March 26, 2018

On Thursday, Congress passed a $1.3 trillion Omnibus spending bill just 36 hours after it was introduced.  No Member was able to read the over 2,200-page document in its entirety before the vote.  Yet, 256 House Members and 65 Senators voted in favor of it so that they could go home for their two-week recess. There are a litany of bad spending measures in this bill that Congress never allowed you to have a voice on. Here are some of the promises that were broken by Members last week:

  • The Omnibus funds abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood. Every year, pro-lifers push for a defund of these atrocious clinics, but they are let down every time. Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million in taxpayer money every year and this bill continues that funding.
  • The President’s budget proposed a decrease in the government’s data mining arm, the Institute for Education Sciences (IES). Congress did the complete opposite. They increased IES funding by $8 million and added that the funds could be used to link these statewide systems and further develop them.
  • With the recent talk surrounding guns, Congress caved on allowing funding for invasive mental health measures. Now, $1.1 billion is funding evaluations that have been proven inaccurate. This could subject young students to medications and therapy that will be more harmful than helpful.
  • Congress increased the funding for the failed Head Start program, Preschool Development Grants, and after-school programs. Liberals have used these programs to waste taxpayer money and indoctrinate children by psychologically profiling them and subjecting them to social-emotional learning.
  • We can rejoice that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was not part of the budget.  However, the Omnibus allows the Department of Homeland Security to exceed the cap on H-2B Visas by allowing an additional 63,000 low-skilled immigrant workers. This nearly doubles the entire program and increases the chance of visa overstays.
  • President Trump asked for $25 billion for border wall funding before the text was released.  Congress stripped that number down to $1.3 billion. This was the biggest reason that the President issued a veto threat.
  • Further expanding the leftist agenda, Congress increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Each received a $3 million bump.  This comes after the NEA gave $35,000 in taxpayer money for a publication that exudes anti-straight and anti-white biases.

You do not have to look far in this bill to see that it defies Conservatism.  Not only is it wasting our hard-earned money, but it undermines family privacy, autonomy, and safety.  Eagle Forum will continue to push for better fiscal policies.

Please reach out to your Representative and your Senators to let them know how you feel based on how they voted.