December 17, 2019
Would you like such a bill, goyim?
Well, it doesn’t matter what you like, goyim. This is a democracy, meaning you have no say whatsoever in what happens to you.
This amounts to $1.37 trillion in funding.
Lawmakers released the details Monday of a bipartisan spending deal that would rain down $49 billion in extra funding upon nearly every facet of the federal government during the next nine months.
The more than 2,300 pages of bill text are expected to be signed into law before week’s end, cementing a total of $738 billion in fiscal 2020 funding for the military and $632 billion for non-defense departments such as Education, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services.
The House plans to pass the fiscal 2020 spending bills in two packages on Tuesday, likely followed by Senate passage before federal funding runs out at midnight on Friday. With President Donald Trump’s signature, the measures would dissolve the threat of a government shutdown until Oct. 1 and negate the need for more stopgap spending measures that keep funding levels static.
One package contains four bills, including the Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce-Justice-Science and Financial Services spending measures. The other “minibus” holds eight bills to fund the departments of Agriculture, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Energy, Interior, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and State, as well as the EPA, congressional operations and water projects.
Following a late-breaking deal early Tuesday morning, congressional leaders and the White House agreed to include language extending a slew of expiring tax provisions. That so-called “extenders” legislation will be rolled into the bill text before the House votes to pass the eight-measure package.
The agreement between Democrats and Republicans includes long-sought money for research into gun violence, permanent repeal of three major health insurance taxes, no new funding for international family planning help, millions for election security grants, billions in added Pentagon cash and a 3.1 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees. Also on tap are billions more than requested by the White House to help carry out the 2020 census and record funding for the Head Start program for at-risk young children.
The impasse over border wall funding was solved this time with a trade-off. Money for the U.S.-Mexico barrier will stay static during the current fiscal year, at about $1.4 billion, rather than the president’s request for $8.6 billion. Budgets for the nation’s two immigration enforcement agencies — Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement — are also largely flat-lined.
But the deal does not tie Trump’s hands in being able to shift cash from other pots of money, as he has done in trying to siphon more than $6 billion from military construction projects, a Treasury forfeiture fund and Pentagon counter-drug efforts. While the number of immigrants ICE can keep detained at any one time will stay the same under the measure, the compromise does not bar the administration from transferring money to increase that detention number if there is a surge in incoming undocumented immigrants.
That’s the same thing the last bill allowed.
Trump tried to move money to the border wall from the military this year, and whatever the results were, we still do not have a wall.
And get this – anti-gun funding.
For the first time in more than two decades, Democrats notched a victory in funding for research into gun violence. While the legislation retains long-held “Dickey Amendment” language ordering the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to lobby in favor of gun control, it requires the CDC and the National Institutes of Health to spend $12.5 million each on researching the issue, including by tracking gun-related deaths and injuries, as well as identifying correlations like the relationship between victim and shooter. Democrats had initially sought $25 million for each of the two agencies to carry out that work but consider it a win to have secured dedicated funding despite pushback from gun rights groups.
The Democrats have kept up the argument that spending $8.6 billion of $1.37 trillion on a wall would be fiscally irresponsible. Just so you understand, a trillion is a thousand billion. That means that the requested wall funding would be 0.6% of this bill. Just over half of one percent from the number one thing that people voted for in 2016.
But it’s too much money, goyim.
We just don’t have that kind of money.
After all, we have to spend trillions in Afghanistan.
💰 $1.5T to wage war
💰 $87B to train Afghan military & police
💰 $30B on reconstruction
💰 $24B on economic development
💰 $10B on counternarcotics
As the Taliban gains strength, opium production quadruples, and people live in poverty we must ask: https://t.co/7yAqmyBx1G
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) December 13, 2019
Because if we don’t, then there will be instability in Afghanistan.
It’s funny that this spending bill was such a big fight last year, and there’s nothing this year.
Remember that Donald Trump shut down the government?
Remember when he said he wouldn’t open the government unless he got wall funding, and then when he didn’t get wall funding, he just opened it anyway?
Well, this year, it seems he didn’t want to have a public discussion, at all, as it would have brought attention to the fact that he hasn’t built ONE SINGLE MILE of new barrier during his three years in office.
While he is going around with large “finish the wall” signs.
That sign is larger than the amount of new wall constructed. Which is zero.
All he has done is replace fencing with new fencing. But all of the new fencing has been replacement fencing.
He should change his slogan to something different, maybe “Nisht Hewa.”
Which I believe is Turkish for “grab em by the pussy.”
At least that’s a message everyone can get behind.
Or maybe this is all part of the plan, and maybe we just need to trust it.
Maybe Trump is waiting until after his own death to build the wall. He has a fortune that is at least $8.6 billion, personally, so maybe he is planning to donate that to a wall fund in his will.
Oh but no, I forgot – that fortune goes to the Kushner family.