from Western Journalism:
The House of Representatives easily passed the end of year Omnibus $1.14 trillion spending bill, with strong Democrat support: nearly 100 GOP members voted against it.
The final vote for the bill was 316-133, which was stronger than anticipated. Republicans backed it by a 150-95 margin, while the Democrats gave it almost unanimous support with a 166-18 tally; Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., got behind its passage. The measure funds the government through September 2016.
As reported by Western Journalism, House conservatives, led by the Freedom Caucus, opposed the Omnibus bill based on a number of factors, including its funding of the Syrian refugee program and Planned Parenthood and failure to defund “executive amnesty.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan defended the bill, noting “in a divided government, no one gets exactly what they want.”
Among the wins for conservatives were the lifting of a 40-year oil export ban; the permanent extension of several key tax cuts, which help working families and job creators; and an increase in defense spending.
Pelosi and many Democrats were not pleased with the lifting of the oil export ban, but pointed to victoriesbeating back many conservative proposals.
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