John Kerry Complains About Reading Omnibus Spending Bill

“Lets just chew up the time of the United States Senate keeping everybody up all night reading a bill rather than working on it,” said Senator John Kerry on the floor of the Senate while sarcastically deriding the push by Republicans to read the entire Omnibus bill before it’s debated and voted on.

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If Kerry is worried that actually reading these bills takes up too much time, then maybe Democrats should have gone through the budgeting process before the election. Normally the Congress passes 13 appropriations during the course of a fiscal year. Democrats didn’t do any, and now want to pass an entire year’s worth of spending in one bill during a rushed lame duck session.

The Republicans aren’t to blame for wanting to bring some transparency and accountability to the process.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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