Lame duck senate passes $1.7 trillion package

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The Senate Thursday passed its $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package that will fund the federal government through 2023. The 4,000 page bill, which was released in the early morning hours Tuesday, includes $858 billion for defense, $787 billion for non-defense domestic programs and more than 7,200 earmarks costing over $15 billion.

Many Republican congressmen warned against the spending package, which they say is chock-full of earmarks used to fund politicians’ pet projects at American taxpayers’ expense, and will only increase inflation and the federal budget deficit.

“I brought along the 1.7 trillion, 4,000+ page Pelosi-Schumer omnibus spending bill that’s being fast-tracked through the Senate,” Senator Rand Paul tweeted Tuesday. “This process stinks. It’s an abomination. It’s a no good rotten way to run government. We’re standing up and saying NO.”

The bill includes $200 million for a “Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund,” which will be used to promote “gender programs in Pakistan,” and $286 million for Title X funding, which funds groups like Planned Parenthood. Although, the bill states that it prohibits spending any of the funds on abortions.


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