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.


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

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  • The Whistler

    What is it that Kerry wants to hide?

  • sanity

    “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

    John, can I call you John….Just how do you expect to work on something if you don’t READ it first to know what your working on!!!!

    • Enigma_Cypher

      You know how Democrats are: they pass a bill and then find out what’s in it.

  • mikemc1970

    Sorry Senator Kerry delay tactics are what the minority have available to them, for now. The Liberals have lost their mandate and these things need to be decided in the new Congress. If it had really been that important to you and your ilk, then you would have tackled it before the election. This is why I use only Hunt’s ketchup.

  • Spartacus

    If time is all he’s worried about then just pass the continuation resolution and let the next Congress create the budget.

  • JustRuss

    After what happened with the healthcare bill “pass it to find out whats in it” bull, any bill over 100 pages should be read in its entirety from here on out to make sure everyone knows what they are voting on.

  • Mountainmouth

    Reading the bill and knowing what it contains – surely that must be a job someone for else.

    What exactly is his job?

  • $96939

    The clerks read, no one listens, and Republicans cry about having to work when they could be playing with their Christmas presents.

  • realitybasedbob

    About this 1.1 trillion dollar bill.
    1.1 trillion is the amount gop demanded.

    The senator explains:

    “DURBIN: I’m a member of the Appropriations Committee. And I remember what happened…this is the reality…It’s true it’s over a trillion dollars. In fact, it’s $1.1 trillion in this bill. But what hasn’t been said by Senator McConnell and Senator Kyl, that’s exactly the amount that they asked for! Senator McConnell came to the Senate Appropriations Committee and said Republicans will not support this bill unless you bring the spending down to $1.108 trillion. That is exactly what we bring down to the floor to be considered.

    So to stand back in horror and look at $1.1. trillion and say where did this figure come from, it came from Senator Mitch McConnell in a motion he made before the Senate Appropriations Committee. It reflects the amount that he said was the maximum we should spend in this current calendar year on our appropriation bills. He prevailed. It’s the same number as the so-called Sessions-McCaskill figure that’s been debated back and forth on this floor, voted repeatedly by Republicans to be the appropriate total number. So we have the bipartisan agreement on the total number, and now the Republican leader comes to the floor, stands in horror at the idea of $1.1 trillion, the very same number he asked for in this bill. You can’t have it both ways. “

    • Greg In Oklahoma

      So are you complaining that you caved to the GOP? Are you mad that the GOP stopped the Democrats from spending more than 1.1 trillion? What are you saying?

  • Ten Megaton

    Lazy sack of schitt

  • Goon

    Rob it looks like you have been spammed.

  • SigFan

    Kerry, you can go pound sand. It’s your freaking job you putz. If you don’t want to do your job then resign, go play on your yacht and figure out new ways to avoid the taxes you want to shove on us and let someone who does want to do the work of the country take your seat. Crybaby liberal POS.