Friday, March 23, 2018

Trump signs $1.3 trillion spending bill into law despite being 'unhappy' about it: Says NEVER AGAIN

An "unhappy" President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill into law Friday, his second about-face in 24 hours on the measure to keep the government open.

The president said he approved the legislation to fund the government through September for national security reasons, as it authorizes a major increase in military spending that he supports. But he stressed that he did so reluctantly.
Trump slammed the rushed process to pass the more than 2,200-page bill released only Wednesday. Standing near the pile of documents, the president said he was "disappointed" in the legislation and would "never sign another bill like this again."
"We're very proud of many of the items that we've been able to get. We're very disappointed that in order to fund the military, we had to give up things where we consider in many cases them to be bad or them to be a waste of money. But that's the way unfortunately right now the system works," Trump said at the White House. He added that he "looked very seriously" at a veto, but his support for the military spending levels "overrode" his concerns about the bill. Source:CNBC

President Trump Participates in Signing Omnibus Spending Bill Video



H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act (Omnibus Spending Bill), 2018 How The Senators Voted

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1625 in the Senate. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program, typically for a single fiscal year (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).
Yea  D  Jones, DougAL
Yea  R  Shelby, RichardAL
Yea  R  Murkowski, LisaAK
Nay  R  Sullivan, DanAK
Nay  R  Flake, JeffAZ
No Vote  R  McCain, JohnAZ
Yea  R  Boozman, JohnAR
Nay  R  Cotton, TomAR
Nay  D  Feinstein, DianneCA
Nay  D  Harris, KamalaCA
Yea  D  Bennet, MichaelCO
Nay  R  Gardner, CoryCO
Yea  D  Blumenthal, RichardCT
Yea  D  Murphy, ChristopherCT
Yea  D  Carper, ThomasDE
Yea  D  Coons, ChrisDE
Yea  D  Nelson, BillFL
Yea  R  Rubio, MarcoFL
Yea  R  Isakson, JohnGA
Nay  R  Perdue, DavidGA
Yea  D  Hirono, MazieHI
Yea  D  Schatz, BrianHI
Nay  R  Crapo, MichaelID
Nay  R  Risch, JamesID
Yea  D  Duckworth, TammyIL
Yea  D  Durbin, RichardIL
Yea  D  Donnelly, JoeIN
Yea  R  Young, ToddIN
Nay  R  Ernst, JoniIA
Nay  R  Grassley, ChuckIA
Yea  R  Moran, JerryKS
Yea  R  Roberts, PatKS
Yea  R  McConnell, MitchKY
Nay  R  Paul, RandKY
Nay  R  Cassidy, BillLA
Nay  R  Kennedy, JohnLA
Yea  R  Collins, SusanME
Yea  I  King, AngusME
Yea  D  Cardin, BenjaminMD
Yea  D  Van Hollen, ChrisMD
Nay  D  Markey, EdMA
Nay  D  Warren, ElizabethMA
Yea  D  Peters, GaryMI
Yea  D  Stabenow, DebbieMI
Yea  D  Klobuchar, AmyMN
Yea  D  Smith, TinaMN
Yea  R  Cochran, ThadMS
Yea  R  Wicker, RogerMS
Yea  R  Blunt, RoyMO
Nay  D  McCaskill, ClaireMO

Rep Meadows Statement:Omnibus Nowhere Close to What Republicans Promised to Fight For


Omnibus Spending Bill IS NOT "America First Bill"

Omnibus Bill Funds Border Security in JORDAN and TUNISIA-but NOT USA
o $12m for Scholarships for Lebanon
o $20m for Middle East Partnership Initiative Scholarship Program
o $12m in military funding for Vietnam
o $3.5m in nutrition assistance to Laos
o $15m in Developmental assistance to China
o $10m for Women LEOs in Afghanistan
"We don't build the wall but yet we put money in for a tunnel? He didn’t campaign for a tunnel between New Jersey and New York."

Letter to @POTUS from House Freedom Caucus asking him to "reject this omnibus"

Omnibus Bill Funds Border Security in JORDAN and TUNISIA- but not USA

Via Twitter

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Senate Approves Omnibus Spending Bill Middle Of Night (After Midnight Thursday)

The Senate vote follows House passage of the measure, which funds Planned Parenthood, Sanctuary Cities and on page 673 only 30 miles of #buildthefence? Shut the government down and VETO the SOB. be

WASHINGTON— The Senate passed a $1.3 trillion government spending deal early Friday that would fund federal operations through Sept. 30 and avert what would have been the third government shutdown this year.
The early morning vote sent the measure to President Donald Trump for his signature after the House approved the bill earlier in a 256-167 vote, only hours after the legislation was formally released.

Border Security Falls Short Funds Only 30 Miles of #BUILDTHEFENCE

Primarily, check out what was slipped in on page 673. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called it the worst bill he’s ever seen since he arrived in Congress.
1) Border Security Falls Short 
The legislation provides $1.571 billion for “physical barriers and associated technology along the southern border including to hire new border patrol agents and acquire new technology, aircraft, sensors, and non-intrusive inspection equipment,” according to a Republican Study Committee (RSC) document obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
That funding would include only $641 million for roughly 30 miles of new border wall security — under half of what the president asked Congress for previously. In total, Congress is providing grossly under the $25 billion the White House asked for construction of a border wall and enhanced border security. From The Daily Caller

Senator Rand Paul Wading Thru (Reading) 2000+ Omnibus Spending Bill

What he has discovered so far after reading 600 pages. He has signed off for the night. be.@RandPaul on omnibus bill: "This is why people are so upset with politics, because when the Republicans are out of power, when they're in the minority, they are the conservative party. But then when they get in the majority, there is no conservative party." #Tucker
Senator Rand PaulVerified account @RandPaul 9h9 hours ago
1. On page 207. 2000+ pages to go! Reading about the ever wasteful $6 billion National Science Foundation.

2. Remember the $350,000 NSF spent asking if japanese quail are more sexually promiscuous on cocaine?

3. Reading this monstrous bill full of grant programs begun decades ago reminds me of Reagan’s critique: the nearest thing to immortality is a government program.
Page 226 of terrible, no good, rotten deficit spending bill. I found a kernel of hope: “no funds in this act will be used to support or justify torture."

Page 240 good news for states rights: no funds will be spent to prevent any state’s medical marijuana initiatives. Thank you Congr. Rohrbacher
Page 278. (1954 to go!) $961 million to destroy our chemical weapons. Who was it, exactly, who convinced our government to pay billions to develop weapons we now find deplorable?
Page 281 of “crumni-bus”. CIA retirement funding. Wouldn’t it be great to amend out the retirement benefits of Trump hater John Brennan and Congressional dissembler James Clapper?
Here are a few more highlights: o $1m for the Cultural Antiquities Task Force o $6.25m for the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation o $20m for Countering Foreign State Propaganda o $12m for Countering State Disinformation and Pressure
o $5m for Vietnam Education Foundation Grants o $2.579m for Commission on Security and Co-operation in Europe o $15m to USAID for promoting international higher education between universities o $2.696bn for International Disaster Assistance
o $1.371bn for Contributions to International Organizations o $51m to promote International Family Planning and Reproductive Health o $7m promoting International Conservation o $10m for UN Environmental Programs
o $1m for the World Meteorological Organization o $218m for Promoting Democracy Development in Europe (yep..the birthplace of democracy needs promoting) o $25m for International Religious Freedom o $10m for disadvantaged Egyptian Students
o $12m for Scholarships for Lebanon o $20m for Middle East Partnership Initiative Scholarship Program o $12m in military funding for Vietnam o $3.5m in nutrition assistance to Laos
o $15m in Developmental assistance to China
o $10m for Women LEOs in Afghanistan
1:47 PM - 22 Mar 2018
on page 355. NSA prohibited from targeting US persons with FISA 702 program. sounds good —but — privacy advocates fear that NSA still does back-door targeting of US persons. Courageous Senator Wyden has asked how many US persons caught up in supposedly foreign data base.
But Brennan and Clapper too busy spewing hatred of Trump to respond to legitimate requests.
Page 357. Sec. 8116 no funds can be used in Iraq in contravention of the War Powers Act sounds good but . . . haven’t we been back in Iraq at war against new foes without any new congressional authorization?
Page 348 of terrible, rotten, no-good budget busting bill, a nugget that I wish we obeyed sec. 8103: none of the funds may be used in contravention of the War Powers Act
hmm . . . that would mean we shouldn’t be spending $ in undeclared wars in Yemen, Libya, Niger, Somalia, Afghanistan wonder why the party that talks about the rule of law, doesn’t obey the rule of law?
and I’m STILL reading. This bill is no @bradthor thriller.