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Critics of the massive spending bill currently before Congress aren't hard to find. One of those – a Christian pro-family pundit – is upset the bill completely funds President Obama's resettlement plan for Muslim refugees.
"There's absolutely nothing to block the president from bringing in as many Muslims from war-torn, dangerous areas as he chooses without the proper vetting and signing up for benefits, bringing in their children and relatives," says Sandy Rios, director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association. "There are absolutely no limits in this bill."
On Tuesday night, House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the $1.1 trillion omnibus funding bill, giving Congress and the public just two days to review it before debate begins.
"Paul Ryan thinks it's a great bill," notes Rios, who laments the measure should have no trouble passing and being signed by the president. "[Ryan] made a statement that this was a bill that advanced Republican priorities, when quite the opposite is the case."
Speaking on Fox News, Ryan admitted Republicans didn't get everything they wanted – but neither did the Democrats. "So that's the nature of compromises in divided government," he added.
Rios isn't alone in her criticism of the omnibus bill. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, released a statement warning that the bill would also fund sanctuary cities and quadruple a controversial foreign worker program replacing Americans – all during a time of increasing concerns about threats to U.S. security and finances.
Gohmert 'frustrated' at missed opportunity
Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert said during television interviews that while there are good parts of the bill, he has grave concerns over funding included in the thousands of pages of text.
"We didn't get the defunding of the president's efforts to bring in refugees from Syria – or wherever they would be from – because we can't really know where they would be from if they claim they’re from Syria," the Republican lawmaker told Dana Loesch of The Blaze.
"And of course, some of us have been screaming about funding Planned Parenthood and stopping that when we have seen in videos – that they're abusing the money they've been getting and using it for things that are just horrendous for most of us … but, we didn't get that defunded.”
"I'm just so frustrated," Gohmert added on The Fox Business Network. "Here, once again, our leadership has negotiated with Democrats to get votes to pass the funding bill, rather than work with those of us, who make up the majority of the Republican Party."
The omnibus spending bill will fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. In Gohmert's opinion, that's a problem.
"... Do you honestly think that things we didn't put in this spending bill will be different six weeks before the election? You really think we are going to get more out of Obama as he is going out of office and doesn't really care about re-election?" he wonders. "That is not going to happen. We needed to do it now."
The abortion burden on Calif. churches
On the positive side, the omnibus bill retains current pro-life provisions, adds funding for abstinence education, and reduces federal tax dollars to organizations that do abortions overseas. But Tom McClusky of March for Life Action tells OneNewsNow that the bill failed to address the fact that California churches are being forced to directly pay for abortions through their insurance plans.
"It is only in California, however it's being backed by the abortion organization NARAL [which is] also trying to pass similar legislation in Oregon and Washington state and New York state," the pro-life activist explains. "They're probably just sitting back waiting to see if Congress will step up and protect these churches' First Amendment rights – and from the looks of it, they will not."
The bill also funds abortions through Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
And while Planned Parenthood is likely pleased that the spending measure fully funds the abortion business, McClusky sees it as a relatively short-lived victory.
"There are a number of committees investigating their long-known nefarious practices," he notes. "[And they're] looking into not only [Planned Parenthood's] profiteering from fetal-tissue research but also the way they've billed state and federal governments through the Medicare system."
McClusky believes it's only a matter of time before Congress will act to stop sending tax dollars to the abortion giant.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.
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