Needed: GOP Omnibus Busters
A massive spending bill that must pass by Dec. 11 to avoid a partial government shutdown threatens to allow President Obama’s Syrian refugee program, fund his immigration initiatives and capitulate on Planned Parenthood funding.
No one knows the precise language of the $1.1 trillion “omnibus” bill, which House and Senate leaders are negotiating in secret. But conservatives in and out of Congress warn that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are unlikely to break from past practice during showdowns with the president.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., this week indicated the 13 spending bills that will be combined amount to a “blank check” on the refugee resettlement program.
“It will allow the refugee policy to continue, by which the president can bring in as many refugees as he desires,” Sessions said Friday on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”
“He has the power to decide that,” he said.
All refugees are immediately eligible for government assistance programs, and Sessions argued that refugees, and their relatives who later join them, will be a drag on Social Security, Medicare and other entitlements.
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