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Ben Shapiro: GOP’s $1.3 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill Is a ‘Crap Sandwich’

By Michael Morris | March 22, 2018 | 2:38pm EDT
Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro (Screenshot)

On his daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Thursday, host and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire Ben Shapiro slammed Congress for its inability to pass appropriations bills, calling the GOP’s $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill a “crap sandwich.”

“[I]t’s time for Congress to pass another crappy omnibus package,” Shapiro stated near the beginning of his daily Facebook Live podcast. “So, there’s a big omnibus package coming up. Congress is no longer capable of actually just passing appropriations bills.

“Here is the problem: The Congress, the House of Representatives will vote for appropriations bills. They will pass through the normal appropriations process. The way that you are supposed to do budgets is you are supposed to fund individual departments, and then you’re supposed to send a bill to the senate. The senate is supposed to fund that individual department, and then the president signs it. Instead, what has happened, because Mitch McConnell does not have a governing majority in the Senate – he has 51 votes, but they’re all fractious – instead they just slap everything today in a crap sandwich of a bill that is 2,232 pages long, and then they give people 48 hours to read it and say we gotta vote.”

Shapiro’s comments came Thursday after the GOP posted text of its $1.3 trillion, 2,232 page “omnibus” spending bill. The House Freedom Caucus, in a tweet, detailed its opposition to the omnibus bill, saying, “The @freedomcaucus officially opposes the omnibus,” and attached a statement in an image.

Below is a transcript of Ben Shapiro’s remarks from his Thursday Facebook Live podcast:

“In other stupid news, it’s time for Congress to pass another crappy omnibus package. So, there’s a big omnibus package coming up. Congress is no longer capable of actually just passing appropriations bills.

“Here is the problem: The Congress, the House of Representatives will vote for appropriations bills. They will pass through the normal appropriations process. The way that you are supposed to do budgets is you are supposed to fund individual departments, and then you’re supposed to send a bill to the senate. The senate is supposed to fund that individual department, and then the president signs it. Instead, what has happened, because Mitch McConnell does not have a governing majority in the Senate – he has 51 votes, but they’re all fractious – instead they just slap everything today in a crap sandwich of a bill that is 2,232 pages long, and then they give people 48 hours to read it and say we gotta vote.

“They put a bunch of good stuff in there, and they put a bunch of bad stuff in there. So, some of the good stuff that is in there: Okay, there is some funding for the wall, like a very, very little bit of funding for the wall. There’s some things that are being pushed by certain leftwing of the Republican Party. There’s increased funding for Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program, which means that parents will have access to on-campus child care and this sort of thing, if this is your stuff, if this is the stuff that you like. The funding is there for the military. This is what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan focused on. He says that ‘This is the biggest increase in [the military] in 15 years,” the biggest pay-raise that our men and women in uniform in 8 years. We need to rebuild our military. So there is an increase in funding for the military. It has a little bit of funding for the wall. It has a little bit of funding for fighting opioid addiction. And it does not in fact enshrine DACA.

 

“So, this is one of the things Democrats are saying. Democrats are saying they’re going to vote against the bill because the bill doesn’t provide full funding for the DACA programs who allow people in the country illegally to remain here working legally, but that’s because Democrats don’t actually want a deal on DACA. As I’ve been saying for, literally, years at this point on the show, Democrats want to use illegal immigration as a hot button issue when comes to the elections, but they don’t actually want to solve the problems for illegal immigrants.

“In fact, Paul Ryan went to the Democrats, and he offered them a, really, sweetheart deal. He offered them three years of funding for the wall, so $25 billion of three years for the wall, and in exchange, three years of additional funding for the DACA program. Alright, we would push off DACA. Nobody would get deported. Democrats turned that down flat. Okay? And they waited until the last minute to do it, and now they’ll vote against the bill saying that Republicans didn’t give enough. So, Democrats were offered what they wanted on DACA, and it would have brought them past the next presidential election, actually, and they turned it down anyway because they just want to run on this issue.

“Here are some of the conservative concerns with all of this: The Freedom Caucus, the House Freedom Caucus has officially opposed the omnibus. I’ve spoken to a lot of members of the House Freedom Caucus. I’ve spoken to several senators who have opposed the bill. Senator Mike Lee, in Utah, is opposed to the bill. He says it’s just unconscionable that Mitch McConnell is forcing through another one of these omnibus packages that is essentially a giant crap sandwich that nobody is going to read.

“Here’s what the Freedom Caucus says in their statement. They say, ‘The policy proposals outlined in this $1.3 trillion spending bill are not consistent with what we told the American people we would do when they sent us to Washington. Many of the policies in the bill are in fact the opposite of what we promised.’ In fact, one of the members of the Freedom Caucus was saying to me yesterday that he was tempted to call this the ‘Broken Promises Act of 2018.’ ‘This bill barely provides for border security, yet continues to allow federal dollars to flow to sanctuary cities. It [also] includes the ‘Fix NICS’ proposal, without including reciprocity for Americans with concealed carry licenses—something congressional leadership promised would not happen. It [continues to] fully funds grants that go to Planned Parenthood … [It makes] no changes to reduce Obamacare’s burdensome regulations on America’s families. [It doesn’t get rid of Obamacare regulations.] And on top of the massive price tag, leadership is forcing a vote on this 2,232-page bill in under 36 hours … [It’s] an insult to America’s taxpayers, as well as their many rank-and-file representatives who had no say in the omnibus negotiations.’ So, the House Freedom Caucus coming out extraordinarily strong against all of this.

“Now, will it probably pass anyway? Sure. Because a majority of Republicans will vote for it, and then there will be a bunch of Democrats who will vote for it because it’s a big omnibus package. But there’s a procedural hurdle they have to jump today. It will be interesting to see whether they are able to do so because in order for that procedural hurdle to be jumped, every Democrat is going to jump against it. It’s possible that this bill gets voted down and is brought back for further changes.”

Since Ben Shapiro made these comments earlier today, “House Republicans narrowly scraped together enough votes to pass a procedural step Thursday morning to advance the monstrous 2,232-page $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill toward passage. Conservative opposition to the omnibus forced House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., to ask Democrats for help to pass the procedural rules vote necessary before they can consider the omnibus,” reported Conservative Review. “The procedural vote passed 211-207. Only 25 House Republicans had enough spine to stand up to leadership and vote no.”

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