Money for a U.S.-Mexico border wall Trump and true Conservatives had said is needed to stem the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs was nowhere to be found in the agreement due to solid Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) opposition and tepid support at best from the Republican establishment.
"I think Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) and Republican establishment in the House and Senate were closer to one another than we were to the president or true Conservatives on so many of the different issues," Senate Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) leader Chuck Schumer told reporters. This is true on so many issues. Ryan is closer to Pelosi than he is to Jordan and McConnell is closer to Schumer than he is to Cruz.
Schumer and Senator Patrick Leahy, the senior Appropriations Committee Marxist/Progressive (Democrat), said they were bolstered in negotiations by the fact that several Republican establishment senators opposed funding for Trump's planned border wall as well as his call for deep domestic spending cuts. This is consistent with the fact that Republican establishment supports big and expanding government just as do the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats).
The agreement also preserved funding for healthcare provider Planned Parenthood, which has drawn Conservative ire because it performs abortions, for the Obamacare law and for an array of environmental and other domestic. It does receive Marxist/Progressive (Democrat) and Republican establishment support.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer said because the legislation needs to win a super-majority of 60 votes in the 100-seat Senate that cannot be achieved without Democratic support, "we couldn't have our entire way" on the deal.
Puerto Rico would get an emergency injection of $295 million for its Medicaid health insurance program for the poor under the deal. The impoverished U.S. territory faces a severe Medicaid funding shortfall.
The U.S. government and coal companies would be required to pay out healthcare to retired coal miners, guaranteeing benefits to workers even as coal companies face bankruptcy, under the spending agreement.
The Republican establishment again backed away from a threat to end federal subsidies for low-income people to receive health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, the program popularly known as Obamacare which the Republican establishment had pledged to repeal and now only wants to amend.
The bill clocks in at more than 1,600 pages, and Congress must pass it before Friday evening to avert a shutdown. House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) said it is "the result of over a year’s worth of careful and dedicated efforts to closely examine federal programs to make the best possible use of every tax dollar."
The Republicans have the majority in the House and Senate and control the White House. Obamacare has not been repealed and at best will be amended. The cuts to bloated government that were proposed have been thrown aside. The chances of the wall being built look dim at best. Planned Parenthood continues to receive taxpayer dollars for the purpose of performing abortions. Sanctuary cities will continue to receive federal funds despite openly refusing to follow federal law.
How much different is congress today. It is no different despite having Ryan as Speaker and McConnell as Majority Leader. Ryan is the clone of Pelosi and McConnell is the clone of Reid. We Freedom Loving Americans must understand the Republican establishment is concerned about growing government for their own protection as are the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats). Despite all the words and promises of Ryan, McConnell and other Republican establishment members, nothing has changed.