3 Major Problems Conservatives Have With the Government Spending Bill

government education billions spending fiscal solutionMajor conservative priorities have gone missing in the spending bill to fund the government through September, House lawmakers say.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, spelled out the worry Wednesday during Conversations with Conservatives, a monthly meeting with reporters hosted by conservative lawmakers and The Heritage Foundation.

“I think the real concern for a lot of us is, are we going to continue to fund sanctuary cities, are we going to continue to fund Planned Parenthood, are we going to continue to raise the debt to levels that, quite frankly, are unsustainable and bankrupt our country?” Meadows said.

Government funding runs out Friday at midnight, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., hopes for a vote on the omnibus spending bill Thursday.

Although the $1.3 trillion bill includes funding such as a $3 billion increase to counter the opioid drug crisis, a $10 billion increase for infrastructure, and $1.57 billion more for border security, it fails to address major conservative priorities, Meadows and others said. Among them:

  1. Planned Parenthood

The spending bill includes funding for Planned Parenthood, which conservatives had hoped would be stripped. It’s a major reason that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said he would vote no.

“I am voting against it, as you already know … and if the bill passes the way it is, I would hope the White House does veto it,” Jordan said.

“I don’t know if they will, it’s been a long process so they may not, but I think it’s not good for the American taxpayer and not consistent with, in any way close to consistent with, what we said we would do when they elected us.”

  1. Transportation Earmark

The bill so far contains an earmark of about $900 million for the “Gateway project,” a rail and tunnel improvement between New York and New Jersey, as The Daily Signal previously reported. Lawmakers in recent years have said they no longer would commit funds to pet regional projects such as this.

“[The] Gateway project gets money, the American taxpayers get a $20 trillion deficit and no money for the [border] wall,” Jordan said.

“So that is not in any way close to what the election was about, close to what we campaigned on, close to what we told the American people we were going to accomplish if they gave us the privilege to serve and be in power,” the Ohio Republican said.

  1. Border Wall

The bill includes $1.6 billion for physical barriers and related technology at the U.S.-Mexico border, as NBC reported. But, Meadows said, that is not enough to begin significant construction of President Donald Trump’s  promised border wall.

“It appears that at best it is going to be a $1.6 billion initiative for border security, which means that there is really no wall funding,” Meadows said. “They will try to spin it as there is wall funding, but the $1.6 billion has been in there for some time.”

“It is troubling when we get a tunnel and we don’t get a wall,” he said, “and the last time I checked, the president didn’t make any promises [about] getting a tunnel at his campaign stops, at least not in North Carolina.”

From - The Daily Signal - by Rachel del Guidice

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Chuck Steen
4 years ago

I don’t know why we seniors are so concerned about the spending going on and on and on – faster than even under Mr. Obama. Our grandchildren are the ones who will go to the poor house, not us.

4 years ago

4 questions to ask before spending the tax money that has been confiscated by Washington DC. This can be applied whether personal, business or the politicians in the Washington DC cesspool.

1) What does it do?
2) How much does it cost?
3) Is there a substitute?
4) What is that cost?

There will “ALWAYS” be cost effective alternatives!!!!!

There is not one politician facing personal bankruptcy as they do not spend more than what they earn , but somehow that very same principle is not applied in Washington with the tax money that has been confiscated from the American people? Hence 21 trillion debt>

4 years ago

What I find most disturbing is that our elected officials vote on and pass legislation without reading it. Both parties are doing great harm to the nation and her people. We will never see term limits but we can limit them by voting for their opponent. They should all be replaced and this is how.

4 years ago

Well given the final bill to be voted on was written by only four people (Schumer, Pelosi, McConnell, Ryan) and virtually no one else in the rest of Congress has had an opportunity to read it, I’m sure there are many more things wrong with this bill, from a fiscal and constitutionally conservative perspective, than the few items mentioned here. Every single member of the House Freedom Caucus has already said both McConnell and Ryan basically gave Schumer and Pelosi whatever they wanted. Basically blowing up the budget with every spending initiative the Dems wanted. It is quite evident that both McConnell and Ryan are openly prepared to lose one or potentially both houses of Congress to the Dems this fall, rather than support President Trump’s agenda and the people of the United States. This is the last major piece of legislation for this year, as Congress will devote the rest of the year to campaigning for the 2018 elections. All of this could have been avoided if only Mumbles McConnell had the courage and political will to abolish the filibuster rule in the Senate. It is in his power to do so, as the Senate Parliamentarian has already ruled. However, McConnell has always been a RINO and as such, he keeps the filibuster rule in place to act as a way to block most of the Trump agenda.

Ivan Berry
4 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE, I have begun to list both Ryan and McConnel as “neoDemoes”, although they are in no sense alone in that ideology. By the way, good comments above as usual. Mumbles McConnel and maybe Lyin’ Ryan???

4 years ago

I don’t know what it will take to get our legislators to seriously look at the debt, but as long as the Freedom Caucus’ members are few, there will be no movement on that front. President Trump, who has previously declared himself the “king of debt”, needs to do an abrupt turn-around, and use his influence to “trumpet” the need to get this monster under control. A robust economy will not get it done.

4 years ago
Reply to  Kim

The problem Kim is that neither McConnell nor Ryan want to “get this spending monster under control”. Both have always been RINO’s and they pretty much agree with most of what Schumer and Pelosi on most issues. Soon Ryan won’t have to worry about being Speaker of the House anymore, as he has been doing everything in his power to ensure Pelosi will be Speaker after the 2018 midterms. Then he can go back to pretending to be a fiscal hawk, when it won’t matter. Same for McConnell. I honestly think he would be just as comfortable handing the Senate over to Schumer, so he can just sit back and coast for the rest of his political career. Yes, we need a couple of hundred more people in the House Freedom Caucus, but most people seem both unwilling and unmotivated to elect real fiscal and constitutional conservatives to Congress. Voter laziness and stupidity is a very bad thing in almost all instances.

Trump can scream all he wants at Ryan and McConnell, but neither of them wants the Trump agenda enacted. They have both been obfuscating and delaying since the first day Trump took office. The ONLY thing either of these guys cared about was the corporate tax cuts, because the Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable are big donors to both of them. Trump forced them to kill the BAT and include some tax cuts for individuals and small businesses under the threat of a veto. So that was the only reason we got the tax plan we did last year. Otherwise, the tax plan would have been strictly for the C corps and the nation would have adopted a VAT via the BAT, which would have hit a vast majority of everything sold in the United States. Ryan would have promised, just as did with the botched Obamacare replace / repeal that was just Obamacare-lite, that individual and small business tax cuts would occur in “phase 2”. Which is Washington speak for “It isn’t on our priority list, so it is never going to actually happen”.

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