News and Opinion for Democrats Against Bush - Part I b
Bush-Cheney Energy Cronies Benefit from Two Major Bills
------ Reforms needed
-- Corrupt Redistricting
---- Texas
---- Colorado
---- Pennsylvania
-- Rigged E-Voting?
---- Diebold For Bush
-- Delayed Disclosures
-- Bullying to Win
---- Threatening Dems
---- Bribing Republican
-- Excluding Democrats
---- 11th-Hour Bills
---- 1-Vote Victories
-- Driving Up Deficit
-- Extra Pork in Bills
-- $87 bill. Blank Check
-- Energy Bill
-- Medicare Bill
-- Spending Bill
-- Wealthy Interests
-- Cheney's Cronies
-- Bush Camp'n Donors
-- Gun Lobby
-- Privacy Rules
-- Academic Freedom
---- at the U. of Wash.
-- States' Rights on..
---- Air Quality
---- Antispam Rules
---- ID Protection
---- Gay Marriage
---- Scholarships
-- Brandeis's Support

Former Big-Oil executives Bush and Cheney have many friends in big energy corporations, and depend heavily on them for campaign donations.  These friends are well rewarded in both the Iraq appropriations bill and the pending energy bill.   Published: Nov 12 2003

Halliburton Hangover

Chellie Pingree, President of Common Cause and former majority leader of the Maine Senate, is the author of Maine Rx, a landmark program to reduce prescription drug costs in that state.

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In terms of sheer size, the $87 billion Iraq spending bill recently approved by Congress is the nation痴 largest ever for war, bigger than the budgets of the Homeland Security and Education Departments combined. With so much at stake, you would think that Congress would have done all it could to ensure that these tens of billions of dollars are scrupulously monitored and wisely spent, with no opportunity for waste, fraud or abuse.

But you would be wrong. While the Iraq spending bill makes some modest progress on accountability,
House and Senate leaders who negotiated the final bill eliminated or weakened more stringent reform measures passed by their colleagues in both chambers. And given the influence of the White House on the final bill, one could reasonably conclude that the Bush administration was wary of many of the accountability measures that Congress originally intended to require. ...
Stripped From The Bill

Consider the reform measures that never made it into the final bill:

GAO audits. ...
Competitive bidding on oil contracts. ...
Penalties for war profiteers. ...

Lax Oversight
And even when House and Senate negotiators did see their way clear to approving reform provisions, what they approved was often flawed. ...

Why the White House and key Republican leaders would be opposed to more accountability for this huge spending bill is hard to understand.
But we at Common Cause will continue to monitor the spending in Iraq, to work in coalition with other groups to press the government to report what it is doing fully and completely ...
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Gainesville Times  (Georgia)
Bush's energy bill is a sellout crafted behind closed doors


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The Bush administration's energy policy and its $31 billion bill that's emerged in Congress seem to be a pretty sweet deal for big business, including at least one in Georgia.

Administration policy was crafted largely in secret by Vice President Dick Cheney and energy industry executives shortly after President Bush assumed office in 2001. The White House refused on several occasions to make public documents that involved the energy policy discussions, leaving many people skeptical about who truly might benefit from the recommendations sent to Republican leaders in Congress. Many of the participants, you see, were generous contributors to the Bush-Cheney 2000 election campaign.

The bill, now facing scrutiny, criticism and possibly filibuster in the Senate, makes winners of the president's financial backers and fund-raisers in the energy industry at the expense of public interest. The legislation would provide $23.5 billion in tax breaks to the industry over 10 years and $5.4 billion in subsidies and loan guarantees. ...

Who benefits? According to a Washington Post examination of the energy bill, companies run by 22 executives and their spouses who have been designated as top fund-raisers for Bush's re-election campaign would come out winners to the tune of billions of dollars. The benefits also would extend to companies represented by 15 lobbyists and their wives, who have been dubbed "Rangers" and "Pioneers" by the Bush campaign. ...

Copyright 2004 The Times

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