Hillary Clinton’s Belated Victory Party

George RaisleyHillary Clinton’s Belated Victory Party

"Yesterday Democratic Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and his Democrat-led House majority passed an Omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year – from now to September 30, 2017.

Democrats claimed victory over Republicans after passage of the bill, which excluded funding for the southern border wall and avoided $18 billion in domestic spending cuts sought by President Trump.

According to Bloomberg’s Anna Edgerton and Erik Wasson, Democrats succeeded in eliminating 160 policy provisions they opposed, secured health benefits for retired miners and helped Puerto Rico fund its Medicaid program. Instead of placing stricter limits on legal immigration, the spending bill extends an investor visa program, expands a low-skilled workers’ visa program and would allow thousands more Afghan refugees.

The bill, H.R. 244, has an additional $1.5 billion for border security, including 5,000 more immigration detention beds, though the bill actually specifies that money can’t be spent on a border wall."

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