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Capitol Hill GOP Leaders Up To Their Old Tricks Funding Obama’s Priorities

As our friend, Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review so aptly put it, the bipartisan groups of big spenders in Washington couldn’t even give taxpayers a break for Thanksgiving. 

Late Friday afternoon, House GOP leaders released a 1,000-page health care spending bill, the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34), sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton, that will grow the already-bloated National Institutes of Health (NIH), create a new spending stream outside of the traditional budget norms, and increase federal McConnell Ryaninvolvement in healthcare.  

This bill has become a catch-all omnibus health care spending package and a magnet for every lobbyist on K Street. Yet, rather than cancelling the lame duck session and saving this endeavor for a new GOP mandate next year, House Republicans plan to drop this complex, multifaceted bill on the floor today. 

No Member of Congress who votes for this bill will have read it and if this was good policy, Republicans should have passed it before the Election and run on it.  

But this is a bill that no conservative, or even your average Good Government Republican, could love.  

Indeed, fact is when an earlier version – at one-third the cost – went to the House Floor 70 Republicans voted against it forcing “leadership” to rely on Democratic votes to pass it. 

Heritage Action for America is key voting against the bill arguing that this new spending is not subject to the budget caps. The proponents of the Cures Act will argue that the bill is paid for in real dollar-for-dollar cuts.  But when the federal government is $19 trillion in debt, just because new spending is paid for, doesn’t mean that it should be done.   

Additionally, the manner in which the new NIH, FDA, and opioid spending is “paid for” doesn’t hold up under close scrutiny, says Heritage. 

The legislation assumes $3.5 billion in savings by rescinding funds the Prevention and Public Health Fund (PPHF), a slush fund created by Obamacare (ACA).  However, just last year, the House and Senate voted to repeal the ACA and rescind ALL of the funds from the PPHF.   

Moreover, notes Heritage, if the Republican Congress is committed to repealing Obamacare next year under President Trump, they shouldn’t be assuming that the PPHF will be in existence and able to be used as a piggy bank to pay for new spending.   

For a Republican Congress to argue that the PPHF can be used for savings to apply to new spending, in between two votes to repeal and rescind all of available funds in the PPHF, is an argument for having their cake and eating it too. 

As Heritage Budget expert Justin Bogie has argued:

“The SPR shouldn’t be used as a piggy bank for new spending programs; if and when it is deemed appropriate to sell off a portion of the SPR then it should go toward debt reduction. If Congress wants to fund the NIH innovation fund or increase spending for opioid abuse, etc., then they should do so through prioritizing pre-existing discretionary funds.” 

Even worse than the gimmicky offsets is the manipulation of the funding streams to avoid the Budget Control Act (BCA) Caps and true fiscal accountability.   

Under the sections creating each new fund, the bill states that “the total amount of such appropriations for the applicable fiscal year (not to exceed the total amount remaining in the account) shall be subtracted from the estimate of discretionary budget authority and the resulting outlays for any estimate under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 or the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, and the amount transferred to the Account shall be reduced by the same amount.”  

This means that the amounts transferred and appropriated in a given fiscal year would not count towards the total discretionary funding total. This would be a way to circumvent the BCA caps and add additional discretionary spending through 2021. 

In other words, the Cures Act authorizes what is essentially mandatory spending by another name, or discretionary-spending-in-name-only. 

As is always the case, observed Daniel Horowitz, the bill’s authors have concocted a hodgepodge of notional accounting gimmicks to “pay for” the cost of the bill. Not a single government program is eliminated to offset the cost of this new spending; rather the bill relies on receipts from selling off our Strategic Oil Reserves over ten years to pay for this bill.  

Using the Strategic Oil Reserves as a private piggybank to pay off lobbyists in order to grow government has become the new go-to source for “spending offsets,” for Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of scam artists in the Capitol Hill GOP leadership. 

It is telling that Politico, when reporting on the new version of the bill, described the spending as “all key White House priorities.”  It could not be more tone-deaf of the Republican Congress to pass a massive spending bill like Cures Act, funding the White House priorities, less than a month after the American voters soundly rejected President Obama’s agenda and business-as-usual in DC.   

The Capitol Switchboard is 1-866-220-0044. We urge CHQ readers to call Congress to oppose the 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 34) and to join the conservatives at Heritage Action for America, The Club for Growth, Conservative Review and other limited government constitutional conservatives in opposing this one last give away to Obama’s priorities by the Capitol Hill Republican establishment.

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GLOBALISTS in both parties

Whether they're Conservative Globalists, or Liberal Globalists, they all want the same thing: OPEN BORDERS, CHEAP FOREIGN LABOR, GLOBALISM INSTEAD OF NATIONALISM. Ryan is staying true to form - his Omnibus Bill in 2015 was just as odious to Republicans. He basically gave Obama everything he wanted and more.

(1)Ryan’s Omnibus Fully Funds Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ordered by President Obama as an executive action
(2) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Sanctuary Cities
(3) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds All Refugee Programs
(4) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds All of the Mideast Immigration Programs That Have Been Exploited by Terrorists in Recent Years
(5) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Illegal Alien Resettlement
(6) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds the Release of Criminal Aliens
(7) Ryan’s Omnibus Quadruples H-2B Foreign Worker Visas
(8) Ryan’s Omnibus Funds Tax Credits for Illegal Aliens
(9) Ryan’s Omnibus Locks-In Huge Spending Increases
(10) Ryan’s Omnibus Fails to Allocate Funds to Complete the 700-Mile Double-Layer Border Fence That Congress Promised the American People.

None of the Conservative Globalists give a damn about the American people. They only want to advance their own personal agendas - paid for by plutocratic special interests to usher in the NWO - Globalism. Globalism is just another name for World Domination.