Conservative groups to key vote against $1T omnibus bill

Two conservative groups on Tuesday came out against the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill set for votes this week. 

Heritage Action and the Club for Growth encouraged members of Congress to vote against the bill, promising to score the vote on their legislative scorecards. 

“This 1,582-page 'omnibus' proposal is the product of the flawed Ryan-Murray deal that canceled part of the sequester last month in an effort to increase spending now,” The Club For Growth said in a statement. “It funds ObamaCare, plusses up other wasteful programs, and contains dozens of policy riders that can only be described as earmarks.”

Heritage Action said it was opposing the $1.012 trillion spending bill that will avert a government shutdown until October, partly because it increased base discretionary spending $45 billion above sequester levels. 

Both groups opposed the broad outlines of a budget deal hatched late last year by Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow the Trump tax law passed: Dealing with a health care hangover Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee MORE (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayDems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers Overnight Health Care: GOP plays defense over pre-existing conditions | Groups furious over new Trump immigration proposal | Public health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Malnutrition Awareness Week spotlights the importance of national nutrition programs MORE (D-Wash.).

The key-vote announcements came shortly after the House approved a short funding extension so Congress could consider the omnibus bill before the government runs up against its funding deadline this week.

Heritage Action particularly took issue with the delay of premium increases under the National Flood Insurance Program, a provision sponsored by Sen. Mary LandrieuMary Loretta LandrieuLobbying world Former New Orleans mayor: It's not my 'intention' to run for president Dems grasp for way to stop Trump's Supreme Court pick MORE (D-La.) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

“While Republican negotiators were able to secure some small policy riders … the bill on balance takes the country in the wrong direction, both in terms of policy and overall spending levels,” the group said in a statement. 

Heritage also said it opposes the bill because it tacitly funds abortion. The organization also alleged that the bill continues to allow an “ObamaCare funding loophole” through user fees.

“While many major pro-life riders were included in the omnibus, the bill will still send taxpayer funding to health plans that cover abortion under Obamacare,” Heritage said. 

The group applauded the deal for taking a slice out of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, which is charged for finding cost savings in Medicare, as well as a provision banning funds to enforce the restriction on incandescent light bulbs.