On Monday, news broke that Democrats and Republicans reached a deal on federal spending, and the truth about the language used for President Trump’s proposed border wall is much worse than expected.
Apparently Paul Ryan is either a Democrat in Republican camouflage or he really dislikes the voters who gave the GOP majorities in Congress and the White House, because his budget deal looks exactly like what Barack Obama would have passed. In fact, it funds every Democrat spending priority, including increasing spending on certain programs, while giving the president not a single victory outside of military spending that’s noteworthy.
According to the Gateway Pundit, the stop-gap bill funds:
** Planned Parenthood
** Central American illegal immigrant centers
** Domestic spending will increase
** No cuts in funding to EPA despite Trump’s promises
** Continue payment on Obamacare subsidies
** No funding cuts to sanctuary cities
However, the most egregious example of Ryan’s spineless “leadership” surrounds funding for the President’s signature campaign issue – the wall along our Southern border. At first, it was reported that the wall wouldn’t receive any funding, but that’s apparently just the tip of the iceberg.
The Washington Post reported that within the bill being hailed as a major win for Democrats (read: a major loss for President Trump and his supporters), not only is there no funding set aside for the border wall, but the language explicitly prohibits any funding from being directed toward it.
Isn’t that lovely?
More from the Post [emphasis mine]:
There are explicit restrictions to block the border wall. We knew last week there would be no money to start construction on a project that the president says is more important to his base than anything else. But the final agreement goes further, putting strict limitations on how Trump can use new money for border security (e.g. to invest in new technology and repair existing fencing). Administration officials have insisted they already have the statutory authority to start building the wall under a 2006 law. This prevents such an end run.
The $1.5 billion for border security is also half as much as the White House requested. Additionally, there are no cuts in funding to sanctuary cities, something a federal judge said last week would be required for the Justice Department to follow through on its threats. And there is also no money for a deportation force.
Again, this bill is something the Democrats would have passed under the former White House occupant, not something the GOP-led Congress should be passing after historic sweeps in the election.
But unfortunately, this is the type of weak and spineless leadership we’ve grown to expect from the GOP, and more specifically Paul Ryan. But then again, his wife is a Soros-backed, Obama-loving liberal who has dedicated her life to leftist causes, so like any good husband, Ryan is going to support his wife.
With that in mind, he’s the snake in the grass that needs to go, lest the President find himself losing on every front in Congress.