Democrats Are Celebrating These Conservative Policies Not Being in Omnibus Spending Bill

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Democrats are claiming they scored significant policy victories in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

Hours after the mammoth spending bill dropped, Democrats are counting their triumphs, outlining conservative policy riders and priorities that were not included in the final spending bill.

A top Democratic Senate aide summed it up in a single tweet. Adam Jentleson, Minority Leader Harry Reid’s deputy chief of staff, wrote:

In addition to nixing more than 150 GOP riders, the final agreement will secure major progressive policy successes.

— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) December 16, 2015

Reid credited Democrats for working to help craft a “good compromise.”

The omnibus deal isn’t perfect, but a good compromise for the American people. It could have been a lot worse if it weren’t for our efforts.

— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) December 16, 2015

Early Wednesday morning, the Democrats of the House Appropriations Committee released a summary detailing Republican provisions left out of the bill.

Below is their list of policy riders and provisions that were not included in the bill:


Commerce, Justice, Science 

Energy and Water 

Financial Services and General Government 

Homeland Security

Interior and Environment

Labor, HHS, and Education 

State and Foreign Operations

Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development