Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told The Atlantic the Republican leadership agreed to a trade with Democrats in order to get the bill passed: more domestic spending for more defense spending. Democrats expressed delight. “We don’t have the House. We don’t have the Senate. We don’t have the presidency,” Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said. “But we produced a darn good bill for the priorities we believe in.”
A tweet from the Heritage Foundation called the bill’s bloated spending and the failure to defund Planned Parenthood an “embarrassing rundown of broken promises.”
The president signed the bill the day before tens of thousands of protesters flooded Washington, D.C., to demand tighter gun control laws in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting that killed 17 people in February.
Legislators continue to debate what steps could prevent similar shootings in the future, and it’s a gut-wrenching issue for families and students grappling with the sudden loss of loved ones cut down by violence. But it’s also a deeply complex issue, since no one knows when a madman will strike, what kind of weapon he’ll use, or what could stop him.
With abortionists, it’s much clearer. They post office hours. Thousands of unborn children will die this week, and many conservatives hope Republicans will someday keep the promise to stop giving taxpayer money to the groups that facilitate those deaths.
Governing is complicated. Spending bills are complex. Politics grow thorny. But sometimes, moral clarity is simple—even if it’s costly.
We see it in Leah Sharibu, a 15-year-old Nigerian girl who refused to renounce her Christian faith in exchange for her freedom. Boko Haram militants kidnapped Leah and 110 other girls from a school in February.
By late March, Leah was the only girl still in captivity after terrorists released the other students. “She was about to board the vehicle to bring them back,” her mother told reporters. “Her friends said they tried to convince her, but she will not convert to Islam. Boko Haram said since she will not convert to Islam she should remain behind. That was how they left her.”
During the same week, a French police officer faced his own moment of truth. When a Moroccan-born gunman claiming allegiance to the Islamic State took hostages at a supermarket in Trèbes, France, on March 23, Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame made a simple calculation: He had everything to lose, and he risked it all to save someone else.
Beltrame volunteered to take the place of a female hostage. Hours later, Beltrame lay dead, reportedly with his throat slit.
The officer was a practicing Catholic, and chaplain Dominique Arz said that Beltrame “radiated” his faith: “To believe is not only to adhere to a doctrine. It is first to love God and his neighbor, and to testify of his faith concretely in everyday life.”