No bill is perfect, but this bill contains funding for many bipartisan priorities. It also advances progressive priorities like ending the so-called “global gag rule” that banned foreign aid dollars from going to groups that provide abortions overseas, and allowing “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to work for the federal government. Members of Congress need bigger office budgets to do their job effectively.
Congress shouldn’t cram nearly $1 trillion in spending that would ordinarily be broken out into five bills into one package. This bill (which is subject to a veto threat) contains “poison pill” riders that continue the Hyde Amendment’s restrictions on federal funding for abortions domestically, allow foreign aid to go to groups that provide abortions overseas, and prevent the use of funds to build the border wall. Also, lawmakers shouldn’t vote to give themselves a raise.