(FreedomBeacon.com)- In the final two weeks when Democrats have control of the House of Representatives, 18 Republicans joined all Senate Democrats to pass a $1.85 trillion omnibus spending bill on Thursday afternoon.
Conservatives referred to the action as a “stunning act of betrayal” during the lame-duck session.
Conservatives claim that even though Democrats held the presidency and both houses of Congress for the entirety of 2022, they hurried to pass this budget bill only after the election of the Republican-controlled House in November.
The majority of the House has changed four times since 1994. In each instance, the departing majority failed to pass an omnibus appropriations bill during the post-election lame-duck session. In each instance, the outgoing majority delegated the challenging task of legislating to the new representatives chosen by the American people.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee’s incoming chairman, Rep. James Comer, R-Kentucky, cautioned that Republicans would voluntarily give up their ability to hold the Biden administration accountable for the ensuing year.
The omnibus bill would fund the government until September 2023. Aside from millions of dollars in funding for “woke” earmarks like LGBTQIA+ Pride Centers, a Michele Obama Trail in Georgia, and the [email protected] Coalition, it also includes military funding for Ukraine, a ban on the Chinese-owned TikTok app on federal government devices, and military funding for other countries. The Hyde Amendment, which forbids the use of tax dollars from the federal government to finance elective abortions, is not included in the spending bill.
Here are the 18 Republicans who voted yes:
- Roy Blunt, Missouri
- John Boozman, Arkansas
- Shelley Moore 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
Three Republicans did not vote:
- John Barasso, Wyoming
- Richard Burr, North Carolina
- Kevin Cramer, North Dakota
Four Republicans who had previously voted to advance the bill switched their votes to oppose it:
- Chuck Grassley, Iowa
- Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mississippi
- Marco Rubio, Florida
- Tommy Tuberville, Alabama