Lawmakers are working hard to get the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill to Congress in hopes of getting it passed before the new year and the shift to a GOP majority. But not everyone is supporting this quick move.
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif) will reportedly oppose the bill that his Senate Republican allies negotiated with Democrats.
McCarthy wrote in a tweet that he’d block the legislative priority of any senator who votes for the $1.66 trillion omnibus package that is being supported by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
But 21 Senate Republicans disregarded McCarthy’s warning and began to vote on the bill.
McCarthy promised to let another omnibus bill happen again when the GOP takes over the House, and he accused the omnibus spending bill of being passed through a process that hasn’t allowed anyone to read it and there has been virtually no committee process.
“They moved a continuing resolution until right before Christmas. They’re passing — trying to pass this where nobody can read it. You’re correct, you have Leahy (D-VT) and Shelby (R-AL) — two Senators who will no longer be Senators 14 days from now — write a bill that they wouldn’t even show anybody. Then they’re going to have the House of Representatives tell them you can’t leave for Christmas until you vote on this,” McCarthy told Fox News.
McCarthy believes that this multi-trillion dollar omnibus bill needs to be stopped because of the financial burden it will drop on American citizens. He said that it is being pushed through during the holidays because they hope we will all be distracted and not notice. He wants Congress to let them craft one at the beginning of next year where we can save and eliminate waste, and save money for the taxpayer as well.
McCarthy is fighting to be House Speaker on January 3, and ironically, McConnell says he still supports him.