Rancorous House Passes 'CRomnibus'
Both Republican and Democrat caucuses in the House cracked and splintered as the chamber approved the CRomnibus (part omnibus, part continuing resolution) spending package Thursday night. Republicans needed 80 Democrat votes to send the bill to the Senate, and that’s with making the bill as enticing as possible for the Left. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) said, “In 20 years of being on the appropriations [committee], I haven’t seen a better compromise in terms of Democratic priorities,” because the bill funded ObamaCare, early childhood education and the EPA. But progressive members of the party balked at the provision rolling back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation law. The White House skipped up to Capitol Hill to lobby for the legislation, but Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) created a coalition in her office of 20 fellow Democrats to oppose the president. She said, “We don’t like lobbying that is being done by the president or anybody else that would allow us to support a bill that … would give a big gift to Wall Street and the bankers. … So I’m opposed to it and we’re going to fight it.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called the bill “blackmail.” Still, the bill is now headed to the Senate.