GOP rips $1.1 trillion spending bill
December 16th, 2010
11:33 AM ET
8 years ago

GOP rips $1.1 trillion spending bill

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans took aim Thursday at a nearly $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to fund the federal government for the rest of the current fiscal year, complaining about the cost and size of the measure.

The House of Representatives narrowly passed the legislation Wednesday along largely partisan lines.


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA/John Boehner The Crybaby

    Republicans love their earmarks. 8 billion dollars is quite substantial Mitch. You're such a hypocrite. I thought you guys were trying to ban earmarks. What happened? LIARS

    December 16, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. Four and The Door

    Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, called the GOP hypocritical, noting that a large number of the earmarks in the bill had been previously requested by Republican members.
    If this is Senator Durbin's best effort at being fiscally responsible, it is pathetic. As well, House Democrats complaining about extending tax cuts because of the impact on debt just lost the argument by passing this bill.

    December 16, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    At this point this bill should die and taxes go up until the Republicans coming in can fix this DemocRAT MESS. Their incompetence is beyond belief. After 4 years of this insanity, is it any wondering this country is a train wreck? The DemocRATS are loading this with poison pill spending that will kill it. Let it die.

    December 16, 2010 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. GI Joe

    Fine – take out the 90% of it that is borrowed to give tax cuts to the wealthy. That should bring it down.

    December 16, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. GI Joe

    How about we cut congressional pay by 50% and make them PAY FOR their medical care. They get over 4 months off every year - adjust their pay accordingly.

    December 16, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    That's almost all pork.

    December 16, 2010 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  7. Marty, FL

    The GOP have no credibility on this issue. The newsconference yesterday with Sen. Cornyn and Thune was a joke but kudos to the journalists for actually holding their hypocrisy accountable this time.

    It turns out both GOP senatos loaded the bill with their own pork, which they were "supposedly" against. Hyporkrisy [sic], indeed.

    December 16, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  8. gt

    i cant believe america puts up with this insanity.....just shows you if its nit your money ,,, who cares,,, spend it ,,ugh

    December 16, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    Cut spending build roads, bridges and schools in Iraq and Afghanistan

    December 16, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  10. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Pass something to keep the government "working" for exactly 2 months. Then let the newly elected Congress deal with since the incompetent DemocRATS don't have the ability to run this government in a competent way. This ULTRA_LAME_DUCK group of DemocRATS should NOT be saddling the newly elected Republican House majority with this fiscal train wreck.

    December 16, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  11. Mikey

    @ Class Welfare – Good idea. Let the GOP take care of things. After all their last two stints in the White House ended with recessions Reagan-Bush with the recession of 1991-1992 and GW Bush with the recession of 2008. Oh, and don't forget the $9 trillion in debt that those three ran up in their combined 20 years in the WH. Do you live in the Fox News fact-free bubble?

    December 16, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'm actually starting to feel sorry for the foolish TeaPers at having been so duped ... nay, they deserve it for the past two years of divisive hell they put this country through.

    December 16, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. jillib

    Frauds and phoneys. The bill would have been a lot smaller had the republicans not held the extension of UI benefits and the tax cut to the majority hostage for the double-dip giveaway to their millionaire/billionaire benefactors. Perhaps they should look in the mirror to find the true culprits. And these folks call themselves "fiscal conservatives"? Let's hear another round of their concern over the debt they're leaving to their children... That's just a warm up for when they line up to screw their parents by attacking social security and medicare. Lying two-faced phoneys.

    December 16, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  14. Just Sayin'

    The GOP are a bunch of duplicitous jerks! Hope it all comes back to bite them where it hurts most!

    December 16, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  15. BlackPanthers2020

    Americans are getting a good taste of your own medicine , these people put their faith in the republican party and now look , most of you that voted republican now wish you would not have , did you idiots actually think that these people care anything about you...........the only thing that's gonna save this country and Washington is a total elimination of the republican and democratic parties......until then you guys just keep bending over and taking it up the you know what !

    December 16, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Marcus

    "Once the new Congress is sworn in, we'll have a chance to pass a less expensive bill free of this kind of wasteful spending. Until then we need to step back and respect the will of the voters."

    'Respect the will of the voters'... HIM?

    December 16, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. BlackPanthers2020

    And what worse is somme fools such as democrat class warfare is blaming just democrats , as if republicans are doing no wrong , NEWS FLASH : REPUBLICANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHATS GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY TODAY a spade for what it is but stop blaming one party as if the other party are choir boys or something...........idiots !

    December 16, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  18. kmp

    Get a clue people they don't care about the earmarks, they don't care about the cost. All they care about it sticking it to Obama. This is nothing more than more politcal game of one upmanship.

    December 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. R

    @ Mickey
    Well, since we're talking about facts...try these out:
    Since Obama took office – he's added 3.2 trillion to the national debt – in just under 2 years.
    Bush added 4.9 trillion to the national debt – in 8 years.

    I'm not saying one is better over the other. All I'm saying is that I wish people would do a little research first before posting the same old opinions over and over again.

    December 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    [GOP rips $1.1 trillion spending bill]

    That's NOT all they're going to 'RIP!!! They are going to actually R.I.P. after the TP get through with them!!!!!! The OLD FARTS in office are DONE!!!

    The RepubliCAN'Ts thought this is what the majority of American people wanted... It's NOT!! Now they have to LIVE WITH IT and 2012 will tell it all!!

    December 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. maf

    So, the Party of NO loads up this bill with earmarks and then turns around to rail against it. What a load of horse manure!
    If this isn't the height of obstructionism, well then let me be entertained by more! I said it on election day "GRIDLOCK". The GoBP are masters at it and good luck Mr. President, you are going to need it!

    December 16, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  22. rs

    Like the GOP cares about federal spending? They want more tax cuts. They're idiots.

    December 16, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. robert

    to all those who say let the new "republican government" come in and clean up this "mess", well do you actually think anything will get done? House can only do so much and senate only so much without the support of the other. If one branch of the government could pass all the laws without opposition from the other side, then why are we supposed to have a system of "checks and balances"?

    December 16, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |