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JUST IN: Congress Gives Itself a Raise In 2232-Page Ominbus Bill

Apparently last night, a 2,232 Omnibus spending bill was dropped in the lap of several shocked lawmakers and senators, who literally couldn’t possibly have enough time to decipher and read the entire thing before it goes to a vote.

That’s the kind of stuff that used to happen under the Obama administration, and Americans got VERY sick of it. Congress is once again acting like swamp creatures and this time, decided to give themselves a bonus in the process.

Free Beacon reports:

The House and Senate increased their own budgets in the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending package.

The Senate increased its total salaries of officers and employees by $12.6 million in the 2,232-page bill that lawmakers had fewer than 48 hours to read and vote on. The bill avoids a government shutdown that would take place at midnight on Friday.

Aside from giving their own institutions a bonus, the omnibus also gives away millions to prevent “elderly falls,” promote breastfeeding, and fight “excessive alcohol use.”

The legislation increases the Senate budget to $919.9 million, up $48.8 million from fiscal year 2017, according to the congressional summary of the bill.

“The increase provides funding necessary for critical modernization and upgrades of the Senate financial management system and investments in IT security,” the summary states.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives increased its budget to $1.2 billion, which is $10.9 million above 2017 levels.

Salaries of staffers in the Senate are also set for an increase. Division I of the legislation breaks down the total salaries of officers and employees, which are being raised from $182 million in 2017 to $194.8 million in the final bill, an increase of $12.58 million.

The Senate also increased its expense account, as expense allowances are going from $177,000 to $192,000, an increase of $15,000.

The House, however, kept its budget for salaries the same at $22.3 million and lowered expenses by $4.4 million.

Committee offices got an increase of $22.9 million in salaries, from $181.5 million in 2017 to $204.4 million in the final bill.

The omnibus also boosts funding for health research, including a $3 billion increase to the ever-growing budget of the National Institutes of Health.

Health care spending in the omnibus includes $4 million to combat “excessive alcohol use” through a CDC prevention and health promotion program.

Another $15 million goes to study “high obesity counties” and an increase of $5 million for the CDC program that seeks to “address obesity in counties” by leveraging “the community extension services provided by land grant universities who are mandated to translate science into practical action and promote healthy lifestyles.”

The bill also spends $2.05 million to prevent “elderly falls” and $8 million in the form of “breastfeeding grants.”

The legislation also mandates the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to improve “wine label accuracy.”

The House passed the spending package Friday, and the Senate is expected to follow.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Sage Nighthawk

    March 23, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Neither House of Congress Respects the Average American and NOW they have given themselves ANOTHER Raise in PAY! They do NOT work AT ALL, BUT they have raised their OWN PAY!This is CONGRESSIONAL BULLSHIT! DONE BY A BUNCH OF “CHILDREN” THAT ARE ALSO A BUNCH OF “IGNORANT FOOLS”!

    • W. Bostick

      March 23, 2018 at 4:53 pm

      I hope our president, doesn’t sign this crap.

  2. Marlene Van Leuvan

    March 23, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    You have given yourselves ANOTHER PAY RAISE and included it in the OMNIBUS BILL so we won’t notice it and it gets passed…WHY??? you don’t do your jobs…BUILD THAT WALL…and FIX THE MEDICAL CARE…I don’t care about your raises when you do not do the job you are supposed to do for the AMERICAN PEOPLE that pay you!!! START DOING YOUR J-O-B!!!

  3. Calvin Winchell

    March 23, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    This underhanded garbage was one reason Trump was elected! If he signs this we will dump his ass as fast as we elected him! Politicians and those holding public offices are the biggest thiefs and liars! Trump wants the death penalty for drug dealers? How about long prison terms for those who steal from the taxpayers? They are rarely punished and this is why our society is so unruly today! What’s good for the geese is good for the gander! Drain the swamp and stop running your mouth…c

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