Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich rallied his supporters Thursday to oppose two major pieces of legislation that Democrats want to pass before the end of the lame-duck Congress.
In an email to the 1.2 million members of his advocacy group American Solutions, Gingrich called the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill "outrageous" because it includes roughly $8 billion in earmarks.
He accused Democrats of "blackmail" - threatening the American people "with a shutdown of the government if we don't accept their pork barrel spending."
And the former House speaker said it would be "dangerous and irresponsible" to pass the New START Treaty in the lame duck before properly considering "whether the treaty limits further development of our missile defense systems."
"We must stop the irresponsible spending," Gingrich said, urging his backers to call their senators. "We must stop the rushed consideration of a treaty that threatens to compromise America's right of self defense. And once we've rejected the Left, we must start in January to replace their obsolete ideology and policies with a new model of safety, prosperity and freedom."