President Obama signed the 1,603 page Omnibus Appropriations Bill that totals to $1.1 trillion, after passing Congress, that will keep the government operating through September 30, 2015.
It includes an additional expenditure of $25 million for Ebola emergency preparedness and response fund.
It includes $3.4 billion to fund the “fight” against ISIS, for the air campaign and replenish weaponry already used, as well as $1.6 billion to train and equip Iraqi allies.
The Internal Revenue Service fund was cut $345.6 million and VP Joe Biden will not get a raise.
Meanwhile, Obama is making a move to “normalize” relations with Cuba after secret negotiations were conducted for 18 months. The Obama foreign policy move was declared after the release of a US aid contractor, Alan Gross, was released by Cuban communist government.
Obama was quoted, stating:
These 50 years have shown that isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach.
Mr. Gross spent five years in a Cuban prison.
Of course, the Obama announcement to improve relations with Cuba was not received well on Capitol Hill, as Obama declared the 50-year trade embargo as an “outdated approach”; of course, he and his comrades believe the US Constitution is outdated as well. Even some Democrats are against the concept. As, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) stated:
These changes will lead to legitimacy for a government that shamelessly continuously abuses human rights but it will not lead to assistance for those whose rights are being abused.
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), a Cuban-American, was relieved that Mr. Gross was released, but was concerned that there will be a “swap of convicted spies for an innocent American”. Obviously, that is why the 18-month negotiations were kept secret by the Obama administration.
Not that many care what Senator McCain says, he stated that the move damages American values.
Obama's plan is to:
- Initiate discussions to reestablish diplomatic relation, including a U.S. Embassy in Havana, and a Cuban embassy in the United States.
- A review, by the State Department, of Cuba's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
- Relaxing of regulations to facilitate the flow of travel, commerce, and information between the United States and Cuba.
Does this mean that Obama intends to provide more amnesty measures for illegal Cubans?
While the mainstream media covered the story, it barely mentioned the brutal Castro regime and its subsequent communist government. Ed Shultz, the Obama mouthpiece, described the Obama policy announcement akin to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Obama media is willing to make anything look good after so many scandals and bad press via honest news coverage.
After all, Obama has a legacy to be concerned about – maybe another unearned Nobel Peace Prize?