$700 Million Per Page

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times – Monday, May 1, 2017

The new spending deal congressional negotiators hammered out early Monday morning runs 1,665 pages, and spends $700 million per page — the cost of keeping the basic operations of the government running for a year.

President Trump and defense hawks within the GOP got a significant boost in defense spending out of the deal, while Democrats blocked most of the other items on the White House wish list, including preventing any money from being used for the border wall.

Mr. Trump did win a major boost in the number of detention beds to hold illegal immigrants awaiting deportation, and got a quick down payment on his deportation force with the addition of more immigration officers and fugitive operations teams. According to CNN, this is the largest boost to immigration funding in a decade.

Congress also added money to E-Verify, the electronic system to check the work eligibility of new hires, which is currently voluntary for most businesses, but which the Trump administration wants to make mandatory.

Democrats cheered what they were able to keep out of the bill.

“This bipartisan agreement eliminates more than 160 poison-pill riders that would have been devastating to the environment, put restrictions on consumer financial protections and attacked the Affordable Care Act,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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