The Daily Wire -- "As per the usual arrangement, on Sunday Republicans reached a deal with Democrats to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill that will avoid a government shutdown through September. Here’s what’s in the bill: funding for Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, the Iran deal, the National Endowment for the Arts, and sanctuary cities. Here’s what’s not in the bill: funding for President Trump’s planned border wall. Incredibly, the new omnibus even includes a measure to increase the influx of temporary workers under H-2B visas through September."
Republicans run both houses of Congress this time, and President Trump is in the White House, but no matter – the Dreaded Government Shutdown™ has been avoided for the time being. Even the defense increases, by the way, are about half of what Trump wanted. The deal’s paltry $12 million increase in defense spending, which is still $18 less than what Trump wanted. And it doesn’t help that House Speaker Paul Ryan has reportedly praised this outrageous spending bill.
Republicans caved again. They were elected to overturn Obamacare. They haven’t, and they won’t – even the supposed planned vote this week on Obamacare repeal doesn’t repeal Obamacare. They were elected to build Trump’s border wall. They haven’t, and there are no immediate plans to do so. They were elected to defund Planned Parenthood. They haven’t. As Bloomberg points out:
Overall, the compromise resembles more of an Obama administration-era budget than a Trump one. The National Institutes of Health, for example, would see a $2 billion boost, reflecting the popularity of medical research among lawmakers. The deal includes $990 million for famine aid, along with a $1.1 billion boost for disaster recovery funds…More than 70 anti-environmental policy riders in the bill were defeated…No wonder Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table.”
Trump is now preparing to push forward the new healthcare plan, which does not repeal Obamacare; his aides say that he’s going to push for a massive infrastructure spending plan sometime in the next two or three weeks.
Blog Author's Comments:The way I read this and what I have learned during the past few days and weeks concerning this budget bill - to review, the Democrats in the minority got nearly everything they wanted while the Republicans, and specifically conservatives - got very little if anything. You know a political group is in a bit of a quandary when the majority caves to the minority.
The bipartisan spending agreement appears to disregard the president’s budget blueprint entirely, and maintains most of the current funding levels.
The interim Continuing Resolution (CR) is fraught with demands of the “Big Club”. That is: Wall Street, their lobbyists, and those who have created the UniParty for over three decades. The “Big Club” is fighting back against the insurgent presidency of Donald Trump and is using the Republican wing of the UniParty to do it.
It is Republicans, not just Democrats, in congress who are putting the most toxic spending priorities within the $1+ trillion spending bill and forcing a spending bill onto President Trump’s desk which facilitates the needs of the lobbying class and undermines parts of the structural agenda of President Trump.
The outrage should be rightly focused on those in congress, and more specifically the Republicans therein, not President Trump. What would the ankle-biters and antagonists have President Trump do? Veto a bill constructed by bipartisan legislation in congress? Shut down government? That’s exactly the dynamic the “Big Club” has set up through their paid opposition represented by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.
Surely, President Trump and his allies in the White House, most certainly know what is going on, but what should he do? Perhaps he should have a meeting in the Oval Office with McConnell and Ryan and tell them that he knows what the situation is. And do they want him to hold a press conference and relay to the people/Trump voters, what kind of gamesmanship is going on within the GOP? Tell the voters again, what he wants and intends to accomplish. Too bad he cannot simply rid the government of the current Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader and a few others, as he would consider doing if this were run as a business.
Again I say, this may be the last chance for the Republican Party to be the party for the American people. If they blow this prospect and anticipation of victory for many years, the Democrats may gain back some power within four years. Those people who care about the Republican party, cannot allow that to happen.
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