Late Thursday evening, the House of Representative passed the $1.1 Trillion omnibus by a vote of 219-206. The bill now goes to the Senate for approval.
UPDATE: Earlier today, the House of Representatives voted on the “rule” for the CRomnibus. Rule votes are important because they set the terms for voting on actual legislation – without a rule, the House cannot proceed to vote on legislation. The rule passed by the narrow margin of 214-212, with 9 not voting. The 16 Republicans listed below who voted NO did so despite heavy-handed pressure from House leadership. Please call and thank them for their courage in opposing the rule for the CRomnibus.
Rep. Justin Amash: 202-225-3831
Rep. Steve Stockman: 202-225-1555
*TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE – VOTE EXPECTED MIDDAY THURSDAY*
With current funding set to expire at midnight on Thursday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) strategically released the $1.1 trillion, 1,603 page “CRomnibus” spending bill late Tuesday evening so that Members of Congress would have to pass the bill to see what is in it. The bill was negotiated behind closed doors with Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and as expected, nothing in the bill defunds President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty or makes strident conservative reforms.
While the majority of the government will be funded through September 2015, funding for the Department of Homeland Security is in a Continuing Resolution set to expire on February 27th, several days after the President’s amnesty apparatus is to be in place. Republican leadership say they will fight the president’s amnesty then, however, they will have little to no leverage since the entire government will be funded through the end of the fiscal year.
Oddly enough, many Members of Congress have spent the last month telling voters that they cannot defund the President’s amnesty because the agency tasked with processing the illegals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is fee-funded. This claim couldn’t be further from the truth as the proposed omnibus defunds over 450 measures and restricts fee usage multiple times for different agencies. Additionally, Eagle Forum staff in Washington, D.C., has met with the top two officials at the USCIS union who were emphatic that the Congress can and should defund the amnesty. The truth is that the Republican Congress just does not want to put up a fight.
Furthermore, instead of pushing for conservative priorities, the bill defers to the lawless executive branch and the lame-duck Senate majority. For instance, House leadership failed to get strong conscience provisions that would protect employers from having to provide abortion-inducing drugs to their employees in the bill, yet they provide over $19 million in funding to protect rhinoceroses and other endangered species. The bill also leaves untouched liberal sacred cows like the ineffective Head Start programs and gives billions of dollars to accommodate illegal aliens and refugees. Congress has not declared war or authorized the use of force against ISIS but gives the president $165 million for Syrian rebels and $1.6 billion to equip Iraqi forces anyway. Additionally, there is a $5.4 billion slush fund for the president to fight Ebola in Africa.
Citizens like you sent a clear message on Election Day that they are tired of the president’s radical agenda and contempt for the Constitution. It makes no sense to reward him with a spending bill that gives him what he wants and leaves Congress with no negotiation leverage for the next year. Call your representative now and urge him or her to vote NO on the CRomnibus.
Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121