According to the Daily Wire, senators voted on Thursday evening to pass a massive $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package.
The website noted that while 18 Senate Republicans joined with Democrats in voting for the legislation, other members of the GOP are calling that move a betrayal.
Fox News senior congressional correspondent Chad Pergram tweeted out a list of the 18 Republican senators who lent their support to the 4,155-page piece of legislation.
18 GOPers voted yes on omnibus: Blunt
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 22, 2022
Sen. Mike Lee denounces spending bill
However, the spending package was opposed by 29 Republicans, including Utah Sen. Mike Lee. In a speech from the Senate floor, Lee condemned the bill as an example of “extortion.”
“This bill before us is legislative barbarism. This is an act of extortion being leveraged on the United States Senate right before Christmas,” Lee declared.
“This bill, in all 4,155 pages of its glory – or infamy – was negotiated in secret by four or five members of Congress,” the Utah lawmaker continued.
“They wrote it utterly in secret with the design of making an artificial emergency, threatening a shutdown right before Christmas,” he continued.
The Daily Wire noted that critics like Lee have said Congress should have passed a short term stopgap measure to fund the government until Republicans take control of the House.
Bill gives millions to “LGBTQIA+” causes and “antiracism virtual labs”
Meanwhile, the Daily Wire pointed to a report from the conservative Heritage Foundation which noted how the bill earmarks $1.2 million for “LGBTQIA+ Pride Centers” along with $3 million for the “American LGBTQ+ Museum.”
Also present is a grant of $477,000 for Rhode Island’s Equity Institute, with the funds targeted for “antiracism virtual labs,” something the Heritage Foundation says will be used “to indoctrinate teachers.”
“This omnibus is a complete betrayal of the American people,” Heritage Foundation vice president of government relations Clint Brown said in a statement that accompanied the report.
“There is a reason that Congress waited until after the election, when it is least accountable, to pass a massive spending bill,” Brown insisted. “If it’s so great, why didn’t they pass it in October?”
“No surprise, radical Democrats are pushing another extreme proposal. And, no surprise, a number of Republicans are lining up to support this monstrosity.”