Top ten reasons Obama and liberals were hit hard by omnibus funding bill
By SEN. JIM INHOFE

While I can criticize both the process and part of the content of the omnibus bill, I want to point out 10 victories that the public needs to be aware of.

First, it’s important to note that for the first time in six years, the Senate, under a new Republican majority, and the House passed all 12 annual appropriations out of their committees. When it came time for Senate floor consideration, Democrats blocked the appropriations and forced an omnibus spending bill.

As I said on the Senate floor last week, we can fix this problem by changing Senate rules so that appropriations bills can be considered with a simple majority instead of the current 60-vote threshold. Until this change happens or there is a new administration, Republicans have to use the omnibus to force the president to sign into law the following 10 conservative provisions:

1. The bill repeals the crude oil export ban and the president can’t reverse that. Oklahoma has lost 20,000 jobs in the last year because of an inability to trade oil. This provision will help us create jobs again and help our allies who have been left turning to Russia and Iran for energy.

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