Biden managed to approve before the renewal of Congress a brutal increase in public spending, which includes millions of dollars for “LGBT causes” and aid to Ukraine, after Zelensky visited the country.
In the past week, both houses of Congress passed Biden’s 2023 Budget Bill, with the goal of dramatically increasing public spending. While the legislation has some spending to revamp transportation infrastructure across the country, the bulk of the bill seeks to further the Democrats’ progressive agenda.
On both ballots, some Republicans went over to the Democratic side and helped pass the budget. In the House of Representatives, the vote ended with 225 votes in favor, 201 against and one abstention, with Democratic figures such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Ilhan Omar voting against.
In the Senate, thanks to the impulse of Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a fervent anti-Trump, the vote was practically bipartisan, with 68 votes in favor and only 29 against. Republican Senators Tom Cotton, Mitt Romney and Lisa Murkowski were the most controversial names to cast their vote.
Biden managed to get the law approved before the seats in Congress are renewed, which would have made it impossible to sign since the Republicans will take control of the Lower House, and he had to go through there first before going up to the Upper House.
Among other things, the legislation increases spending by US$1.7 trillion (twelve zeros) and allocates resources to promoting gender policies, million-dollar transfers to LGBT community centers, subsidies to energy companies, especially renewable energy companies, and a massive economic and military aid package for Ukraine.
One of the points that stands out the most in the legislation is defense spending, which will be raised by US$858 million. These articles were agreed upon with the anti-Trump legislators of the Republican Party, a key negotiation for the project to be approved before the end of the year with opposition votes.
The purpose of these expenses will be “to improve and increase the infrastructure related to the branches of the armed forces such as the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Space Force,” also ensuring the “purchase of new ships, planes and weapons.”
As is customary with this administration, funds will also go to progressive causes within the Armed Forces, such as the new gender policies in the Marine Corps, and the joint effort of all branches to achieve gender parity in the strengths.
Among other things, the law confirms that the controversial vaccination mandate in the Armed Forces will remain in force until 2023 and members of the different military branches who are not inoculated must be vaccinated no later than January.
AID TO UKRAINE
The other large part of the budget will go to help Ukraine, an extremely controversial decision given that the US economy is in one of the worst recessions in the country’s history.
Another US$773 million will be earmarked for the provision of aid to Ukraine, including US$19.8 million in military equipment for Ukraine and its European allies; US$12.9 million in economic assistance; and US$6.2 million directly to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.
To announce the approval of the law that includes this massive outlay for Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was invited to the United States Congress.
The president of the European country gave a shameful speech in the House of Representatives, being the first president to make a presentation in the US Capitol during wartime since the appearance of Winston Churchill in 1941, who, like Zelensky, called for the intervention of the Americans at war.
But unlike Churchill, Zelensky slammed the Americans for sending “little aid” and criticized Republicans who don’t want to spend nearly a billion dollars on transfers to Ukraine while the United States is in a recession.
Zelensky was also part of a pathetic White House staging with a senile Joe Biden, who stammered in his speech alongside his Ukrainian counterpart. Zelensky presented Biden with a medal for his help in the war against Russia.
PROMOTION OF THE PROGRESSIVE AGENDA
Another of the controversial issues that were approved in the law are the multiple projects related to LGTB policies, among which are millions of dollars allocated to spaces for the promotion of the progressive agenda, such as an LGTB museum in New York City, an archive dedicated to showcasing gay rights in the state of Wisconsin, and a student center for gay people in the city of San Diego, California, among other things.
However, the promotion of LGBT programs are not the only element of the progressive agenda that is included in the budget for the year 2023, but also millions of dollars are earmarked for organizations dedicated to “social justice” and ” economic equality,” in addition to the allocation of US$3.5 million to the “Office of Diversity and Inclusion.”
Within the budget of more than 4,000 pages, totally delusional projects can be found such as the implementation of “bee-friendly” highways, the allocation of a budget of US$7.5 million for the study of “phenomenon of domestic radicalization in social networks,” in addition to more than US$20 million in a program to protect the borders of Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Oman, while promoting open borders in the United States.
In turn, a huge sum of money will also be allocated for the construction of a street called the “Michelle Obama Road” near the State University of Georgia, in commemoration of the wife of former Democratic president Barack Obama, the “Ukrainian Independence Park” in Washington D.C. and the construction of the “Nancy Pelosi” building in San Francisco.
The Democrats also managed to include in the budget the disbursement of US$2.6 million to the commission that investigates the events that occurred on January 6, 2021, awarding a sum as prizes to federal lawyers for each protester they manage to convict with in order to encourage prosecutions of those who entered the Capitol on the date that Joe Biden’s electoral fraud was validated.
In addition, some US$11.3 million will go to the FBI to investigate “terrorism and right-wing domestic extremism,” while a massive package of US$39 million will go to the Department of Justice for the same purpose.
Despite the fact that the law seeks to prosecute Republican voters, several senators from this party decided to vote in favor, encouraged by the leader of the opposition, Mitch McConnell (Kentucky), who negotiated directly with Biden many of the articles of the law.
In addition to the Kentucky senator, Republicans Richard Shelby (Alabama), Roy Blunt (Missouri), John Boozman (Arkansas), Tom Cotton (Arkansas), Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia), Susan Collins (Maine), John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Jim Imhofe (Oklahoma), Jerry Morgan (Kansas), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Rob Portman (Ohio), Mitt Romney (Utah), Mike Rounds and John Thune (South Dakota), Roger Wicker (Mississippi) and Todd Young (Indiana) voted in favor.
The vast majority of this block belongs to the anti-Trump block of the Republican Party, which usually supports Biden in many of his legislative forays and claims to represent the more moderate wing of the party. However, there were some votes in favor, such as that of Tom Cotton, a member of the hardest and Trumpist wing of the Party, which raised alarms in the formation, since Trump had ordered his loyalists to vote against.
Among the surprises among the Democrats, there was the refusal of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez to vote in favor of the project. Far from being justified for the benefit of the Americans, her reasons were based on the fact that the budget did not defund the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as she had requested.
With information from La Derecha Diario