Both side are of the same cloth? Conservatives fume over 'complete' spending concession to Democrats… 'We create a crisis big enough to get everyone to vote for everything in one bad bill'

Conservatives are blasting the five-month, fiscal 2017 spending deal written by Republicans and Democrats as nothing short of a “cave in” by the GOP despite its control of both the House, Senate and White House.
The deal, conservatives say, will make the fiscal 2018 spending process even more difficult.

The fiscal 2017 spending plan looks a lot like past spending legislation. It leaves out many top conservative priorities as well as President Trump’s requests.

As examples, it does not strip out taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood, a women’s health and abortion provider. The legislation excludes language that would withhold federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities, another conservative priority.
It does not include a penny for the southern border wall that was at the center of Trump’s campaign agenda, despite a request from Trump to include the funding. The legislation also leaves in place Obama-era financial reform language the GOP has long criticized as burdensome.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said his group has not taken a formal position on the bill, but he is fielding angry feedback from constituents.
“What I’m hearing from a lot of my constituents is, we gave you the White House, we gave you the Senate, we gave you the House,” Meadows said. “Why does this spending package appear to be driven by more of a left-leaning agenda than a conservative-leaning agenda?”
The fiery, never-give-in ultra-conservative wing of the GOP is highly displeased with the budget agreement reached this week.
“Instead of fighting for President Trump’s conservative budget priorities, they have surrendered to the Democrats once again,” Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general who heads the Senate Conservatives Fund, said of congressional Republican leaders
Democrats are elated over the $1.07 trillion budget deal, which reads almost like an Obama administration blueprint.
“Early on in this debate, Democrats clearly laid out our principles,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “At the end of the day, this is an agreement that reflects those principles.”
Gone is money for President Donald Trump’s border wall or efforts to deny Obamacare subsidies. There’s billions more for non-defense spending, and no changes to President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy.
It’s no different than if Hillary was elected; it’s a huge loss, and I’m livid. Paul Ryan’s House is a not conservative House,” said tea party Republican Art Halvorson, who nearly defeated Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., in the 2016 primary with 49.4 percent of the vote.
Nearly everything Trump proposed cutting is funded in full – in many cases with substantial increases? $1.5 billion for border security, but not a nickel for the border wall – the single most concrete, unambiguous promise Trump made, both before and after the election? We were given endless excuses why the congressional “power of the purse” could not be used to thwart Obama’s agenda, but apparently, the Democrat minority can use it to thwart Trump’s with ease.
“Negotiating behind closed doors is no way to fund the federal government, and it creates only more distrust from conservative grassroots activists, who took notice when Chuck Schumer bragged that policy riders to which Democrats would have objected were removed from the bill,” said Jason Pye, policy director for the conservative FreedomWorks advocacy group. “Members have three days to read a nearly 1,700-page bill that spends more than $1.16 trillion.”
“If we would pass 12 separate appropriations bills as the law prescribes, then at most only 1/12th of government spending would be jeopardized,” complained Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky. “Instead, we create a crisis big enough to get everyone to vote for everything in one bad bill.
h/t Daniel Higdon

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