Wonky Muse
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November 27, 2004

Some Gravy

I forgot to mention that George Bush threatened to veto the omnibus spending bill unless wording that protects worker overtime was removed:

Democrats attached an amendment to the Senate's version of the bill that would have overturned the overtime regulations, which went into effect in August. The amendment, which would have prevented any worker previously covered by overtime from losing that protection, was deleted in a conference committee.

The White House had threatened to veto the entire $388 billion spending bill if the overtime amendment was included.

On top of that, remember Bush saying this in the presidential debates?

"...I've got more to do to continue to raise standards...to continue to expand Pell Grants to make sure that people have an opportunity to start their career with a college diploma."
Well, what do you know, the omnibus spending bill provided more dollars for Pell Grants but made changes that would cut or eliminate eligibility for as many as 1 million students:

Meanwhile, Congress declined last weekend to block the Education Department from updating tax deduction tables used to calculate aid eligibility...

If the Education Department updates the tables, it would cause about 1 million prospective Pell Grant recipients to have their eligibility reduced by an average of $300...

The impact would be felt largely by students from families earning between$35,000 and $40,000...About 84,000 students eligible for some award under the previous guidelines would get nothing...

How do you like that gravy?

posted at 3:22 PM by Wonky Muse

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