Biden signs $1.7 trillion ‘omnibus’ spending bill into law

The Washington Times reports that President Joe Biden has officially signed the $1.7 trillion spending bill into law. 

Biden did so on Friday.

“This bill is further proof that Republicans and Democrats can come together to deliver for the American people, and I’m looking forward to continued bipartisan progress in the year ahead,” Biden said at the signing.

Biden further claimed, “this bill is good for our economy, our competitiveness, and our communities.”

“Bipartisan progress”?

Biden is touting this bill as “bipartisan progress” as in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives the bill did receive the support of politicians who choose to put an “R” next to their names.

In the Senate, the final vote on Thursday was 68 to 29, with 18 Republicans joining their Democratic colleagues to pass the bill. Those 18 Republicans include:

Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Robert Portman (R-OH), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Richard Shelby (R-AL), John Thune (R-SD), Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Todd Young (R-IN).

These Senate Republicans voted in favor of the legislation over the objections of their House Republican counterparts, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

McCarthy and his fellow House Republicans, however, just didn’t have the numbers to block the bill’s passage in the House.

On Friday, the measure passed through the House by a vote of 225 to 201 to 1, with nine House Republicans voting in favor of it. These Republicans include Reps. John Katko (NY), Chris Jacobs (NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (PA), Fred Upton (MI), Rodney Davis (IL), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA), Steve Womack (AR), Adam Kinzinger (IL), and Liz Cheney (WY).

What now?

With the bill now being passed by both chambers of Congress and with it being signed into law by Biden, the American people are stuck with it.

Biden and Congress pushed the 4,155-page bill through at this rapid rate of speed in order to avoid a government shutdown. But, common sense will tell you that you don’t need 4,155 pages and $1.7 trillion to avoid a government shutdown.

The overarching problem that critics have with the bill is that it wastefully spends money that America does not have on things that the government ought not to be spending money on.

Fox News highlights some of the wasteful spending here. For example, the outlet reports that “the bill includes $200 million for a ‘Gender Equity and Equality Action Fund’ which will be used to promote ‘gender programs in Pakistan’ and $286 million for Title X funding, which funds groups like Planned Parenthood.”

Experts are predicting that this unbridled spending is going to backfire big time on the American people.

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