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18 Senate Republicans Vote for $1.85 Trillion Omnibus Bill

18 Senate Republicans Vote for $1.85 Trillion Omnibus Bill

The usual suspects prove to us once again they are not fiscally conservative. At least Democrats are honest about wanting to spend, spend, spend!

Reason #1,789,765,986 why I’m a libertarian.

18 Senate Republicans voted for the trash $1.85 trillion omnibus bill to keep the government funded until September 2023:

  • Roy Blunt, Missouri
  • John Boozman, Arkansas
  • Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia
  • Susan Collins, Maine
  • John Cornyn, Texas
  • Tom Cotton, Arkansas
  • Lindsey Graham, South Carolina
  • Jim Inhofe, Oklahoma
  • Mitch McConnell, Kentucky
  • Jerry Moran, Kansas
  • Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
  • Rob Portman, Ohio
  • Mitt Romney, Utah
  • Mike Rounds, South Dakota
  • Richard Shelby, Alabama
  • John Thune, South Dakota
  • Roger Wicker, Mississippi
  • Todd Young, Indiana

Three did not vote:

  • John Barasso, Wyoming
  • Richard Burr, North Carolina
  • Kevin Cramer, North Dakota

Four voted against the bill after voting to advance it:

  • Tommy Tuberville, Alabama
  • Marco Rubio, Florida
  • Chuck Grassley, Iowa
  • Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mississippi

The bill has 6,825 pages:

  • 4,155 pages dedicated to legislation
  • 2,670 pages for explanations

Attached to the bill are 4,000 earmarks for pet projects.

I’m going to puke.

It includes $45 billion in Ukraine aid. How much have we given Ukraine?

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell exclaimed the #1 priority of Republicans is providing assistance to Ukraine:

Excuse me? Inflation, old man. INFLATION is the top priority of any normal American. It’s expensive to provide basic needs for the family.

Leslie wrote about the disturbing “family planning” feature.

How about a Michelle Obama Trail in Georgia? An LGBTQ museum in NYC?

There’s $524.4 million for DEI and “structural racism” research at NIH.

Now it goes to the House. It’ll easily pass there, too.

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Comments

The Ouroboros effect of shared responsibility through progressive prices. Throw another baby… fetal-baby on the barbie, it’s over.

Pretty soon, the Treasury Dept will have to announce they have ‘found’ a viable crypto currency to off load most of or all of our debt into. It will be a miracle they claim. This new currency will do magic things like rise and fall in value within hours thus making debt magically disappear. In the meantime, Treasury can begin to get us ready for looming changes by printing notes with the back completely blank.

Otto Kringelein | December 22, 2022 at 4:27 pm

And tell me the difference between democrats and republicans again. Because I’m not seeing much of a difference between the two political parties. When it comes right down to it both sides are just tax and spend politicians. Disgusting.

    CommoChief in reply to Otto Kringelein. | December 22, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Ok here’s a difference. All 50 of the d/prog Senators voted for this crap while 18 /50 r did. IOW 100% of the d/prog are on board with this while less than 50% of r are on board. Take a look at the list of r Senators who voted for this crap; many are leaving to retire and many of the rest are known squishes. The three who didn’t vote are in deep red States that are more conservative than they are and know they would be jammed up in their next election if they actually voted for it. Things ain’t peachy but it isn’t all doom and gloom either.

      Antifundamentalist in reply to CommoChief. | December 22, 2022 at 7:32 pm

      All that shows is that they have the intelligence to give lip service to Conservative Ideals while providing enough actual votes that the lip service makes no difference. It’s smoke and mirrors when you get right down to it. They all leave office with millions more than they had when they arrived and their constituents are worse off.

        Guys,

        You accept the numbers and don’t refute my argument about retiring members or squishy r. Instead you act as it I didn’t point out that the establishment is full of squishy members who will sell us out. Then you deliver the ‘breaking news’ that politicians enrich themselves in office and deviate from campaign promises.

        Trusting ANY politician to do what they promised or hold to the basic principles they campaigned on is a gamble, sometimes it pays off and other times it doesn’t. Mostly it doesn’t in fact pay off.

        People run for political office in order to grasp power and wield that power. Every single one of them has an inflated ego and in some sense a savior complex. If they get reelected that only makes it worse. They start to believe their own BS even as they are forced to betray their promises and make tradeoffs to get the legislative sausage made.

        Even the most principled politician makes trade offs and over the years in office it becomes easier as they become used to it as the price of getting things done.

        There are no perfect politicians. As a class they don’t quite bear the mark of Cain but IMO it’s little short of that. We voters have to push them to stay true to their campaign promises and punish them when they backslide. Politicians are a good deal like teenagers, we have to let them go off to to DC or the State Capital then hope they behave. When they don’t we must not spare the rod.

      gonzotx in reply to CommoChief. | December 22, 2022 at 9:09 pm

      Cotton not amd Rubio supported it initially but was let out of his vote , you know, to look conservative

      Time for one of 2 things

      1. 3rd party, let’s go President Trump
      2. Succession

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | December 23, 2022 at 1:05 am

      Republicans can count, too. They know how to arrange the desired socialist outcome by allowing just enough quisling votes from safe districts, while letting the rest of their cast of thousands virtue signal to their unwashed constituents. And apparently people are still fooled by this.

      If the math worked out such that 34/50 votes had been needed, they would have magically appeared just as easily.

        If the math worked out such that 34/50 votes had been needed, they would have magically appeared just as easily.

        Of course, and anyone that tells you different is a fraud trying to sell you a lie.

    1-2 and 3/5.

    There is no difference. Democrats and Republican are minted on the same coin just on different sides.

    There is no difference, Otto (as you know). With the exception of a handful of R senators they are all owned by the same owners of the D senators, and they will vote as they are told.
    The republican party cannot be reformed. It’s time to understand this and start anew. There is no difference in a democrat and a republican*, both are marxists.

    *yes, I know there are a few, damn few, republicans that are decent

Subotai Bahadur | December 22, 2022 at 4:28 pm

The Omnibus was even more of a disaster and betrayal than most people realize and it is why as of 12-20-22 [when I heard the Republicans voted to advance it] I have given up on voting for any Republican.

1) This was not the usual Omnibus panic funding mess. No one was going to miss a check for months.

2) What this was, was the lame duck session writing the spending bill for the first session of the new Congress that will be seated January 3.

3) Spending bills have to start in the House. We all know that. This bill started in the still Democrat-controlled House, was passed by them with their priorities, and sent over to the Senate . . . during the lame duck session.

4) The Senate is known for arcane procedures that can stall things for a long, long time.

5) All Mitch McConnell would have had to do is stall things FOR TWO FREAKING WEEKS. 14 days, most of which are not work days due to weekends and the Christmas/Hannakuh holidays.

6) If he would have done so, the Democrats’ Omnibus Spending Bill would have died on January 3 when the new Congress was sworn in. See #1 above. It would have caused no problems, except the Republicans would have won a round over the Democrats, which is against their deepest beliefs.

7) If the Omnibus Spending Bill would have died, it means that a new one would have had to be written and filed in the House. See #3 above.

8) THAT NEW OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL WOULD HAVE BEEN WRITTEN IN THE NEWLY REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED HOUSE AND WOULD HAVE AT LEAST INCLUDED SOME REPUBLICAN PRIORITIES AND HAD SOME LEVERAGE ON THE REGIME.

9) Instead of taking a win that was handed to him, what did McConnell, and to be honest the entire GOPe leadership in both Houses, do? They passed the Democrat bill at warp speed giving the Democrats literally everything that they asked for and more.

10) McConnell is bragging about how he “got additional funding to control the border”. If you look at the bill text, the additional money is barred from being used to control those invading our country and can only be used to do the paperwork to register their presence here. Similarly, McConnell added more money in for the Justice Department than they asked for . . . for the persecution of the illegally and unconstitutionally held J6 political prisoners.

There is no longer a “lesser of two evils” argument strong enough to support Republicans when the Republicans have leverage and still give the Democrats everything they want and more. Especially when you add in that election theft is now the norm. What counts are “ballots’ [which can be manufactured in any numbers and counted] not “votes” which are the choices of individual citizens.

Subotai Bahadur

    I would be surprised if any of these feckless idiots read 6 pages out of the more than 6000.

    Useless, lazy idiots. I am sure they all got their cuts.

    henrybowman in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | December 23, 2022 at 1:11 am

    Jackass McConnell was on TV a couple days ago gaslighting at full speed that he was approving shitloads more money to Zelensky because “the security of Ukraine was the #1 issue on the minds of Republican voters.”

    Seriously.

    I don’t know why I bother to vote anymore.

    My aunt used to have a plaque in her kitchen that said, “Kissin’ don’t last. Cookin’ do.”
    An aphorism of parallel construction keeps intruding into my mind involving votin’ and shootin’.

    100% correct. Thanks for taking the time to write it up Subotai. I’m going to repost your last paragraph, with some emphasis:

    “There is no longer a “lesser of two evils” argument strong enough to support Republicans when the Republicans have leverage and still give the Democrats everything they want and more. Especially when you add in that election theft is now the norm. What counts are “ballots’ [which can be manufactured in any numbers and counted] not “votes” which are the choices of individual citizens.”

Trump sure pulled the curtain to expose these DC clowns, all of them, and their ineptitude unless it protects their corrupt power. No wonder they are so invested in his destruction.

McConnell is a pig.

I am the most disappointed to see Tom Cotton on the list. Also a nice going away present by the ones who are retiring and will never face accountability for their vote.

What is in it for Arkansas and South Dakota to get four senators from those states to vote for it?

    janda in reply to buck61. | December 22, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    South Dakota GOP is dominated by the Establishment as Republicans are in a heavy majority in the state and they are not really challenged by leftist democrats except in small central enclaves in the two largest cities. Any true conservatives that dare run against the establishment GOP candidates in the primaries get almost no funding while the John Thunes and Mike Rounds get millions crush them.

The way things are heading Republicans will soon merge into the Democrat party to form a single Unity party with the stated goal trumpeted by the regime and corporate media to “unify” the country. Any opposition party that forms will be made illegal and dissent criminalized.

    Otto Kringelein in reply to janda. | December 22, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    Too late. As we’ve all seen time and time again there is no practical difference between the democrat party and the republican party. They are one and the same Uni-Party that always seems to represent themselves and not the citizens that elected them to office.

    txvet2 in reply to janda. | December 22, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    Unlikely. They want to maintain the illusion of two parties to pretend we’re a “democracy”.

      henrybowman in reply to txvet2. | December 23, 2022 at 1:45 am

      Tucker Carlson’s Church commission whistleblower:
      “It’s a whole different country from what we thought it was. It’s all fake.”

    DSHornet in reply to janda. | December 23, 2022 at 5:50 am

    Just call it The Party. Orwell was a prophet.
    .

Otto Kringelein | December 22, 2022 at 4:52 pm

The bill has 6,825 pages:

4,155 pages dedicated to legislation
2,670 pages for explanations

===

Both the Senate & the House of Reps should be forced to sit through a complete reading of every piece of legislation they are considering for final passage. From the Title to the last word on the last page. Every dang one of them. Sitting in their respective chambers. No meal breaks. (They won’t die if they miss a meal or two.) No bathroom breaks (they can wear Depends™) No exceptions Nothing. They just have to sit and listen to all 6,000+ pages being read. And then and only then after the complete reading they can there be a final vote

We are now in the last stages of silliness. Drunken sailors are more prudent.

The Gentle Grizzly | December 22, 2022 at 5:05 pm

We need our own party.

Uniparty wins the day

Register independent.

Same group of piece of trash RINO sellouts.

EVERY

SINGLE

TIME

Just coincidentally, that is also the list of Republican Senators in their final term as Republicans.

Every one of these 18 will run for re-election, screeching piously about how the Republican party is the only thing standing between America and the dictatorship of the left.

Worse, some people will believe them.

You can always count on Bitch McConnell and the gals to screw over the voters. The GOP House is hamstrung for the next 10 months.

Democrats screamed murder when a Supreme Court pick wouldn’t be done on way out the door but most all are in favor of a spending monstrosity is passed before the new Congress gets in and covering a year of their representation.

https://www.gunowners.org/12222022/

National Alerts
Senate PASSES 12 Gun Controls

Massive 14.1% ATF Budget Increase to Facilitate Biden’s Pistol Ban
50% Increase for ATF’s NTC Budget to Maintain the Illegal Near-Billion Record Gun Registry

$700+ Million in Funding Available to Bribe States to Pass “Red Flag” Gun Confiscation Laws

Directing VA Medical Centers to Utilize Confiscation Orders on Vulnerable Veterans

Department of Education to Push “Safe Storage” of Parents’ Firearms

Funding for VA to Maintain “Gun Storage Maps” to Keep Tabs on Where Veterans Keep Guns

New Annual Compensation for Families of Deceased ATF Agents Could be an Indication of Upcoming Gun Confiscation

Gun Control Earmarks for “Orchid Healing Circles” and More!

Dickey Violations Galore While CDC Suppresses Self-Defense Statistics

Programs Discouraging Women from Exercising their Second Amendment Rights

Anti-Gun “Community Violence Intervention” Initiatives

“Violent Anti-Government Ideology” and “Domestic Radicalization Research”

McConnell is on his last money round and wants to make the most out of it. I suggest he has sold out the country for money.

Does it matter at this point? No. Because what is nearly 2 trillion dollars compared to 68 trillion dollars that the USA is beyond it’s total physical assets? The USA is INSOLVENT and will never pay a dime back of the debt it owes. Never.

Why do post offices even have names, and why in hell do we have to waste even a dime on “naming” them?

“Post office” is sufficient. “The post office at 5th and Main” will work if you need to clarify in the event there is more than one.

“Family Planning” as a euphemism for murdering babies has to be the most obscene thing anyone has ever come up with.

Would the Dems fund the IRS, DOJ and FBI so much if they didn’t have them in their back pocket? This will accelerate as the RINOs can compromise the GOP and still live la dolce vita in Rome on the Potomac. Just thinking of what happened to the Babylonians when …that night… they were weighed in the balance and found wanting.

This s5o

    Paddy M in reply to Paddy M. | December 23, 2022 at 12:37 am

    This story has been up for almost a half a day and LI’s biggest GOPe sack-swinger is AWOL. You. Don’t. Say.

      henrybowman in reply to Paddy M. | December 23, 2022 at 1:17 am

      I was looking forward to another of his lectures on what an invaluable patriot Mitch McConnell is.

        That chinese plant will not touch this. He’ll wait and pick it up further down the line, since short memories are what most of the people here have.

2 comments:

1- Maybe we need to consider joining the crowd. For 50 years we have been talking fiscal conservativism without success. Maybe we should start getting money for conservative causes like they do for theirs. Shooting ranges, gun safety training, constitutional studies in school, etc would help level the playing field.

2- Lookup the 1852 Congressional election on WiKi. The summary shows the parties and % of vote. Then do it for 1854, 56, 58, and 60. The Whig party sank faster than the Titanic.

    henrybowman in reply to VaGentleman. | December 23, 2022 at 4:40 am

    “Maybe we should start getting money for conservative causes like they do for theirs. Shooting ranges, gun safety training, constitutional studies in school, etc would help level the playing field.”

    Oppression is not commutative.

    The government funds oppression to achieve oppression. Why would the government fund freedom? Only to introduce a “king’s pence” foot in the door for more oppression.

    Case in point: in 1998, a pro-gun legislator in MA stuck his neck out (unasked and uncounseled by any of us who knew what would happen) to create a tax credit for anyone buying a gun safe or lockbox. He was unable to stop an unfriendly amendment of the form, “as long as we’re paying for them to buy it, they should be required to put all their guns in a safe when not in active use,” something we had been fighting for years. Bingo, “friend” destroyed years of our effort for 30 pieces of government silver that we never even asked for.

      VaGentleman in reply to henrybowman. | December 24, 2022 at 8:14 am

      Everything has risk. That it was done wrong one time doesn’t mean we can’t learn from the mistake and get it right. If nothign else it gives us bargaining chips – if you want x for y, we get x for z.

    CommoChief in reply to VaGentleman. | December 23, 2022 at 11:42 am

    I would argue a slightly different tack. Yes we should still argue in broad strokes for not blowing out the budget and for reducing the debt. We shouldn’t continue to shoulder the burden alone.

    Social Security runs out of assets in 2034. Medicare in 2026. Every time we make arguments to fix the issue we get accused of throwing grandma off a cliff. Eff that. We shouldn’t play that game anymore.

    Instead let the d/prog put forward ideas to fix it. However, that fix would be within a far different budgetary framework. IMO, the better course is to start with funding the specifically enumerated functions of govt. Once fully funded then the actual discretionary spending fight can take place with any funds from general budget for Social Security and Medicare in that fight alongside other items.

    In other words we lost the debt and deficit spending battle long ago. The only way to reform it is after we reach the precipice catastrophic failure and we’re almost there. Once we are there then that far different budgetary framework is a necessary reality. When the day comes that we can’t kick the can down the road anymore because we are at its end then we can try and actually make the necessary changes.

    Until then we should work to block grant to the States in the hope that red States will be be better stewards than DC and not spend political capital on trying to fix Social Security and Medicare. The d/prog depend on r to be the grown up and save them, we should refuse to do that until they genuinely want to accept our ideas and stop playing political games where they blame us in advance for trying to fix their stupid policies.

Every one of these must be primaried out at their next election cycle. Of the above, only Wicker and Romney are up in ’24. Two of the three who dodged the roll call – Barrasso and Cramer – are also up in ’24. They count on our forgetting. Don’t. This has to be direct and in their faces from now on. place a call after office hours and leave a short scathing message (which someone has to listen to in order to erase) This is part of waking up, America.

Perhaps those 18 Republicans didn’t hear government spending contributed to the runaway inflation? I guess they should break open the Rolodex and dial up the Fed to find out why they’re raising rates by .75bps at a time. If this bill passes the House, get ready for more .75bps raises and not the .25 expected.

Dems Massive Spending Bill Earmarks $3.6 Million For The “Michelle Obama Hiking Trail

We won’t be able to stop this as long as this is true

1. We have increasing the military budget as a high priority

2. We continue making no military budget decreases a principle never to violate

The Dems bought votes by bloating the military budget to a ludicrous degree. It isn’t just a weakness Democrats are willing to exploit it is bad policy to (we could cut half the military budget and still have more than China, Russia, Iran, Germany, France and Japan combined).

We need to change how we react to defense spending and make sure the party sees that clearly.

We also need to stop putting our heads in the sand about how our government actually works. Buying votes has always been an essential part of our system. Putting our heads in the sand and pretending to be Swedes doesn’t mean Democrats will stop buying votes it means we can’t get our legislation through.

    CommoChief in reply to Danny. | December 23, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Danny,

    A large portion of the r base would fine with reducing military spending and ending forever wars and shipping money to foreign defense budgets. That’s probably a majority in fact.

    The problem is the members of Congress. Lots of boondoggles to attend offered up by defense contractors. Lots of no show/no work positions for their family members to get.

    Then look at the places where the things are manufactured. It isn’t a one or two CD or States with a defense contract on a single project. These projects are purposely spread out to as many States and CD as possible to garner political support and votes in Congress.

    The establishment leadership in DC acts like it is 1995. There’s a whole lot of water under the bridge since then. The rubes have wised up to the con but the establishment still thinks we are all marks to taken.

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | December 24, 2022 at 6:36 am

      “The rubes have wised up to the con but the establishment still thinks we are all marks to taken.”
      More like, “The rubes have wised up to the con, but the establishment is now confident they now have enough control over ‘elections’ that nobody will ever be able to oppose them effectively again.”