Mar 22, 2018

Omnibus Spending 101

Veronique de Rugy Senior Research Fellow

Republicans are once again proving why they actually deserve the label of the biggest swamp spenders. The latest gigantic omnibus spending bill would fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year — with a price tag of $1.3 trillion. That doesn't include entitlement funding or payments for the interest on our debt — which continue to grow and drive our debt higher, as Republicans have apparently given up on slowing down spending.

Most Republicans favor the bill as a way to avoid the self-inflicted risk of another government shutdown. Never mind that members have had no time to read the 1,000-page bill and figure out what is actually in it. They just have to take Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer's word. He said, "It has some things no one likes, and it has a lot of things not everybody likes but most people like. It was a fair compromise."

Read more: Swamp Spending 101: The Omnibus Spending Bill

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