In November, we had this thing called an election in which two very different visions for our future were voted on, and the one President Trump presented led to his victory, but you wouldn’t know it after hearing about the “deal” Congress made on the budget.
In fact, after hearing how far Republicans caved to get the deal done and avoid a government shutdown, you’d think that Democrats were the ones who won the White House, gained seats in the House, and took a majority in the Senate to get control over the entire government. However, they didn’t, yet they still somehow were able to get nearly everything they wanted while blocking the many things the President campaign on.
From The Hill [emphasis mine]:
These are major victories for Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who threatened to block the bill over such poison-pill riders.
In a win for Republicans, the measure provides $1.5 billion for border security and $15 billion in additional defense funding — though it’s short the $30 billion in supplemental military funding Trump requested in his budget blueprint.
The defense increase is matched by a boost to non-defense programs for a total of $30 billion in additional funding over the sequester level set by a previous budget deal. None of Trump’s $18 billion in non-defense cuts were included.
The National Institutes of Health, a priority of Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike, will see a $2 billion funding increase, to give it $34 billion total.
The deal protects 99 percent of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget and increases clean energy and science funding in spite of Trump’s calls to cut all three priorities.
Schumer lauded the deal in a statement Sunday evening.
“This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table,” he said. “The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases investments in programs that the middle-class relies on, like medical research, education and infrastructure.”
Democrats rejected Republican pressure to include 160 various riders that they deemed “poison pills.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.), the senior Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, hailed the deal as a triumph for his party.
“I am especially glad this agreement does not include a single penny for the construction of a misguided wall along our southern border,” he said. “This bipartisan agreement eliminates more than 160 poison pill riders that would have been devastating for the environment, put restrictions on consumer financial protections and attacked the Affordable Care Act.”
The package includes $295 million to cover a Medicaid funding shortfall in Puerto Rico, one of the outstanding issue in the talks late last week.
Trump tweeted Thursday that, “Democrats want to shut government if we don’t bail out Puerto Rico.”
It also includes money to permanently extend health benefits for retired miners, a top priority of Senate Democrats facing re-election next year such as Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Sherrod Brown (Ohio).
There is $2 billion in disaster funding for California, West Virginia, Louisiana and North Carolina to rebuild damage caused by flooding and storms and increased funding for transit infrastructure grants.
Negotiators also included $407 million for wildfire funding to western states, as well as money for the northeast Amtrak rail corridor, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Head Start, an early education program for disadvantaged kids.
Congress must pass the package by May 5, when a short-term stopgap approved last week runs out.
Isn’t that something? (Spit) It’s like Paul Ryan is trying to lose the mid-terms, because that’s exactly what is going to happen if the Republicans continue to capitulate to the minority party.
Americans gave the GOP majorities in Congress plus the White House in a rebuke of the last eight years of open borders, out of control spending, and other horrible policy initiatives from Democrats, and what did we get?
More of the same.
It’s time for Speaker Ryan and Majority Leader McConnell to be replaced with true conservatives that actually have more than shriveled little raisins where they’re balls used to be. This is absolutely absurd.