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Friday, September 14, 2018

GOP leaders believe they've found a way to thwart President Donald Trump's latest shutdown threats: Send him a funding bill that's impossible to resist. Capitol Hill leaders on Thursday announced a mammoth fiscal 2019 spending deal that achieves one of the Trump administration's top priorities -- the Pentagon's first on-time spending bill since 2008. But there's a catch.

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"Most of the Democrats will vote for this and smile very big," Rep. Mark Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told reporters Thursday. "It's a Democrat ‘Labor-HHS' bill."

Precise details on funding and language remain under wraps until the final text is rolled out. But negotiators said that the final package would largely strip out partisan language favored by House Republicans.

That means lawmakers rejected attempts to defund Planned Parenthood or destabilize Obamacare, as well as a slew of other perennial conservative riders.

"Certainly, there's a lot of disappointments in the bill," said Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), who was one of the GOP negotiators on the package.

Lawmakers have planned for weeks to pair the broadly popular Defense bill with the typically contentious Labor-HHS-Education bill. That unprecedented combination allowed the package to soar through the Senate for the first time in 22 years, while kick-starting formal conference negotiations on both for the first time since 2007.

Senate Appropriations chief Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), one of those to originally pitch the strategy, called it the "linchpin" of Congress' spending bill successes so far this year.

"One, the top priority for Republicans; the other, the top priority for Democrats. Both important to all Americans," Shelby said."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-09-14 12:56 AM | Reply

"You effectively shut down the whole government," Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), a senior appropriator, said of the funding deal he helped shape.

What the frickity frack is wrong with these GOPterds?

They do something, it shuts down the government, they then bitch about shutting down the government.

It reminds me of the time Raffy Cruz in 2013 refused to pass the funding to keep the government open because he wanted Obamacare defunded then when the government went down embarked on a personal campaign to complain in front of every television camera he could find about how bad the government shutting down is.

#2 | Posted by 726 at 2018-09-14 11:28 AM | Reply

Hey JeffJ,

Republican House. Republican Senate. Republican President.

Huge spending increase.

This seems to be a continuing trend when Republicans have Congress and the White House.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-09-14 01:44 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 8


@#2 ... What the frickity frack is wrong with these GOPterds?

They do something, it shuts down the government, they then bitch about shutting down the government. ...

That is the GOP mode of operation.

e.g., they underfund a government department to the point that the department can no longer function properly.

Then they start complaining that the department is dysfunctional, so why keep it around.

Pretty funny from the party of personal responsibility....

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-14 01:49 PM | Reply


... "One, the top priority for Republicans; the other, the top priority for Democrats. Both important to all Americans," Shelby said." ...

On the other hand, the whiff of Congressional bi-partisanship for the benefit of all Americans is welcome. Very welcome.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-14 01:51 PM | Reply

Pretty funny from the party of personal responsibility...

#4 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

You misunderstand. They're the party of other people's personal responsibility.

#6 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2018-09-14 01:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

LOL trump will do it.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2018-09-14 10:47 PM | Reply

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