Republicans won big with Cromnibus, along with farmers, political parties, incandescent bulb users, Blue Cross insurers, kids who like salt, cops who hate body cameras, African profiteers salivating over Ebolacare aid, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Losers include the Obamas, the U.N., the IRS, insurance companies, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Green Climate Fund, and Hillary Clinton. …
Taxpayers lost out in the rush. It’s likely that the $1.1 trillion spending level negotiated last week is costlier than what the more conservative Congress taking charge in January would have agreed to. …
Farmers: The Clean Water Act will not apply to farm ponds and irrigation trenches, and the Environmental Protection Agency won’t be able to count dairy cow and cattle farts and belching as greenhouse gases. The White House wanted to cut dairy industry emissions 25 percent by 2020. (Secs. 419-420)
Cops: No funding for body cameras for police. Cops and cows won. …
Techies: Federal moratorium on state and local Internet taxes extended another year. (Sec. 624)
Incandescent Bulb Users: Demand for the cheaper bulbs remains high, and Cromnibus delays new, energy efficiency standards first devised under George W. Bush. (Sec. 313)
IRS: This agency got slapped with a $346 million budget cut and told to stop targeting tax-exempt organizations based on their politics.