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11 Reactions From Conservatives Unhappy With the Massive Government Spending Bill

by The Daily Signal | Updated on 3.27.18

Rachel del Guidice / @LRacheldG / March 23, 2018

Conservative lawmakers are disgruntled and outraged by the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress.

The Senate passed the massive package, 65-32, early Friday, following the House’s 256-167 vote Thursday.

Government funding was set to run out at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, and President Donald Trump unexpectedly threatened to veto the spending bill, which fails to significantly fund Trump’s promised border wall while continuing to fund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

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But shortly after 1 p.m., Trump announced at the White House that he had signed the spending bill, calling the massive, last-minute package “ridiculous” but asserting that his highest duty as president is to “keep America safe.”

Here are 11 earlier posts on Twitter and Facebook that reflect conservative lawmakers’ state of mind.

1) Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who vigorously fought the omnibus, said he stands in agreement with Trump that the president should veto the spending bill.

2) Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, voiced his displeasure on Facebook.

“Six times over the past six months, congressional leadership has chosen to fund our $4 trillion government by last-minute, take-it-or-leave-it spending bills with no time for debate or amendments allowed,” Lee said. “This is no way to run a government, but unfortunately has become ‘business as usual’ here in Washington.”

3) Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., said the omnibus bill illustrates Congress’ “spending illness.”

“This is no way to govern,” the Oklahoma senator said on Facebook. “I complained about this when Democrats were in control of Washington—it’s still wrong when Republicans control Washington.”

4) Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the spending bill “disastrous.”

5) Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, also urged Trump to veto the bill.

The House Freedom Caucus, a group of the chamber’s most conservative members, came out in official opposition to the spending bill Wednesday.

6) Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, said she voted no because the spending bill “flies in the face of Utah’s principles of responsible governance.”

7) Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said one major reason he voted no was the lack of funding for Trump’s border wall.

8) Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., told Fox News Channel that “we shouldn’t have to bankrupt the country our troops are fighting for.”

9) Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., said Congress didn’t have enough time to read the bill, which leadership released Wednesday night.

10) Rep. Ted Budd, R-N.C., said he wants more money for the promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

11) Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said more members should have been involved in writing the spending bill.

Ths report was updated to reflect the president’s signing of the spending bill.

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