GOP Rep Compares Omnibus to Pelosi's Infamous Obamacare Push

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Posted: Mar 22, 2018 3:15 PM
GOP Rep Compares Omnibus to Pelosi's Infamous Obamacare Push

You already know that the House Freedom Caucus is not a fan of the omnibus bill that passed the House on Thursday. It may have to do with the fact it authorizes $1.3 trillion in spending, that it's 2,232 pages long, or that it was released just last night. 

Or, that Democrats are praising it. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was thrilled that Democrats had "won" some decisive language in the bill, specifically in terms of the restrictions on new border construction.

Whatever their reasons, some of the more conservative lawmakers are decrying what they believe is a behemoth of a bill.

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) suggested that House Speaker Paul Ryan's omnibus effort is just as misleading as Pelosi's infamous Obamacare push.

Others, like Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), have noted how the omnibus allows for continued funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that spends money on ads targeting the GOP.

"So we’re funding with taxpayer dollars an organization that uses taxpayer dollars to run ads against Republicans," he said. "So why would Republicans vote and approve that language that puts the fight against us?”

"No, we’re not getting a fair deal,” he concluded.

Yet, defense hawks are praising the bill.

"This bill begins the rebuilding process," for our military, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said in support of the omnibus.  

He noted the more "unfortunate" aspects of the "big old bill," arguing that the good outweighs the bad. It will undoubtedly help to "fix our planes and ships and training" and boost recruitment.

Piggy backing off of that argument, Speaker Ryan added that the legislation helps progress some of the White House's policies.

"This bill starts construction on the wall," he said at a press conference. "It turns the Gateway decision over to the Trump administration. It funds our war on opioids. It invests in infrastructure. It funds school safety and mental health," he said.

The omnibus bill passed the House by a vote of 256-167. The Senate has to vote on the bill before the government runs of money Friday.

We know how at least one senator is voting.