Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

Here’s What’s In The ‘Ugliest’ Omnibus Bill Ever

Posted by M. C. on December 23, 2022

One reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer how the bill was “functional,” to require legislators to read a bill of that size in such a short period of time.

“How is it functional process to drop a 4,100 page bill this morning and expect a vote on it tomorrow?” asked a reporter, adding “Most of Congress hasn’t had a chance to review this.”

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This week, while Democrats still (barely) have enough power to pass it, the 117th Congress is about to rush through a 4,155-page, $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that the WSJ Editorial Board has called the “worst in history.”

This is no way to govern in a democracy, but here we are,” the board writes.

The final bill was quietly dropped Monday in the ‘dead of night’ – and by Thursday, if all goes to plan, it will get rushed through for a vote.

I brought with me the omni, 4,155 pages. When was it produced? In the dead of night. 1:30 in the morning it was released,” said Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during a press conference with Sens. Mike Braun, Ron Johnson, Mike Lee and Rick Scott – the only dissenting Senate Republicans.

Overall, the bill contains $858 billion for defense – an increase of 9.7%, and $45 billion more than President Biden sought. It will, among other things, give military members a 4.6% raise and help replenish dwindling weapons stocks. $45 billion has also been earmarked for new military and economic aid for Ukraine.

“What is more dangerous to the country? $1.1 Trillion in new debt or as Republican leadership likes to say, “Oh, it is a win! It is a big win. We’re getting $45 billion for the military,”” said Paul. “So which is more important? Which threatens the country more? Are we at risk of being invaded by a foreign power if we don’t put $45 billion into the military? Are we more at risk by adding to a $31 trillion debt?”

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