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‘It’s an Abomination’; GOP Sen. Rand Paul GOES OFF on $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Bill Fast Tracked by Democrats

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The $1.7 trillion Omnibus Bill was recently announced and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul was quick to bash the bill and the process in which it was passed.

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

CNN reported the astonishing details of what the Omnibus bill will fund.

“The legislation includes $772.5 billion for nondefense discretionary programs and $858 billion in defense funding, according to a bill summary from Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.

“The sweeping package includes roughly $45 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine and NATO allies, boosts in spending for disaster aid, college access, child care, mental health and food assistance, more support for the military and veterans and additional funds for the US Capitol Police, according to Leahy’s summary and one from Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee. It also includes several major Medicaid provisions, including one that could disenroll up to 19 million people from the nation’s health insurance program for low-income Americans,” the report read.

While this bill might be seen by many as an excessive overspend by the federal government, there are some very important aspects of the funding bill that will help the severe problem we are seeing at the southern border. 

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Government Executive reported on the bill’s allocation to the southern border.

“Border Patrol is in line for a whopping 17% funding boost, which includes the funding for 300 new Border Patrol agents that the Biden administration had repeatedly stressed as necessary to handle the record-high numbers of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. If Border Patrol is unable to meet the hiring goal, it can use the funds on other efforts to boost morale. 

“Customs and Border Protection would see its regular funding increase by 12%, though it would see a separate, one-time appropriation of $1.6 billion to address the uptick at the border. The encounters are only expected to increase when the pandemic-era policy known as Title 42 expires, though the Supreme Court has temporarily paused that from occurring,” the article reported.

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