In a move that appears calculated to add insult to the injury of the passage of the latest massive federal spending bill, the White House confirmed Thursday evening that the 4,000-plus-page monstrosity was flown to St. Croix for Joe Biden’s signature.
Thousands of American travelers remain stuck at airports around the nation and suffering from the immense winter storm that enveloped the U.S. over the last week. Meanwhile, taxpayers paid to have the omnibus spending bill made possible by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and establishment Republicans sent to Biden while he lounges at the tropical villa of an unnamed donor to celebrate the new year.
Biden’s official account tweeted a picture of him signing the bill with the caption: “Today, I signed the bipartisan omnibus bill, ending a year of historic progress.”
"today i put us almost 2 trillion more dollars in debt, while handing money to my cronies and further restricting your rights–isn't your god generous?" https://t.co/SMzeIe96l6
— naughtyfuta (@naughtyfuta) December 30, 2022
“Looking forward to more in 2023,” Biden added.
The spending bill provides $772 billion for discretionary spending, $858 billion for the Department of Defense, and another $45 billion in foreign and military aid to Ukraine.
Joe Biden couldn’t extend his vacation 1 day in order to sign the Massive Omni Spending bill — so instead he is having it flown in to St. Croix today so he can sign it on the beach. While many Americans are still stranded at airports.
Let that sink in.
— 🎄❄🎁☃Just me👀 MAGA🍊🍊Cassie🌺🦋🌺 (@browneyegirl400) December 29, 2022
A White House official told reporters that the bill was being flown directly to Biden while he is on vacation to meet the Friday deadline to keep the federal government funded.
Biden and several family members have been in the U.S. Virgin Islands since Tuesday.
The Bidens are staying at the property owned by a billionaire business owner who was a guest at Joe Biden’s first White House state dinner weeks before.
Reports indicate the Biden group is vacationing at no cost at the house of Bill and Connie Neville. The Neville family has been a strong supporter of Biden for many years. Joe and Jill Biden regularly spent vacations at the Neville property in St. Croix before Biden assumed office in the White House.
Federal Election Commission records show the Nevilles donated more than $10,000 to the 2020 Biden campaign and its PAC. In addition, the Nevilles are regular contributors to multiple prominent Democrat politicians.
As Congress passed the new omnibus spending bill, it also approved a one-week continuing resolution that kept the government funded through December 30 to provide time for the bill to be jetted to Biden.
The new spending bill provides funding for government operations through September 30, 2023. The White House issued a statement on Thursday specifically thanking McConnell for his part in getting the bill passed before the House returns to GOP control on January 3.