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Carlos Ponce

Newt Gingrich and a Republican Congress gave President Clinton a line item veto which led to a balanced budget but the Supreme Court did not like it (See Clinton v. City of New York -1998).

President Donald Trump gave Congress a line by line list of items that should be removed from the Omnibus Bill. Pelosi did not act on it.

The Presidential line item veto should be re-explored. If it takes a Constitutional Amendment so be it.

Don Schlessinger

I've always had a problem with America paying foreign countries to be our friends. At a time when so many Americans are suffering it's especially hurtful to see our leaders giving our money away so freely.

Jeff Patterson

The merits of the individual spending items can certainly be debated, but you do realize that, as an example, the foreign aid requests in the Omnibus spending bill that was passed along with COVID relief bill are there because that's what the State Department requested be there. It would seem like a more efficient process would be for the Administration to first review and adjust their own spending requests prior to putting them in the spending bill and then playing dumb and trying to play politics and mislead people about how they got there

Leigh Cowart

Pelosi said exactly the words we should all remember and learn from..."pass it now and read it later". Wow! We need true reform and change before our country is lost forever. These career politician's need to go back home.

Gary Miller

This so called covid relief bill is not taxpayer money. It is not borrowed money. It is"printed" money. The instant it is printed all the nations money is de valued by the amount printed. Every paper bill, coin or pay check is worth less.

Paula Flinn

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.tampabay.com/news/nation-world/2020/12/25/coronavirus-relief-bill-does-not-include-foreign-aid-arts-funding-politifact/%3foutputType=amp

Carlos Ponce

We know, Paula, but PELOSI bundled the two bills together.

Paula Flinn

“On Dec. 21, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress passed a $2.3 trillion spending package: a roughly $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill — consisting of 12 different bills to fund the government during fiscal year 2021 — and a separate, approximately $900 billion bill specifically for COVID-19 relief. Lawmakers also passed several other smaller bills.”

“It’s the $1.4 trillion part of the package that included funding for U.S. policies and priorities within the country and abroad. The Facebook post conflates provisions of the COVID-19 relief bill with provisions in the omnibus spending bill ” Tampa Bay Times

Paula Flinn

“Foreign aid is money, technical assistance, and commodities that the United States provides to other countries in support of a common interest of the U.S. and that country. Opinion polls consistently report that Americans believe foreign aid is about 25% of the federal budget, when it is actually less than 1%. As the world’s wealthiest nation, the U.S. provides more assistance than any other country, but a smaller proportion of its gross national product (GNP) than other wealthy nations. Historically, support for foreign aid has been bipartisan.” Brookings.edu.

The foreign aid to the Sudan and Tibet is for food and water. People are starving in the Sudan and have a lack of potable water in Tibet. The US is the richest country in the world, and spends less than 1% of its federal budget on foreign aid. It is the right thing to do.

Don Schlessinger

It is the right thing to do. The right thing to do is not to saddle everyday Americans with debt we can't afford. The right thing to do is make sure Americans can afford to support foreign countries without increasing taxes. America can't afford to support other countries financially right now without further hurting our own economy. Yes, America first!

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