$1.5 Trillion “deal” will make your blood boil. $15 billion to go overseas

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Democrats and Republicans forged agreement early today on a spending package that will fund the government for the next eight months, as well as provide billions in emergency funding for COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine. 


UPDATE FROM NANCY

MARCH 9, 2022  PRESS RELEASE 

Dear Democratic Colleague,

As you know, the Administration has requested that we include in our omnibus package additional funding to continue our battle against COVID.  The funding requested will protect against potential new variants and help vaccinate the world.

Republicans resisted this deeply needed funding, demanding that every cent requested by the Administration be offset, including through state and local funds scheduled to be released this spring.  Democrats fought to ensure that no localities saw their funding cuts, while negotiating that only half of the Administration’s $15 billion request be offset through remaining funds from expired programs.

Because of Republican insistence — and the resistance by a number of our Members to making those offsets — we will go back to the Rules Committee to remove COVID funding and accommodate the revised bill.  We must proceed with the omnibus today, which includes emergency funding for Ukraine and urgent funding to meet the needs of America’s families.

It is heartbreaking to remove the COVID funding, and we must continue to fight for urgently needed COVID assistance, but unfortunately that will not be included in this bill.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter.

NANCY


The announcement means Congress should be able to avert a government shutdown when a spending patch expires at midnight on Friday, though an additional patch until next week will have to be passed as well.

The $1.5 trillion government funding section of the bill includes the first round of earmarks in more than a decade, allowing members from both political parties to secure federal dollars for home-state projects. 

The overhauled program, now referred to as congressionally directed spending or community project funding, was brought back less than a year ago with members of both political parties requesting millions for projects ranging from addiction treatment programs to bridge repairs to agriculture programs. 

Compare $13.6 billion to help defend Ukraine’s border with $1.45 billion to defend America’s wide open southern border amidst the worst crisis it has ever seen. Our government is full of globalists who truly hate our country.