WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republicans have been campaigning on tackling profligate spending for nearly a decade, asking voters to out them in charge of the purse strings so that they may reduce the size of government. During the Obama years, there was always an excuse as to why meaningful reductions, or at the very least a deceleration of growth, in government spending was no feasible.
Now, Republicans control the House, Senate, and the Oval Office. So fiscal conservatism surely rules the day, right? Wrong.
“Congressional Republican leaders released the final version of a proposed $1.3 trillion spending bill Wednesday evening, approximately 52 hours before the deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown.
The 2,232 page “omnibus” bill was made public hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., dashed through a Washington snowstorm to meet with President Trump at the White House amid concerns that Trump’s support for the package was wavering. The White House later said the president backed the legislation, even as some conservative Republicans balked at the size of the spending increases and the rush to pass the bill.”
Conservatives should be balking! Actually they should be raising hell.
A 2,000+ page spending bill dropped a mere two days before a government shutdown deadline and ripping at the seams with Big Government spending. This is larger than any discretionary spending bill put forth during the Obama administration.
In addition to record spending levels, the bill funds Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, while not offering a dime to build a border wall and leaves Obamacare intact. It also includes ‘Fix NICS’ measure opposed strongly by Second Amendment advocates.
What hope is there for ever reclaiming the limited government our Founding Fathers gave to us if this is what we get from putting the “Party of Small Government” in power?
Luckily, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), leader of the House Freedom Caucus is voicing strong opposition to the bill.
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) March 22, 2018
“The policy proposals outlined in this $1.3 Trillion spending bill are not consistent with what we told the American people we would do when they sent us to Washington. Many of the policies in the bill are in fact the opposite of what we promised. This is an insult to America’s taxpayers, as well as their many rank-and-file representatives who had no say in the omnibus negotiations.”
To say this is an insult to the taxpayer’s and Republican voters is an understatement. If you need further evidence of how bad this bill is for the American people, look no further than the reaction of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY).
“Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., signaled his support for the bill that he said “puts workers and families first.”
“Every bill takes compromise, and there was plenty here, but at the end of the day we Democrats feel very good because so many of our priorities for the middle class were included,” said Schumer.”
So the American people voted Republicans in to congress and put President Trump in the White House to make Chuck Schumer happy?
Conservatives should be furious with what is transpiring, especially under Republican control, and what it means for future generations of Americans. There were plenty of deficit hawks squawking away during the debate over tax cuts, but suddenly most of those people are weirdly silent as they lay the groundwork for the largest deficits ever seen.
Read more about the backstabbing spending bill put together by Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, and their comrades Chuck and Nancy, here.