Congress recently passed a gigantic spending bill to the tune of $1.3 trillion. That’s trillion with a “T.”
President Trump tweeted that he was considering vetoing the bill, but then eventually signed it.
While military spending was increased, funding for the border wall was extremely limited. Likewise, abortion mill Planned Parenthood gets upwards of $500 million to continue killing babies.
In short, Democrats made out.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is elated, claiming Dems received more in this bill than when they held the majority in Congress in recent years.
This is a bad look for Republicans. They kowtowed bigly.
Also in the omnibus bill is a major salary increase for Congress that our elected officials managed to sneak in. Funny how that detail went under the radar, huh?
From Washington Free Beacon:
The House and Senate increased their own budgets in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package.
The Senate increased its total salaries of officers and employees by $12.6 million in the 2,232-page bill that lawmakers had fewer than 48 hours to read and vote on. The bill avoids a government shutdown that would take place at midnight on Friday.
Aside from giving their own institutions a bonus, the omnibus also gives away millions to prevent “elderly falls,” promote breastfeeding, and fight “excessive alcohol use.”
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.
More on the bill, from The Hill:
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) lambasted the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill on Thursday, saying that it “may be the worst” he has seen in his time in Congress.
Jordan, vice chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, took aim at the legislation’s funding for so-called sanctuary cities and warned that it would run up the nation’s deficit by $1 trillion.
“I don’t think the American people said, ‘Oh, let’s put Republicans in control of Congress to do a bill like this,’” Jordan said on “Fox & Friends.”
The only silver lining is that this bill gives the military what it needs. Something you can’t say about the Obama years.
From Military Times:
Lawmakers touted the bill as providing the biggest year-over-year increase in defense funding in 15 years. Pentagon appropriations include $589.5 billion in the base budget and $65.2 billion in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget — an increase of $61.1 billion over the 2017 enacted level, when combined with other previously enacted funding.
According to a summary, the measure provide $137.7 billion for personnel and pay, which includes a 2.4 percent pay raise; $89.2 billion for research and development, an uptick of $16 billion over 2017; $144.3 billion for procurement, which is $25.4 billion above fiscal 2017.
It also includes $238 billion for operations and maintenance, which is $853 million above the request to reduce readiness shortfalls. Those shortfalls were a concern in the Pentagon and a central argument for pro-defense lawmakers.
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