House Minority Leader John Boehner has suggested several names for the new stimulus bill Democrats rammed through Congress last week — none of them complimentary.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summoned lawmakers back from summer break and they voted 61 to 39 on Tuesday to approve the emergency $26 billion stimulus-type bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 jobs. President Obama immediately signed it into law.
But Democrats were in such a rush to pass the bill that on Sunday night, two days before the vote, the legislation still did not have a name.
Congress’ official website called it the “____ Act of ____,” and the Library of Congress referred to it as the “XXXXXX Act of XXXX.”
Republicans said the bill is an election-year gift to teachers and public workers unions, CNSNews reported.
“A nameless bill for a hopeless cause is a fitting metaphor for a Democratic Congress that refuses to listen to the American people and abandon its job-killing agenda,” said Boehner. The Ohio lawmaker referred to it as the “union-boss bailout” bill and offered several names for the legislation:
- Save Our “Stimulus” (SOS) Act
- “Recovery Summer” Bailout Act (Cash for Flunkers)
- Delivering Unions a Major Boost (DUMB) Act
- Helping Election Expenditures, Hurting American Workers (HEEHAW) Act
- Democracy Is Strengthened by Clearly Leveraging and Optimizing Special-Interests’ Effectiveness (DISCLOSE) Act
- Rescuing Incumbent Democrats Is Costly (RIDIC) Act
- Summertime Cash for Union Bosses Instead of Spending Cuts for Taxpayers Act
- Frivolous Act of Ineffective Largesse (FAIL) Act
- Naming These Things Hasn’t Gotten Us Anywhere, So Why Bother Act
Boehner said, “The American people don’t want more Washington ‘stimulus’ spending — especially in the form of a political season payoff to union bosses.”