Negotiations for a bloated trillion-dollar spending bill are nearly complete, and the new spending hike is set to pass Congress and make it’s way to President Barack Obama’s desk with the blessing of House Speaker Paul Ryan.
And the compromise-riddled bill has Tea Party Republicans furious at Ryan, who some say conceded again and again to exorbitant Democrat demands.
Some of the most controversial portions of the spending bill provide major relief from tough caps on spending, which Democrats and the Obama White House have pushed for all year.
And since their votes are required to pass the bill, Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California played a strong hand in the negotiations, getting Ryan to cave on several other points.
Democrats won five-year extensions of credits for wind and solar energy producers and a renewal of a land and water conservation fund. They also blocked GOP proposals to thwart Obama administration clean air and water regulations.
Also in the bill, Democrats got permanent extensions of tax credits for college costs, children and lower-income families.
At the same time, Tea Party demands to strip federal money from Planned Parenthood, stick to tight budget caps and make it more difficult for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S. after last month’s Paris attacks have all been ignored because of Democratic opposition and White House veto threats.
Democrats said they blocked over 150 GOP-sought provisions.
The bill is seen as reversing many of the recent gains in lowering the deficit. And many of the spending increases contained within the $1.1 trillion spending bill are financed by budget gimmicks that produce questionable savings, like double-counting savings from Social Security changes and assuming inflated revenues from sales of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Ryan himself has said that the measure will amount to a “crap sandwich” and the final bill doesn’t look much different than it would have under former House Speaker John Boehner.
Critics have said that the final product is shaping up as a massive measure that’s sure to be scorned by the GOP’s Tea Party base and roster of presidential candidates.
The Associated Press contributed to this article