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CISA almost guaranteed to become law


Lawmakers Have Snuck CISA Into a Bill That Is Guaranteed to Become a Law

At 2 AM Wednesday morning, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan unveiled a 2000-page budget bill that will fund the federal government well into next year. The omnibus spending bill, as it's usually referred to, is the result of countless hours of backroom dealings and negotiations between Republicans and Democrats.

Without the budget bill (or a short-term emergency measure), the government shuts down, as it did in 2013 for 16 days when lawmakers couldn’t reach a budget deal. It contains dozens of measures that make the country run, and once it's released and agreed to, it's basically a guarantee to pass. Voting against it or vetoing it is politically costly, which is kind of the point: Republicans get some things they want, Democrats get some things they want, no one is totally happy but they live with it anyway. This is how countless pieces of bad legislation get passed in America—as riders on extremely important pieces of legislation that are politically difficult to vote against.

As Politico notes:

"In a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans, Ryan touted a pause in Obamacare's 'Cadillac tax,' the lifting of a longstanding oil-export ban and preservation of several other policy preferences in the year-end deal, which include $1.149 trillion in spending and several hundred billion in tax breaks.
After the deal was announced, many members of both parties said Democrats won this round on federal spending. They agreed to lift the prohibition on exporting US oil, but turned back other so-called GOP policy riders, including efforts to tighten restrictions on Syrian and Iraqi refugees. The GOP also did not mount a serious effort to strip funding from Planned Parenthood, although many hardline conservatives had demanded such a move."

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You see how it is. This is some House of Cards-type shit, and anyone who values their privacy is screwed, because, let's face it—CISA is small potatoes politically speaking compared to the other stuff in here. Every major political media outlet is already talking about how the deal avoids a government shutdown and is talking as though it has already been passed. And that’s because, for all intents and purposes, the agreement on the text of the bill itself was the politically difficult hurdle to clear—the actual passage of it is a foregone conclusion.

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Figures. They never stop. No amount of failure dissuades these people. They continue until they get what they want.

The only way to stop this is to vote out the legislators that favor this kind of thing.

Yet everybody is too wrapped up in their red/blue tribal BS to pay attention to practical matters in the real world. If we'd just set aside all of that bickering, and actually use democracy like it's designed, we could make things a whole lot better. But instead we have to go down the path of "the opposing party is evil, we have to ensure they don't get in office, even if our guy does have some warts". That is not what is most important!

It passed.

Andreas on the issue:


CISA,  the "Son of Patriot Act",  passed the House. No warrants, all data.

Don't lobby. Don't vote. Don't whine. Don't plead.

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