Saturday evening, the Senate passed the $1.1 Trillion omnibus by a vote of 56-40.
Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives narrowly passed the “CRomnibus” – a $1.1 trillion appropriations package that funds President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty. It fully funds many of the president’s liberal priorities, gives him a blank check to arm Syrian rebels, and fails to rein in his lawless policies. As far-left Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) stated, “In 20 years with appropriations bills, I haven’t seen a better compromise in terms of Democratic priorities . . . We got virtually everything Democrats tried to get.“
The bill is now in the Senate awaiting a vote, but conservative Senators are using procedural tactics to force a vote on an amendment that would defund President Obama’s executive amnesty. Last night, Senators Lee and Cruz objected to a unanimous consent agreement to pass another short-term funding bill that would extend through Wednesday. (The House passed this agreement on Friday with only three Representatives on the floor.) So, as of right now, government funding will still expire at 11:59pm tonight.
Although many Senators thought they would be headed home for the weekend, the Senate will now be back in session at noon today and is expected to stay late into the night.
See below for an explanation of the arm-twisting and bribery that took place in the House, but first, please call your Senator NOW (talking points below) and respectfully demand a defund vote on President Obama’s executive amnesty. We have confirmed that there will be staff in the office to answer the phones.
The CRomnibus was written behind closed doors, and its 1,603 pages were released with less than 48 hours to read and review it before a vote. When conservatives tried to block passage of the rule necessary to vote on the bill, House leaders lied to their own members.
After it became clear that the CRomnibus was in trouble, with both conservatives and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, representatives were hauled into the Speaker’s office and worked over until they flipped. The President even sent his Chief of Staff over to twist arms at the meeting of the Democrat caucus. Instead of listening to conservative objections, Speaker Boehner relied on President Obama and his staff to gather enough Democratic votes.
As disgraceful as the vote on the CRomnibus was, it revealed who conservatives can depend on in Congress. The 67 Republicans who voted no deserve our thanks for standing up to everything the leadership threw at them. However, the real heroes in this battle are the 16 Republicans who voted no on the rule, which is almost always a party-line vote. They deserve our gratitude for their stand against House leadership. Click here to which Representatives stood strong.
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