Senator Rand Paul and Conservatives are livid! The $1.3 TRILLION omnibus spending bill passed the House by a vote of 256-167. Then on Friday, it passed the Senate by a vote of 65-32, and moved on to President Trump’s desk where he officially signed it today!
Did anyone else other than Senator Paul actually read this monstrous 2,232 page bill in under 48 hours?
Senator Rand Paul and the Senate cleared the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package early Friday, less than 24 hours ahead of what would have been a government shutdown.
Following the 65-32 vote, north of the 60 votes needed for passage, the bill now heads to President Donald Trump for his expected signature.
Before the Senate could vote on the measure, leaders had to resolve objections large and small, but only from a few predictable conservative Republican Senators like Paul, Cruz and Ernst.
SENATOR RAND PAUL – PREDICTABLE OBJECTIONS ON TWITTER
Sen. Rand Paul was more public and predictable with his objections.
Senator Rand Paul allowed the vote to go forward after sharing on Twitter highlights from roughly a quarter of the 2,232-page bill, which includes all 12 of the regular appropriation bills for fiscal 2018 that runs through the end of September.
Victory for conservatives today is that all of America now knows what a budget busting bomb this bill is. Hopefully, today’s battle will embolden conservatives to descend on Congress and demand Constitutional government.
“There are never any amendments on anything, and it’s a very closed process. The bills are developed behind closed doors with very little input from the rank and file. So I think I got that message across,” Paul told reporters. “I hope it will be better.”
Senator Rand Paul ultimately voted against the bill, saying “Congress must do better for the American people.”
SENATOR RAND PAUL – “CONSERVTIVES EXPECTED TO FALL IN LINE….PRAISE THE PARTY”
“Republicans control the government, yet Congress still follows the Democrats’ playbook. Time and again, spending skyrockets, and conservatives are expected to fall in line to praise the party for making the big-spending status quo worse,” Paul said in a statement.
Here are a few more highlights:
o $1m for the Cultural Antiquities Task Force
o $6.25m for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
o $20m for Countering Foreign State Propaganda
o $12m for Countering State Disinformation and Pressure
SENATOR RAND PAUL’S OBJECTIONS ON TWITTER….STILL MORE?????……
o $1.371bn for Contributions to International Organizations
o $51m to promote International Family Planning and Reproductive Health
o $7m promoting International Conservation
o $10m for UN Environmental Programs
o $1m for the World Meteorological Organization
o $218m for Promoting Democracy Development in Europe (yep..the birthplace of democracy needs promoting)
o $25m for International Religious Freedom
o $10m for disadvantaged Egyptian Students
o $12m for Scholarships for Lebanon
o $20m for Middle East Partnership Initiative Scholarship Program
o $12m in military funding for Vietnam
o $3.5m in nutrition assistance to Laos
o $15m in Developmental assistance to China
o $10m for Women LEOs in Afghanistan
UNLIKE SENANTOR RAND PAUL – Republicans argued they had to give things away they didn’t want to.
SERIOUSLY!? It’s looks like the Republicans who control the House, Senate and the presidency certainly gave away a LOT! In fact, if you didn’t know the Republicans were in control of all three, you might even question why they gave away SO MUCH, when in fact, Republican ARE in control? Gool question. I thinks it’s called backbone. Not too many Republicans seem to have one these days. They are more concerned about keeping their cushiony committee chairs I guess than worrying about a $1.3 TRILLION dollar budget.
What ever happened to Republicans and FISCAL Responsibility?
Here’s what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had to say about the omnibus spending bill:
“Months of in-depth, bicameral, bipartisan negotiations and committee work have led up to this point. The result is legislation that neither side sees as perfect, but which contains a host of significant victories and important achievements on behalf of the American people,” McConnell said earlier Thursday.
Victories? Is McConnell serious? How is a $1.3 TRILLION omnibus spending bill victorious for American taxpayers let alone Conservatives? And what about the voters who voted for Trump based on his slogan ‘Build the Wall’? You call 30 miles of construction and funding a WALL? Get REAL? Or how about that ‘see-through’ fencing? You call that a wall? Give me a frickin’ break!
President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending measure Friday averting a government shutdown at midnight, acting just hours after saying he was considering a veto. Seriously? I doubt it.
Saying he was “unhappy” with the bill, the president explained that while the bill isn’t perfect, it includes several “hard-fought” defense spending increases (the largest on record) which push the defense budget to $700BN, and a pay-hike for the troops. Trump added that he was “forced” to sign the bill for national security reasons, knowing full well the pushback he will get on the right for caving to conservatives on both the wall and the exploding budget.
SENATOR RAND PAUL:…”terrible, rotten, no-good budget busting bill”
Of course, I think we are supposed to be relieved since Trump said that he would “never sign a bill like this again.” He complained that the legislation does not fully fund his plans for a border wall with Mexico and does not address some 800,000 “Dreamer” immigrants who are now protected from deportation under a program that he has moved to eliminate. He said he signed it in order to provide needed money for the military.
So the main reason voters voted for Trump for President (other than the most obvious one – that he wasn’t Hillary), he caves on – THE WALL.
At least the military budget was successful, that’s about all that I can say for Republicans. As for the wall….not much unless you count see-through fencing and 30 miles of border wall. Oh, I’m sorry ….add to that….unless you count funds for building walls in other countries!
Page 376 of terrible, rotten, no-good budget busting bill:
I found it! I found it! Border security, what President Trump wanted!
no . . .wait a minute section says Defense can spend what funds it determines to enhance the border security of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia
I have to agree with Senator Paul. This was a terrible, rotten, no-good budget busting bill! But at least Paul read it – 2,232 pages in less than 48 hours. How many others can say the same?
Resources: Fox News, Roll Call, The Reason, The Hill