The Traitorous “Gang of 18” Republican Senators!

Yes, traitorous!

Traitorous in the sense that we were implored to support republicans in the 2022 elections to prevent exactly what they ended up voting for.

I guess the results of the 2022 midterms reflected the support the republican senate candidates deserved.

At least with the democrats, we know where they stand.

The “Gang of 18” republican senators can all be rightfully described as “snakes in the grass” sell-outs!

All republican politicians will end up paying the price for The Gang of 18. Mark my words. The republicans’ contribution revenue stream has now officially dried up.

According to Anna Skinner, reporting for Newsweek, “The Senate voted to pass a $1.66 trillion omnibus spending bill Thursday afternoon with only a day remaining before a deadline that could partially shut down the government.”

The shutting down of our government, even a partial shutdown, would be the best thing that could happen for our country.  

“Eighteen Republicans joined all 48 Democrats and two independents [“Independents in name only!] in passing the bill, which must still pass through the House before it arrives on President Joe Biden’s desk to be signed into law. The final vote was 68-29.”

“If approved [by The House of Representatives], [and it was] the bill will extend government funding through September 30, 2023. It had been delayed for weeks as lawmakers argued over its proposals, which included funding around immigration, emergency disaster assistance and military aid to Ukraine.”

Now, even after this bill’s passage, they are still writing-in portions of the bill. It’s the democrats’ version of a late night voting dump.

“Before the Senate voted, former President Donald Trump slammed members of the Republican party for their potential help in passing the bill in a video message posted to Truth Social. Trump specifically targeted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell [and rightfully so], who voted in favor of the bill.”

“Trump had urged all members of his party to vote against the bill and called the bill a ‘disaster’ for the Republican Party since Republican senators could have stopped it. Trump also criticized Democrats for pushing the bill through Congress before Republicans take control of the House in the New Year.”

“However, McConnell thought the bill was a win for Republicans because it increased the nation’s defense budget by nearly 10 percent, according to an article by The Hill. Nondefense and nonveteran spending received a more than 5 percent bump, totaling $772 billion.”

‘“The world’s greatest military will get the funding increase that it needs, outpacing inflation. Meanwhile, nondefense, nonveterans spending will come in below the rate of inflation, for a real-dollar cut,’ McConnell said on the Senate floor, according to The Hill.”

“If it is signed into law [and it will be], the bill will direct $19.8 billion toward Ukraine and NATO military aid and an additional $12.9 billion to help the Ukrainian economy as it battles through the Russia-Ukraine war, The Hill added.”

“The House is expected to vote on the bill Thursday night or Friday morning. Punchbowl News founder Jake Sherman tweeted that since the Senate added several items to the bill, it could ‘take a while to process and get to the House.’”

They did vote on the bill, and they passed it, and it didn’t take very long at all. It’s called “take the money and run.”

Here is a full list of Republican senators [traitors] who voted in favor of the bill (in alphabetical order):

Roy Blunt (Missouri)

John Boozman (Arkansas)

Shelley Capito (West Virginia)

Susan Collins (Maine)

John Cornyn (Texas)

Tom Cotton (Arkansas)

Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)

Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma)

Mitch McConnell (Kentucky)

Jerry Moran (Kansas)

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

Rob Portman (Ohio)

Mitt Romney (Utah)

Mike Rounds (South Dakota)

Richard Shelby (Alabama)

John Thune (South Dakota)

Roger Wicker (Mississippi)

Todd Young (Indiana)

This “Gang of 18” should go down in infamy, regarding their unnecessary capitulation to the democrats, and their disregard of their constituents and conservative Americans everywhere.

From the mouth of liberal propaganda news headquarters itself, CNN, we hear some of the lowlights of the omnibus bill.

Tami Luhby and Katie Lobosco report for CNN, “What’s in the massive government funding bill? Some [most, if not all] Congress members may not even know.”

And that’s another thing. Who actually wrote-up this 4,000 plus page behemoth of a bill?

And shouldn’t the actual author(s) be published on the bill?

Just sayin’.

“The House passed a $1.7 trillion yearlong federal government spending bill on Friday, paving the way for it to be signed into law by President Joe Biden.”

“The legislation includes $772.5 billion for nondefense discretionary programs and $858 billion in defense funding, according to a bill summary from Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations. That would represent an increase in spending in both areas for fiscal year 2023.”

A few hundred billion dollars here, and a few hundred billion dollars there, and pretty soon we’re talking about some real money!

“The sweeping package includes roughly $45 billion in emergency assistance to Ukraine and NATO allies, and an overhaul of the electoral vote-counting law…”

“It also would provide a boost in spending for disaster aid [But not for Florida hurricane relief, however. Hmmm, I wonder why?]…, and additional funds for the US Capitol Police, according to Leahy’s summary and one from Sen. Richard ‘Benedict Arnold’ Shelby of Alabama, the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee.”

So, democrat politicians (and The Gang of 18) want the police defunded for us, but additionally funded for them. Isn’t that special?

“And the legislation contains several major Medicaid provisions, particularly one that could disenroll up to 19 million people from the nation’s health insurance program for low-income Americans.”

Well, isn’t that wonderful as well?

“However, the bill, which runs more than 4,000 pages [more than three times the size of The Bible], left out several measures that some lawmakers had fought to include. An expansion of the child tax credit, as well as multiple other corporate and individual tax breaks, did not make it into the final bill.”

That’s odd.

“The spending bill, which would keep the government operating through September, the end of the fiscal year, is the product of lengthy negotiations between top congressional Democrats and Republicans.”

Ahh, yes…, we love those “top congressional democrats and republicans!” Especially our top “bend over” republican snakes in the grass!

“Here’s what’s in the bill [some of the lowlights]:”

“More aid for Ukraine: The spending bill would provide roughly $45 billion to help support Ukraine’s efforts to defend itself against Russia’s attack.”

We surely can’t leave Ukraine off of the gravy train.

“Also, it would provide $13 billion for economic support to the Ukrainian government. Other funds would address humanitarian and infrastructure needs…”

Our own economy and humanitarian, and infrastructure needs are all good here, so…

“Emergency disaster assistance: The bill would appropriate more than $38 billion in emergency funding to help Americans in the west and southeast affected by recent natural disasters, including tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.”

Like I mentioned earlier, Florida hurricane relief is not included here for some reason. I wonder why that would be?

“Overhaul of the electoral vote-counting law: A provision in the legislation aims at making it harder to overturn a certified presidential election, the first legislative response to the US Capitol insurrection and then-President Donald Trump’s campaign to stay in power despite his loss in 2020. The legislation would clarify the vice president’s role while overseeing the certification of the electoral result to be completely ceremonial.”

This is the “how dare you attempt to question our illegitimate election results” portion of the program.  

“Funding for January 6 attack prosecutions: The bill would provide $2.6 billion for US Attorneys, which would include funding efforts “to further support prosecutions related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol and domestic terrorism cases,” according to a fact sheet from the House Appropriations Committee.”

“Domestic terrorists” as in concerned parents at school board meetings?

And would that “further support of prosecutions related to January 6” include Nancy Pelosi and all of her FBI co-conspirators?

“The package also gives $11.3 billion to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including for efforts to investigate extremist violence and domestic terrorism. The funding measures are part of nearly $39 billion that would be for the Justice Department.”

We can’t neglect the support for our politically weaponized versions of our own Gestapo and KGB, can we?

“Changes to Medicaid and other health care programs: The spending bill would phase out the requirement that prevented states from disenrolling Medicaid recipients…”

Hmmm, seems legit.

“Under the spending bill, states would be able to start evaluating Medicaid enrollees’ eligibility and terminating their coverage as of April 1.”

Those damn Medicaid enrollees, wanting to be all heathy and stuff!

“Up to 19 million people could lose their Medicaid benefits, according to estimates, though many would be eligible for other coverage.”

Exactly what “other coverage” would that be?

Maybe we’ll get the special kind of coverage that Congress enjoys instead! Ya, that must be it!

“Plus, the package would provide more money for the National Institutes of Health [NIH] and the Centers for Disease Control…”

Oh, goodie! More money for the political, fake science, “doctors” to promote liberal control policies, propaganda, and out and out lies.

“It would include nearly $53 billion to address higher inflation [by actually increasing inflation] and $2.7 billion, a 25% increase, to support critical services and housing assistance for veterans and their families.”

I would really like to know exactly how this money will “support critical services” and “housing assistance.”

Why do I think we would be way, way better served by just turning this money over directly to an organization like Tunnels to Towers or Wounded Warrior Project?  

“The bill would also help families who have had their food stamp benefits stolen since October 1 through what’s known as ‘SNAP skimming. It would provide them with retroactive federal reimbursement of the funds, which criminals steal by attaching devices to point-of-sale machines or PIN pads to get card numbers and other information from electronic benefits transfer cards.”

Say what? Is this really that big of a thing? I’m sure it would be hilarious to see exactly how this would be processed and administered. Why do I think the criminal will find a way to double dip on the skimming and the reimbursement? Just a wild, but educated, guess.

“Help to pay utility bills: The bill would provide $5 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Combined with the $1 billion contained in the earlier continuing resolution, this would be the largest regular appropriation for the program, according to the National Energy Assistance Directors Association. Home heating and cooling costs, and the applications for federal aid in paying the bills have soared this year.”

Here’s an idea! Why not just reverse some of the idiotic democrat anti-energy policy, and nip this in the bud, so people won’t need assistance to begin with? Of course, with that scenario, people would be less dependent on government, and we can’t have that!

“Additional funding for the US Capitol Police: The bill would provide an additional $132 million for the Capitol Police for a total of nearly $735 million. It would allow the department to hire up to 137 sworn officers and 123 support and civilian personnel, bringing the force to a projected level of 2,126 sworn officers and 567 civilians.”

As I mentioned earlier, democrat politicians (and The Gang of 18) want the police defunded for us, but additionally funded for them. They require 2,700 people to protect 635 representatives? That’s roughly four people for every representative. Boy, they must really be important! On our end of things, we’re lucky to have one police officer for every 300 of us.

“It would also give $2 million to provide off-campus security for lawmakers in response to evolving and growing threats.”

I’m not even sure what to say about this. If I did, it would be nothing good.

“More resources for children’s mental health and for substance abuse: The bill would provide more funds to increase access to mental health services for children and schools. It also would invest more money to address the opioid epidemic and substance use disorder.”

Again, not a bad thing. But while we are allowing tons of drugs to flow over our border every day, it seems like an attempt to additionally fund our missile defense system with fly swatters.

“Investments in homelessness prevention and affordable housing: The legislation would provide $3.6 billion for homeless assistance grants, a 13% increase. It would serve more than 1 million people experiencing homelessness.”

Oh, yeah! Because these current homelessness prevention programs are working so well!

“The package also would funnel nearly $6.4 billion to the Community Development Block Grant formula program and related local economic and community development projects that benefit low and moderate income areas and people, an increase of almost $1.6 billion.”

Another stupid and wasteful program that will just continue to line the pockets of people who are talking a good game, but actually doing nothing to help these low income areas.

For a good example of these wonderfully wasteful programs, please let me refer you to one of my prior blogs:

“More support for the environment: The package would provide an additional $576 million for the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], bringing its funding up to $10.1 billion.”

More increased funding for a government agency with way too much uncontrolled power as it is.

Let me just add that all of the alphabet of government agencies, with all of their unelected Nazi wannabes, are up to no good, and are all involved in only controlling us more. That would include, for starters, in no particular order, the IRS, NSA, NIH, CDC, DHS, DEA, FBI, CIA, EPA, DOE, FCC, FEC, NRC, and the DOJ. And like I said, this is a list just for starters.   

In addition, we see funding for:

A Michelle Obama “trail” for $3.6 million,

An LGBTQ museum in New York City for $3 million,

$410 million to secure foreign borders, with nothing to secure our own borders,

$7.5 million to study the “domestic radicalization phenomenon,” whatever that means. Since they feel it is a “radicalization,” I can only assume it is a study to target and minimalize normal, everyday, patriotic citizens.

And, $200 million for something called the “Gender equity and Equality Action Fund.” Here, again, I’d like to see an actual accounting of where this money is going, and how it is actually being used.

And there is more disgusting wasteful spending we will hear about as people continue to dissect this monstrosity of a bill.

Oh, and I forgot to mention they threw in a 16.5% raise for themselves. How’s that for a cherry on top?!

Thank you “Gang of 18” for your irresponsible and unexplainable support of the democrats and their continued degradation of our great country. You have officially become heroes of “the swamp,” and newly minted members of “the dark side.”

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