18.03.23 Spending Bill

March 23, 2018
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Your Money At Work?

Congress passed a $1.3T spending bill that keeps the government funded until October (approx. 6 months).

It’s all your money.

Flip For How It’s Spent.

“But I say to Congress: I will never sign another bill like this again.A I’m not going to do it again.A Nobody read it.A It’s only hours old.A Some people don’t even know what is in a $1.3 trillion a it’s the second largest ever.”

President Trump, remarks after signing spending bill, White House, March 23, 2018

Highlights: Spending Bill
Where The $$ Goes

  • $80B increase in military spending.
  • $1.6B for the border (the equivalent of 1-yr of work or 33 miles of fencing on Texas border; WH wanted $25B for wall)
  • $4.5B+ for opioid addiction
  • $2B for school security (including mental health)

Why Some Don’t Like It:

“2,232 pages. $1.3 trillion. 48 hours.”

Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Twitter, March 21, 2018 ~ Some feel there's TOO much spending and not enough public debate.
“Victory for conservatives today is that all of America now knows what a budget busting bomb this bill is. Hopefully, today’s battle will embolden conservatives to descend on Congress and demand Constitutional government.”

Sen Rand Paul (R, KY) Twitter, March 22, 2018 (He doesn't like the bill either)

Bipartisan Support

While some of the loudest critics came from conservative corners, the bill did receive some bipartisan support and that’s how it passed.

‘This is a bill that puts the middle class and those struggling to get there first.”
Senator Chuck Schumer (D, NY) WSJ

Why Pres Was Angry:

“I am considering a VETO of the Omnibus Spending Bill based on the fact that the 800,000 plus DACA recipients have been totally abandoned by the Democrats (not even mentioned in Bill) and the BORDER WALL, which is desperately needed for our National Defense, is not fully funded.”
Pres. Trump, @Twitter, Friday March 24, 2018 8:55 a.m.

For Your Consideration:

  • If Pres. did not sign spending bill by Saturday, gov’t would’ve shut down for the 3rd time this year, but ultimately he signed it.
  • The issue of immigration reform and $$ for a border wall (not a fence) continue to linger.

Click Here For Catch-Up On Daca

Interesting Side-Story:

  • Despite the spending bill passing with majority support, one senator tried to derail it.
  • Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch didn’t like that his late “nemesis” was getting a forest renamed after him & tried to stop the bill passing because of it.
  • Proving the 2200+ page bill may have a lot of overlooked line items.

Meanwhile, witness your tax dollars hard atA work as two senators from across the aisle hold aA snow ball fight on Thursday. Fun or wasted time? Should we just decide legislation this way from now on? SmartHER lawmaking 😉

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and a $1.3 trillion government spending bill (all times local):A [https://apnews.com/81a76d9089954877a4cbf7b091cdb02f?utmcampaign=SocialFlow&utmsource=Twitter&utmmedium=AP](https://apnews.com/81a76d9089954877a4cbf7b091cdb02f?utmcampaign=SocialFlow&utmsource=Twitter&utmmedium=AP)
  • Congress Passes Mammoth Spending Bill, Averts Shutdown
    The $1.3 trillion budget bill now goes to President Donald Trump for his signatureA https://www.wsj.com/articles/house-passes-mammoth-spending-bill-1521738383
    There”s money for fencing, but no wall.
    Nowhere was the dynamic on more vivid display than on Mr. Trump”s cherished proposal to spend tens of billions of dollars on a wall on the nation”s border with Mexico.The bill includes nearly $1.6 billion for border security — including new technology and repairs to existing barriers — but not Mr. Trump”s wall, as he claimed on Twitter on Wednesday. That includes $641 million for about 33 miles of fencing that was previously authorized under the 2006 Secure Fence Act, passed during the George W. Bush administration. But the measure prohibits building a concrete wall or other prototypes the president has considered, and allocates the rest of the funding for new aircraft, sensors and surveillance technology.The measure also explicitly rejects Mr. Trump”s plan for a hiring spree of border officers, an idea critics have condemned as an attempt to unleash a deportation force. The president signed an executive order during his first week in office last year calling for 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, and he sought 2,000 in his budget request. The bill caps the number at 65.A https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/22/us/politics/trump-government-spending-bill.html
  • Booker admits defeat in Capitol snowball fight with FlakeA http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/379715-booker-flake-hold-snowball-fight-outside-capitol

by Jenna Lee,