GOP senators slam McConnell, Republican colleagues for supporting omnibus

Republican Sens. Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Mike Lee (Utah) slammed Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and their GOP colleagues on Sunday for supporting the $1.7 trillion omnibus package deal that Congress despatched to President Biden’s desk on Friday.

The GOP senators had argued it could have been higher to attend for the GOP to take management of the Home in January to move an omnibus invoice, arguing this may have given Republicans extra leverage.

Lee denounced the omnibus as “the ugliest spending invoice on report,” taking purpose at McConnell and the celebration’s Senate management in an interview with radio speak present host John Catsimatidis on Sunday.

“Our celebration management turned on Republican voters, turned on the Republican base, turned on most Republican senators,” Lee mentioned on “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM. “It has occurred earlier than, however that is one too many occasions. For me, that is the ultimate straw.”

“As Republicans scratch their heads over their disappointing midterms, they ought to contemplate that voters don’t see a lot of a defining distinction with Democrats,” he added.

The Senate simply handed the huge spending invoice on Thursday, with 18 Republican senators becoming a member of Democrats in supporting the laws that may fund the federal authorities by subsequent September. The package deal is now headed to Biden for his signature, after passing the Home on Friday.

These arguing in favor of the omnibus mentioned it was a method to lock-in elevated protection spending for the following 12 months. The invoice included $858 billion in protection spending, a 9.7 % enhance over the 12 months earlier than, whereas non-defense spending was elevated at a charge lower than inflation.

Johnson, who additionally joined Catsimatidis on Sunday, criticized his fellow Republican senators for celebrating the omnibus package deal’s enhance in protection spending.

“To declare {that a} victory, to say that’s a win, that’s like a soccer staff that simply misplaced the sport 60 to 0, and so they kick a discipline objective within the waning seconds and say the sphere objective is a giant win,” Johnson mentioned. “No, we simply bought our you-know-whats handed to us.”

The Wisconsin senator additionally took purpose on the technique of transferring the omnibus earlier than the following Congress, noting that Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and different Home Republicans had requested that package deal be delayed.

“Sadly, the conceitedness of our [Senate GOP] management who mentioned, ‘We all know higher than Home members. We’re going to move this.’ … I’m not shopping for it,” Johnson mentioned. “Sadly, our supporters aren’t going to purchase it both.”