LLPH is urging a strong NO vote on the CRomnibus (H.R. 83) which will be voted on tomorrow. We also reserve the right to score against the rule for the bill. We also intend to double-score this bill because of what it does and what if fails to do.
What it does (a lot of WASTEFUL SPENDING!):
In addition to funding President Obama’s amnesty with no strategy to stop it in 2015, the cromnibus makes use of $19 billion worth of changes in mandatory programs (CHIMPS) to make it appear as if it is staying below the Ryan-Murray discretionary budget caps. The bill also makes full use of the “disaster” and “emergency spending” loopholes, authorizing $5.7 billion in disaster spending (only $321 million of which to actually be spent this fiscal year), and another $5.4 billion (only $1.5 billion to actually be spent this year) in emergency spending for Ebola response and preparedness.
There are also dozens of examples of funding increases that reflect liberal, big-government priorities: $456 million extra for federal weather forecasting, $636 million in new money for the Department of Energy, $250 million more than requested for the Environmental Protection Agency, $200 million more for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) than requested, $127 million more for Section 8 housing, $150 million more for the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), $35 million more for the Commodities Future Trading Commission, $42 million more for the legislative branch (i.e., Congress), $141 million more for mass transit, $500,000 for the Peace Corps and many more.
Thanks to the Heritage Action for this info!
Here’s what it DOES NOT DO:
The $1.1 trillion, 1,603-page bill would fund most of the federal government through September 30, 2015 while extending funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until February 27, 2015. Importantly, the bill does nothing to block President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions which include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.
LLPH is strongly opposed to this bill. The process to which it is being brought to the floor, having it released ONLY last night, with its thousands of pages is disgusting. We are tired of the excuses like “wait until next year” and “it is the Senate’s fault”. Pathetic excuses will not save our republic.
This vote will be a huge litmus in our scorecard. We are watching this vote extremely closely as well as the debate. We will take note of the liberty leaders versus the traitors. Again, LLPH urges a STRONG NO vote on this bill tomorrow!