The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill negotiated by House Speaker Paul Ryan has provided a significant victory to Democrats in Congress and the White House
The White House and Democrats in Congress are celebrating, after successfully eliminating conservative and policy directives from the final spending bill.
Adam Jentleson, Minority Leader Harry Reid’s deputy chief of staff, took to twitter to gloat:
In addition to nixing more than 150 GOP riders, the final agreement will secure major progressive policy successes. https://t.co/uATj5i9R8Q
— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) December 16, 2015
The Obama administration also released a statement Wednesday noting the lack of ideological policy directives, writing:
The Administration appreciates the bipartisan effort to provide full-year appropriations legislation for FY 2016 largely free of new unrelated ideological riders
The “unrelated ideological riders” that the administration is referring to are the policies favored by conservatives and voters.
On Wednesday, Democrats released a report detailing 150 conservative policies that were left out of the bill. Here are just a few:
– A provision prohibiting funding for sanctuary cities that shelter illegal immigrants
– A provision prohibiting tax dollars from going to to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrives (DACA) policy in a pending court case.
– A provision prohibiting funding for climate-focused studies and reports
– A provision prohibiting funds to subsidize abortion services in connection with a plan offered under the Obamacare exchanges.
– A provision restricting the federal government from requiring licenses for Canada gun exports worth less than $500.