• Keyden Smith-Herold

The New Washington Spending Bill Should Have Never Been Signed into Law

President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell | Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster

Yesterday, President Trump signed into law a two-year agreement which increases federal spending and lifts the government’s borrowing limit. The legislation allows for over $2.7 trillion in discretionary spending until 2021.

The bill was passed in the House with 284 votes. 219 Democrats and 65 Republicans supported the measure. 132 Republicans and 16 Democrats opposed the bill, raising problems about the growing national debt that this legislation would allow. The GOP controlled Senate passed the legislation 67-28, with 5 Democrats and 23 Republicans opposing the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stated: “I am confident it is not exactly the legislation that either side of the aisle would have written if one party held the White House, the House, and had 60 votes in the Senate...That’s divided government. But I am equally confident that this is a deal that every one of my colleagues should support.”

President Trump seemed enthusiastic about the measure, as it allegedly guarantees military spending increases over the next two years. He tweeted on Thursday: “Budget Deal is phenomenal for our Great Military, our Vets, and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs! Two-year deal gets us past the Election. Go for it Republicans, there is always plenty of time to CUT!”

Mr. President, the problem is that dealing with the budget, the national debt, and the deficit is not a “kick the can down the road” issue. Voting for this disastrous legislation simply makes it worse for future generations of Americans. These Americans will be forced to pay off our national debt and social programs that are going bankrupt.

The president repeatedly bashed Obama for his lack of fiscal responsibility, but this deal proves that balancing the budget and stopping the deficit are not priorities to this Administration.

Fiscally responsible liberals and conservatives should be comfortable voting against these massive spending bills. All Representatives and Senators who opposed this legislation from both parties should be applauded.

Remember, higher spending passed now will undoubtedly lead to higher spending in the upcoming years. Why? Because the government has a problem with letting go of money.

If Congress has allowed these new funds to be spent in the next two years, what makes Americans think that bureaucrats will simply give up spending for these new programs? On top of this, higher interest rates will occur on payments on this new-found debt.

We need to admit it— Washington has a massive spending problem. Omnibus spending bills are always bad, as it becomes a game for Congress to weigh the good and bad provisions of the proposed bill. Instead of clumping various expenditures together, Congress needs to vote on these individual measures one at a time.

Plus, there is far too much money being wasted on programs which are the textbook definition of ‘government overreach’. We need to strip funding from these programs, increase market competition, and get the government out of every aspect of American life.

The President praised the alleged increases of defense spending in this newly passed legislation. However, The Heritage Foundation estimates that “The 2021 budget level would be a mere 0.3% increase [in defense spending], which represents a loss of real purchasing power after accounting for inflation… This is insufficient, and it will require the Department of Defense to take increased risks in the execution of the National Defense Strategy.”

Worst of all, reaching the debt limit should tell our Representatives and Senators who voted for this bill that something is wrong here. They should have had a premonition of the fact that there is too much money being wasted on useless commodities. In other words, we should have never arrived at this point to begin with.

Congress needs to balance the budget and do everything in their power— which is quite substantial— to not raise the national debt anymore. Our American economy and future citizens will suffer due to their inaction.


Keyden Smith-Herold is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical. Contact him: info@dailyanalytical.com