December 2022

December 30

The Biden administration waited until the very end of the year to quietly release a final “Revised Definition of ‘Waters of the United States’” rule. The new rules put unfair demands on hard-working Americans by increasing the power of the federal government over farming and private property. The rule will most directly impact economic drivers like farmers, ranchers, manufacturers, miners, and many others.

December 29

At the end of the year, President Biden signed a $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package. The bill includes
$772.5 billion for nondefense discretionary programs, $858 billion in defense funding, roughly $47
billion in fresh aid to Ukraine, more than 7,200 earmarks costing over $15 billion, hundreds of millions
for gender, equity, and climate initiatives, and much more. The bill marked a continued rejection by the
Biden-Harris administration to listen to conservative demands for spending cuts. The over 4,000 page
monstrosity includes countless shocking provisions, such as a Malthusian allocation of over $575 million
for “family planning in areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species.”

December 8

President Biden released one of the most dangerous arms dealers in the world—the “Merchant of Death” Viktor Bout—at a time when Russia is advancing a heartless war in Ukraine. Viktor Boutis a Russian weapons dealer convicted in 2011 for conspiring to kill U.S. citizens and officials. Bout was exchanged for US citizen Brittney Griner, a WNBA basketball player being held in Russia since February of 2022 on charges of drug smuggling and cannabis possession. Paul Whelan, a US Marine who has been detained in Russia since 2018, was not included in the trade.

December 8

President Biden announced a $36 billion private pension bailout, the largest in American history. The money comes from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 release package. The act marks yet another example of the Biden administration mismanaging taxpayer funds.