Paul slams Congress over trillion-dollar spending bill he claims no one read

by  |  published on December 21, 2015

A fired-up Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday he voted against the massive $1.1 trillion spending bill because not only was it rushed through Congress — but no one had a chance to read it.

“It was over a trillion dollars, it was all lumped together, 2,242 pages, nobody read it, so frankly my biggest complaint is that I have no idea what kind of things they stuck in that bill in the middle of the night,” Paul, R-Ky., said on “The Cats Roundtable,” a New York-based radio talk show.

“I voted against it because I won’t vote for these enormous bills that no one has a chance to read,” the GOP White House hopeful said.

  • pete G

    If you’re in the speakers seat and these bills get passed without anyone reading them you should be fired on the spot. What the hell is going on in Washington since Obama became President? Laws get passed but no one reads them anymore? The healthcare law was passed the same way, thousands of pages of new taxes and not one of these so called law makers read the bill. People get fired from their jobs everyday for not performing but you idiots get to keep your jobs and your big retirements but you continue to drop the hammer on the American people. Get with it or pack your bags. Get on Ted Cruz’s team instead of this party betrayal crap. its called the American people’s team.

  • Chuck

    For once Paul is right. This bill is a disaster, morally, fiscally, politically, constitutionally, and obviously written and approved by Reid and Pelosi. Ryan should resign and all Republicans who voted for this disaster should be targeted for defeat.

  • Kitty

    The more things change — the more they stay the same. (Obamacare come to mind). Good for Rand.

  • harrydweeks

    Why is this no longer a surprise ? Every member of Congress should be compelled to be present during a special session whereby the entire 2242 pages are read aloud . If you don’t attend , you can’t vote on the bill. Guaranteed, we would see future Bill’s address very specific issues and most likely paired down to a few pages. Our system of governing is broken.

    • pete G

      I am not bashing Rubio but when he misses a vote he uses the excuse that he wasn’t going to vote on a bill he knew wasn’t going to pass anyway. He can’t seem to get it through his head that it’s his job, win or lose. I will not support him, his attitude stinks. He is relative new in Washington and plays the Political game already. PS an his little phony smile irks me.

      • harrydweeks

        Agree pete, it’s bad enough they won’t read it while they are in DC , then they blow it off while engaged in campaigning. Hey do your job first and maybe your voting record won’t be used against you. What does Trump say , All our leaders are Stupid. I’m beginning to agree.

  • KDC

    No enormous bill or any bill, should be voted on unless it is read thoroughly. This is part of the job. They pull this garbage all the time. They don’t show up for voting especially those (Rubio) who are candidates, especially when it is controversial. Then they say, ” well, I didn’t vote for that.” Do you’re jobs, and show up daily for work. That’s what we hired you to do.

  • Ed Campbell

    This has been a very common tactic for the democrats to get bills through congress from affordable care act on – wait till the last min to put the bill in and then if it isn’t passed blame the republicans for shutting down the govt. and the Fn RHINOS fall for it every time. Neither party is worth a damn any more

  • SDofAZ

    Another vote for it, trust me, and read it later. We have to replace this congress with much smarter people, Isn’t this the same excuse for Obamacare?

  • VM Sheppard

    When you write a 2242 page bill and there’s not enough time to read it before it has to be voted on, the answer should ALWAYS be “NO”. No one will ever convince me that overwhelming them with BULK isn’t deliberate, and it should always raise suspicion. Piggy-backing things that wouldn’t be able to be passed, with stuff that will easily pass needs to be eliminated, too. Everything must be voted on individually. No more of… “If you want that, you have to take this…” stuff!

    • Butch Miller

      You are exactly right and with the track record of these traitors they should require one month and it should be posted on line for the American people to read and lobby for or against… not just bribed into being law…

      • pete G

        Butch, That’s called transparency and as far as i know we don’t have anything close to that with this Administration even though that’s what we were promised.

    • Andrew

      And names of those who voted “yes” should be listed.

    • pete G

      There is absolutely no reason for not reading these bills, its just an excuse these lazy Politicians use to get away with passing what they know is crap. If they haven’t read the bill the vote is NO weather Barack Obama wants it passed or not.

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