On Thursday, The House of Representatives passed, 256-167, an Omnibus Spending Bill. Later that evening, around midnight Friday morning, The Senate passed this bill 65-33, with two Senators, abstaining from voting. In perfect RINO fashion, Steven Palazzo and Gregg Harper voted in favor of this atrocious bill in The House of Representatives. Bennie Thompson, the lone democrat from Mississippi in Washington also voted in favor of the bill as well. Meanwhile Trent Kelly made Mississippi proud and actually voted like a conservative and voted against the bill. On The Senate side of things, there’s no real shocker how things turned out for Mississippi there. Thad Cochran, made his last vote in The US Senate, in pure RINO fashion in the affirmative for this 1.3 trillion dollar monster. Roger Wicker, I guess has decided he doesn’t have to wear the conservative cloak any longer since Chris McDaniel has changed US Senate races, also voted in the affirmative of the Omnibus spending disaster…shocker.
So what exactly did the five out of six Mississippians in Washington vote in favor of spending $1.3 trillion on this past week? In all honesty, they probably didn’t know themselves exactly what was in this monster of a bill. Lawmakers in Washington had less than 48 hours to read this 2,232 page stack of papers. The Senate didn’t get this beast of a bill until late Friday Morning and voted on it a little over 12 hours later.
At 3:50 P.M. EST, Rand Paul began “live tweeting” his findings in the “crumni-bus” bill that took over two hours to print in his Senate office. I wish I could say his findings were shocking, but I’m not that surprised much by the actions that go on in Washington sadly. Things like $5 million for the Vietnam Education foundation, $2.595 billion for International Disaster Assistance, $1.37 billion for contributions to international organizations, $10 millions for disadvantaged Egyptian students, $25 million for international religious freedom, as well as $10 million for female law enforcement officers in Afghanistan. There was some funding for border security lumped into “defense spending” that many were so proud to see increased. However, too bad it was NOT spent on OUR defense and OUR border. These funds were instead allocated for securing the border of foreign countries.
It’s no surprise either, in this $1.3 trillion disaster, planned parenthood is still funded. Also, we are funding sanctuary cities. Oh, and surprise, surprise, the legislators will receive a $15,000 raise. There’s no wall funding, just funding to add some more fencing like what is already in place on parts of the southern border. Including in this Omnibus bill is a controversial “Fix NICS” legislation that critics say would deprive Americans of their Second Amendment rights, potentially without due process. One of the things I’m most displeased about being crammed into this bill is the CLOUD Act, which would allow foreign governments to demand data from US companies. So not only now can our data be snooped on without a warrant through FISA, now foreign governments can play “Big Brother” as well with our data.
We are at a critical point in our country. We have some decisions to make this upcoming election year. There is nothing conservative about voting in favor of $1.3 trillion spending bills, that the legislators didn’t even have time to read. Mississippi has a unique opportunity right now with all of our senate and house seats up for election this year. Gregg Harper will be retiring this year. I encourage the constituents of district three to really take a hard look at their candidates they have running to fill that seat and ask them the tough questions, about standing for limited government and liberty. In district 4, the district I call home, E. Brian Rose, is a true conservative running for congress that plans on going to Washington and joining The Freedom Caucus, and fighting the good battle for liberty and limited government with the likes of Thomas Massie, Justin Amash and Tom Garrett. Of course we also have State Senator Chris Mcdaniel, a proven conservative and liberty warrior that is running for Thad Cochran’s soon to be vacant seat. Sen. McDaniel has said on multiple occasions that he plans on being an ally for Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz once he’s elected to the US Senate. Lets be sure this year we as Mississippians put in the work to get true conservatives elected so we can actually be represented in Washington by leaders that vote with Mississippi conservative values and interest in mind.