Congress unveiled a massive spending bill in the dark of night Tuesday to prevent a government shutdown.
“While you were sleeping, Congress unveiled a $1.7 trillion spending package without any real way to pay for it,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted. “Only in The Swamp.”
While you were sleeping, Congress unveiled a $1.7 trillion spending package without any real way to pay for it.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 20, 2022
Only in The Swamp.
The bill that was dropped at 1:30 a.m. would fund the government through Sept. 2023.
According to Breitbart, the bill contains:
- $45 billion in military and economic aid for Ukraine’s conflict with Russia. This is billions more than the $37 billion Biden requested
- $5 billion in earmarks for 3,200 projects
- $47 billion for the National Institutes of Health
- $1 billion for Peurto Rico’s electrical grid
- $600 million to address water issues in Jackson, Mississippi
- The Senate version of the Electoral Count Reform Act, which would change the process for lawmakers to object to the certification of the presidential election
- Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) push to have a ban on TikTok on government devices is included in the omnibus
At least 13 House Republicans have come against it with a letter signed by Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) and others:
13 @HouseGOP to @SenateGOP: “…we are obliged to inform you that if any omnibus passes in the remaining days of this Congress, we will oppose and whip opposition to any legislative priority of those senators who vote for this bill – including the… leader.”#StandUpForAmerica pic.twitter.com/AVAHmESbKF— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) December 20, 2022
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-KY) called it a “strong outcome” for Republicans.
“The administration wanted to cut funding for our armed forces after inflation while massively increasing spending on nondefense. Republicans have taken the president’s bizarre position and flipped it on its head,” McConnell said on the Senate floor.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called it a “corrupt way to run a government.”