GOP Lawmaker Blasts $1.3T Spending Bill: No One Could Have Read It Before Voting
Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) called out his fellow Republicans for approving a new $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill that was just given to members last night.
Perry said Thursday on "Outnumbered Overtime" that this is not why Republicans were sent to Congress.
"You could have stayed up all night to read the bill and you still wouldn't be done. It's not good when the other side does it and it's not good when this side does it. We want to know what we're voting on," he said, adding it was just as bad when then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said lawmakers would have to pass ObamaCare in order to find out what was in the legislation.
Perry said the 2,200-page bill was not released to members until 8:30pm ET Wednesday. The spending package includes $1.6 billion in funding for President Trump's border wall, but the overall price tag has angered the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
Earlier, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called it the worst bill he's ever seen since he arrived in Congress.
Got $1.6 Billion to start Wall on Southern Border, rest will be forthcoming. Most importantly, got $700 Billion to rebuild our Military, $716 Billion next year...most ever. Had to waste money on Dem giveaways in order to take care of military pay increase and new equipment.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 22, 2018
The six-month funding measure will now go to the Senate ahead of Friday's midnight deadline. Perry said there is "not much appetite" among Democrats or Republicans for tightening spending.
"We're voting 'no' on bankrupting our country," he said, adding he agrees with the increased funding for the military in the bill.
Watch the interview above.