You had better count your fingers after shaking hands with Paul Rino, who is actually praising the big government/big spending budget bill that strips nearly every item included in President Trump’s original proposed budget.
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan delivered a fierce defense of Republicans’ spending bill Tuesday, saying that it marks a major increase in defense spending, calling it “a game-changer,” and saying that outweighs the other fights the GOP retreated on, according to The Washington Times.
Mr. Ryan, a former budget committee chairman, said the GOP could claim victory by increasing the Pentagon’s money without also having a dollar-for-dollar spike in education, health and other basic government spending.
He said that’s a major break from the Obama years, when Democrats insisted that every defense increase be matched with domestic increases.
“No longer are the needs of our military going to be held hostage to domestic spending,” Mr. Ryan said. “We broke this parity and we think it’s a really important step in the right direction.”
The $1 trillion spending bill doesn’t include money for President Trump’s border wall, does not strip money from Planned Parenthood, and does boost spending for a number of Democrats’ own domestic priorities, including college aid for poor students and medical research at the National Institutes of Health. It also preserves the budget at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Democrats said they couldn’t think of a major loss they suffered in the bill, while Republicans saw a number of areas where they failed — despite controlling all the levers in Washington.