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Democrats’ Obscene $1.7 Trillion Spending Orgy Includes Extra Funds for DOJ to Pursue More Illegal Jan. 6 Political Prosecutions

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Published on: December 24, 2022

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Pelosi’s $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Bill Contains Billions in Wasteful Spending

Daily Wire: Critics are howling at spending perks and rules littered throughout the $1.7 trillion “omnibus” bill meant to fund the federal government for another fiscal year. The legislation was unveiled in the Senate early Tuesday and boasts $858 billion in defense funding as well as $772.5 billion for non-defense “discretionary programs,” according to a summary. Time is of the essence as funding expires Friday at midnight, leaving some lawmakers to grumble while poring over the legislation that is more than 4,000 pages long(Daily Wire). Rep. Andy Biggs: The Democrats’ reckless omnibus bill spends YOUR money on a “Michelle Obama Trail,” a “Ukraine Independence Park” in DC, and a “Speaker Pelosi Federal Building” in San Francisco. Are you ok with all of this (Twitter)?

Omnibus Bill Has Extra Funds for DOJ to Pursue More Jan. 6 Lawsuits

By Madalina Vasiliu, The Epoch Times, December 22, 2022:

The $1.7 trillion, 4,155-page omnibus government funding bill released early Tuesday morning, contains funds for the Justice Department (DOJ) to pursue additional lawsuits related to the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol.

The bill lists various funds, based on Jan. 6 events.

It would give U.S. attorneys $2.63 billion—an increase of $212.2 million—”to further support prosecutions related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol and domestic terrorism cases,” according to the summary provided by the House Appropriations Committee.

The bill also has $734.5 million for the U.S. Capitol Police, up $132 million over fiscal year 2022. That includes incentives for law enforcement personnel for overtime pay, officer retention, and recruiting. These benefits include tuition credits, wellness, and trauma counseling.

It would cover security officers on contract for mission needs and First Responder Unit training, K-9 unit expansion, and Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) facility costs and training, including leadership development and life-cycle replacements for necessary security, safety, and communications equipment.

The Capitol architect would receive $1.3 billion, a $541 million increase over the fiscal year 2022 budget.

Additionally, the bill would include $11.33 billion for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), “for efforts to investigate extremist violence and domestic terrorism.”

The amount represents an increase of $569.6 million compared with the 2022 fiscal year. That would be $524 million above President Joe Biden’s budget request.

“After a lot of hard work, Democrats will fulfill our promise to pass reforms to the Electoral Count Act into law,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Dec. 20.

“Two years after January 6, the attack on our Capitol remains an indelible stain on our democracy, and updating the Electoral Count Act is one of the ways we can prevent another January 6 in the future.”

The omnibus bill includes the intention to make it tougher to reverse a certified presidential election as a direct reaction to the Jan. 6 events at the Capitol. It would raise the threshold for objecting to state electors from one House member and one senator to one-fifth of both chambers.

On Dec. 19, nine members of the Jan. 6 committee agreed to bring criminal charges against former President Donald Trump related to that day’s events. A conviction on any of the charges would make it illegal for him to run for president again.

The same committee referred four Republican legislators to the House Ethics Committee for defying subpoenas earlier this year.

On Dec. 20, House Republicans wrote a letter to Senate Republicans urging them to oppose the omnibus spending bill.

“If Senate Republicans refuse to give the House Republican majority the opportunity to take the pen on FY23 appropriations to enact fiscal restraint and check the Biden administration’s assault on the American people, then what purpose is there to the Republican party outside of an urge for more power, perpetuation of grift, and show hearings?” the letter reads.

If the Senate and House adopt the bill on Thursday and President Joe Biden signs it by Friday, a number of organizations and government agencies will receive significant funding for the fiscal year 2023.

Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller

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