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Rep. Justin Amash Slams ‘Pathetic’ Spending Bill, Reminds Trump of His Pledge

Trump will "now be put to the test," Amash says.

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Rep. Justin Amash (R–Mich.) today blasted the "wasteful" and "pathetic" $853 billion spending bill passed by the House yesterday. Amash reminded President Donald Trump of a promise he made in March, when he reluctantly signed another massive appropriations package into law while vowing not to go along with similar legislation in the future.

The Senate voted 93-7 last week to approve the most recent measure, and the House passed it by a vote of 361 to 61 yesterday. The bill is now headed to Trump's desk, and if he doesn't sign it by October 1, much of the federal government will shut down.

On Twitter last week, Trump expressed his displeasure with the spending package, although not because it's wasteful. Rather, he slammed the "ridiculous" bill because it doesn't include enough funds for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump indicated he will likely sign the bill anyway, telling reporters yesterday, "We're going to keep the government open."

Trump may have promised to avoid a government shutdown, but he sang a different tune in March, when he signed a 2,232-page, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill. He wasn't happy about it, pledging to "never sign another bill like this again."

Amash wants Trump to keep his word. In a tweet today, the libertarian-leaning Republican criticized the bill, which he voted against, and quoted Trump's promise from March. "He'll now be put to the test," Amash said of Trump.

The bill in question provides money for the Departments of Defense, Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, keeping them funded through December 7. The majority of the funds—more than $600 billion—are for the Pentagon. As Reason's Zuri Davis noted last week, it's believed to be the largest military budget since the height of the Iraq war.

Amash didn't just call out Trump. Yesterday, he pointed out on Twitter that "the same Republicans who used to blast" former President George W. Bush's "spendthrift GOP have become far worse than the politicians they once derided."

Amash is absolutely right. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the nation is on track to run a $1 trillion deficit in the next fiscal year. But neither party in Congress seems to care. Whether it's the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill Trump signed in March, the $150 billion spending bill that passed earlier this month, or the $853 billion appropriations package Trump is likely to sign in the coming days, wild spending is something Republicans and Democrats can agree on.

This post originally stated that Rep. Amash referred to the spending bill as "weak," when in fact he called it "wasteful."

Photo Credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS/Newscom

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  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Who (Whom? Still sounds right) did Amash touch 35 years ago. And where?

  • Juice||

    Whomst

  • The Last American Hero||

    The guy is only 26 years old, so nobody.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    26? So he acts with the hard won wisdom of a teenager. Fuck that guy then.

  • ||

    Amash is only 26? I don't feel like I can take him seriously anymore.

  • Leo Kovalensky II||

    I have heard that at the age of only 1, he would regular fondle and suckle at some woman's breasts. No means no, sicko.

  • ||

    Who (Whom? Still sounds right)

    Noun case is disappearing from English. Just eject "whom" from your vocabulary - it isn't needed anymore.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Now you make me want to use it everywhere.

  • Diane Reynolds (Paul.)||

    Whom the hell are you to tell me how to talk good?

  • ||

    You should also straighten your tie.

    *picks lint off Paul's shoulder*

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    Trump's GOP has ALREADY added more 8-year debt than Obama added AFTER 8 years.
    Trump's GOP is the first EVER to increase the annual deficit .... by over 50% ... in a booming economy.

    This is the Republican New Deal!

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Everyone hates you faggot, go away.

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    (snort) He agrees with me 2 minutes later!!

    Trump's GOP has ALREADY added more 8-year debt than Obama added AFTER 8 years.
    Trump's GOP is the first EVER to increase the annual deficit .... by over 50% ... in a booming economy.

    This is the Republican New Deal!

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    He can agree with you and still want you to go away and hate you..

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    Is he THAT psycho?
    As bad as you?
    (sneer)

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Mary Stack isn't a faggot. She's a woman in Fort Worth, Texas who's so fucking batshit crazy she makes Ford look like Mother Theresa in comparison.

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    The crazies can't make up their minds!
    One set says I'm "really" a guy (gal?) named Hihn.
    The other set says I'm a woman named Mary Stack.

    Because, of course, only one person in the entire world refuses to conform with the assholes.
    So they fight amongst themself on who their only opponent is!!

    All puppets on strings, controlled by their Fuhrer, Trump.
    Sad? Pathetic? Both?

  • Weigel's Cock Ring||

    Did Brett Kavanaugh try to rape you too, poor miserable wretched Mary Stack? Are you terrified of flying? Does your house on Sun Meadows Court have two front doors or just one? Were there four boys at the party or just two? What year was that party anyway? Do you undergo recovered memory therapy and/or hypnosis regularly? Tell us how it is that you got to be so fucked up!

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    Were you described as a frequent drink by your own college roommate?
    And by over a hundred others?
    Did Mark Judge describe you as so drunk that you puked in a car and then passed out?
    Or are you Mark Judge, whose college girlfriend says he bragged about ,., what Dr. Ford described?
    Have you always been so totally brainwashed by irrelevant facts and bat-shit crazy lies?

    Do you beat your chest when you bellow like that?

    The investigation will commence. You lose.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    This is not the way you handle the president.

  • Last of the Shitlords||

    Trump needs to start vetoing this bullshit and forcing congress to dial back the spending. If they override his veto, then so be it. But he shouldn't sign it.

  • The Last American Hero||

    And be blamed for shutting down government, causing seniors to eat cat food and children to die in the streets? You must be new.

  • BYODB||

    Yup, I think Trump likely doesn't care about spending just like we know most of Congress doesn't. There are no fiscal conservatives left, it seems, and it seems like spending can't ever be cut because someone might die somewhere we think maybe.

  • Ellis Wyatt||

    Amash is absolutely right. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the nation is on track to run a $1 trillion deficit in the next fiscal year.

    THIS fiscal year.

  • Dillinger||

    >>> "He'll now be put to the test," Amash said of Trump.

    good way to (figuratively, nsa) wind up in a ditch.

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    Bread and circuses.
    Perhaps some fiddling while Rome burns.
    Enjoy the decline!

  • Jerryskids||

    This gigantic, wasteful, pathetic spending bill passed the House and Senate. @POTUS @realDonaldTrump said, "I will never sign another bill like this again," about the last bill like this, the omnibus. He'll now be put to the test.

    Has Amash ever met Trump? Heard anything about him? Trump just makes shit up as he goes, he can't be held to his word when he doesn't even have any idea what words are falling out of his face when he opens his mouth. There's no "test" here when Trump doesn't give a shit if he says one thing and does another, lying to people is just smart business. It got him where he is today - the most popular, best looking, healthiest, tallest, most athletic, richest, smartest, funniest, classiest, most well-read and well-spoken, most honest and transparent, biggest brained, most even-tempered genius President in the history of the United States. And everybody says so, even John McCain on his deathbed secretly called Trump and begged his forgiveness for any mean thing he'd ever said about Trump, saying he was just so insanely jealous of how Trump was just so fantastically great at everything. Trump has a tape recording of this, by the way, someday he'll release the tape and let everybody listen to it.

  • Bronze Khopesh||

    Deficits neither matter fiscally nor politically.

    Inflation matters but it's more important how the money is being spent. If there's no inflation related to the spending than what harm is being done by the additional money? Compared to the potential harm of whatever program is being funded?

    Go after the specifics of the spending. It's easier to get people to oppose a program than to oppose spending in general.

    People like spending, especially if it directly or indirectly turns into income for them.

  • Rockabilly||

    "We're going to keep the government open."

    Too bad.

  • tlapp||

    I share Amash's feelings but he is 100% wrong on Trump nor anyone else being held accountable. Too many of the people are like children who get to vote for their parents. The ones who say yes to everything the child wants get voted in, very few most of them on this site are the ones who say I understand.

  • chemjeff radical individualist||

    Maybe Amash can accuse Kavanaugh of molesting him, or something. Then perhaps people will pay attention to his call to reduce spending.

  • David Nolan||

    Trump promised to pay off the debt in 8 years. Instead, he's the WORST President EVER at ADDING more debt.

    Trump's GOP has already added more 8-year debt than Obama added AFTER his 8 years, And the want more!

    No other President has EVER increased the deficit ... by OVER 50% ... in ONE year ... with a booming economy.

    This is now the Republican New Deal. Sad. Pathetic,

    Left - Right = Zero

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