President Biden is choosing abortion, Pride flags and "equity" over funding for veterans' health care.
The octogenarian occupying the White House said he "appreciates" $121 billion in funding in a Republican spending bill for Veterans' Affairs, but he cannot support it for various ideological reasons.
Biden laid out his grievances on Monday, saying the bill would place intolerable restrictions on abortion, "gender-affirming care," and the ability to fly "pride" flags at Veterans' Affairs facilities.
For the first time last year, Biden allowed the VA to provide abortions even in states where the procedure is banned. The policy was part of a broader effort by Biden to circumvent the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
The GOP's spending bill would undo that policy, while also preventing taxpayer money from funding so-called "gender-affirming care," a term for sex-change hormone therapy and surgery.
The bill would also, as Biden pointed out, stop VA facilities from "displaying flags demonstrating support for historically marginalized groups such as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex veterans."
Biden said the bill would also "undermine same sex marriage" by clarifying that religious people cannot be discriminated against.
Biden said he would veto the bill, citing "devastating consequences" such as "harming access to reproductive healthcare...endangering marriage equality, hindering critical climate change initiatives, and preventing the Administration from promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion."
Republicans have sought to use the appropriations process to target Biden's frivolous race and gender obsessions, recently passing an anti-"woke" version of the "must pass" annual defense authorization bill.
As currently written, the bill "will never get to the president's desk," Biden national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.
Biden also threatened to veto a spending bill Monday for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA) that eliminates $2.2 billion in subsidies for black farmers and over $1 billion to nudge farmers and rural communities to adopt "renewable energy."
The bill would also cut food stamps, limit access to an over-the-counter abortion pill and prevent Biden from banning menthol cigarettes.
The White House accused Republicans of "wasting time with partisan bills that cut domestic spending" to levels below what Republicans agreed to in their debt ceiling deal with Biden months ago. But it sounds like Biden is the one choosing to prioritize a radical agenda over everything else.