Justin Amash

Rep. Justin Amash: Spending Deal 'Will Be Bad for the American People'

Drama over a possible government shutdown came to a head today. But Amash is sure of "one thing": The eventual deal won't be good for the country.

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Republicans and Democrats are currently bickering over a spending bill that would keep the federal government fully funded after December 21. But Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) says he's sure of "one thing." Namely, whatever deal the two sides agree on, it won't be good for the country.

Things came to a head earlier today when President Donald Trump held a televised Oval Office meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D–Calif.). Trump is demanding that Congress allocate $5 billion for construction of his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. "I am proud to shut down the government for border security," Trump told Schumer at one point.

But Democrats are refusing to budge on the wall. A bipartisan proposal put forward in the Senate would set aside $1.6 billion for border security, none of which would go to the wall. Trump, however, claims, "you can't have border security without a wall."

"We do not want to shut down the government," Schumer told Trump. "We want to come to an agreement. If we don't come to an agreement, we have solutions that will pass the House and Senate right now and will not shut down the government. That's what we are urging you to do."

So will Republicans and Democrats reach an agreement in time to avoid a partial shuttering of the government? That's unclear for now. As Politico notes, neither side is particularly motivated to fold. Democrats likely have no interest in giving in to Trump, while Trump doesn't have much to lose from forcing a shutdown now that the midterm elections are in the rearview mirror.

At some point, of course, Republicans and Democrats will have to come to some sort of deal. But it won't be good for Americans, says Amash. "Whatever 'deal' they come to, you can count on one thing," the libertarian-leaning Republican tweeted today. "It will be bad for the American people—more wasteful spending, more cronyism, more unconstitutional programs, more commands from our acting overlords in Washington."

Earlier, the Michigan representative said he'd likely oppose the spending bill for reasons that include "too much spending and corporate welfare and corruption and thievery."

According to The Washington Times, there are actually seven spending bills that need to be approved by the December 21 deadline in order to avoid a partial shutdown. These bills would fund the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, as well as the Departments of Justice, Commerce, Agriculture, and Homeland Security, the latter of which is where Trump wants the border wall money to go.

For Amash, it's far from the first time he's called out a massive spending bill. In June, for instance, Amash was one of just three Republicans to vote against a $675 billion Department of Defense appropriations bill. Later, he called out his colleagues and noted that "whenever one party controls all of government, spending goes up like crazy." And in August, he blasted a "wasteful" and "pathetic" $853 billion spending bill that easily passed both houses of Congress. The majority of the money in that spending package—$600 billion—went to the Pentagon.

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  1. So will Republicans and Democrats reach an agreement in time to avoid a partial shuttering of the government? That’s unclear for now. As Politico notes, neither side is particularly motivated to fold.

    How about if Amash proposes legislation to the effect that any government shutdown makes current congresscreatures ineligible for re-election?

    1. He’d have to be a libertarian. He’s not. He voted for the tax cuts, EXPLODING the debt. Trump is already the worst President EVER on deficit spending. Even worse than Obama (Obama actual vs CBO 2024 forecast)

      Suckers

    2. Im glad Trump is the best president in over 80 years.

    3. Why? Shutdowns are good. I hope it shuts down year-round.

    1. I am so proud that I voted in the #BlueTsunami midterm and helped return Pelosi to Speaker status. I know she’ll do the right thing when Mueller presents his final report next year.

      #LibertariansForPelosi
      #TrumpRussia
      #Impeach

      1. “I know she’ll do the right thing when Mueller presents his final report next year.”

        That would be nothing.

        1. No way. A distinguished public servant like Robert Mueller would not investigate this long, only to fail to uncover something earth-shattering. I’m confident he has evidence of wrongdoing so severe, it will end Drumpf’s presidency.

        2. Trump will be impeached IMMEDIATELY on Mueller’s report.
          Then prosecuted,
          Then imprisoned.

          Severe denial is a psychiatric disorder

        3. Im glad Trump will ruin Lefty’s lives for the next 6 years as president.

  2. Then vote against it and shut the government down. That ought to save some money, which can’t hurt.

    1. Government shutdowns cost more because of back pay without the corresponding back work.

      1. They don’t do real work, so it doesn’t actually matter.

    2. Come on John, don’t you remember during the last “shutdown” that the government ended up spending even more money in the end?

    3. I suspect a Trump shutdown will be something to send Lefties into rage fits for months.

      Once he decides to a shutdown, Trump might just ride it out until real Lefty pain sets in.

  3. If the goober mint didn’t tax spend and regulate who would?

    1. You mean Trump’s GOP — the worst EVER?

    2. Poor hihn is back and yet to be banned…again.

  4. Yeah, but he voted FOR the tax cuts, which makes him a fucking fraud, like Rand Paul
    THEY helped Trump’s GOP add more more new 8-year debt ALREADY, than Obama added AFTER 8 years,

    THE REPUBLICAN NEW DEAL — ALREADY WORSE THAN OBAMA! (8-year debt)
    $ 9.6 T Obama (after 8 years)
    $10.7 T Trump (in only TWO years. Wants even MORE!)

    Obama’s 8-year debt (billions) 19,539.6 – 9,986.1 = 9,553.5

    Trump’s 8-year debt
    $30,042 August Forecast for 2024 (804 estimate for 2018)
    ++++181 (985 actual – 804)
    —19,549 (Trump inherited)
    ==10,534 (Trump already)

    Trump, first President to EVER increase deficit by 47% … in one year … with a booming economy (OMFG) (same link)

    Obama inherited 2nd worst recession since the 1930s.
    Trump inherited longest recovery EVER (6+ years) for an incoming President — FROM OBAMA!!!

    **** Anti-gummint gooberism is NOT pro-liberty

    1. Who is John Galt Jr?
      Apparently, it’s Michael Hihn.

  5. Bad compared to what? The ideal in his head, or something that was expected otherwise?

  6. Bad compared to what? The ideal in his head, or something that was expected otherwise?

  7. Bad compared to what? The ideal in his head, or something that was expected otherwise?

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