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Friday, December 12, 2014

House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Ahead of Midnight Deadline - “In the end, there were a lot of things in the bill that were really good for the people I represent.”

From The Wall Street Journal:

Meanwhile, in a rare clash with one of its closest allies, the White House backed the bill opposed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) but embraced by top Senate Democrats.

The day’s mayhem aligned President Barack Obama , Mr. Boehner and Mr. Reid with the same goal—passing a longer-term spending bill—in the face of opposition from critics as varied as liberal Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and conservative GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

“In the end, there were a lot of things in the bill that were really good for the people I represent,” said Rep. Ron Barber (D., Ariz.), citing continued support for the A-10 aircraft, which the White House had proposed retiring.

On the spending bill, the White House didn’t win over another traditional ally, Hispanic Democrats, some of whom opposed the bill because it only funds the Homeland Security Department through February.

Meanwhile, Republicans also faced defections from conservatives who wanted their leaders to use the must-pass spending bill to try to block implementation of Mr. Obama’s immigration plan this year, before it takes effect.

“Voters were loud and clear that they wanted Republicans to act boldly against the president’s unlawful unilateral actions. This legislation failed to stop this unconstitutional encroachment,” said Rep. Jeff Duncan (R., S.C.), who voted against the bill.
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From The Washington Post:

Pelosi’s outrage was shared by a majority of Democrats, who were also infuriated by several policy changes tucked inside the omnibus agreement released late Tuesday.

When they saw the text Wednesday morning, rank-and-file Democrats lashed out at provisions undoing a signature piece of the Dodd-Frank financial regulatory overhaul and allowing banks to more easily trade the investments known as derivatives. The financial overhaul enacted in
2010 ranks among the biggest domestic achievements of the Obama presidency and the formerly Democratic-controlled Congress.

Another controversial part of the bill would permit a wealthy couple to give three times the current donation limits to the national political parties.

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