A fired-up Sen. Rand Paul told Sunday he voted against the massive $1.1 trillion spending bill because not only was it rushed through Congress — but no one had a chance to read it.
It was over a trillion dollars, it was all lumped together, 2,242 pages , nobody read it, so candidly my greatest grievance is that I have no idea what kind of things they stuck in that bill in the middle of the night, Paul, R-Ky ., said on The Cats Roundtable, a New York-based radio talk show.
I voted against it because I wont vote for these enormous bills that no one has a chance to read, the GOP White House hopeful said.
On Friday, President Obama signed the legislation into law. The final version pairs two gigantic bills: a $1.14 trillion government spending measure that will fund every Cabinet agency through September 2016, as well as a $680 billion taxation package which extends dozens of breaks and building some permanent.
Republicans and Democrat joined to approve the spending bill on a resounding 316 -1 13 vote in the House, a day after passing the tax bill. The unexpectedly large margin was a victory for new House Speaker Paul Ryan, who watched a majority of his GOP lawmakers back the legislation.
Not long after, the Senate voted 65 -3 3 to send the entire package to Obama’s desk.
Paul told Sunday passing such large spending measures without thorough examination is part of the reason why government is broke.
He said the blame fell on every lawmakers shoulder.
Once again this arrived not at the behest of only the Democrats, he said on AM-9 70. It went at the behest of right-wing Republicans who want military spending and left-wing Democrat who want welfare spending, and thats the first little secret.
Paul also called out specific spending habits of both parties.
You have people on the right who are interested limitless military spending and then youve get people on the left who want limitless welfare spending and the dirty little secret in Washington is that they come together theres an unholy confederation and in that unholy alliance everybody get money and the taxpayer gets stuck with the bill, he said.
If he were chairperson, Paul said he would keep government so small you can barely see it.
Ryan on Sunday rejected criticism of the $1.1 trillion spending bill that passed Friday, saying that Republican leaders fought hard for compromise.
Let me first say, this is a divided government and in divided government you dont get everything you want, Ryan said on NBCs Meet the Press. We advanced our priorities and principles. Not every one of them, but many of them. And then were going to pick up next year which is something we left off and keep going for more.
Ryan, who acknowledged that both Democrats and Republican apply divisive political tactics, said the cycle could be broken by offering a vision, by offering answers and focusing on what they do to construct peoples lives better. And to appeal to what unified us as a country, as a people.
Ryan also criticized GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trumps controversial proposal for a short-term forbidding on Muslim immigration and said he trusted Republican voters to pick a nominee that can take us all the way to win the White House so we can fix this country.
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