A $1.5 trillion omnibus bill, which included $13.6 billion in aid for Ukraine, passed the Democrat-controlled House Wednesday night, successfully averting a partial government shutdown. So, what are all the details of the 2,700-page spending package? Does anyone know? Trust me, no one does. In fact, if you blinked last Wednesday you may not have known about it, because this massive spending bill was introduced in the middle of the night on the same day it was passed. No time was given for members of Congress to review the bill. This WAS your money. It includes such dynamic projects like $995,000 for “Grid Resilience and Equity in the Energy Transition” research, $500,000 for the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, a museum in Cincinnati, and $750,000 in federal taxpayer funds at the request of Delaware Sens. Chris Coons and Tom Carper to transform the Hockessin Colored School #107 into a center for “diversity, inclusion, and social equity.” How about New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman was able to get $496,000 in the name of “health equity” for “pool improvements” in his home district and then there’s the $500,000 earmark for Worcester State University to increase diversity and inclusion for STEM students to study climate change. Rhode Island Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed requested $1.6 million of federal taxpayer funding for Roger Williams University for the “development of equitable growth of shellfish aquaculture in Rhode Island.” But Storyteller, you say, that adds up to only a little over $4.8m, that’s just a drop in the bucket. Yep, right. My question is, how much more is hidden in those two thousand seven hundred pages?
Oh I know, “you have to sign it to find out what’s in it.” Again.