WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the $1.3 Trillion Omnibus spending bill Thursday over the objections of the House Freedom Caucus. Though that caucus has been influential, it is ultimately powerless when it comes down to the numbers needed to prevent such abominations from passing. The U.S. Senate is a different story, however, where thinner margins and different rules enable individual members to delay, if not outright block, legislation from passing. Alas, no one from that chamber had the cajones to stand up for the American people. The bill passed and now heads to the president’s desk.
“In a vote just after midnight Friday, the Senate passed a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, averting a government shutdown while paving the way for the next funding fight ahead of the midterm elections.
The House had approved its version Thursday in a bipartisan tally of 256-167. The Senate passed its bill 65-32.
The sweeping deal, which will fund the government until September, increases military and domestic programs, delivering federal funds throughout the country, but exceeds budget caps — adding about $1 trillion to the national debt.
Several hurdles threatened to derail the legislation vote past the midnight Friday deadline to fund the government, including objections from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who expressed stark opposition for the 2,232-page bill on Thursday.
“Victory for conservatives today is that all of America now knows what a budget-busting bomb this bill is,” Paul tweeted. “Hopefully, today’s battle will embolden conservatives to descend on Congress and demand Constitutional government.””
While Paul objected via social media and voted no on the legislation, he and others opposed to the massive spending monstrosity failed to use all the tools at their disposal to hinder its passage.
It was not long ago that Paul did just that, demanding an amendment to a Continuing Resolution to reinstate budget caps, and briefly shutting the government down to draw attention to the reckless spending habits of the Establishment.
Where was he this time around? Where was Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)? Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)?
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There were multiple violations of the Budget Act rules with this legislation, any one of which these senators could have appropriately used to justify stopping the process in its tracks. Where is the fighting spirit that swept these Tea Party politicians into power?
Voting ‘No’ is not enough to give a “victory for conservative,” when you leave options on the table that could have made the conservative message louder and clearer for the Swamp.
Even Sen. Thom Tillis (RINO-NC) voted against the bill (Sen. Richard Burr avoided the vote), and that is not good company for a conservative to keep. Although, Tillis may very well have opposed the bill because it didn’t offer more amnesty via a DACA fix.
Interestingly, the president pointed to the lack of a DACA fix and border wall funding as reasons he may veto the bill.
I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 23, 2018
A veto would be great, no matter if the reasons are flawed ones. The Washington D.C. status quo must be interrupted or Americans will be buried in Big Government.