By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press
In response to the pork laden omnibus spending bill introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, Florida tea party activists have launched a petition calling for the shut down of the federal government.
The bill is 1,924 pages long, spending an average of $575.13 million per page, with a total cost of $1.25 trillion, including $8 billion in earmarks. This appropriations measure is loaded with pork barrel projects, ObamaCare spending and other items on the liberal wish list.
Robin Stublen, tea party activist and founder of the Punta Gorda Tea Party, along with Pat Wayman of the Venice 912 Project, started the petition with the goal being to stop the passage of the omnibus bill until all earmarks are removed from the bill or calls for the passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government until the 112th Congress has been seated.
Stublen commented, “On November 2nd the American people spoke loud and clear no more pork. Therefore, we are sending a message that we would rather shut government down than to put up with this mess.”
In what is being seen as a final sign of defiance to the will of the American people, this lame duck Democrat led Congress introduced the spending bill at the last minute this week with passage set for this Saturday.
“We need to act quickly on this so give it to group leaders and members of groups. If not we have just let them pass this monster pork bill without a fight”, Stublen said.
The petition can be accessed here – http://www.gopetition.com/petition/41443.html
Stop Omnibus Bill by Shutting Down Government or Continuing Resolution
The recently released Omnibus bill in the Senate costs over $1.1 trillion. It contains over 6,600 earmarks. After the November 2nd elections the people of America spoke through the ballot box that earmarks will not be tolerated. Sadly elected officials in the U.S. Senate have ignored the electorate thus the reason for the petition below.Petition:We, the undersigned grass roots activists from across America, do hereby support and encourage the immediate shut down of the United States Government until:
1. All earmarks are removed from the Omnibus Bill or
2. A continuing resolution, excluding any earmarks or other business, is signed through the month of February.
In support thereof we submit the following:
The will of The People is not reflected in the Omnibus Bill.
It is in the best interest of The United States of America that the terminated Congress members be barred from voting on future policy or laws.
Signed December, 2010.