Why Democrats Are Delighted With The Republican Spending Bill

Tyler Durden's picture

Why were Democrats unable to hide their enthusiasm for the latest Omnibus spending bill proposed by House Republicans? Simple: because, as the Washington Examiner's Philip Klein writes, "Dems basically got everything. It's like they control House, Senate, & WH rather than the other way around."

Some big picture details:

  • Deal totals just over $1 trillion
  • Deal allows for an increase of $12.5bn in defense spending, which is 18bn less than Trump requested. However, if Trump makes strides with Isis, an addition 2.5bn will be made available.
  • Includes permanent fix to fund coal miners' health care instead of a temporary extension.
  • Democrats win: There will be no wall funding; instead Trump will get $1.5bn in border security funds, which is half the original request; it will be used to support existing infrastructure.
  • Democrats win again: Puerto Rico will receive an emergency injection for Medicaid health insurance supports
  • Democrats win again2: Planned Parenthood, a key issue for Democrats, will be saved from cuts, while the National Institute of Health will see a $2bn hike in funding.
  • Democrats win again3: Cuts in the Environmental Protection Agency appear avoided for the remainder of the year.
  • Democrats win again4: The omnibus funds California high speed rail

Additionally as Bloomberg adds, "Republicans failed to get a number of conservative provisions in the bill, including one that would have blocked the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule limiting financial advice to retirees."

Also snuck inbetween the cracks there’s also a new $100 million fund to counter Russian influence in Europe.

The deal also includes a 2% increase for national parks, including nearly $40 million in new funding to address deferred maintenance and construction needs. More than 70 anti-environmental policy riders in the bill were defeated.

Amusingly, the package would provide $68 million extra in local law enforcement funds to reimburse New York City and other localities for protecting Trump.

Democrats, predictably, loved the spending bill which is sure to add hundreds of billions to the US deficit: “This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday night in a statement. “The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases investments in programs that the middle-class relies on, like medical research, education, and infrastructure.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also praised the deal, saying that Democrats won the removal of about 160 partisan riders. “The bill also increases funding for wildfire and federal highway emergency relief, and for Puerto Rico’s underfunded Medicaid program," she said in a statement. Under the tentative deal, the island would get some relief with $295 million in unspent money for territories for a limited time, said a congressional aide.

As expected, Republicans were just as eager to cover up the fact that they rolled over:  "We couldn't be more pleased," Vice President Mike Pence said in an interview on CBS "This Morning." He called the deal "a bipartisan win for the American people" that included funding for a significant increase in military spending and a down payment on border security.

"We have boosted resources for our defense needs without corresponding increases in non-defense spending," House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. He said the measure will make the U.S. "stronger and safer."

But not all: Republican Representative Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, was quoted by Reuters saying he and other conservatives likely would not back the measure because it does not fulfill their promises to voters. "I'm disappointed," Jordan told CNN. "We'll see how it plays out this week but I think you're going to see conservatives have some real concerns with this legislation."

Bloomberg's summary:

Overall, the compromise resembles more of an Obama administration-era budget than a Trump one. The National Institutes of Health, for example, would see a $2 billion boost, reflecting the popularity of medical research among lawmakers. The deal includes $990 million for famine aid, along with a $1.1 billion boost for disaster recovery funds.

The House Rules Committee has scheduled a hearing for 3 p.m. Tuesday to consider advancing the bill, including setting procedures for a floor vote. That said, there does remain a chance for a government shutdown in October. Trump has sought $54 billion in defense increases paired with $54 billion in domestic cuts. Republican leaders may be less willing to bow to Democrats without the excuse of being more than halfway through the fiscal year.

Finally, as Bloomberg adds, Congress and the president will also need to agree on a debt ceiling increase in the fall, and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney has said he wants to use the debt ceiling to impose new spending restraints.

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BaBaBouy's picture

TWUMP Is The Swamp ???????

FrozenGoodz's picture

Art of the deal is doing whatever it takes to get a deal apparently

chubbar's picture

Trump keeps this up and the GOP will beat the DNC to impeachment proceedings. What a turn of events, Trump's a bigger Dem than Hillary.

new game's picture

hopeless-tyranny of deep state with r and d backing.


manofthenorth's picture

There is no left or right, no Republicans or Democrats.........

there are only RINOs and DINOs , all members of the WANKER party.....

the WARforBANKERS club and that is ALL.

froze25's picture

Long Pitch forks and Torches.

Joe Davola's picture

$990 mil for famine aid - Jeez, that's like 200 million hot-n-ready's.

ares_xtreme's picture

The Congress is a RINO reservation

Or swamp.

Pick one but please mind that now Trump offers sanctuary to the poor animals


john doeberg's picture

More conservative judges are always welcomed.

Especially if they are jews.


Tyler_Durderian's picture

There's no such thing as conservative jews in US. 

They are all cultural marxists.


Creative_Destruct's picture

Fuck it. At least we may get a decent Supreme to replace Kennedy despite the Trump "art of CAVING IN on the deal" fiascos.

Beginning to think the supposed genius negotiator is just a moron man-child.

Scrimpy's picture

The jew Run/owned FED controls all branches of government.


What can't they buy with the eight trillion they just printed for themselves under Obama?

inhibi's picture

A Carrot With No Stick is what defines American politics today. Of course, the carrot is for the uber wealthy. Do the plebs even exist anymore?

Dabooda's picture

That 990 million for "famine aid" is amazing.  We all know they deliberately try to cause famines -- witness Yemen, Iraq, and every other nation on whom "sanctions" are imposed.  What's is amazing is that they admit to aiding famines -- rather than pretending to aid the victims of famines.  I guess that "famine aid" is the military hardware they're giving to Saudi Arabia, to further their great work in starving Yemen.

Ghost of Porky's picture

One man's swamp is another man's deep state globalist military industrial complex.

caconhma's picture

Stop dreaming and start judging Trump not by his words but his deeds.

Based of what Trump does he is 

- A liar

- A buffoon

- A Zionist

- A Banking Mafia lackey

- A mentally compromised person

- An utterly incompetent President and a politician

- A low-life hustler

Creative_Destruct's picture

The empirical evidence points to verification of your assertions. Difficult to argue with at this point.

fleur de lis's picture

Chuck Schumer has such a creepy look about him.

He's only missing a Bolshevik hat with that dumb Rothschild star on the rim.

tmosley's picture

You will note the lack of insurance company bailouts.

By the end of the year, Obamacare will collapse and the Democrats will roll over.

how_this_stuff_works's picture

"By the end of the year, Obamacare will collapse and the Democrats will roll over."

From your lips to God's ear.

Ghost of Porky's picture

It's hard to drain the swamp when your name is on the Lolita Express manifest.

chubbar's picture

Trump just came out and said he wants to keep pre-existing conditions in his new bill, how the fuck is this going to be any different than Obamacare except the GOP will now own that disaster?

Trump is officially out of his fucking mind. I really don't think he has any link to reality at this point in time. Christ, why doesn't he just run down and publically fellate Schumer? He'd garner a lot more respect doing that than what he's been doing the last 2 weeks, what a fucking turncoat.

Dabooda's picture

Try thinking of Obamacare as a pre-existing condition, and it starts to make sense.  Democrats will rally around that, while the Freedom Caucus will not.  Trump has enough ego not to care what he gets passed -- as long as something gets passed.

Kayman's picture

"Art of the Deal" says sleep is bad.  Far better to be awake 21 hours a day fumbling around in a stupor, bouncing from pillar to post, racing downhill on a skateboard backwards using a mirror for direction.

Candidate Trump was Russkied out of existence.

eatthebanksters's picture

2018 will roll around and then the Dems won't be able to pull this bullshit anymore. Trumps a cagey mutherfucka...give em' just enough to keep them happy and keep things moving forward and then hit them between the eyes at election time.  

ThisIsMadness's picture

Baloney. This is the Republicans doing what they do, which is nothing. Nothing is going to REALLY change in the Swamp until you drain it.

chrsn's picture

Hell, Trump is the Swamp Thing

j0nx's picture

Apparently elections DON'T have consequences since the dems still get everything they want and republicans roll over again. Sad.

Laddie's picture

Trump is a (((Deep State))) President, as have all been save for JFK and we know what (((THEY))) did to him:
JFK on Hitler

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - John F. Kennedy

Complete book available FREE at this link:
Michael Collin Piper’s Final Judgement

Never Trump leader named White House director of media relations
A Never Trump movement leader who once blamed candidate Donald Trump for violent race riots in Chicago has now joined President Trump’s White House.

As Predicted, Spending Bill Combines All the Worst Possible Factors

Whilst it is TRUE that (((THEY))) are celebrating it was NOT a coup, Donald was IN ON IT from the start:
Jews Celebrate Successful Coup Against Trump Administration

Whites have NO ONE on their side, this is the future alas, well it is the PRESENT but will only get worse...
White Navy Veteran Beaten By Three Blacks After Kindly Asking Them To Stop Torturing A Turtle

More Black on Turtle Violence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyeDTS24mAs

12 year old White girl attacked by African-American female in Jefferson County Public School Girls Restroom
Occurred On: Apr-14-2017 Location: Louisville, Kentucky

I hope these precious "teens" are safe...they are the VICTIMS of White Supremacy and White Privilege
WWII vet murder suspects targeted by Aryan Brotherhood https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dB_2mTNId_Q
88 Year Old White WW2 Vet said to be a "Crack Dealer" by one of the African-American youths who were victims of this NAZI. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feAqU9YoGu4

Just a lovely introduction to the Future for all Whites in the USSA:
Whites vs Mexicans in CA Prison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4MZ6Ucvgqc

Laughinggrizzley's picture

Does everybody on here agree, that to get any real "change", it's going to take a insurrection?

NihilistZerO___'s picture

It's painfully obvious for anyone bothering to look. If only we had some real Nationalists in positions of power within the military. We might get a relatively bloodless coup to expel the scum. Sadly anyone close to the levers of power is part of the swamp. Reminds me of Greece military. How could they watch what the EU has done to their country and not step in for their people? Maybe because Greek austerity does NOT extend to military spending. There is nothing left in this world but graft. Truly a bankers paradise.

DeathMerchant's picture

How about requiring the SCOTUS to stop any presidential action and remove the possibility of lower courts doing so ??

small axe's picture

Government by, for, and of the Kleptocracy. One party, one state, and universal THEFT by those with their hands on the levers of power.

xrxs's picture

I like the performance bonus for crushing ISIS.

Pooper Popper's picture


dlfield's picture

It's almost like we have a 1-pary system.  Hmm.....

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

if Trump makes strides with Isis, an addition 2.5bn will be made available.

Strides? So does that mean continue to help ISIS destablize the region, or destroy ISIS?  All this doublethink is getting confusing.

Start wearing your tinfoil hat out in pubic folks.  When all this stuff is widely revealed as true you will have have gained clout and street cred.

A. Boaty's picture

Given his avatar, I would say fashion does not look like his strong suit.

cheech_wizard's picture

>if Trump makes strides with Isis, an addition 2.5bn will be made available.


Standard Disclaimer: Winning?


WinstonSmith1984's picture

Why does ZH always imply that democrats love spending and deficits while republicans don't.

Seems to me the Republicans have no problem with massive spending and deficits too.

DeathMerchant's picture

Same plan, different goals. Dems want to fund gimmeedats and donuffins, reps want to fund defense/corporate interests. If there is any difference, it is that dems prey upon the lower classes for votes while they become millionaires.

Raging Goose's picture

The Dems get what they want till Oct. 1st then Trump will tell them to find some offs to fuck. Healthcare should be done and hopefully tax reform by then and then its katie bar the door bitchez!