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Conservatives Slam House-Passed Omnibus Bill

By    |   Friday, 12 Dec 2014 12:22 PM

Late Thursday night, the House narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government funded for the next fiscal year, but passage was only secured after the Republican leadership reached out to the White House for help, a move which rankled conservatives.

"It stinks to high heaven. Did arrogant politicians not get the memo that Obama’s agenda was decisively defeated in last month’s historic midterm landslide? Good Lord, America said loud and clear not just 'no' but 'hell no' to Obama’s failed policies. Americans who pay attention said absolutely no to Obama’s amnesty for illegal aliens," former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told Breitbart.

The measure, referred to as the "CRomnibus" bill, passed by a 219-206 vote but managed to anger conservatives and liberals alike. While liberals objected to provisions to roll back the Dodd-Frank financial regulation bill, conservatives argued the leadership should have used the bill to fight President Barack Obama's amnesty plan, reports Fox News.

The Senate is taking up the measure today.

"On the immigration debate [in July], they only listened when the bill was falling apart. We ought to be doing things differently. They ought to be listening to all people," said Arizona Republican Paul Gosar, according to Politico.

Other Republicans argued that by passing the spending bill, Republicans were "setting up a direct challenge to the president’s unilateral actions on immigration" when a new Congress returns to Washington in January.

"The new American Congress will hold the president accountable for his lawless, unconstitutional executive action on immigration. We adopted a conservative strategy that avoids a government shutdown and paves the way for the Republican Congress to focus on bold solutions that will put hardworking Americans back to work and get our country back on track. I look forward to working with my Republican colleagues in January to pass a spending bill that defunds the president’s lawless actions," Louisiana Republican Steve Scalise said in a statement after the vote.

While House Speaker John Boehner may have averted any blowback from shutting down the government, he placed himself directly in the line of conservative fire.

Even before the vote, conservative groups were working against its passage. Heritage Action and Club for Growth both launched an opposition campaign to derail the bill because they said it was weak on spending cuts and effectively funded Obama's executive action on immigration, as well as Obamacare, reports The Washington Post.

Appearing Thursday night on Fox News' "Hannity," Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas said Boehner chose to work with the administration and not with conservatives.

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"We were willing to work with him, to compromise. And not one word as you know. The calls went to the White House. When in time when the speaker needed votes he turned to someone he really identifies with, the president and liberal Democrats. And got them to help him pass this vote," he told host Sean Hannity.

"I think he ought to be able to pick up some Democratic votes for speaker," he added.

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Late Thursday night, the House narrowly passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government funded for the next fiscal year, but passage was only secured after the Republican leadership reached out to the White House for help, a move which rankled conservatives.
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