The $1.3 trillion spending deal that President Trump signed on Friday expands many of President Obama’s priorities, despite the president’s previous proposals to do the exact opposite. And his base of supporters — especially those at Fox News — are extremely unhappy about it.
The omnibus spending bill passed by both houses of the Republican Congress was a loser for Trump. It does not kill any of the programs or agencies he had proposed to kill when he submitted his budget.
For example, Trump said he would eliminate:
But here is what the spending bill signed by Trump does for these programs:
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And those are not the only areas where Obama’s priorities won out over Trump’s:
One puzzled commentator said about the spending bill: ”it basically extends the fiscal status quo that has prevailed since the start of Obama’s second term—plus adds a sizable chunk of new deficit spending—even though Republicans now control the legislative and executive branches.”
The frosting on the cake for Democrats (and the salt in the wound for Republicans) was when congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, claimed the spending bill was a victory for them.
On Friday Trump had threatened to veto the bill but ended up signing it. The veto threat gave false hope to a lot of his supporters and the fact that it was an empty threat seemed to anger them more. One White House official was quoted as saying that Trump’s signing led to “the hardest I’ve ever seen the base turn on Trump over anything.”
“A big reason why people voted for him was because of his apparent willingness to stand up to the entrenched political class in both parties,” the official said. “Voters wanted a fighter who wouldn’t back down to ‘the swamp’ like a ‘typical politician.'”
Conservative commentator Ann Coulter said that the ramifications will hit the GOP in the midterms, particularly in the House. “The House will definitely flip, why would anyone vote Republican?” she said.
Here are items in the bill that make Democrats happy and Republicans mad:
After Trump signed the spending bill, the conservative National Review reportedly denounced it as “the sort of legislation that would have been right at home in the Obama administration.”
Looking at the above list you can see why.
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