Last night, the omnibus appropriations bill passed the Senate.
This bill is simply exploding with earmarks. The last count I’ve heard was about 9,000 where 115 of them, totaling $117 million, were added to the Homeland Security section by itself. It’s no shock that these earmarks are slated to go to Members in vulnerable Congressional Districts.
We call a bill like this a “Christmas Tree”. The analogy is perfect because this bill is decorated with ornate accounting and legislative gimmicks and offers an abundance of gift-wrapped presents for Members.
This is not Fiscal responsibility.