Some Republicans Oppose Lame-Duck Spending Bill Supported By Leadership

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is protesting the Senate passage of a new massive omnibus $1.7 trillion spending bill during the lame-duck session of Congress ending this week. He said during an appearance Tuesday evening on Fox News’ “Ingraham Angle” that he intends to see the House refuse to take up Senate bills that have not come through an official committee process.

McCarthy told host Laura Ingraham that a GOP-led House will need to move early next year to begin work on a budget and spending for next fiscal year, “where we can save and eliminate waste, but actually save money for the taxpayer as well.”

The likely next House Speaker said the process in the Senate intentionally used a continuing resolution to push passage of the bill to the last possible moment “right before Christmas, where nobody can read it.”

McCarthy lamented that the House leadership will “tell them you can’t leave for Christmas until you vote on this.”

He added that Americans now know that “they never moved these bills through the light of day. They never had a hearing in the process.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took steps this week to bring public attention to how the latest federal spending bonanza loaded with earmarks and pork is being shoved through Congress. He used his platform on Twitter to mock the last-minute 4,155-page piece of legislation that was essentially impossible to read and understand before final votes were taken.

Paul tweeted a picture of himself standing behind the bill as printed out with the caption: “I wonder how long it would take the clerk to read this…”

The cart holding the bill had signs around its edge reading “1.7 Trillion of Hazardous Debt” and “Beware debt hazard of 1.7 trillion added to the national debt.”

The threat ostensibly used by Democrats and GOP lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is a partial federal government shutdown that would occur if a funding law is not passed by Congress and signed by Joe Biden before December 23.

Those who have read at least parts of the bill have disclosed that it includes billions of dollars in additional foreign military and other aid to Ukraine. It also includes a provision that changes how the votes of the Electoral College are certified every four years, allegedly in response to the events of January 6, 2021.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said this week, “Finalizing the omnibus is critical, absolutely critical for supporting our friends in Ukraine.”