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Call Congress Today: Protest This Atrocious Spending Bill!

The text of the 2,232-page Omnibus Appropriations Bill was finally released on Wednesday, just 52 hours before the Friday night deadline to avoid another government shutdown.

If a Congressman or Senator wanted to study what's in it, that would require reading 43 pages per hour with no time out for sleeping. This is a "rotten, terrible, no-good way to run your government," proclaimed Sen. Rand Paul, and we agree.

This sort of crisis legislation is the perfect vehicle for all sorts of big government and leftist spending boondoggles. The contents are written by lobbyists representing their special interests (certainly not you), then Sen. Rand Paul"negotiated" by the corrupt RINO Republican leadership of the House (Rep. Paul Ryan) and Senate (Sen. Mitch McConnell) and the Democratic minority in both chambers. Conservative Republicans are expected to just "go along" with their legislative sausage.

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This is a recipe for suicide by the Republican Party. I have repeatedly warned about the "enthusiasm gap" that exists today. The Democrats are riding high on adrenalin, planning on winning control of the House in November, then pursuing the impeachment of President Trump. Republicans, on the other hand, are sleepwalking when it comes to grassroots organizing and fundraising. This omnibus spending bill is a sure way to further dampen the enthusiasm of conservative Republican voters.

Here are the House Members who voted to let this bill get to the Floor and then voted to pass it.

Rollcall on vote to bring the bill to the Floor: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll124.xml

Rollcall on vote to pass the bill: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll127.xml

This also comes at a time when the national debt has reached $21 trillion-that's spelled with a big "T." And it comes after the Republican-majority Congress has already voted for a further deficit explosion in the form of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, passed last month, which increased federal spending by more than $300 billion over the next two years. (The budget bill outlines the parameters of what the federal government can spend. This appropriation or spending bill specifies who in the government gets what.)

These omnibus spending bills are nicknamed "Christmas trees" because of all the goodies (your taxpayer dollars) being handed out. But they are a Christmas tree for the lobbyists who write the bills and the special interests they represent-and they are extortion for you the taxpayer.

We had hoped Sen. Rand Paul would hold another filibuster, as he did earlier with the budget bill, and his principled stands are valuable as a way to call the public's attention to the corruption of the whole process. But that would have only delayed the vote for a few hours to a day at most, and with the vote in the middle of the night there is little chance of defeating the bill as a whole.

This government by train wreck will continue unless you get involved.

What we really need was another continuing resolution that would fund the government at present levels for a few days, giving conservatives a chance to debate and publicize the deficits of the omnibus bill, demanding votes point by point and holding the Members of Congress thus accountable for their votes on each specific measure.

This approach is proposed by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. He notes that the last-minute release of the bill ensures that Congress must waive its three-day rule for a vote, "and I think that's a very, very troubling sign. If voting on a spending bill that is almost $1.3 trillion is not worth reading, I don't know of any bill that would be worth reading."

But that was not to be because Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer knew if there was any delay the public would rise up against the outrages they snuck into the Omnibus.

I urge every CHQ reader and friend to get in the fight and to call their Senators and Congressman today to let them know how truly outraged you are at the way this was handled. You may call your Senators and Representative through the toll-free Capitol Switchboard (1-866-220-0044).

Specifics: Bad things in the bill, good things left out

As far as we can tell in these few hours since the 2,232-page bill passed the House, here are just a few of our concerns:

Planned Parenthood, the top abortion provider in the nation, should be defunded-yet this bill increases its taxpayer subsidy. If leftist Democrats want to make up the difference caused by federal defunding, let them do so out of private contributions from their own pockets-not yours. Or let George Soros do it; it would be pocket change for him.

Similarly, defund federal arts programs and public broadcasting, as promised-but not delivered-by Republicans (these are not proper constitutional fields for the federal government). This bill increases funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities by $3 million a year and retains present funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

President Trump doesn't get his border wall. He asked for $25 billion, but the bill provides only $1.6 billion, and most of that was previously appropriated and not yet spent or used for repairs and enhancements of present border fencing. Moreover, there are restrictions on the kinds of designs the president wants, on hiring new ICE agents, and on the number of illegals the agency can detain in housing.

But Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer gets his Gateway Project tunnel under the Hudson River, the most expensive of many infrastructure earmarks in the bill. Oh, the Gateway Project is not mentioned by name, but the Democrats have been boasting that the bill provides for more than $500 million in funding through accounts that are not controlled by the Trump Transportation Department, and that this is just the beginning. We can take them at their word on that.

"It's troubling that we get a tunnel, but we don't get a wall," says House Freedom Caucus Chairman Meadows. "The last time I checked, the president didn't make any promises about getting a tunnel at any of his campaign stops."

There is no decrease or elimination of federal subsidies to sanctuary cities, as called for by conservatives and Republicans.

The IRS gets a boost in annual appropriations of $196 million, apparently as a reward for its campaign against tax exemption for conservative organizations.

Similarly, the FBI gets a $263 million jump in appropriations, presumably as a reward for countering all that Russian meddling during the Obama administration.

The bill refuses to give Education Secretary Betsy DeVos the school-choice measures she wanted-charter schools, magnet schools, and private school vouchers. School choice is the most potent appeal the GOP has with inner city African-Americans, so we certainly do not want to include that, do we? DeVos asked for a $3.6 billion (5%) decrease in Education Department funding; instead she gets a $3.9 billion increase, going mostly to programs supported by liberals. (Oh, by the way, as late as the 1990s the GOP called for the elimination of the Department of Education, as that is an unconstitutional province for the federal government.)

The corrupt GOP leadership has caved to the Democrats on abortion, across the board. The Hill reports that the "Hyde Amendment" compromise on abortion funding has been left out of this omnibus bill per Democrat demands, even though it has been in every appropriations bill has 1976.

Similarly, reports the Washington Post, "The federal ban on tax-exempt churches engaging in political activity, known as the Johnson Amendment, will continue, despite attempts by Trump and GOP lawmakers to rescind it."

There will be no cutbacks, as called for by the Trump Administration, in funding for domestic programs such as the college Pell Grants, the Environmental Protection Agency, and public housing. Indeed, the bill increases domestic spending programs advocated by Democrats to the tune of $63 billion.

Guns: The House Freedom Caucus says GOP congressional leadership promised-but has reneged-on a proposal for national concealed-carry licenses.

Guns: The report accompanying the omnibus bill clarifies that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can conduct research into gun violence, barred in the past. We don't have to guess about the slant to be taken by these bureaucrats. Expect guns to be the next "disease" epidemic after the feds fail to counter the opioid epidemic and need to move on to a new cause.

And of course, there is no cutback on the burden of Obamacare on families and small businesses. After all, that was the major issue that gave the Republicans their majorities in the House and Senate. The Democrats wouldn't stand for that, and the corrupt GOP leadership caved on this as on so many other policy issues.

These are just some of the reasons why this omnibus spending bill is an outrageous attack on your wallet and your liberty. At the least, Congress could have passed a provisional spending bill, giving members of Congress a few days or a week to study the bill, and allowing for votes on individual measures. Get on the phone today! Again, that toll-free number for your Representative and your Senators is 1-866-220-0044 tell them you are outraged by what they have done.

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