“Overwhelmingly, we were pleased with the outcome issue after issue…. I would not say there’s a major loss in there,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
That says it all.
Once again Republicans prove they are no different than Democrats. This time it is a one-trillion dollar short-term spending bill which will fund the government until September. That’s when we get to do this all over again.
Remember way back in December when Republicans said they wanted to wait until April to work on a budget because they would have both houses of Congress AND the Presidency?
A conservative’s dream! Wow. We’ll slash spending then. Oh yeah!!!
Ha! The joke is on us.
Instead, this week Congress will approve a spending bill which will increase spending in just about every area President Trump said he wanted to cut.
More money for Planned Parenthood, the EPA, and Obamacare.
No money for a wall.
$34 billion to the National Institutes of Health – $ 2 billion more than last year.
$445 million for Public Broadcasting.
$150 for National Endowment for the Arts, and $150 million for National Endowment for Humanities – $2 million more than last year.
Democrats tossed Republicans a bone on border security (no wall money), and defense spending so they can claim to be a different party. To have different values and priorities.
We aren’t fooled though. Not anymore. There is no difference between the two major parties. NONE.
“We made it clear that if the government shut down it would be on Republicans’ backs…and that gave us real leverage even though we are in the minority,” Schumer again.
BOTH parties use that threat. Frankly, it’s getting old and tiresome.
Here are some more fun facts about the bill –
At 1665 pages and approximately 210 words per page, the bill is nearly 350,000 words long or about twice as long as Obama’s stimulus bill he signed in 2009.
It is about 400 pages longer than the average Bible, and costs $700 million per page.
Remember when the Republicans said they would post every piece of legislation at least 72 hours prior to a vote so members would have an opportunity to read legislation before voting on it? To read this bill a member of Congress would need to read 555 pages per day. Not gonna happen.
The vote is expected Thursday.