The House of Representatives easily passed the end of year Omnibus $1.14 trillion spending bill, with strong Democrat support: nearly 100 GOP members voted against it.
The final vote for the bill was 316-133, which was stronger than anticipated. Republicans backed it by a 150-95 margin, while the Democrats gave it almost unanimous support with a 166-18 tally; Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., got behind its passage. The measure funds the government through September 2016.
As reported by Western Journalism, House conservatives, led by the Freedom Caucus, opposed the Omnibus bill based on a number of factors, including its funding of the Syrian refugee program and Planned Parenthood and failure to defund “executive amnesty.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan defended the bill, noting “in a divided government, no one gets exactly what they want.”
Among the wins for conservatives were the lifting of a 40-year oil export ban; the permanent extension of several key tax cuts, which help working families and job creators; and an increase in defense spending.
Pelosi and many Democrats were not pleased with the lifting of the oil export ban, but pointed to victories beating back many conservative proposals.
“Democrats were able to cite the absence of more than 150 proposed policy riders they opposed, including provisions to restrict the Syrian refugee program, cut funding for President Barack Obama’s executive immigration action, and defund Planned Parenthood,” as their wins coming out of the negotiations, according to the Daily Signal.
Many saw the measure as the best they could get, given it still must gain President Obama’s signature.
“Overall on process, Ryan get high marks,” said House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., who voted against the bill, “but the product here is an F.” He added: “This was a disaster that accumulated over a full year of not following regular order [regarding funding each major department separately]. Ryan just came in 6 weeks ago and had to be the coach while we cleaned the barn.”
The bill will now go to the senate, where it is expected to pass on Friday.
— Rob Bluey (@RobertBluey) December 18, 2015
h/t: Fox News