Earlier today, a $1.1 trillion dollar omnibus bill cleared the Senate and headed to the president's desk, which prompted some harsh words for the Republican Party from the Media Research Center's Brent Bozell.
While this budget agreement will keep the government operating until September 30, Bozell noted that:
"This bill is 1500 pages of spending more money we don't have and sticking future generations of Americans with the IOUs. We have seen this movie too many times to count; this cute little game of increased spending now, and promised cuts later, is an infuriating shell game - a game of deception - and it's why people are so fed up with Washington.
"The American people are being squeezed; most have experienced stagnant wages thanks to the policies of this president and the go-along Republicans in Congress. There is no courage or principle left among the leadership of the Republican Party. They govern based on fear and what discredited Republican pollsters tell them to say."
"The heart and soul of the Republican Party in the grassroots is strong, courageous, and principled. I have never seen a bigger divide between the GOP leadership and grassroots conservatives, rank-and-file Republicans and Tea Party supporters. With this budget, the leadership of the Republican Party again demonstrates that when it comes to fiscal discipline and responsibility they continue to be AWOL. By passing this budget, the leadership of the Republican Party is only aiding and abetting the future bankruptcy of America."
"All the programs the GOP leadership has repeatedly promised to end - Obamacare, taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, public broadcasting and others - are still being funded. So what's the difference between Boehner and Pelosi and McConnell and Reid? Answer: The Democratic leadership honors its promises. Republican leaders have abandoned theirs."
Ouch. After all, Citizens Against Government Waste isn't a fan of this bill either since it gutted the spending caps placed under sequestration. Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times wrote on January 14 that:
"$112.9 million for the Rural Utilities Service; $90 million for continued upgrade of M1 Abrams; $60 million for alternative energy research; $341 million for the Army Corps of Engineers; $4 million for aquatic plant control; $45.1 million for high-intensity drug trafficking areas programs; $98 million for the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium; $25 million for the National Predisaster Mitigation Fund; $9.3 million for Heritage Partnership Programs through the National Park Service; and $14.4 million for Rural Hospital Flexibility Grants."