Biden flies to St. Croix and signs $1.7 trillion omnibus spending, with controversial climate change initiatives

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By CASEY HARPER | THE CENTER SQUARE

President Joe Biden signed a $1.7 trillion omnibus bill Thursday night, but that legislation has come under fire from critics for funding numerous controversial issues.

Biden also took fire for heading to St. Croix for the holidays, where the several thousand page bill was flown to him for his signature.

“The omnibus – filled with wacko climate change initiatives – is being flown more than 1,000 miles to be signed because the president couldn’t be bothered to stick around and do his job,” U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, said.

U.S. Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., highlighted some of the more controversial spending items in a string of tweets that went viral.

“And, of course, $1,438,000,000 for membership in global multilateral organizations, including the UN. The word ‘salmon’ appears 48 times in the bill. $65 million for salmon? Seems fishy,” he wrote. “On a more sinister note, here’s at least $575 million for ‘family planning’ in areas where population growth ‘threatens biodiversity.’ Malthusianism is a disturbing, anti-human ideology that should have ZERO place in any federal program.”

Biden, though, celebrated the bill, which averted a government shutdown and funded the government through September.

“Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress,” Biden said. “It’ll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, VAWA funding – and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine. Looking forward to more in 2023.”

The bill caused division within the GOP, where some Republicans like Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., helped move the bill through while others like Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, tried to rally opposition.

“The Republicans who gifted us the omnibus should be ashamed,” Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, wrote on Twitter. “How many of them ran saying they’d secure the border? How many ran as fiscal conservatives? They ALL did. These ‘Republicans’ LIED to their voters. Truly a DISGRACE!!”

Others criticized not just what is in the bill, but how it was passed.

“​​Congress now routinely passes most major legislation in a multi-thousand-page omnibus bill, crafted in secret at the end of each year, with no time to read, in a nearly empty House chamber with no floor amendments allowed and no real debate,” said Justin Amash, a former Republican representative for Michigan. “This is oligarchy, not representation.”

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who is expected to lead the Republicans in the House in the next Congress, opposed the bill, signaling that Democratic legislation will have a hard time getting through the House for the next two years.

“For the first time in history, a bill in the House was passed without a physical quorum present – more people voted by proxy than in person,” he said. “The omnibus will damage our country, [and] the blatant disregard for Article I, Section 5 of our Constitution will forever stain this Congress. In 11 days, the new [House Republican] majority will change the direction of our country. We will also return the House back to a functioning constitutional body by repealing proxy voting once and for all.”

13 COMMENTS

  1. Mental illness is going global …….and US taxpayers are flitting the bill. Therapy and recovery seems out of reach.

    • Are you kidding, MA? We have an illegitimate president in office who was the product of election fraud. I didn’t vote for Joe Biden. Did you? Get a clue, bud. Our country is falling apart, and you don’t have any constructive solutions.

      • Ah, speaking of clues….

        Please put forward all proof, real proof, of a stolen election. You can even go to gateway pundit. They are loaded with the conspiracy of the hour.

        I’ll even give you this nugget. In every single election there is evidence of minor instances of fraud. But never enough to matter in the scheme of things.

        Simple fact is Trump lost to a senile old fool in a basement because he ran a bad election, coil keep his mouth shut, and white women in droves went for Biden.

        If you are an American voter, you are part of the system that voted in Biden. You don’t get to excuse yourself from the results because you don’t like them.

        I’m curious if you think throwing a toddler like tantrum screaming about stolen elections is a solution? You so, how? Trump will not be placed into the White House if your fever dream is somehow proven true. The office would follow the Constitutional chain of succession. Harris, then Pelosi, or potentially Speaker Pro Teim of the Senate if the changing House leadership made the Speaker problematic.

        It seems to offend you I include all of us in the election of Biden. Tough. There isn’t one of us who couldn’t have done more to work to change the result. Including me. Including you.

        While you may get diaper rash over my chosen approach to things, it’s meant to be tough love for people like you in particular.

        Acceptance of the nationwide delusion to elect a senile crook/pervert has had brutal consequences. Coming to terms with this is the first step in trying to get out of it.

        • Obviously, you haven’t a clue to what you are saying. The corrupt criminal syndicate known as the Deep State colluded to oust a duly elected president (called Treason) and collaborated with Big Tech (Facebook, Google, Twitter) and Big Pharma (COVID Lies, i.e., Fauci) to interfere and organize the greatest theft in history. Corrupt judges have ignored evidence in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Georgia. The recent Kari Lake lawsuit in Arizona had damning evidence how they stole the Governor’s race and some of the Maricopa County Officials admitted they broke Arizona Law by breaking chain of custody with the ballots. Yet, the judge did nothing to correct it. Can you say corruption? You really need to wake up MA, because Trump is not the bad guy here and you need to shake off the fake news brainwashing you obviously adhere too. Justice is coming one way or another, either the Supreme Court cases now being heard will correct this injustice or the military will have to step in due to the depth of the corruption at every level of government. This country was infiltrated, and it took years for them to reach this level, but they are exposed now thanks to Trump. Get ready to have real leadership back in the Whitehouse soon!

  2. Yeah. Pull that reserve gold out of Ft. Knox.
    Not stamped USA on the bricks. Return to sender? No? I didn’t think so…

  3. Biden is a brain dead lunatic. $1.7 trillion, You morons that voted for this lunatic just indentured our children. We will see how popular he is after the economy crashes here shortly.

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