By: Brian Evans
The spending bills proposed by House Democrats to end the partial government shutdown offer no funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, but provide over $12 billion more in foreign aid than the Trump administration requested, according to a statement on Thursday from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Although the White House reiterated President Trump’s request for “at least $5 billion for border security”, the House Democrats vowed that the President would not get a single dime to build a wall, in an effort to reign in out-of-control illegal immigration, and secure the border from drugs, gangs, rampant diseases, crime, and staggering out-of-control costs to the American taxpayers that amount to hundreds of billions of dollars annually!
Instead of the $5 billion to secure the border, the Democrats proposed legislation that gives $12 billion in additional funding to other nations, while claiming that America cannot afford the President’s wall! Also, they included measures that would spend billions to fund international abortions and countless other ideological measures that seek to further bankrupt our treasury, while doing nothing to benefit or protect the American people. Even more troubling, is the fact that the Democrats proposals exceed the Presidents 2019 budget by a massive 20%!
The White House pointed out the billions in funding that Democrats are offering for “unnecessary programs at excessive levels” including…
- $12 billion more for “international affairs programs,” including $2.9 billion more “for economic and development assistance, including funding for the West Bank/Gaza, Syria, and Pakistan, where our foreign aid is either frozen or under review.”
- $700 million more than requested for the United Nations, including restored funding for the United Nation’s Population Fund, which would undermine the administration’s Mexico City Policy that bars the use of taxpayer dollars for foreign organizations that “promote or perform abortions.”
- Approximately $2 billion more than requested for the Environmental Protection Agency
- $7.1 billion more than the administration requested for Housing and Urban Development programs
The White House statement about the Democrats funding reads:
The six bills provided for under H.R. 21 provide funding at levels nearly 20 percent higher than the President’s FY 2019 Budget. For instance, H.R. 21 provides $12 billion more for international affairs programs, 29 percent higher than the President’s request. This includes $2.9 billion more than the request for economic and development assistance, including funding for the West Bank/Gaza, Syria, and Pakistan, where our foreign aid is either frozen or under review. It includes $700 million more than requested for the United Nations, including restoring funding for the United Nations Population Fund. The bill would also undermine the President’s Mexico City Policy (Presidential Memorandum of January 23, 2017), which prohibits the funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions. Further, H.R. 21 includes approximately $2 billion in excessive Environmental Protection Agency funding, providing funds beyond the Agency’s core mission and including funding for programs that can and should be executed at the local level. The bill also includes substantial unrequested funding for HUD programs, including $7.1 billion above the FY 2019 Budget request for HUD rental assistance programs. These and other excessive spending items makes the lack of adequate border funding in the combined package all the more unacceptable.
The Hill reported that…
In the end, the Democrats proposal would provide funding for the government for a brief time, allowing the Department of Homeland Security to remain funded ONLY UNTIL FEBRUARY 8th, at the cost of tens of billions of dollars expended carelessly, only $1.3 billion for the same border security levels that have failed in the past, AND NO WALL!
The Democrats passed another bill by a vote of 241-190 that would fund the other six agencies through September.
Ultimately, House Democrats are already proving that given power, they will do all they can to grow power over not Republicans, but the American people! They hate our constitution, and they despise, loath, and are envious of the power that it bestows on those who elect them into office. In the end, it looks to be a long and bumpy two years in Washington D.C.!