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The House passes a spending bill which includes funding for the border wall

July 27, 2017

 Earlier today the House passed a defense themed spending bill which includes $1.6 billion to fund building a wall on the Mexican border. Here is more:

The House approved a national security-themed spending package on Thursday that includes $1.6 billion to start building President Trump’s proposed border wall.

The $827 billion package passed largely along party lines, with a vote of 235-192. Five Republicans voted no, while five Democrats voted yes.

The five Republicans to vote against the package were Reps. Justin Amash(Mich.), John Duncan Jr. (Tenn.), Walter Jones (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.) and Mark Sanford (S.C.).

Five centrist Democrats voted in favor: Reps. Sanford Bishop (Ga.), Charlie Crist (Fla.), Josh Gottheimer (N.J.), Tom O’Halleran (Ariz.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.).

The bill includes spending bills for defense and veterans programs, legislative branch operations and the Department of Energy.

  $1.6 billion seems excessive to me but then again I think almost everything the government does is excessive. (And of course these means that Mexico is not paying for the wall.) But this is a step in the right direction.

  I do not see the Senate passing this spending bill, there are too many pro-illegal immigration Republicans in the Senate and the Democrats will be united against it.

  Here is what else is included in the bill:

the bill includes a $68 billion increase for the Defense Department, a $3.9 billion top-up for the Department Veterans Affairs and new funds for members of Congress to increase their personal security.

It also includes a $29 million funding increase for the Capitol Police, prompted in the wake of last month’s shooting at the GOP baseball practice that injured House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four others.

   As the article linked to above states, there is a looming government shutdown on October 1st without a spending agreement so it is going to be interesting to see how this plays out. If the bill fails Republicans will claim the Democrats voted against the veterans while Democrats will claim the Republicans are racists for wanting to control immigration. And of course the Democrats will have the mainstream media on their side so messaging will be a problem as usual.

Stay tuned…

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2017 7:46 am

    Reblogged this on Deplorables Seeking Justice-DSJ and commented:
    A step in the right direction?

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 28, 2017 6:47 pm

      Thank you.

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  2. petermac3 permalink
    July 28, 2017 8:40 am

    China has a wall, Pink Floyd had a wall, the elites and politicians have their compound walls, our southern border will have NO Wall.

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 28, 2017 2:25 pm

      BAri has a wall around his mansion too, don’t forgot him Peter.

      Liked by 1 person

      • petermac3 permalink
        July 28, 2017 7:23 pm

        Who else would live on billionaires yachts and require a wall?

        Liked by 2 people

    • July 28, 2017 6:47 pm

      And ironically so does Paul Ryan.

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      • petermac3 permalink
        July 28, 2017 7:25 pm

        Lock him in and lose the key.

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      • July 29, 2017 7:13 am

        Sounds good to me.

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  3. July 28, 2017 2:26 pm

    Saw this on Greg Hunter:

    They give dogs and rats a bad name.

    Liked by 2 people

    • July 28, 2017 2:29 pm

      Or, should I say they make even vicious dogs and ugly rabid rats look good!

      Liked by 2 people

    • July 28, 2017 6:48 pm

      Sums it up!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. July 28, 2017 11:44 pm

    “The problem is that this year the defense budget became a proxy for what we will do next in Washington on spending, and it does not look good. The war spending account, also known as the Overseas Contingency Operations account, was used this year to get around the budget caps, and it will have far reaching consequences. This was of great concern as was the fact that this bill appropriated over one billion for war fighting in the Middle East that we have not yet authorized, and I think the authorization of war by Congress is a prerequisite to spending on war. For too long now, Congress has simply funded military engagements of the executive branch without authorization – though the Constitution is explicit that only Congress can sanction war.” Rep. Mark Sanford

    Too many Rep are “conservative” in name only and are unwilling to stand on principle.

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 29, 2017 7:15 am

      Thanks for sharing that. We finally have that never ending war that Orwell wrote about in 1984!

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