Omnibus Bill Deepens The Swamp
Published : March 27, 2018
H.R. 1625 passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, March 22 in a vote of 256-167 before heading to the Senate Friday morning, where it passed 65-32. The $1.3 trillion allocates funding to various agencies and pet projects of the Members of Congress, with funding for the government for the rest of the fiscal year which is Sept. 30.
Upon passage and the signing of the bill by President Donald Trump, omnibus then became a popular dictionary search. The word translates in Latin as “for all” and means that several items, or in this instance volumes, may be included. But there was not much “for all” being had. It certainly did not mean that all knew what was included in the bill. This is because the bill contained 2,232 pages.
Members of Congress were given just 16 hours and 40 minutes, or 1,000 minutes, to read the bill. If the member of Congress would have been able to download, print, and immediately start reading this bill, without ever stopping, he would have to read 2.23 pages every minute to finish in time for the vote. This does not take into account any level of comprehension. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) put forth the most effort in this and documented it via his Twitter account.
Let us remember that this omnibus-type spending bill was passed before under the leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) in 2015. Most Americans were too distracted with Christmas present shopping to notice that Congress approved $1.1 trillion in another 2,000-plus page omnibus. This was the same old song, as the Four Tops would say.
If $1.3 trillion is inconceivable, think of it as every piece of paper of the omnibus equating to $582 million and change (still ludicrous for us crumb-grabbers). What would Benjamin Franklin say about spending all of these Benjamins? He would defiantly argue that someone “Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.” Many of our founders understood the insidious nature of debt. Franklin would drastically cut expenses rather than kick the can down the road by incurring debt. But this Congress and this president, through this bill, showed that they would rather add to the $21 trillion debt load.
President Trump went against his base by signing a bill that included funding Planned Parenthood, funding sanctuary cities, applying gun control, and keeping Obamacare provisions. He boasted the sizable military funding and some money for the border wall, but many concessions were made.
“I say to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this ever again. Nobody read it,” President Trump said to reporters after signing the bill on Friday, March 23.
But the members of Congress sure did vote on it and then headed home for recess and re-election campaigning. This was the big-ticket agenda item for the rest of the year. After having to pass five successive temporary spending bills because they could not get a comprehensive package to date, this is what they gave America and are claiming victory. This is the ongoing cycle that is the United States Congress, or swamp for short.
The rest of America will work for the next six months while being pandered to by Washington, D.C. And right when the workers get just tired enough to break, look for the politicians to convince us that we deserve the crumbs and empty promises of how hard they will work for us.
We all hear talk about draining the swamp. What Congress just did with the passage of the omnibus spending bill was a monster cannonball into the middle of the infestation. Now the members are swimming around in the $1.3 trillion. They look on as everyday Americans are sold down the river, which leads directly to that swamp.