Amendment 175 – Colburn’s Proposed Omissions to the Stimulus Package

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I keep up with the political atmosphere and news lately, specifically so I can find out about proposals and amendments related to my beloved lighting industries and the Entertainment industries.  I just got an email from the president of United Scenic Artists with some information about the proposed amendment from Senator Colburn, to be added to the Economic Stimulus Package.  Please read this:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has introduced an amendment to prohibit any funds in the economic stimulus bill from going to museums, casinos, aquariums, theaters, art centers. As such, it thus would bar from Federal Economic Recovery funding many potential projects that would create jobs for our members, invest in lasting products, and support the cultural vitality of many communities.

The language of the amendment, (Amendment No. 175, as filed) is, “None of the amounts appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may be used for any casino or other gambling establishment, aquarium, zoo, golf course, swimming pool, stadium, community park, museum, theater, arts center, or highway beautification project, including renovation, remodeling, construction, salaries, furniture, zero-gravity chairs, big screen televisions, beautification, rotating pastel lights, and dry heat saunas.”

This is a really oddly worded amendment.  How do casinos and buying “big screen televisions” and “dry heat saunas” go with museums, community parks, arts centers, theaters (which is pretty vague – for profit?  Not-for Profit?  Puppet Theatre?  Childrens’ Theatre?) in the same bill?  This is an awfully sneaky way to remove the possibility of funding from some very important venues and projects in America.

Also, what in the Hell is a “rotating pastel light?”  I guess whatever it is, Ye Olde Gentleman from Oklahoma REALLY hates them.

You vote however you’d like – obviously this is America, and you can vote however you wish.  Find contact information for your senators at http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm and let them know how you feel about Amendment 175.

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