Much to the dismay of fiscal conservatives, a stopgap budget bill with bipartisan support is expected to pass the Republican-led House of Representatives this week.
According to recent reports, the nearly 1,600-page bill will provide funding for numerous leftist projects, including ObamaCare implementation and government-backed preschool programs. Members of the military – along with all federal civilian employees – will receive a 1 percent pay raise.
The House is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday, just hours before a current spending bill is set to expire. While members of both parties are touting a victory in that a deal was reached before another government shutdown was imminent, many conservatives are bemoaning the largely one-sided concessions this bill requires.
In addition to the sheer cost associated with the deal, a number of proposals – including stricter regulations on abortion and the Environmental Protection Agency – are missing from the deal. Furthermore, leftist talking points regarding this bill’s relatively lower cost compared to a similar spending measure passed in 2010 is far less substantial when military cuts are taken out of the equation.
A few nods to veterans and their families are included for good measure, giving patriots a meager reason to celebrate. Additionally, two leftist initiatives – a high-speed railway favored by Obama and the impending ban on incandescent light bulbs – were both nixed from the budget proposal.
In all, and as usual, the Obama administration and its ideological allies seem to have bested Republican leadership in compiling this bloated budget bill. With the recent White House announcement that Obama intends to rely even more on executive orders in the coming year, it can be frightening to imagine what policies he will push through against the objection of Congress.
Too many GOP legislators are already eager to capitulate to leftist demands. To many, the fact that this bill is predicted to sail through a Republican-controlled House is conclusive evidence of that trend.
–B. Christopher Agee
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