The passing of a massive spending package by the House set off fiery responses from critics but perhaps none so colorful as one GOP Senator.
Sen. John Kennedy was fired up about the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill and bluntly told a reporter what he thought about it.
“Can I ask you about the omnibus?” a reporter asked the Louisiana Republican.
“Yeah, it sucks,” was his quick response.
“You’re not going to vote for it?” the reporter pressed.
“I’ll vote against it twice if they will let me,” Kennedy responded, slapping the podium.
“Will you vote against letting it get a vote before the deadline of the shutdown?” the reporter inquired.
“I don’t know yet. I don’t even know what’s in the thing. Okay? This is an embarrassment. I said it yesterday, I meant it,” the exasperated lawmaker said. “This is a Great Dane-sized whiz down the leg of every taxpayer in this country. No thought whatsoever to adding over a trillion dollars in debt.”
The legislation, which passed 256-167, will keep the government funded through the end of September if it is passed in the Senate. Many Republicans were highly critical of the bill that, although will increase funding for the military and domestic spending, provides funding for many liberal policies while including nothing for President Trump’s proposed border wall.
“Planned Parenthood, Gateway Bridge, Planned Parenthood, trillion dollar deficit, and no wall,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said on Wednesday, adding that he hoped the White House would veto it.
“It’s not good for the American taxpayer, and it’s not consistent with — in any way close to consistent with what we said we would do when they elected us in 2016,” he said, according to CNN.
For Sen. Kennedy, there was no saving grace for the legislation.
“Everyone who participates in this process ought to put a bag over their heads,” he told reporters Wednesday.
“I think the whole process sucks … I think whoever designed this isn’t qualified to run a food truck …We’ll probably get a memo on it tomorrow written in Swahili,” he added.
Asked about an alternative to the spending bill, Kennedy was just as eloquent.
GOP LA Sen John Kennedy on what’s the alternative to the current budget process on Capitol Hill: “You say the alternative. I don’t even know the ‘ternative’…It’s hard, but I’m almost speechless
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) March 21, 2018
“You say the alternative. I don’t even know the ‘ternative’,” he quipped. “It’s hard, but I’m almost speechless.”
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