(RightIsRight.co) – The Democrats’ vast omnibus spending bill, which has 4,155 pages and a $1.7 trillion price tag, contains lavish spending of taxpayer money on the so-called “environmental justice” and climate initiatives.
The bill, which slates $800 billion for non-defense spending, was approved 68-29 on Thursday by the US Senate, with 18 GOP senators in favor, and the House of Representatives expected to vote on it today.
The legislation contains numerous climate provisions on enforcement, renewable energy investments, new “environmental justice programs,” and boosting American “leadership in the global fight against climate change,” Fox News reported.
According to House Democrats, the omnibus bill slates $15.3 billion to combat the “climate crisis” through clean energy development and improve domestic energy supply chains.
The draft law also earmarks $10.1 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to develop “common-sense” standards for curbing pollution. Another $4.1 billion is slated for core science and environmental program work.
$108 million will be allocated for “environmental justice” projects in “historically underserved communities overburdened by disproportionate levels of pollution,” which, according to the Democrats, would foster equality.
Another $8.1 billion is awarded in the omnibus bill for “energy innovation,” while energy efficiency programs will receive $3.5 billion.
The bill authors didn’t forget “high-potential, high-impact” energy technologies, which will be funded with $470 million.
The US Department of Defense is also among the “climate” beneficiaries of the draft law. It will receive $2 billion for investments in clean energy and climate adaptation to “protect facilities, readiness, and global security.”
The omnibus bill, which Biden and the Democrats are rushing to have adopted and signed by midnight on Friday to avoid a government shutdown, was praised by the left but slammed by GOP lawmakers.
“This bipartisan government funding bill furthers House Democrats’ commitment to increasing federal investments in the programs and services that lower the cost of living for hardworking families, create better-paying jobs, keep our nation and communities safe, and protect our environment,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), the head of the House Appropriations Committee.
“This omnibus is the product of a failed process,” Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AR) stated.
“Yet again, this massive annual government funding bill is months late, thousands of pages long, full of unvetted policy issues that should not be in a funding bill, and greased with special interest deals,” he added.
“I consider it an honor to vote against such garbage, and my focus will continue being to change the process and produce a better product in the future,” declared Westerman, the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee.
“This omnibus funds all manner of fantasy climate ideology – a dream come true for far-left members like [Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)] who constantly whine about ‘climate change’ and ‘environmental justice,’” tweeted the office of Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).
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