On Friday, President Donald Trump may have well been Barack Obama, signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill that only funds the central government for 6 months, but is full of unconstitutional spending that Democrats wanted while giving him virtually nothing in return.
Of course, Trump said that he was “unhappy” about many things in the bill, but tried to put it forth as somewhat of a victory in that he said it was for “national security” purposes that he signed it, meaning it had lots of military spending in it.
He also said he was “very disappointed” that he signed it, but you know what, that just doesn’t fly. He said he was considering vetoing the bill, which he should have done due to all the unconstitutional spending that was contained in it, which he probably can’t even list. It appears the great “deal maker” has yet to make an actual deal here.
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
All he was concerned about was military spending, and that military spending is largely not for US defense but for the US empire across the planet.
“As a matter of national security I’ll sign this omnibus budget bill,” he said. “There are a lot of things I’m unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things we shouldn’t have had in this bill but we were, in a sense, forced [to] if we want to build our military, we were forced to have.
“We have to have, by far, the strongest military in the world,” Trump added. “And this will be the strongest military we ever had.”
While I am not one to attack the military, I do think there are principles that should be stood upon, namely the oath of office that Trump and the representatives of the people pledged when they took office and that was to be restricted to the spending that is limited by the Constitution. Neither complied with their oath of office.
In fact, while Trump barely got any border wall money, and that was even restricted to the type of border wall that could be erected, the omnibus bill funds border security for Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, and Tunisia.
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
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
The spending package includes $1.6 billion for Trump’s long-promised border wall. However, less than half of the nearly 95 miles of border construction that have been approved can be spent on new barriers. The rest may only be used to repair existing structures.
Trump complained that Congress was only given 1,000 minutes to read the over 2,200-page bill.
Even Communist Democrat Ted Lieu thought it was ridiculous.
I agree with Rep @Jim_Jordan. Republican leadership didn't just drop a 2300 page spending bill at night. They also forced a rule waiver that made rank & file Members of Congress vote for the $1.3 trillion bill in less than 24 hours. That is outrageous.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) March 23, 2018
“They created a series of documents that nobody was able to read,” Trump said.
So, why didn’t you just veto it, Mr. President? You know they don’t know what all is in that thing, and Trump doesn’t even know what all is in it.
Both Congress and the President are to blame for this, and despite Trump “warning” that he will never sign a bill like this again, just wait till the six months are up and he’ll sign another just like it, full of unconstitutional spending. I’ve told you he would do it before concerning the continuing resolutions and he’s done it. I knew he would do it with this, and he’s done it. There is no difference here in President Trump and those he complains about in DC. They all are acting outside the parameters of the Constitution.
My goodness! Even Rush Limbaugh “felt” like this was something bad. And it is!
We know that the Senate gave themselves a little bonus, like millions of dollars of bonus. It increased its total salaries of officers and employees by $12.6 million.
However, the Senate was not the only part of Congress to increase its funding. The House of Representatives increased its budget to $1.2 billion.
The Free Beacon reports:
The legislation increases the Senate budget to $919.9 million, up $48.8 million from fiscal year 2017, according to the congressional summary of the bill.
“The increase provides funding necessary for critical modernization and upgrades of the Senate financial management system and investments in IT security,” the summary states.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives increased its budget to $1.2 billion, which is $10.9 million above 2017 levels.
Salaries of staffers in the Senate are also set for an increase. Division I of the legislation breaks down the total salaries of officers and employees, which are being raised from $182 million in 2017 to $194.8 million in the final bill, an increase of $12.58 million.
The Senate also increased its expense account, as expense allowances are going from $177,000 to $192,000, an increase of $15,000.
The House, however, kept its budget for salaries the same at $22.3 million and lowered expenses by $4.4 million.
Committee offices got an increase of $22.9 million in salaries, from $181.5 million in 2017 to $204.4 million in the final bill.
Again, the problem is not just the Democrats, it’s the Republicans, too. Just look at how the Republican leadership promised to fund the border wall to the tune of $15-18 billion in January of 2017. They flat out lied.
Then again, this is the same Paul Ryan who handed Barack Hussein Obama Soetoro Sobarkah everything he wanted in another omnibus bill, which was his first unconstitutional act as Speaker of the House. Remember how conservatives fell for the lie that Ryan is a conservative and how great he was with numbers? I tried to warn people back in 2012, but they wouldn’t listen. They called me a liberal and an Obama lover despite the plethora of articles I had written against the Obama administration and the RINOs while defending the Constitution and constitutional spending.
Now, you know but it’s too late.
Of course, on the other side, which is really the same side, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claimed a victory, though it was not a victory for the American people nor the Constitution. It was a crime against both.
“The distinguished leader has clearly put forth many of the priorities that we’re very proud of in a bill that’s one yard high,” Pelosi said of House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“It’s one yard high,” Pelosi said, referring to the legislation. “About half of it is the bill, a quarter of it is earmarks, and another quarter are report language.”
Think about that! That’s three feet tall, for one bill that funds DC for 6 months! It’s absolutely reprehensible.
She then decided to comment on the timing of the bill and lack of ability for representatives to read it.
“I think one of the reasons they rushed it through – posting it last night, taking it to rolls on the floor today, not honoring the three-day rule – they didn’t want their Republican colleagues to see just what exactly was in the bill,” Pelosi said. “Because this bill was a victory for investment in our future … supporting our middle class and doing so in a way that was producing good-paying jobs.”
Of course, RINO Paul Ryan, who should just associate himself as a Socialist Democrat, only wanted to talk about military spending, ie. American empire building, not military defense.
Here’s what today’s vote funds:
✔ Biggest pay raise for our troops in 8 years
✔ Military equipment, as requested by Sec. Mattis
✔ Long-overdue updates to our country’s infrastructure
✔ The fight against the opioid epidemic pic.twitter.com/bXbbf9xgTn
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) March 22, 2018
What sell out! again! You've violated your oath of office with unconstitutional spending so much Mr. Ryan that you should be associated as a Socialist Democrat. I warned people about your lack of conservative values and Constitutional integrity in 2012, but they wouldn't listen
— Tim Brown (@FPPTim) March 23, 2018
The Free Beacon also adds other unconstitutional spending in the omnibus bill.
Health care spending in the omnibus includes $4 million to combat “excessive alcohol use” through a CDC prevention and health promotion program.
Another $15 million goes to study “high obesity counties” and an increase of $5 million for the CDC program that seeks to “address obesity in counties” by leveraging “the community extension services provided by land grant universities who are mandated to translate science into practical action and promote healthy lifestyles.”
The bill also spends $2.05 million to prevent “elderly falls” and $8 million in the form of “breastfeeding grants.”
The legislation also mandates the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to improve “wine label accuracy.”
The bill also didn’t address the DREAMER issue either, so that will continue to be a political hot potato during the upcoming mid-term elections.
Senator Rand Paul, who tweeted details of the bill rebuked those who voted for the bill.
“Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses – and parties,” tweeted Paul. “No one has read it. Congress is broken.”
Shame, shame. A pox on both Houses – and parties. $1.3 trillion. Busts budget caps. 2200 pages, with just hours to try to read it.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 22, 2018
Paul exhorted Trump to veto the bill.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 23, 2018
He wasn’t alone. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) agreed.
Please do, Mr. President. I am just down the street and will bring you a pen. The spending levels without any offsets are grotesque, throwing all of our children under the bus. Totally irresponsible. https://t.co/np7BmP1AkB
— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) March 23, 2018
The House passed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, 256-167, with 145 Republicans and 111 Democrats voting “yes.” The “no” votes came from 90 Republicans and 77 Democrats.
The Senate passed the bill less than 12 hours after the House by a vote of 65-32.
It’s as if Republicans want to lose in November. However, I’m still under the impression that quite a bit of them are merely controlled opposition and I haven’t dropped my thoughts concerning President Trump being lumped in that category either.
In six months, I predict we’ll be right back in this same scenario with government shutdown boogeymen abounding and President Trump will once again cave.