Spending Bill: Here’s 6 Things That Will Make All Conservatives Furiously Angry
This spending bill is a national disgrace… Chuck Schumer got everything he wanted and McConnell and Ryan just gave President Trump the proverbial middle finger.
It stabs Trump voters right in the back. Includes funding for Sanctuary cities and planned parenthood. 40 million for an opera house but VERY little for a border wall.
President Trump, please don’t sign this. It makes more than just conservatives livid.
TDC: Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are upset with the last-minute roll out of the massive spending bill. Their anger is likely to increase after they see the number of concessions House and Senate leadership gave Democrats in order to come to a final agreement.
Here are the provisions in the House bill that could fire up the conservative base:
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.
According to RSC, that breaks down to:
- $251,000,000 for roughly 14 miles of secondary fencing along the southwestern border in San Diego.
- $445,000,000 for 25 miles of primary pedestrian levee fencing along the southwest border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.
- $196,000,000 for primary pedestrian fencing along the southwest border in the Rio Grande Valley Sector.
- $445,000,000 for replacement of present fencing along the southwest border.
- $38,000,000 for border barrier planning and design.
- $196,000,000 for acquisition and deployment of border security technology.
Conservatives do not believe that level of funding is sufficient for securing the border and preventing illegal immigration.
2) Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Congress is proposing $79.2 million for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
Conservatives have long labeled OPIC a slush fund and a means of “corporate welfare.” The conservative faction of House Republicans looked to target OPIC in 2015, calling it a “crony” capitalistic firm that exists solely for the purposes American investment in developing nations.
3) Fix NICS With No Concealed Carry Measures
The bill includes funding for legislation Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn put forth called “Fix NICS.”
Fix NICS requires the heads of federal agencies to submit semiannual reports to the Attorney General on how the agency is complying with federal NICS record system requirements.
The bill also includes grants to increase school infrastructure security and allows the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to research gun control as a health issue.
Conservatives could be upset because the bill does not include provisions for conceal carry.
The bill includes the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act. The Supreme Court is considering a case that addresses an issue at the heart of the CLOUD ACT: Whether tech companies have to comply with warrants issued for electronic communications stored abroad.
The House proposal would require electronic service providers to keep and disclose records regardless of whether those records are within or outside of U.S. borders if they are required by a warrant.
Conservatives, and others in Congress, will be upset that such brand privacy concerns are included in the omnibus without oversight.
5) Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Congress is providing the TSA with $7.9 billion in discretionary funding, an increase of $114.6 million from 2017. More
I for one didn’t vote for the same old BS. @realDonaldTrump we voted for you so we wouldn’t see crap like this anymore. Shut the government down until WE get complete wall funding. https://t.co/qeefqHPObl
— Tim McMullen (@YankeeHater2011) March 22, 2018