Republicans’ Role in Passing the Spending Bill: Separating Fact from Fiction


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Many Americans vote for Republicans because they supposedly will do the opposite of Democrats. Especially on an issue like spending.

But what if Republicans are just as bad as Democrats on the issue?

What if the current Republican-led House spent more than the House when it was led by Nancy Pelosi?

That’s exactly what some conservative Republicans say happened on Wednesday night when the GOP majority in the House passed the Chuck Schumer ‘minibus’ spending bill.

Republicans No Better Than Democrats With Spending Bill

From Yahoo News, “The House of Representatives pushed through a government funding bill days before the deadline of a partial government shutdown — and some far-right Republicans are not happy.”

“Far-right” means being concerned about too much government spending, apparently.

Anyway, the story continued:

The more than $450 billion “minibus” funding package passed the House Wednesday in a 339-85 vote, with nearly all Democrats and 132 Republicans voting in favor. Members of the far-right House Freedom Caucus voiced their consternation at the compromise.

The hardline group released a joint statement Tuesday encouraging other Republicans to vote against the spending bill, arguing it does not address GOP priorities and sacrifices the leverage they have with their House majority.

The Republicans who voted no wanted their oppositional voices heard, loud and clear.

What’s the Point of the Republican Party?

Yahoo noted, “The ‘minibus’ bill funds several departments, including the Department of Agriculture, Commerce, Energy, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Transportation, and Veterans Affairs. It now moves to the Senate to be passed into law. Several additional appropriations bills will need to be passed by March 22 to keep Congress afloat and avoid a government shutdown this year.”

If Republicans are spending as much – and even more – than Democrats, what is the point of their party?

What is the point of voting for Republicans ever again?