by Jim Nintzel
Don’t look for Southern Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva to vote in favor of the CROmnibus deal that is supposed to stop the government from running out of money in a couple of days.
Grijalva and his Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Keith Ellison (D-MN) denounced the bill today:
We support a government funding bill that invests in creating jobs and American families. Unfortunately, the CROmnibus fails to do that.
Republicans, who learned nothing from the financial crisis of 2008, included a provision that allows Wall Street to engage in some of the same risky practices that crashed the world economy. The short-term funding of the Department of Homeland Security sets up another government shutdown battle in February and is motivated by Republicans who refuse to fix our broken immigration system. Continuing cuts to education and environmental protections while spending billions on endless wars is the wrong priority for American families. Sneaking in last minute provisions, like turning our democracy into an auction house by raising campaign contributions, is the wrong way to govern.
Republicans are once again using a potential crisis with the federal budget to hurt working families. The Progressive Caucus stands with the American people and opposes the bill.
The New York Times rounds up some of the provisions under discussion here. Wonkette unpacks the campaign-finance elements here. The Planetary Society notes that NASA appears to be a winner in the budgetary battle.