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The good, the bad and the ugly: Here’s what’s in the new spending bills

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The good, the bad and the ugly: Here’s what’s in the new spending bills

12.20.19 12:58 PM

Your Christmas present from Congress has just arrived – two omnibus spending bills with “something for everyone to like.” But really, they are a massive, expensive lump of coal. As Congress has seen fit to do so many times in the past, these spending bills were left until the last minute, forcing a scramble to the finish line ahead of Christmas. The package totals nearly $1.4 trillion in discretionary spending, a 4.8% increase from last year’s bloated discretionary spending level. Much like a Christmas tree, this spending bill is filled with glittery ornaments in the form of increased spending and special interest provisions that end up costing taxpayers. Americans for Prosperity Senior Policy Fellow Alison Winters helped unpack the good, the bad and the ugly from the spending package. The Good One big take away from this year’s spending debacle is that we won’t experience a holiday government shutdown if the spending bill is signed into law by Dec. 20 at midnight. It’s a low standard by which to judge, but better than a government shutdown. There are a few bright spots in the bill itself, specifically on health care. The measure would repeal Obamacare-related taxes on health insurers and […]

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