Pelosi Forces Massive Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

Pelosi Forces Massive Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

(UnitedVoice.com) – There’s nothing like waiting until the last minute. It’s fashionable for Congress to hold off on bills vital to the nation while focusing on minor issues. For example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has known for months that an omnibus spending bill was coming to keep the government open. And she knew it would come simultaneously with negotiating a COVID-19 relief bill. Yet, she and the Democrats who control the legislative agenda instead passed a bill last week to decriminalize marijuana.

Currently, Democrats are rushing through a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill. If it isn’t passed by Friday in both chambers, the government could shut down.

It makes one wonder: Is the delay intentional so Democrats can force liberal wish list items into bills without controversy? By rushing bills through, Democrats can lock Republicans out of the legislative process, prevent in-depth research on bills that are thousands of pages long, and eliminate debate.

It’s a win-win scenario for Democrats who want to pass far-left agenda items without anyone knowing or caring.

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14 Republicans Say Enough Is Enough

On Wednesday, December 16, fourteen Republicans wrote to President Trump urging him to veto the massive spending bill. In 2018, Trump hesitantly signed an omnibus bill due to the needed increases in defense spending. At the time, he said it was his top priority to keep the nation safe. However, the $1.3 trillion spending measure and how it passed, left a bad taste in his mouth.

The president warned Congress and said, “I will never sign another bill like this again.” He accused lawmakers of not reading or knowing what was in the final bill.

Republicans are calling the president to keep his word and veto the 2020 omnibus spending bill.

In the letter, they accuse Pelosi of negotiating the deal behind closed doors. Whatever comes from the small group of negotiators is what lawmakers have to vote on. Essentially, the Speaker locked the majority of Congress out from a debate on the bill, depriving them of influence on the legislation. The Republicans say it’s a take-it-or-leave-it bill.

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Why the Rush?

These Republicans seem to think the timing is no accident. At noon on January 3, a new Congress will be sworn in. Contrary to their plans for a big blue wave, Democrats lost seats in the House, and Pelosi — if she retains her role as Speaker — will have the smallest majority in nearly a century. This bill might not pass in the new Congress, and Pelosi knows it.

In the letter, the GOP House members say this bill exemplifies “everything that is wrong with the swamp politics of Washington, D.C.”

For Republicans urging Trump to veto the bill, it’s not just about the money but what the money will do to America. They claim if Trump signs the bill into law, it will go against everything he fought for during his first term. They say the bill will:

  • Empower the educational system to teach America’s youth that our country is evil.
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  • Reward states for breaking their election laws.
  • Empower healthcare companies at the expense of Americans.
  • Underfund border security.
  • Continue the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
  • Fund Planned Parenthood.
  • Empower Democratic governors to continue shutting down their states and destroying America’s way of life.

It’s a compelling case the small group of Republicans made to the president. Unfortunately, because of how Pelosi and her leadership team conduct business, Republicans are backed into a corner. Not only is this bill vital, so is a COVID-19 relief bill expected to add nearly $1 trillion more in spending.

If the majority of Republicans vote “no” on the omnibus, not only does the government shut down, but relief needed for millions of unemployed Americans evaporates along with it. It’s a risky political move to make when so much is on the line.

You’ve got to give it to Nancy, she knows how to play the game, and Republicans waited too long to call her out on it. If Trump vetoes the bill, it may get overridden. However, it at least exposes the games Democrats are playing.

Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst

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