Merry Christmas from the US Government

Holiday Poinsettia BannerOn Friday the Republican controlled US House and Senate passed the $1.14 Omnibus Spending Bill that funds government through September 2016. Our benefactors were very generous with OUR provisions. Included in the bill is full funding for Planned Parenthood, resettlement of illegal middle eastern refugees, sanctuary cities, the Green Climate Fund created at the Paris climate conference, additional regulation of water, ozone and power plants. That are just the highlights. There are many other objectionable boondoggles in this bill. This is from our Republican controlled legislative branch. This bill is now headed to Mr. Obama which he will eagerly sign into law.

I started this column with the intent of providing a synopsis of the 2016 Omnibus-spending bill just passed by our legislators. The more I wrote – the hotter I became, my blood is now boiling. So my objective changed, you can find what it funds easily enough. The purpose of this column is to point out how these people are bankrupting you and your children’s futures.  The Congress has given you and YOUR children a huge Christmas present – more government and debt. The Democrats say, this is a big win for their agenda, Obama is thrilled and said this will be his most optimistic year. This is a Republican controlled legislature? Did I miss something? Did we elect a democratic or republican majority? I see no difference. They are one and the same.  Didn’t the Republicans campaign on overturning Obamacare and fiscal responsibility?

Let me let you in on a secret if you haven’t figured it out. Both sides campaign on being fiscally responsible when they are not in power and then when in power spend like drunken sailors on their own agendas. Quietly the one side supports the other, scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. It’s a façade – they make it appear they are at odds, but in reality both sides are squandering our futures.

It’s a racket. I’ve heard these promises from the Republicans since Reagan. We will shrink government – we will take government back!!! Blah – blah – blah. I can tell you the Republican or Democratic Party does not represent me and they are not fiscally responsible with your money. Yes it is your money and now your debt. There is always a time to reconcile the books and a day of reckoning.

Think of it like this. Not too many years ago the US was the largest creditor nation, now we are the largest debtor nation. We are living off credit to support our national expenses. Compare government spending to household spending.  You can only accumulate debt so long and live off your credit card for so long.  In essence that’s what the government is doing – piling up debt and living off the credit card. When you spend more than you take in then you must borrow more, tax more or create more money. All three have significant negative consequences for you, me and especially for our children.

That day of reckoning is drawing closer. I don’t want to stray too far from the topic here, but other major countries are taking notice of our fiscally irresponsible government and moving away from the dollar being the international currency. These countries understand better than most Americans that a time is coming when the dollar will loose significant value. So what happens then?  It will mean MAJOR disruptions to our lifestyles! These decisions that our legislators are making have consequences and I’m afraid it won’t be pretty.

Below is how each of our legislators voted.

Merry Christmas.

Final House Vote of HR 2029





TOTALS 316 113  

YEAS 316

Adams Gibson Paulsen  
Aderholt Graham Payne  
Aguilar Granger Pearce  
Allen Graves (GA) Pelosi  
Ashford Graves (MO) Perlmutter  
Barr Grayson Peters  
Barton Green, Al Peterson  
Bass Green, Gene Pingree  
Beatty Grothman Pittenger  
Benishek Guthrie Pitts  
Bera Hahn Poe (TX)  
Beyer Hanna Poliquin  
Bilirakis Harper Price (NC)  
Bishop (GA) Hartzler Price, Tom  
Bishop (MI) Hastings Quigley  
Bishop (UT) Heck (WA) Rangel  
Blumenauer Hensarling Reed  
Bonamici Herrera Beutler Reichert  
Bost Higgins Renacci  
Boustany Hill Ribble  
Boyle, Brendan F. Himes Rice (NY)  
Brady (PA) Hinojosa Rice (SC)  
Brady (TX) Honda Richmond  
Brooks (IN) Hoyer Rigell  
Brown (FL) Huffman Rogers (KY)  
Brownley (CA) Huizenga (MI) Rokita  
Buchanan Hurd (TX) Rooney (FL)  
Bucshon Israel Ros-Lehtinen  
Burgess Issa Roskam  
Bustos Jackson Lee Ross  
Butterfield Jeffries Rouzer  
Calvert Jenkins (WV) Roybal-Allard  
Capps Johnson (OH) Royce  
Capuano Jolly Ruiz  
Cárdenas Joyce Ruppersberger  
Carson (IN) Kaptur Rush  
Carter (GA) Katko Russell  
Carter (TX) Keating Ryan (OH)  
Cartwright Kelly (IL) Ryan (WI)  
Castor (FL) Kelly (MS) Sánchez, Linda T.  
Castro (TX) Kilmer Sanchez, Loretta  
Chabot Kind Sarbanes  
Chaffetz King (NY) Scalise  
Chu, Judy Kinzinger (IL) Schakowsky  
Cicilline Kirkpatrick Schiff  
Clark (MA) Kline Scott (VA)  
Clarke (NY) Knight Scott, Austin  
Clay Kuster Scott, David  
Cleaver Langevin Sensenbrenner  
Clyburn Larsen (WA) Serrano  
Coffman Larson (CT) Sessions  
Cohen Lawrence Sewell (AL)  
Cole Lee Sherman  
Collins (GA) Levin Shimkus  
Collins (NY) Lewis Simpson  
Comstock Lipinski Sinema  
Conaway LoBiondo Sires  
Connolly Loebsack Slaughter  
Conyers Loudermilk Smith (NJ)  
Cook Love Smith (WA)  
Cooper Lowenthal Speier  
Costa Lowey Stefanik  
Costello (PA) Lucas Stewart  
Courtney Luetkemeyer Stivers  
Cramer Lujan Grisham (NM) Swalwell (CA)  
Crenshaw Luján, Ben Ray (NM) Takai  
Crowley Lynch Thompson (CA)  
Culberson MacArthur Thompson (PA)  
Cummings Maloney, Carolyn Thornberry  
Curbelo (FL) Maloney, Sean Tiberi  
Davis (CA) Marchant Titus  
Davis, Danny Matsui Tonko  
Davis, Rodney McCarthy Torres  
DeFazio McCaul Trott  
DeGette McCollum Tsongas  
Delaney McGovern Turner  
DeLauro McHenry Upton  
DelBene McMorris Rodgers Valadao  
Denham McNerney Van Hollen  
Dent McSally Vargas  
DeSaulnier Meeks Veasey  
Deutch Meng Vela  
Diaz-Balart Messer Velázquez  
Dingell Mica Visclosky  
Dold Miller (MI) Wagner  
Donovan Moolenaar Walberg  
Doyle, Michael Moore Walden  
Duckworth Moulton Walorski  
Duffy Mullin Walters, Mimi  
Edwards Murphy (FL) Walz  
Ellmers (NC) Murphy (PA) Wasserman Schultz  
Engel Nadler Watson Coleman  
Eshoo Napolitano Weber (TX)  
Esty Neal Wenstrup  
Farr Neugebauer Westmoreland  
Fattah Newhouse Wilson (FL)  
Fitzpatrick Noem Wilson (SC)  
Fleischmann Nolan Womack  
Flores Norcross Woodall  
Foster Nugent Yarmuth  
Foxx Nunes Yoder  
Frankel (FL) O’Rourke Young (AK)  
Frelinghuysen Olson Zeldin  
Fudge Palazzo Zinke  
Gabbard Pallone  
Garamendi Pascrell    

NAYS 113

Abraham Grijalva Mooney (WV)  
Amash Guinta Mulvaney  
Amodei Gutiérrez Palmer  
Babin Hardy Perry  
Barletta Harris Pocan  
Becerra Heck (NV) Polis  
Black Hice, Jody B. Pompeo  
Blackburn Holding Posey  
Blum Hudson Ratcliffe  
Brat Huelskamp Roby  
Bridenstine Hultgren Roe (TN)  
Brooks (AL) Hunter Rogers (AL)  
Buck Hurt (VA) Rohrabacher  
Byrne Jenkins (KS) Rothfus  
Carney Johnson (GA) Salmon  
Clawson (FL) Johnson, Sam Sanford  
Crawford Jones Schrader  
DeSantis Jordan Schweikert  
DesJarlais Kelly (PA) Shuster  
Doggett King (IA) Smith (MO)  
Duncan (SC) Labrador Smith (NE)  
Duncan (TN) LaHood Smith (TX)  
Ellison LaMalfa Stutzman  
Emmer (MN) Lamborn Takano  
Farenthold Lance Thompson (MS)  
Fleming Latta Tipton  
Forbes Lieu, Ted Walker  
Fortenberry Lofgren Waters, Maxine  
Franks (AZ) Long Webster (FL)  
Gallego Lummis Welch  
Garrett Marino Westerman  
Gibbs Massie Whitfield  
Gohmert McClintock Williams  
Goodlatte McDermott Wittman  
Gosar McKinley Yoho  
Gowdy Meadows Young (IA)  
Graves (LA) Meehan Young (IN)  
Griffith Miller (FL)    


Cuellar Johnson, E. B. Kildee  
Finche Kennedy  






TOTALS  62  33  2


Ayotte (R-NH) Franken (D-MN) Murkowski (R-AK)  
Baldwin (D-WI) Gardner (R-CO) Murphy (D-CT)  
Barrasso (R-WY) Gillibrand (D-NY) Murray (D-WA)  
Bennet (D-CO) Graham (R-SC) Nelson (D-FL)  
Blumenthal (D-CT) Hatch (R-UT) Perdue (R-GA)  
Blunt (R-MO) Heinrich (D-NM) Peters (D-MI)  
Booker (D-NJ) Heitkamp (D-ND) Reed (D-RI)  
Brown (D-OH) Heller (R-NV) Reid (D-NV)  
Cantwell (D-WA) Hirono (D-HI) Roberts (R-KS)  
Capito (R-WV) Hoeven (R-ND) Rounds (R-SD)  
Cardin (D-MD) Inhofe (R-OK) Schatz (D-HI)  
Carper (D-DE) Isakson (R-GA) Schumer (D-NY)  
Casey (D-PA) Johnson (R-WI) Shaheen (D-NH)  
Coats (R-IN) Kaine (D-VA) Stabenow (D-MI)  
Cochran (R-MS) King (I-ME) Tillis (R-NC)  
Collins (R-ME) Kirk (R-IL) Udall (D-NM)  
Coons (D-DE) Klobuchar (D-MN) Warner (D-VA)  
Corker (R-TN) Lankford (R-OK) Warren (D-MA)  
Cornyn (R-TX) Leahy (D-VT) Whitehouse (D-RI)  
Donnelly (D-IN) McConnell (R-KY) Wicker (R-MS)  
Durbin (D-IL) Menendez (D-NJ)    


Boozman (R-AR) Grassley (R-IA) Sanders (I-VT)  
Burr (R-NC) Lee (R-UT) Sasse (R-NE)  
Cassidy (R-LA) Manchin (D-WV) Scott (R-SC)  
Cotton (R-AR) Markey (D-MA) Sessions (R-AL)  
Crapo (R-ID) McCain (R-AZ) Shelby (R-AL)  
Cruz (R-TX) McCaskill (D-MO) Sullivan (R-AK)  
Daines (R-MT) Merkley (D-OR) Tester (D-MT)  
Enzi (R-WY) Moran (R-KS) Thune (R-SD)  
Ernst (R-IA) Paul (R-KY) Toomey (R-PA)  
Fischer (R-NE) Portman (R-OH) Vitter (R-LA)  
Flake (R-AZ) Risch (R-ID) Wyden (D-OR)  


Boxer (D-CA)  
Rubio (R-FL)  


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About Wayne Hill
Wayne is a grassroots, bible believing, liberty loving activist in Oklahoma. He works in the health care industry. He has been married for over 30 years to his wife, Cathy, and they have four grown children.