House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Conservative groups are furious

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The House passed the first comprehensive Appropriations bill in over two years Thursday with broad bipartisan support, despite the overwhelming disapproval of outside conservative groups.

The $1.1 trillion bill, which the Senate is expected to pass later this week, funds every corner of the government through September 30. But while it has something for everyone to hate, only three Democrats and 64 Republicans opposed, much to the chagrin of Club for Growth, Heritage Action, and FreedomWorks.

“We stand with Speaker Boehner and the other leadership,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). “We stand for conservative principles, [but] we realize that within the family we’re not going to get everything we want.”

“I think there’s a clear sense that this is a new day,” said Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.). “It puts a clear slate before us legislatively; we can address other things. We have the time to address legislation on immigration and on mandatory spending and many other issues.”

“This is a real win for this institution,” he added.

Conservatives are upset that the bill, which is set by the budget passed at the end of last year, is a $45 billion increase over the 2014 discretionary spending level set by sequestration in 2011. In public statements, they have bemoaned everything from increases to the Head Start education programs to maintaining current funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. But there are also signs that these outside groups are angry about their loss of influence.

“The appropriators who crafted this bill did so in absolute secrecy, preventing any meddlesome outsiders from nagging them about the spending tweaks and program changes they tucked into a 1,500 page bill,” FreedomWorks director Matt Kibbe wrote in an open letter.

House Republicans have largely rallied behind House Speaker John Boehner since he proclaimed in mid-December that outside conservative groups have “lost all credibility” for “misleading their followers” through the government shutdown. Still, there are points of contention that could arise, most notably the upcoming debt ceiling debate, which House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) called “out of my bailiwick.”

Instead Rogers preferred to bask in the glow of bipartisan achievement today, complimenting his staffers for six weeks of hard work and late night negotiations through Christmas and the New Year.

“I was just reflecting in there, a few minutes ago in the chamber—that hallowed place where we’ve survived depression and world war and all sorts of difficulties over the years,” he said. “But we always came through this because we were able to work common problems out across the aisle.”

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notsacredh
notsacredh

“The appropriators who crafted this bill did so in absolute secrecy, preventing any meddlesome outsiders from nagging them about the spending tweaks and program changes they tucked into a 1,500 page bill,” FreedomWorks director Matt Kibbe wrote in an open letter.

What he really means is that he's pissed that his special interest group didn't write the bill and that the people we actually voted for and elected to congress to do just that did.

spookiewriter
spookiewriter

It's funny that the TP talks about the Founding Fathers and how they would hate to see what's happening in government since it's those same fellas that keep squashing their dream of a 1 party theocracy.

Compromise is built into our system and every time some flavor of the week Right/Left group tries to seize control they get their way for a little while then fade away.

As frustrating as our system is it is still better than most other governments on the planet. I'm not trying to be a cheerleader but I've been lucky enough to travel and see what else is out there. I'm not wealthy by any standard. My job sends me overseas often and I don't stay in 4 star hotels or get the red carpet treatment. I experience other countries as they really are, not what they show to VIP's or tourists. It's amazing just how messed up other countries are politically. 

So, despite all the stupidity surrounding our government, I've yet to find another country I would consider better than ours.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

Sun rises in the east "Tea Party is furious"


They only know one emotion, it's not really news that they are hyperventilating. 

dellflorida
dellflorida

Because Congress is going to spend  approx. $600 trillion more than they collected in taxes(the Budget deficit),in a short while they are going to have to increase the National Debt to cover that over money they overspent.  As with many other past congresses-they won't change the rugged tax code so that  big corporations like Exxon or Ge pay any  income taxes, or they won't cut spending(like the bloated defense dept. budget of $500 Billion).  We are still waiting for those Fuiscal conservatives to rescue us from this. So far the only person who accomplished anything was Pres. Clinton,who with the help of Senate Republicans,was in office 8 years and ended up cutting down the National Debt somewhat.

reallife
reallife

@spookiewriter what makes our country great, compared to the rest of the world, is how small the government is, and the problem we're having now is that Obama wants us to be like the "rest of the world". 

Thanks to the Tea Party for fighting back, and for preserving our greatness for future generations.



tom.litton
tom.litton

@dellfloridaWhile I agree congress won't do anything to help the deficit (mostly because people generally don't care about the deficit). 


However, cutting spending now would probably do more harm then good.  That is it would cost jobs, and therefore lower revenue, and not make things all that much better.


To really cut the deficit, you would need to look at military (untouchable for republicans) and entitlements (untouchable for democrats).

La_Randy
La_Randy

@ViableOp The problem with ViableOP comment is that there is no "debt crisis".

ItJustGotReal
ItJustGotReal

@ViableOp

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@That you had to link to an obscure blog hosted in another country indicates how little we Americans care about "federal budgetary problems".

La_Randy
La_Randy

@reallife @spookiewriter I would like to see proof that small government leads to greatness. Tell that to the people in West Virginia who are drinking bottled water.


Also it should be known that reallife lost a bet in which he agreed to never come to this site again.


Sadly his form of honor is indicative of TP republicans in general.

reallife
reallife

@La_Randy @reallife @spookiewriter I would like to see proof that I am who you say I am, or like a good libtard you're just talking out of your arse


ps: you dont know what honor is