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12/23/2022 7:06:00 AM
Tillis Votes "No" on Omnibus Spending Bill

Lincoln Herald Staff
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The US Senate voted 68-29 Thursday (Dec. 22nd) to pass a $1.66 trillion omnibus spending bill that is over four thousand pages long. The vote and expected approval by the House on Friday and getting the bill signed into law by President Biden will keep the government functioning and avoid a shutdown.

Eighteen Republicans joined 48 Democrats and two independents in passing the bill, which must still pass through the House before it arrives on President Biden's desk.

The bill will extend government funding through September 30th, 2023. It had been delayed for weeks as lawmakers argued over its proposals, which included arguments over and funding related to immigration, emergency disaster assistance and military aid to Ukraine.

North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis voted against the bill, saying "it contains too much wasteful spending and misguided, left-wing priorities.” Tillis added: “North Carolina families have struggled with inflation and have been forced to cut back on spending and make some tough decisions. Congress needs to start doing the same.”

Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said the bill was a win for Republicans because it increases the nation's defense budget by nearly 10 percent. Nondefense and nonveteran spending received a slightly more than 5 percent bump. McConnell commented: "The world's greatest military will get the funding increase that it needs, outpacing inflation. Meanwhile, nondefense, nonveterans spending will come in below the rate of inflation, which amounts to a real-dollar cut."

Because of the size of the bill, nobody has read it in its entirety. Staffers perused sections and offered Senators information about particulars, but nobody has read the whole bill.



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