‘America Last in Action’: $1.7 trillion omnibus bill to fund border security for Arab nations

US Senate leaders made clear their new $1.7 trillion Federal Funding Act that border security is a priority that deserves American taxpayer dollars, especially when the borders in question include foreign nations thousands of miles away.

According to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bill would provide $772.5 billion for discretionary non-defense funding and $858 billion for defense funding.

The invoice would assign:

  • $44.9 billion in emergency aid to Ukraine and NATO allies;
  • $40.6 billion for disaster relief;
  • $47.5 billion to the National Institutes of Health;
  • $575 million for so-called “family planning/reproductive health…in areas where population growth threatens biodiversity”;
  • nearly $7 billion to fight HIV/AIDS in other countries; and
  • Hundreds of billions more for a variety of Democrats’ favorite causes, including an “LGBTQ+” museum in New York City and a federal building named for outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The draft law’s authors also saw fit to use US taxpayers’ money to once again strengthen the borders of Middle East countries: $410 million “will be available to help Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Oman… for… to compensate for improved border security”.

At least “$150,000,000 said to be for Jordan,” a country whose human rights practices the US State Department has questioned.

“Up to $500,000,000 of funds made available through this law to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency in the area of ​​’Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide’ may be used to provide assistance to the Government of Jordan in supporting the Jordanian… armed forces and to enhance security along their borders,” the bill reads.

Rep. Dan Bishop (RN.C.) highlighted this proposed border spending in the Middle East, noting “America last in action”.

These assignments are not unprecedented. On the contrary, they appear to be reprints of earlier ones acts of appropriationwho have supported the defense of the Arab nations – especially Jordan – for years with American funds.

According to the Ministry of Foreign AffairsAmerica has long been committed to Jordan’s security and stability.

While the Biden administration “helped Jordan mitigate the impact of regional crises, including the burden of refugees from Syria and Iraq on Jordan’s budget,” over 2.3 million criminal noncitizens sneaked over the southern border and the US last year, and 1.7 million came the year before. If the Biden administration prevails and Title 42 is repealed, millions more will pour in in 2023.

Arab nations can enjoy greater security at the expense of Americans; However, some attention was paid to the US southern border in the bill.

The spending bill provides that $1.5 billion will be allocated for “US Customs and Border Protection border management requirements,” but none of the funds allocated in this section may be used to hire or “acquire, to maintain or enhance border security technology and capabilities, excluding technology and capabilities to enhance border protection processing.”

https://www.theblaze.com/news/17-trillion-omnibus-bill-to-fund-border-security-for-middle-eastern-nations ‘America Last in Action’: $1.7 trillion omnibus bill to fund border security for Arab nations

Laura Coffey

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