Vice President Mike Pence sat down for an interview on Tuesday with conservative firebrand Rush Limbaugh to discuss the $1 trillion government budget deal that was reached with bipartisan support.
Many conservatives were upset over the budget deal given that it did not include funding for the border wall and funded Planned Parenthood and Sanctuary cities. Limbaugh grilled Pence over why this was allowed to happen.
“What is the point of voting Republican if the Democrats are gonna continue to win practically 95% of their objectives?”
As Limbaugh also pointed out, if Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House, why does it look like Democrats wrote the spending bill?
Pence fired back, adding that keeping the government open and fully funded through September is a “clear win for the American people.” It honors President Trump’s commitment: defense spending to secure our country.
“The number one priority of President Trump is to rebuild our military, to restore the arsenal of democracy,” Pence said. “And I gotta tell you, to get Democrats in Washington, DC to agree to a $21 billion increase in a short-term budget bill … it’s no small accomplishment.”
Pence claimed the spending bill was a win for Republicans in that it allowed for the largest increase in funding for border security in the last decade and serves as a “down payment on a border wall.”
As Rush pointed out several times during the interview, the budget allocates zero funding for the actual border “wall” and doesn’t cut anything from sanctuary cities.
Limbaugh continued by arguing that Democrats giving an additional $21 billion for defense spending is only a “small price to pay” given they kept funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities.
He took it one step further by arguing Republicans should have threatened a government shutdown if Democrats wouldn’t support funding for the things Trump promised he would get done.
“There isn’t anything of the president’s agenda in this budget, and people are beginning to ask, when’s that gonna happen?” Limbaugh asked Pence. “If you’re gonna shut it down in September, why not now? If you complain about 60 votes today, why not go budget reconciliation for 51 votes and smoke ’em?”
Limbaugh’s comments were in reference to tweets sent out by president Trump on Tuesday, which suggest that Trump supports the idea of a government shutdown in September if Democrats aren’t willing to cooperate on major issues Republicans want to see added to the spending bill.
Pence concluded the interview indicating that this is an early victory for Republicans and the Trump administration, adding that they will have plenty of time to get everything else added when they revisit this in September.
“This is a short-term bill that finishes out this year,” Pence said. “But I think it demonstrates that, in President Trump’s leadership, the American people once again have a president who can bring together both parties, who can move the ball forward on the priorities of the American people.”
Limbaugh, like many Republicans, didn’t seem to believe that.
“Mr. Vice President, we’ve been told this for 15 years, we’ll get ’em next time, after every continuing resolution,” he said. “We’ll get ’em next time, we’ll kick the can down the road, we’ll get ’em next time.”
Many expressed their frustrations with the spending bill on Twitter, echoing many of the points made by Limbaugh.
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