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It’s absolute garbage legislation, and the Republican Party gave their seal of approval yesterday. For all the tough talk about wasteful spending, the GOP surrender yesterday was a painful throwback to an old axiom about the two parties: the Democrats want to drive off the fiscal cliff at 80 MPH, while the GOP would prefer to go 45MPH. I believe the Koch Brothers are credited with that saying, but even still—it’s appropriate after this atrocious $1.7 trillion omnibus was passed on a 68-29 vote.
The only good thing about this bill—and I’m using that phrase lightly—is that it didn’t include the equally appalling mass amnesty bill that Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) tried to push through. But it does involve billions in aid for Ukraine, which isn’t a Republican priority, and billions more for the Internal Revenue Service so they can harass working Americans’ Venmo transactions. There were no conservative priorities in this bill—none.