It’s that time of year again when Washington scrambles to keep the government’s lights on, and the American people get stuck paying for a big, wasteful spending bill.
The stopgap bill President Biden signed Friday to avoid a government shutdown included billions of dollars for Ukraine and Afghan refugees.
Senate tucks Ukraine, Afghan aid into the bill
The bill passed the House on Friday just before the shutdown deadline, per usual, and a day after it cleared the Senate with support from Republicans and Democrats in a 72-25 vote.
The stopgap bill will fund the government until December 16. On a positive note, it includes billions of dollars to help communities recover from recent disasters such as Hurricane Ian and wildfires in New Mexico.
But it also includes $12.3 billion in largesse for Ukraine, $3 billion for the State Department to resettle Afghan refugees, $15 million for the FBI to vet said Afghan refugees, and $35 million to prepare for potential “radiological incidents in Ukraine.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-Ny.) described the aid to Ukraine — which has already received billions of American tax dollars over the past several months from Biden and Congress — as indispensable.
“Of particular importance is the money to Ukraine. These people have struggled so valiantly. Make no mistake about it, American weaponry and help has helped them turn the tide of the war, we cannot stop now, and we’re not going to,” he said.
Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), also cheered the aid for Ukraine as “literally an investment in our own national security and that of our allies.”
Speaking of national security, Biden’s negligent administration is getting billions more to resettle Afghan refugees who Biden allowed into the country without being properly vetted — as many suspected initially.
A recent watchdog report admitted that Biden’s Department of Homeland Security “may have admitted or paroled individuals into the United States who pose a risk to national security and the safety of local communities.”
Since failure is never punished in Washington, the FBI is now getting millions in funding to vet the “refugees” who the Biden DHS failed to screen in the first place.
Americans, meanwhile, are facing an economic crisis, a crime epidemic, and a wide-open southern border that the White House refuses to secure. What, exactly, is the government doing with all of the money it collects in taxes?