Republicans betray voters … again: Omnibus funding bill will protect Obamacare, refugee cities and open borders policies while hurting American workers
J. D. Heyes
Beginning in 2010, voters across America began electing conservative Republicans to the U.S. Congress and to statehouses and state legislatures in greater numbers, a direct rebuke of the insane progressive Marxism of Barack Obama and his Democratic Party.
Following the 2014 elections, in fact, voters returned or elected Republicans to office in record numbers, with Democrats losing more than 900 seats at the state level and 70 in Congress.
The message, say politicos, is plain: Americans don’t want what the president is selling, and they have attempted to tell him so at nearly every opportunity. Turns out, though, that congressional Republican leaders are as tone-deaf as the president, as evidenced by the recent offering of a massive omnibus spending bill that not only explodes the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars, but would also fully fund every single Obama and Democratic priority.
It’s as if Republicans are unaware of their election victories or incapable of utilizing the political clout they’ve been given. Whatever the case is, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., labeled the GOP budget as a betrayal of the highest order to the millions of voters who empowered Republicans to oppose the Democrats generally and Obama specifically.
‘What about the people’s interests?
In a speech on the floor of the Senate following the introduction of the $1.1 trillion spending package, Sessions lamented funding of many of Obama’s least popular measures, including Obamacare, immigration policy and higher domestic spending.
“They sent us to Washington, they sent us here, the people did, to protect their interests, to protect the people’s interests, to ensure the defense of their families,” Sessions said regarding funding for Obama’s immigration priorities, which include allowing thousands more Syrian and Muslim migrants into the U.S. before they are properly vetted, and at a time when Islamo-terrorism is rising again.
“They did not send us here to bow down to the president’s lawless immigration policies,” he continued, “or to line the pockets of special interests and big business.
“That’s not what we’re here for,” he said.
Continuing, Sessions noted:
“This omnibus bill approves the president’s request for increased refugee admissions, allowing him to bring in as many refugees as he wants, and he can bring them from anywhere he wants, and allow them access to unlimited welfare and entitlements at the taxpayer expense, which is not scored as a cost …
“Under this bill, it will ensure that at least 170,000 green cards – that means permanent residency with a guaranteed path to citizenship – refugee and asylee approvals will be issued to residents of Muslim countries just over the next 12 months. …”
Sessions further noted that during a time of “record immigration,” the last thing that most Americans want is more of the same. In fact, according to recent surveys (here from the Right, and here from the Left), most Americans are opposed to Obama’s and the political establishments of both parties’ calls for more immigration – a fact Sessions noted during his speech.
“The Republican-led Congress is about to deliver the president a four-fold increase in one of the most controversial foreign worker programs that we have,” he said.
Sessions also said that he and a few others in the House and Senate had asked for language to be inserted into the bill “that would protect the interests of the American people,” but added that no such language made it into the final version.
For his part, newly minted House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and a vice presidential candidate during Mitt Romney’s second failed bid for the White House in 2012, said the budget measure was the best he could get because it amounted to “the cards I was dealt.” But that lame excuse didn’t wash with conservatives who countered, correctly, that it is Congress, not the president, who controls the power of the purse.
For his part, Sessions noted that the GOP sell-out on the budget, as well as Democratic priorities, are why “voters are in open rebellion” against the establishment wings of both parties.
You can watch his full speech here.