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GOP Sen. Lee: ‘No defense’ for GOP who opposes stripping of appropriations from Omnibus

During an interview on Fox Business Network’s “Kudlow” Thursday, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) said it was indefensible for Senate Republicans to block changes by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to remove appropriations from the omnibus bill and another by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on budget rules.

Host Larry Kudlow said, “Sen. Johnson tried to have the hallmarks removed. His amendment was rejected. And then Senator Rand Paul tried to reintroduce spending caps, which would have triggered automatic spending cuts. What can you tell us about those two grades? Since this is sound budgetary policy, they both wanted sound budgetary policy, and many Republicans walked out on them.

Lee replied: “No, it is exactly like that. And that’s why when you hear Republicans talk about fiscal responsibility, about fiscal conservatism, you have to look at how they actually vote because there’s no defense you can make to oppose those amendments, especially if you’re a Republican. Because all they’re doing is trying to restore a little bit of fiscal balance to a country that’s — we’re making, as a government, about $4 trillion a year and spending about $6 trillion a year. Annual deficits of $2 trillion are indefensible, they are unsustainable. And we can’t do it anymore. So, it’s beyond my ability to understand why Republicans in particular would help defeat these things and then still push the bill toward passage once the amendments fail.

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