BILL: $1.7 Trillion Federal Spending Bill - Election Reform, Ukraine, TikTok - SIGNED INTO LAW
Demand Biden takes action on Election Reform, Ukraine, and Hunger
UPDATE: December 29, 2022
- President Joe Biden has signed the $1.7 trillion federal spending bill, capping what he called a "year of historic progress."
- "It'll invest in medical research, safety, veteran health care, disaster recovery, (Violence Against Women Act) funding -- and gets crucial assistance to Ukraine," Biden tweeted, adding:
"Looking forward to more in 2023."
UPDATE: December 23, 2022 - 5PM ET
- President Joe Biden signed a short-term bill Friday to postpone the deadline for funding until Dec. 30, giving the White House time to sign the $1.7 trillion spending bill.
UPDATE: December 23, 2022 - 2:15PM ET
- The House voted Friday to pass a massive $1.7 trillion government spending bill. It's now headed to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
The vote was 225 to 201. Nine Republicans voted for the measure, one Democrat voted against it, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) voted "present."
- Senate: Passed Thursday, December 22, on a vote of 68-29.
- House: Passed Friday, December 23, on a vote of
- President: Signed by President Biden December 29
- Senate leaders have reached a tentative agreement on a $1.7 trillion omnibus package to fund the government through October 2023.
- The bill includes $772.5 billion for non-defense discretionary programs & $858 billion in defense funding.
- To avoid a shutdown, lawmakers must debate and pass the 4,155-page measure by Friday.
- Amendments to the bill could still be added in the Senate and House.
What's in the bill?
Overhaul the 1887 Electoral Count Act by including a version of the Electoral Count Reform Act of 2022.
- The threshold to object to a state's electoral votes will be raised from just a single member of the House and Senate to 20% of both chambers
- Explicitly states the vice president’s role in overseeing the counting of Electoral College votes is purely ceremonial
- Any legal challenge to state electors would be heard by a District Court panel of two appellate judges and one district judge.
- Appeals head straight to the Supreme Court.
AID FOR UKRAINE
$45 billion in emergency assistance:
- $9 billion for Ukraine's military to pay for training, weapons, logistics support, and salaries.
- $12 billion to replenish U.S. equipment sent to Ukraine
- $13 billion for economic support to the Kyiv government
NATURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE
- $40.6 billion for communities in the U.S. recovering from tornadoes, drought, hurricanes, flooding, wildfire, and other natural disasters.
- Establish a permanent nationwide Summer EBT program
- Provide families whose children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals with a $40 grocery benefit (per child per month)
- Children in rural areas would be allowed to take home or receive delivery of up to 10 days of meals. Currently, children have to consume food at a specific site and time
- The Children's Health Insurance Program - CHIP - would offer 12 months of continuous coverage for children
MILITARY & VETERANS
- 4.6% pay raise for troops
- 22.4% increase in support for Veteran Administration medical care
- $5 billion for the Cost of War Toxic Exposures Fund to implement the landmark PACT Act--expanding eligibility for health care services and benefits to veterans affected by toxic chemicals during their service.
- TikTok would be banned on all government-issued devices over security concerns.
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Audit every penny that goes to Ukraine.
TikTok would be banned on all government-issued devices over security concerns.
So we're banning TikTok but totally unable to regulate ANY crypto? Did I get this right? Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars investing in a complete scam but boy are we upset about TikTok because it might be China spying on us? Are You Joking? How about corporate America ripping off investors? Nah - no big deal! Buyer beware and all that jazz. SNORT!
And rather than "BAN TIKTOK" fire the morons who are looking at it on government devices while they're supposed to be working. How freaking difficult is this? NO YOU DON'T PLAY AROUND ON OUR PHONE WHEN WE'RE PAYING YOU TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING. If you're unable to accomplish something, please, for my sake, FAKE IT!
Where is the novel concept of holding people responsible? Oh, that's right, it's Washington DC, no one has ANY responsibility!
So let me get this straight, a platform that billion people use is a national security threat but, the butt buddy of president oatmeal for brains have been hacking into the United States even before Tiktok! So can one of the 80 million supporters of oatmeal for brains try to explain how an app is a threat but the national threat will continue because we already know that that president oatmeal for brains is compromised by the ccp. Far as Ukraine why don’t we just end the war president oatmeal for brains said that putin is a killer so what is this weak clown will do? The weak clown will probably trip over something
The passage of this bill is going to bring more hardships upon Americans financially. America is heading for a financial collapse and ultimate destruction of the country.
"If we did these commonsense things, ...".
I have seen this "common sense" argument used repeatedly to address multiple questions on this forum, and each time I find it displays the arrogance and lack of insight of the person using that terminology.
"Common sense" is only a useful concept if there is a common frame of reference to which it is applied. When there are multiple people from a wide variety of parts of the country, with varying backgrounds and experiences, of varying racial descents, of varying social backgrounds and class, to expect a common frame of reference is ludicrous unless the topic is so pervasive and so well explained that there can be no question. The chances of that occuring are vanishingly low as we cannot, as a nation, not even agree that Donald Trump legitimately lost the 2020 Presidential Election.
I can put forth a reasonable argument that the concept of maintaining national borders is outdated and harmful, and that we would be better off not having such designations. Borders take the form of being political or geographical. Boundaries, in contrast, are social or cultural. We are faced with several crises that include wars and climate change that are resulting in social and political upheavals that are causing increasing numbers of people to migrate from their homes to other locations in search of safety, food, water, employment, and some type of stability. This is not happening just where the United States and Mexico demarcate their respective national jurisdictions, but all over the world. The United States has projected an image of welcoming immigrants. The reality has been less inviting and more one of rejection, especially in recent years. Studies have shown that increasing immigration would actually be to the financial benefit of the United States economy. This, however, flies in the face of conservative doctrine and Trumpian/fascist values that are based on emotion rather than reason and "common sense."
In this situation there are actually two versions of "common sense", both judged by their practictioners to be valid, one research based, the other not, but diametrically opposite of each other. Where is the common frame of reference and experience that would reconcile these two opposing views of what is "common sense" and enable both to be right?
Our nation could do so much more so much better and so much cheaper if we stopped over-funding the largest, most expensive military in the world. By the way, you do realize that our military has NEVER secceeded in completing a financial audit.
And while we're cutting actual waste, let's cut our federal prison system and end the For-Profit Prison System.
If we did these commonsense things, we'd have some much more to make people's lives so much better.
So let's place bets on how much better the GOP House does in passing the budget next year. Do we really think they're going to get it done sooner and with fewer objections?
WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM? Papa XI?
If this were truly about preventing a government shutdown, why is there so much new spending in the bill? No one and I mean no one had the time to read over 4000 pages of this crap before casting a vote and then madam Nanny allows vote by proxy. What a joke. The losers had already skipped town.
A reveal of spending on pet projects and foreign aid is coming to light with the most glaring being that of US support for Ukraine. We have thus far accounted for almost two-thirds of all financial aid to that war. Money that is needed here at home to secure the southern border and bolster infrastructure. Where's the rest of the world? It's no wonder Russia views it as a proxy war.
The archives of this site will show that I have long recognized Liberal Progressivism for what it is - a cult or mental illness. I'll soften the latter by replacing illness with disorder. If you're cheering for this bill, reality is probably out of reach for you.
Omnibus Section 110 links retirement saving and student loans repayments by treating student loans as deferrals for the purpose of retirement savings.
"As of 2024, if the company chooses to provide the benefit, a worker could write a check for their monthly student loan bill, but in the process also earn a “match” for their 401(k), 403(b), or SIMPLE IRA account"
"...it will help young people avoid missing out on years of saving and the compound interest that builds up when people start early. A 2019 study from Bankrate found that 29% of college graduates with student loans delayed retirement savings. Another study, from the Employee Benefit Research Institute, found that holding student loan debt is a key factor in how much households were able to save."
"This idea of allowing simultaneous student loan payments and retirement savings has bounced around Washington for years and has gradually gained bipartisan support. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon put forward a bill in 2019 with Republicans like Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA) also championing the effort over the years."
This is to my Alaskan representatives. Does this 1.7 trillion budget bill include finally a national medical healthcare plan that includes building national hospitals and clinics so those who do not want to go to private hospitals can have healthcare from our national system? If not why not?
I am not in favor of Omnibus Bills, one bit. I as many of you did not read this Bill in its entirety. There were some good items within the Bill, but way to much spending garbage, and the threatening of shutting down our normal every day government operations. This is a childish ploy by worthless Congressional members. Of course we realize the majority of the funds are going to be borrowed, at someone's future expense. Most within this Bill filled the pockets of big campaign donators, and not really doing anything to really support our most vital structures. You can argue this with me but Omnibus Bills are bad for our country.
Sound like this budget bill will be beneficial in many ways, as well as from a budgetary standpoint.
Bipartisan? Only traitorous RINOs voted for this abomination. The few 'common sense party' talked loudly about the faults of this bill. Oh well, no one hears, and it seems no one cares; hopefully twitter will help, the future of America hangs on a thread. Thank You Elon Musk.
Yea, pass the bill quickly; we have loads of debt, the card will never expire, & so much "help" [to other countries], no problem, everything is peaches and cream in our remade America.
Get It Done!
Hope the House passes the bill quickly.
Wish there was a group would pay for a deep dive into Tiktok's code to see if it is sending sensitve info greater than any other social media platforms.
BTW–The better creators are already posting their alternative platforms, mostly Instagram & YouTube.
The idea that a bill with 1.7 trillion dollars at over 4,000 pages should be voted on with less than a week of consideration is absurd. From what we do know about it, it is filled with wasteful spending that with further exasperate inflation. It shoudl be voted down and instead a CR should be approved and budgeting should take place by regular order in 12 bills.
No one in congress should vote for this bill!! These approximately 4000+ pages are filled with pork and special earmarks that will adversely affect taxpayers in many ways. This is one of those comments that should be fast tracked to our senators. Remember build back better and how it was to fund the government and keep us from revisiting these episodes to increase funding to keep government running--that was the big lie just like when Pelosi said, 'We have to pass this thing to see what's in it!' Be sure when a politician makes a comment like that it will never be good for the taxpayer!!