loans to startup, newly established, and growing small businesses.” The program would have been limited to $1 million per nonprofit intermediary, with loan interest rates of 1 percent for a maximum of 20 years.

      Loan Program
      The Small Business Lending Reauthorization and Improvements Act also made significant changes to the loan programs of the Small Business Act. The new bill aimed at creating a “preferred lenders” program [Read; Friends of Obama thru race, political orientation, etc?], which would qualify certain lenders to service small business loans. It also would increase the maximum small business loan from $2 million to $3 million. According to the Congressional Research Service, small businesses would also be able to receive the maximum in small business loans, then also qualify for a 504 loan, part of a loan program within the provisions of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958.

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