Sen. Lee says GOP will 'self-destruct' if Republicans keep voting for massive bills that nobody has read

 December 24, 2022

Much to the disgust and dismay of many conservatives and Republicans, several GOP senators voted along with Democrats to pass a massive omnibus spending bill that nobody has fully read or even knows what all is in it.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), who unsuccessfully attempted to block the bill from passing, lashed out at his Republican colleagues who supported the omnibus and warned that the GOP would "self-destruct" if its members continued to vote in support of the Democratic agenda, the Daily Wire reported.

Lee amendment on extending Title 42 defeated

Sen. Lee's remarks came during an appearance Thursday on Fox Business with host Larry Kudlow, but not before Kudlow went off on his own rant about the 18 Republican senators who voted for the 4,155-page omnibus spending bill and the "skullduggery" of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) in blocking an amendment from Lee that may well have killed the entire bill, at least in its current form.

In his monologue, Kudlow laid out how Lee had filed an amendment to the omnibus to extend the Title 42 public health order -- which the Biden administration is intent on ending -- that allows for migrants at the border to be immediately expelled instead of allowed entry.

That amendment appeared to be on the verge of passing, at least until Schumer intervened and extended the time for the vote, at which point he took aside Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ) for a brief discussion, after which they changed their votes and Lee's amendment failed by a vote of 50-47.

A "poison pill" to kill the bill

Had the amendment been passed and added to the bill, it likely would have been deemed a "poison pill" by House Democrats and the year-long funding bill likely would have been rejected and replaced with a short-term continuing resolution that would have allowed the incoming House Republican majority to rework the funding bill for next year with necessary spending cuts.

Adding insult to injury, the Senate also voted down amendments offered by Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rand Paul (R-KY) that would have eliminated earmarks and restored budget caps, respectively.

Eventually, 18 Senate Republicans voted to pass the 4,155-page $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill that nobody has thoroughly read and which essentially allowed the outgoing House Democratic majority to set the spending agenda for the next year during a lame-duck session over the objections of the incoming House Republican majority.

"Not a human alive" who can read such massive bills in a short period

Mediaite reported that after Kudlow's rant was finished and he was joined on his program by Sen. Lee, the host said to his guest, "I think Sen. Rand Paul put his finger on it. He was on our show a couple nights ago. He said the GOP has lost any power of the purse and he said the GOP has emasculated itself. This is not a good episode for the Republican Party, is it?"

"No, not at all," Lee said in response and proceeded to decry the economically harmful tax hikes that were included in the massive and inflationary spending bill.

"One of the reasons that this sort of thing can happen and not get much attention in the process -- and Republicans can still go through the motions and vote for it, devastatingly -- is because it’s folded into a 4,155-page bill,” he continued. "One that was negotiated in secret by four or five members of Congress, held secret from the public until Tuesday morning."

“There’s not a human alive who can digest 4,155 pages of legislative appropriations text in that short a period of time," Lee said.

Nothing good will come from Republican self-destruction

"One of the reasons why this should never happen -- Republicans, in particular, who do this -- they should be asked to never, ever, do it again," he added. "We will self-destruct as a party if this ever happens again."

Given the plethora of poor decisions by members of the Republican Party over the past several years, which has contributed to the party essentially losing the past three election cycles in a row, one has to wonder if there are some within the GOP who secretly do want to see the party "self-destruct" and are engaged in surreptitious acts of sabotage to try and make that happen.

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