Conservatives Agree with President Trump: “Never Again” Should Congress Pass an Omnibus Boondoggle, and “Never Again” Should He Sign One.

Congress recently passed, and the President signed, a $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that gives Democrats everything they want while violating key conservative principles on both policy and process.

By relinquishing control of the process to Democrats, the Republican leadership allowed many provisions in the bill to stand out as clear violations of the promises that Republicans made to voters. They include the following:

  • $500 million for Planned Parenthood.
  • Full funding for sanctuary cities.
  • $20 billion for Amtrak, including money for Sen. Schumer’s New York-New Jersey Gateway Tunnel.
  • Language prohibiting construction of the wall along the Mexican border, and only $1.6 billion for repairs to the existing.
  • A gun control provision that could be used to “disarm law-abiding Americans.”
  • Maintains the “status quo” on Obamacare.
  • The text of 24 unrelated bills that were added without debate or amendments.
  • Spending increases that are twice as high as any request made by President Obama, at a time when President Trump’s nominees to run various programs are being slow-walked through the Senate.

The 2,232-page bill was made public less than 24 hours before House members were asked to vote, in direct violation of the House’s 72-hour rule. The rule reflects a promise that Republicans made in their Pledge to America to allow at least three legislative days for Members of Congress and the public to read bills before a vote. “No more hiding legislative language,” they wrote. “Legislation should be understood by all interested parties before it is voted on.” Moreover, the House Rules Committee blocked attempts by any Members to offer amendments.

In the Senate, there was very little debate, and no amendments. Though seven budgetary points of order laid against the legislation, none of these points of order were challenged or debated. A 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion bill passed the Congress 48-hours after it was introduced with minimal debate and without Members being allowed to offer any changes.

President Trump rightly called the bill “ridiculous,” and called out Members of both chambers for the hasty, haphazard way the bill was passed. He also pledged that he would “never sign another bill like this again.”

We support the President in this regard and will insist that this promise is kept. We call upon the Congress to fulfill its constitutional role with more transparency, deliberation, and thoughtfulness. Appropriations bills should be given ample time for consideration, debate and amendments. Omnibus spending bills should be the rare exception, instead of norm.

Specifically, once an individual appropriations bill is passed by the House, the Senate should schedule time for its consideration and allow time for consideration, debate and amendments. The Senate, in particular, should prioritize the debate, amendment and passage of individual appropriations bills over wasting time in endless quorum calls.

Future funding bills should restore the spending caps signed by President Obama in 2011 to force fiscal discipline onto the government. They should fully fund the border wall, defund sanctuary cities and, at a minimum, defund Planned Parenthood and apply Hyde and conscience protections across the government, as Republicans have been promising to do for decades. Finally, the bill should not include extraneous bills that grow government, and bills that do should be subject to executive-led recession in the areas where money cannot be responsibly spent.

Republicans have long promised that, if they were given congressional majorities, they would use that mandate to affect positive change across the government. Sadly, we are seeing even worse spending, process, and policy outcomes than we saw with a Democratic president. This is untenable. We urge the Republican majority to prioritize their promises over expediency, and we call on President Trump to reject future efforts that do not meet his expectations, or the expectations of the voters who elected him.

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The Honorable Edwin Meese III
Former Attorney General
President Ronald Reagan

Alfred S. Regnery
Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Chairman, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Thomas E. McClusky
President
March for Life Action

The Honorable Bob McEwen
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Ohio

Wesley Denton
Former Communications Director
Senator Jim DeMint (SC)

The Honorable Colin A. Hanna
President
Let Freedom Ring, Inc.

Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund

The Honorable Jim DeMint
U.S. Senate
Former Member, South Carolina

Ed Corrigan
Vice Chairman, Conservative Action Project
Former Executive Director, Senate Steering Committee

Rachel Bovard
Former Policy Director
Senate Steering Committee

The Honorable Becky Norton Dunlop
Former White House Advisor
President Ronald Reagan

William L. Walton
Chairman
CNP Action, Inc.

Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin (Ret.)
Executive Vice President
Family Research Council

Diana Banister
President and Partner
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

The Honorable T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr.
Former Chief Domestic Advisor
President Ronald Reagan

Adam Brandon
President
FreedomWorks

The Honorable Tony Perkins
President, Family Research Council
President, Council for National Policy

Cleta Mitchell, Esq.

The Honorable David McIntosh
U.S. House of Representatives
Former Member, Indiana

The Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell
Chairman
Constitutional Congress, Inc.

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

The Honorable Donald J. Devine
Former Director, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
President Ronald Reagan

James C. Dobson Ph.D.
Founder & President
Family Talk

Bob Adams
President
Revive America PAC

Rebecca Hagelin
Secretary
Council for National Policy

Richard H. Wright
CEO
Andrews Consulting

Jack Park
Conservative Activist and Donor

Preston Hawkins
President
Herbert Hawkins Company

Jason S. Jones
President
Movie to Movement

David Williams
President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

C. Preston Noell III
President
Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.

Samuel Casey
Managing Director & General Counsel
Jubilee Campaign

Kevin Freeman
Founder
NSIC Institute

Bob Carlstrom
President
The Carlstrom Group, LLC

Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association

The Honorable Mike Spence
Founding President
Conservative Republicans of California

Martha Boneta
President
VCS

Charles Copeland
President
Intercollegiate Studies Institute

Christopher Malagisi
Editor in Chief
Conservative Book Club

Jim Backlin
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
Christian Coalition of America

Elaine Donnelly
President
Center for Military Readiness

Allen Hebert
Chairman
American-Chinese Fellowship of Houston

James L. Martin
Founder/Chairman
60 Plus Association

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association

Ted Baehr
Chairman and CEO
Christian Film and Television Commission™ / MovieguideĀ®

Donna Hearne
CEO
Constitutional Coalition

Linwood Bragan
Executive Director
CapStand Council for Policy & Ethics

Tim LeFever
Chairman
Capitol Resource Institute

Rod D. Martin
Founder and CEO
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Sherri R. Martin
Executive Vice President
The Martin Organization, Inc.

Haley E. Martin
President
The Martin Foundation

Shawn A. Mitchell
Former National Chaplain
National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA)

Jerry Melvin
Former Dean
Florida House of Representatives

Evelio Silvera
Campaign for the American Future

Norman Singleton
President
Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty

Jeremy Cerone
CEO
EliteSafe Inc.

Diane Stover
President
Ohio Values Voters, Inc.

Ron Robinson
President
Young America’s Foundation

Seton Motley
President
Less Government

Paul J. Gessing
President
Rio Grande Foundation

William Pascoe
Managing Partner
Antietam Communications

Robert K. Fischer
Meeting Coordinator
Conservatives of Faith

The Honorable Mike Hill
Former Member
Florida State Representative

Willes K. Lee
President
National Federation of Republican Assemblies

Col. Francis X. De Luca USMCR(Ret)
President Emeritus
Civitas Institute

The Honorable James C. Miller III
Budget Director for President Reagan

Peter J. Thomas
Chairman
The Conservative Cacus

Sal Russo
Co-Founder and Chief Strategist
Tea Party Express

Dr. Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.
Washington Bureau Chief
Infowars.com

Caroline Lewis
Owner
Percipio Communications

The Honorable Belden Bell
Legacy Co-Chair
The Heritage Foundation

Steve Berger
Pastor
Grace Chapel

Kay R. Daly
President
Coalition for a Fair Judiciary

Chad Connelly
President
Faith Wins

Anne Schlafly Cori
Chairman
Eagle Forum

Dr. Richard Rounsavelle
Trustee
Media Research Center

The Honorable Gary L. Bauer
President
American Values

Ralph A. Rebandt, II
Lead Pastor/Police Chaplain
Oakland Hills Community Church/Michigan Police Chiefs

The Honorable Michael R. Long
State Chairman
NYS Conservative Party

E.C. Sykes
Managing Director
Aslan Capital Fund

Lewis K. Uhler
President
National Tax Limitation Committee