In one of their last acts before Congress adjourns for the year, Senate Democrats are pushing a 1,924-page spending bill that includes massive earmark spending. If passed, the measure would be enacted into law without debate in the full senate.Senate Appropriations Committee chair Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, says the bill must pass. “The twelve bills included in this package fulfill the Congress’ most basic responsibility, to exercise the power of the purse,” he said in a statement. “This measure reflects a year’s worth of work by members of both parties. Together, we have closely scrutinized the president’s budget request, held hundreds of hearings, thousands of meetings, and asked literally tens of thousands of questions to each and every federal department and agency seeking justification for how taxpayer dollars are being spent.”Meanwhile, Republicans poring over the bill are calling it a “total mess.”Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, criticized the Democratic majority for failing to pass budget resolutions, and “today we learn Senate Democrats now want to sandwich them together, totaling almost 2,000 pages, and jam them through in the waning moments of this lame duck session before anyone can read them. This political end-around reveals just how quickly my colleagues across the aisle have already forgotten the voters’ message in November,” Cornyn responded.Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., also weighed in on the debate Tuesday in an appearance on FNC:Each individual measure has passed through the Appropriations Committee and now awaits senate approval. On Tuesday afternoon, the committee posted a comprehensive list of the thousands of requested earmarks, divided into separate categories.”All hell is breaking loose,” one GOP source told Fox News, adding that Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Jim DeMint of South Carolina will likely insist the omnibus bill be read in its entirety on the Senate floor prior to a vote. The Republican senators are also expected to seek debate on all earmarks and any amendments.On the Democrats’ side, Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., is pledging to oppose her party’s omnibus spending bill unless includes her amendment — co-authored by Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. — which calls for a three-year cap on discretionary spending.Despite opposition on both sides of the aisle, Inouye says he believes the Senate will pass the measure and send it on to the House, where Republican leader John Boehner is warning GOP members “will work to kill it.”Fox News also points out widespread opposition from conservative interest groups who claim the legislation is Democrats‘ attempt to lock in 2010’s inflated $3.5 budget for another entire year without allowing any cuts in spending.http://www.theblaze.com/stories/%e2%80%98all-hell-is-breaking-loose%e2%80%99-1-1-trillion-spending-bill-reaches-2000-pages-includes-20000-earmarks/
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