How That $1.3-T Omnibus Spending Bill Got Passed, Amazing!
“All you need to know why this was a bad bill is to look at the roll call,” a Republican insider e-Mailed me Saturday.
And, yes he is right.
US President Donald Trump, faked a veto, then reluctantly signed the $1.3-M spending bill Friday.
Now, a careful review of the Key Senate vote shows it was Democratic members, not Republicans, that passed the bill.
This is a major embarrassment to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), as the Republican caucus opposed the very bill he negotiated, he has got to go.
The Omnibus Bill passed the Senate by a vote of 65 to 32, there were 3 abstentions.
Of the 65 “For” votes, 39 Democratic senators supported the bill with only 25 Republicans signing on. Republicans control the Senate with 51 seats.
Of the 32 “Against” votes, 23 were Republicans, including stalwart conservatives such as Republican Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Mike Lee of Utah.
Senator Schumer (D-NY), in his excitement said, “We Democrats feel very good because so many of our priorities for the middle class were included.”
Senator Schumer was really happy because among his priorities was the funding for a $30-B the infrastructure project in New York known as the Gateway program.
Gateway includes a rail tunnel under the Hudson River between New Jersey and New York. The Senate approved $540-M for the tunnel.
Hang on, I have been told that there is an additional $2-B is actually buried in the bill to fund the project.
Conservatives are really upset that not a Buck was earmarked for the construction of the Wall along the Mexican border, a project President Trump champions.
Republican dismay about the final bill was best voiced by Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC), the Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
“It is troubling when we get a tunnel and we do not get a wall,” he said. “The last time I checked, the President did not make any promises about getting a tunnel in any of his campaign stops, at least not in North Carolina.”
Here is a list of the 32 Senators who voted against the Omnibus Spending Bill:
Have a terrific weekend.