Congress OKs year-end budget deal, sends to Obama

by Associated Press
December 19, 2015

Congress on Friday sent President Obama a bipartisan but deficit draining year-end budget package that boosts federal agency spending and awards tax cuts to both families and a sweeping array of business interests.

A 65-33 Senate vote on the measure was the last act that shipped the measure, combining $1.14 trillion in new spending in 2016 and $680 billion in tax cuts over the coming decade, to Obama. It had earlier swept through the House on a pair of decisive votes on Thursday and Friday, marking a peaceful end to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican efforts to derail his regulatory agenda.

Obama will sign the measure, which includes many of the spending increases he fought for all year and is largely cleansed of GOP attempts to block his moves on the environment, financial regulation, and consumer protection. Republicans won increases for the military and an end to a ban on exporting U.S. oil, as well as permanent tax cuts for business investment.

31 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • It’s too bad the GOP didn’t win back the Senate. This would have never happened. (sarcasm off)

  • CharlieSeattle says:

    The U.S. government is mostly run by just five people: Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Paul Ryan, and Nancy Pelosi.

    This week, these five pushed through a horrible Omnibus spending bill to fund the government through next September.

    The bill amounts to a betrayal of American voters, especially on immigration matters.

    Where do I begin to condemn this? I’ll start with House Speaker Paul Ryan.

    It didn’t take long for Ryan to break all his promises on immigration, did it?

    When he was running for Speaker two months ago, Ryan promised he would not bring up immigration bills that did not have the backing of a majority of Republican House Members.

    Yet as soon as he got the chance, Ryan snuck several huge immigration giveaways into the Omnibus spending bill Congress approved today. It goes further:»Nearly QUADRUPLES the number of H-2B low-skilled foreign workers allowed in this year. This could raise the total of these workers this year from 66,000 to 264,000.

    Not only that…»FUNDS a large increase in Syrian and other refugee resettlement in this country. Instead of a timeout and a full security review, Congress handed Obama everything he wants.»FUNDS Obama’s catch-and-release policy that virtually stops deportations.»FUNDS Sanctuary Cities, so that cities like San Francisco that refuse to turn over jailed illegal aliens to the feds will face no cut in funding.»MAINTAINS tax credits to illegal aliens in the form of the Earned Income Tax Credit. That is, if a family is poor enough, they not only pay no income tax, the government pays THEM. Yes, that includes illegal aliens! Also, Congress continues to allow illegal aliens to claim child tax credits on their tax returns.»FUNDS the continued relocation into America of the unaccompanied minors who are marching across the border into Texas and states. The numbers of these crossing the border is way up again this year.

    Even with all these outrages I’ve mentioned, there are still MORE terrible things hidden in the Omnibus bill, which passed both the House and the Senate. A hopeful sign is that 95 House Republicans joined with 18 House Democrats, and 26 Senate Republicans joined with 6 Senate Democrats to vote NO on this monstrosity.Yet, most Republicans and most all the Democrats voted yes, and it passed.

    Does anyone speak for regular, working Americans? Is anyone willing to fight for them?

    NumbersUSA stands up for regular Americans. We fight amnesties. We fight birthright citizenship. We fight chain migration. We fight ever increasing immigration. We do have our champions in Congress. Sen. Jeff Sessions and Rep. Steve King are among dozens of Congressional leaders who are fighting the status quo. But they are outnumbered.

    NumbersUSA and our army of citizen activists fought these Omnibus giveaways with everything we had: phone calls, faxes, social media, lobbying. Every time Congress votes directly on Amnesties or increasing immigration, NumbersUSA wins. Yet when just five people dominate government policy, and those people are Obama, McConnell, Reid, Ryan, Pelosi, terrible things are snuck into gigantic spending bills like this one.

    To stop this nonsense, we have to become even stronger. Join NumbersUSA. com today!

    Keep the faith, and don’t ever give up!

    Jim Robb

    Vice President, Operations

  • billwhit says:

    Ryan seems to be more of a Boehner than anything else, still sucking up to Obama! The GOP and all of Congress needs to be cleaned out! The GOP, same as the Democrats, are not the Parties of the past, not the Parties of our Fathers and Grandfathers, they would already have their guns trained on these Tyrants in Congress, on both Parties! Neither Party is barely recognizable as being anything close to “American” today and all of them have sold their souls to the Lobbyists and Big Money! Only A handful actually work for We, the People today, the rest work for Lobbyists or themselves! We need a complete Cleansing in DC and Term Limits placed on Congress and the Supreme Court! No more leeching off the taxpayer your entire lives! TRUMP 2016!

    1. SDofAZ says:

      There are two groups in the GOP. 95 conservatives voted against this bill along with 19 dems in the house. Cull the rest with reelections. That covers dem lemmings and rinos who are dems in disguise. They call themselves republicans but vote and support this administration. Voting records reveal their true affiliations.

  • pete G says:

    I was so happy when the result of the midterms came in. Little did i know then what a crock of pure BS this would all turn out to be.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      If you didn’t know it, the Republican party is the spend but don’t tax party. Always has been. This budget is proof. All the increases that the republicans pushed through go into the pouch of defense contractors. Increases in military spending doesn’t go to our troops, it goes to the arms manufactures, just like foreign aid. You may not like the liberals programs but most of the money they fight for goes to people. What I want to know is why the democrats had to offset new spending and tax cuts but the republican don’t.

      1. Steve Gifford says:

        We are well aware that you are as liberal as your majesty Hillary. But to say Hillary and Obama give to the poor is a crock. Guess where Obama is going right now Hawaii, and why don’t you demand to find out why the Clintons trust fund isn’t outlawed.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          Guess where Obama was born and where his mother lives, Hawaii. What party is trying to take my wife’s health insurance away, the republicans, No I am not stupid enough to believe that the republicans care about the poor, if you have seen anything that shows that they care I would like to know.

          1. Steve Gifford says:

            Obama’s mother died in 1995, and Obama if he ever lived there in actuality was only as an infant he went to school in Indonesia and was raised no where near Hawaii. I can see why you won’t list yourself as your real name. Your liberal rhetoric is saddening.

          2. bobnstuff says:

            Obama moved back to Hawaii in 1971 and went to school there from the fifth grade till he graduated from high school. He was only gone from Hawaii for four years total before college. I guess you can’t read a Bio.

          3. Steve Gifford says:

            You say I can’t read a bio and you said his Mother lives in Hawaii. She died twenty years ago. I am so glad I am on the side of the people that believe in the constitution not the one that wants to turn America into a third world country.

          4. bobnstuff says:

            So mister I can read a Bio, where did the President go to school? List the schools by year and see where he had to live to attend them. I guess you will try to repeat the lies that he was raised a Muslim. The Muslim population in Hawaii in the seventies wasn’t very large. I’m not sure but even in Indonesia Catholic schools are Christian but those little facts won;t bother you. You will keep repeating your masters story and wear you foil hat with pride. I believes Hawaii is his childhood home plus why do you care if he spends Christmas in Hawaii, It doesn’t cost anymore then spending it on a ranch in Texas and is safer. .

          5. Irishgrammy says:

            Here’s some of those things called FACTS you conservatives really, really hate. President Obama was born in Hawaii 8/4/61, (two Hawaiian newspapers in AUG. 1961 list the Birth Announcement of Barack Obama, both papers contained in the Smithsonian records) ’61 to ’68 is 6 years, lived IN HAWAII until his mother went to Indonesia in 1968 where Pres. Obama went to ST. Francis of Assisi Catholic School from 1st to part of 3rd grade, transferred to Besuki School for part of 3rd to 4th grade in Indonesia, moved back to Hawaii in 1971…..’68 to ’71 is 3 YEARS, NOT THE LIE YOU ARE TRYING TO CONVINCE YOURSELF WITH TO, IN THE USUAL SICK WAY DEMINISH THE PRESIDENT’S BEING AN AMERICAN CITIZEN!!!!! He attended Occidental College, Columbia University and graduated from Harvard Law, Magna Cum Lade………………can you say the same???!!!! Try as you may spreading the Conservative BS lies about THIS President will never fly in the real world and insulting someone like bobnstuff gets you absolutely nowhere except to prove to all you are another one of the idiots who insist on believing the birther nonsense because you chose and want to!!! History is going to have a hey day with you fools and the lies and fantasies you insist on buying!!! Your lack of knowledge is overwhelmingly pathetic!

      2. Steve Gifford says:

        Obama’s insurance made my insurance cost sky rocket and the deductible makes it impossible to use the insurance it is a scam, that lines the pockets of liberals.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          No it didn’t you made it go up because you had no real insurance and now you are covered. You forget that I can check rates on insurance and see what it costs. Before the ACA insurance was going up 15 % to 20% per year now it’s going up less then ten percent and you are getting better coverage. If you think you are paying to much go to and look for another policy. If you work for an employer with 50 plus employees you get covered from work which is were you were getting it if you had coverage since 83% of all people get there insurance through their employer. Don’t try to hand me that crap. My insurance went down under the ACA and I work for one of the largest retailers in the world.

          1. Steve Gifford says:

            You are one of the stupidest people I ever came across. I would explain what is wrong with your reasoning but there is no reasoning with you. Remember your side called the American people stupid, because if they weren’t they wouldn’t have been able to fool them. This is the end of our conversation Go try to convince your ISSIS buddies your point of view! Have a ignorant life!

          2. bobnstuff says:

            The Americans people are sheep, You prove it, You are told how bad things are and believe things are bad. Facts don’t matter, Don’t feel bad, mankind has been called sheep for thousands of years. “The Lord is my shepherd .” Just for the record you have no clue who my side is.

  • pete G says:

    We’re going to make everyone of you Obama supporting RINO’s pay the next time you need our vote, we are done with all of you.

  • pete G says:

    I wish i could point to the bad ones like Paul Ryan and McConnell and make them disappear so they can’t belittle the good citizens in this country anymore.

  • pete G says:

    They did it to us again. There’s no one left to trust except maybe Trump and Carson. The rest of these two faced scoundrel, Republican, politicians are liars and hypocrites. Plenty of money for everyone but true Americans. Lock and load, bad times coming.

  • TexRancher says:

    Due to the lack of leadership on the Republican side, the democrats (really socialists) and Obama got everything they wanted and we got nothing, but the bills!

    Ryan is turning out to be just what we feared and that’s why we didn’t want him. Better start listening to the people who put you there and not the special interests and the democrats who believe they have something on you!

    1. John Mackey says:

      I guess it’s time for the people in Ryan’s state to vote him out of office.

    2. pete G says:

      We should never allow lobbyist inside a federal building in Washington because it just gives these Politicians a place to go when we kick them out.

  • Bob in Florida says:

    Once again, the ‘Republicans’ in Congress stabbed ‘We The People’ in the back!

    I only see one solution – Vote out every incumbent Republican in each of the next three election cycles! The only exceptions would be those that can point to their clear-cut Conservative voting record.

    Will that assure we get a conservative majority? – No, of course not! Will it make the point that they either vote the way their constituents want; or, they are a one-term congressman – I think so. Only one way to find out.

    1. SDofAZ says:

      The congress power source is the dem lemmings and the rinos. 95 republicans and some 18 dems did not go along. All the rest are subjects of the Reid/Pelosi/McConnell/RatSpeaker. Vote their base out and replace it with more folks like the ones who don’t take orders from the tag team of four! Once enough of their support is gone even if they don’t get tossed out by their own states, they will be replaced with better leaders. The tag team is disgusting, Reid is still in charge!I am looking today at the senate votes.

      We have to vote these turds out at each and every opportunity. 2016 is going to be another apple cart wreck for both parties. And I can see them pondering once again just what caused their train wreck. They have done this sort of wondering and pondering for two years now. The silent majority is pissed off and wants our government back. But apparently no matter how much we protest they just don’t want to believe we are smart enough to resist their oh so wonderful and profound leadership!

      In AZ our primary target will be McCain for replacement.

    2. Brother says:

      Great idea with just one problem. Incumbents are usually all that we have to vote for other than some liberal democrat. Yes, every once in a blue moon you get a chance to bounce an incumbent out during the primary election but it is rare.

      1. Bob in Florida says:

        That’s why it is so important that we get prepared, organized, and get out the vote in the PRIMARIES. That is where we get to back the Conservatives we want to see in the November General Election!
        Without a winning effort in the primaries, the General Election is just another dog & pony show, putting the same old losers back into their same old positions for more of the same old back-stabbing politics.

        If we don’t make changes in the Primaries; nothing is going to change.

  • VirgoVince says:

    WHY is ryan trying to look like a mu-slime?

    1. John Mackey says:

      Because his master Obama is a Muslim.

  • John Mackey says:

    Once again they bow down to Obama and give him everything for which he wants.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      They had to give him something, after all the gifts they are giving big business. Corporate welfare must go on even if they have to give a little money to the people.

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