Omnibus Budget Deal Passes House and Senate Easily
The Senate voted 65-33 to pass the massive Omnibus Budget deal Friday morning. Twenty six Republicans, including GOP presidential hopefuls Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas, voted against the package, along with Democratic presidential candidate Bernard Sanders, I-Vt.
GOP presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., had threatened Thursday that he might use procedural methods to slow it down, but that was just showboating, as he did not bother to show up for the vote.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) supported the bill.
Sen. Ted Cruz, who voted against the bill, gave this statement:
What we’ve seen in Congress today is profoundly disappointing. This spending bill does not honor the promises we made to the men and women who elected us. It funds Obamacare. It funds Planned Parenthood. It funds executive amnesty. It fails to protect our national security and stop Syrian refugees from coming to this country. It fails to do anything to stop the Iranian Nuclear Deal. And what does it do? It jacks up yet more low-skilled immigration, which will only drag down wages, kill American jobs, and hurt working men and women.
This bill is the big-government agenda of Democrats that effectively forfeits our massive Republican victories of 2014 and cements Obama’s priorities for nearly the full remainder of his term. This is the Washington Cartel in action, and it’s precisely why the American people from coast-to-coast are so volcanically frustrated.
In the end, the bill passed quickly and quietly, with the House voting 316-113. The House Freedom Caucus mostly voted against the bill, but were decidedly unimportant on this huge issue.
Many Republicans seemed to want to use the vote to register their confidence for Paul Ryan, who is still enjoying a honeymoon as Speaker. However, it came as more of a vote against the people than anything else.
In a very unusual move, Paul Ryan, new Speaker of the House, recorded his position as “yes.” The Speaker does not normally vote.
“They wanted big oil so much that they gave away the store,” Nancy Pelosi said in a news conference Friday morning. “We’ve had to sort of calibrate how we presented this to members because … we were afraid [Republicans] might pull things out if more Republicans knew about what was in the bill,” she continued, explaining all the hesitation from Democrats in the hours after the bill was made public.
Pelosi and Ryan met for dinner last Friday to discuss the status of negotiations. Ryan reportedly at one point acknowledged Republicans would get “zero” of the policy riders they wanted included except one lifting the oil export ban. Which was, incidentally, the sticking point for many Democrats.
She also secured a commitment from Ryan that Republican leaders would start the process of providing bankruptcy relief to Puerto Rico at the start of the new year.
The Budget deal fully funds Planned Parenthood. It pays for Syrian refugees to invade our country, and pays Sanctuary cities to continue breaking Federal law. It also guarantees that the unemployed American worker has little chance of gaining employment, as the H-2B will quadruple the foreign worker visas.
Without a single concession to the Conservative voters, and every policy that Obama demanded being handed to him, it is very clear that the will of the elected officials is that the people must lose and the political gravy train must continue to ride the rails.
by Shari Dovale
This article was originally printed on December 18, 2015.