At Least One Presidential Candidate Voted Against The Absurd 2,242-Page Spending Bill

18669625333_a33219ddf6_bRemember when Nancy Pelosi said this as the rationale for passing the Affordable Care Act:

“We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is In It”

Well, it’s happened again.

This time the Republicans decided not to read the 2,242 page $1.1 trillion dollar budget bill, and agreed to pass it any way.

Rand Paul showed up and voted no. Here’s his reason why:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he voted against the $1.1 trillion government spending bill that passed Congress last week because nobody had a chance to read the behemoth legislation.

“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 the bill,” Paul told host John Catsimatidis on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM-970.

“I voted against it because I won’t vote for these enormous bills that no one has a chance to read,” he added.

“We were given it yesterday or the day before the bill came forward, and so this is not a way to run government. It’s a part of the reason why government is broke.”

It’s interesting that another Republican Presidential candidate rising in the polls, Marco Rubio, simply didn’t show up for the vote.

Maybe he’s still busy reading the bill?

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  • yennikcm

    dereliction of duty

    • RC

      Worse than that. Try treason.

      • yennikcm

        sounds better.

  • Bernie Lounds

    I think 90% of the democrats and republicans are out to destroy this country.That’s why I’m going to tart voting anything but.

    • RC

      I agree. All any of those people in Congress are interested in is keeping their nice soft cushy part time jobs with full time salaries and benefits in addition to all they can steal. They constantly take their recesses and go home to tell people what a ‘wonderful’ job they’re doing. It’s come to the point that they probably spend more time at home than at their desks doing the jobs they were hired for. Problem is: so many uninformed brainwashed people believe them. Hopefully I’m wrong but I think our country is riding for one hell of a big fall. We have illegals coming across our southern border in droves. We have an entire government welcoming Muslims, many of whom are no doubt terrorists and others who want to either destroy us or at least change our way of life.

      • VT Patriot

        The picture of an animal hit by a car, lying on the side of the road, twitching it’s legs comes to mind. Not dead yet, but it won’r be long.

    • Ddenney1

      That’s how we got 0!

      • Bernie Lounds

        I used to be a dummycrat until the scum took over and started to take our fights away and now the repubs are just as bad.

        • Roberto Enrique Benitez

          Why did you object to their taking your fights away? Are you that much of a redneck? Just kidding.

  • Bernie Lounds

    Lock and load there is going to be a revolution.

    • mdice11

      We’re in a deja vu situation …. going back to the late 1850s and early 1860s. The populace is slowly realizing that the Confederates were basically fighting to preserve constitutional rights and invasion of their homeland. Lincoln was advocate of a centralized federal government that has only grown more oppressive as time progresses.

  • GrizzMann

    I remember when stood for th correct thing. they have the Senate and the House and do nothing they promised in the campaign.

  • Ddenney1

    About 200 grand a year and NOBODY can read??? Public schools???? Common Core??? Certainly NO COMMON SENSE OR RESPECT FOR US!!!

    • Roberto Enrique Benitez

      It’s not that they can’t read, it’s that they don’t want to read what others wrote for them.

  • DefyRule

    I am giving serious thought to becoming the spark that ignites the fire or REVOLUTION!
    I have nothing to lose and everything to gain, this makes me somewhat dangerous.

    • sherri palmer

      The above article about “Treason…etc” makes it clear that states have a recourse and can make a stand against a tyrannical govt. Every state is suppose to have a Militia for that purpose, but they are not being used and are not up to date IF states have them. the Militia protects us and we work with the militia for support BUT asshole is trying to disarm us for the muslim caliphate of Western Countries and our Country in particular. Another article “Gun Control, The Dick Act of 1902, Bills of Attainder and Ex Post Facto Laws” http://newswithviews.com/Publius/huldah114.htm if you are a gun owner or thinking of becoming one, read this and the asshole in the WH is a huge liar about his so called facts!

      • DefyRule

        Oh, I have guns, a lot of them. I am fully aware of these seditious and unconstitutional acts.

  • R. T.

    There is to much PORK in 2000+ pages , and only 2 days to read it the people should know what is in it and if something is not right let there representative know !

  • Dale F Winans, Cpl, USMC

    No bill should be allowed to come up for vote until EVERY senator and representative has read it. They need to cut down the complicated legalese to simple English that anyone can comprehend. No more 1000-, 2000-, or more page bills that nobody could possibly read in a reasonable amount of time. The only reason they have these bills with so many pages, is that buried in the stacks of pages are shady deals and loopholes, and other unrelated actions, that would not pass on their own. All legislation should be limited to a reasonable number of pages, and MUST pertain to a SINGLE topic ONLY!! And our representatives should be required to swear under oath that they have read the bill, and understand its purpose BEFORE being allowed to vote on it.

    • sherri palmer

      They are suppose to have 30 days to read those bills. They should not vote if they are not give the 30 days.

      • Dale F Winans, Cpl, USMC

        I agree. 30 days sounds like a reasonable amount of time to me. There should be absolutely no reason why our representatives should still be so clueless about what’s in a bill when the day to vote on it comes around. If they weren’t all running around pulling scams, making shady backroom deals, and God knows what else, they would have plenty of time to become familiar with all the facts of the bill to be voted on.

      • Roberto Enrique Benitez

        Sadly, there’s no LAW that requires 30 days, or even 24 hours, to read a bill. that’s why I advocate fore the Write the Bills, One Subject at a Time, read the Bills, and Enumerated Powers Act be adopted an constitutional amendments. See them at DownsizeDC.org/agenda.

  • trishae61

    I know for fact that Rand Paul was NOT the only one that voted NO. There was one other and I am sure actually a few others that voted against it!

    • Phyllis

      There were 5 no votes and 1 no show.

      • trishae61

        Yeah, the no show was Marco.

  • Austinniceguy

    They fully funded OlBluegums plans to bring in excess of 10,000 of those syrian animals under the guise of “refugees”, as well. The reason I point that out is because during this administration there have been the city councils of Dearborn and Hatramck, Michigan, that have fallen under the control of Muslims. In fact, Hamtramck look more like middle east than middle America, these days. The administration has kept the media VERY quiet about this because they don’t want us talking about the reality of the war within our borders.

    • sherri palmer

      I agree…We are definitely involved in a war right here., but no one is talking about it..I found this online with a credible news site: http://newswithviews.com/Publius/huldah138.htm This article is ‘Treason, cowardice and the Islamic Invasion: Why sStates Must Revitalize the Militia” and it says ‘invaders are not ‘refugees’ or ‘immigrants’…very good article and I e-mailed the link to Trump. We have to fight this administration because he is a muslim and he is helping them with their caliphate! Former Navy Seals have exposed him over and over again and they say out loud that he is a muslim. And if you are interested, I have a link but it is not a direct link, but you can go to Michael Savage on savagenation.com or shoebat.com

      • Austinniceguy

        Sherri, thanks for sharing. If ok with you I will be using your links in my posts to get the word out. I have made it my mission to educate as many as possible so we don’t make a mistake at the next election. Have a great day!!!

        • sherri palmer

          Many thanks to you for sharing, the whole point is that we get the message out, so we can protect our country for our families and generations after us. The more of us out here armed with information, the better. In case anyone wants to contact Trump: donaldjtrump.com/contact !Good Luck

  • Dave

    No comparison really. The Democrats did it knowing it was going to get signed into law. This time it was done knowing it was going to get vetoed….see the difference other than the ‘point’ made? Now they will have time to go through it and also get the over ride vote set up so that it’s a matter of Public Record as to who votes against the over ride. Guys like Paul are ok but get over zealous about the technicality of the constitution

    • Roberto Enrique Benitez

      What are you talking about? As I understand it, the House voted 316 to 113 and the Senate voted 36 to 133 for the bill? That would seem to indicate the GOP was present in body if not in mind. Also, if no Republicans were present in either House, how could they get a quorum to vote on it? Also, I don’t think there were any “poison pills” in it to delay the mad rush into fiscal insanity.

      I think you have a good point about conservatives not using the nuclear option, at this time, but if the fiscal survival of the government requires it, then by all means use it.

      • theicecube

        The fiscal survival of the Govt. or the fiscal survival of America?

        • Roberto Enrique Benitez

          Excellent question. I’d say both, although a good case could be made for letting the federal government go broke and thus perhaps slowing it from destroying the rest of the country.

  • Ed Mantini

    You know, I made sure I protected my home from
    Ugly Black Rats by placing rat traps as needed and wrapping open breather pipes into the house
    with chicken wire so these Black Rats could not
    Get in. How come one got into the White House?
    Look all the destruction it’s creating.

    • Roberto Enrique Benitez

      Quit the bigot I see. Would you have said that about the other treasonous president, Bill Clinton?

      • theicecube

        I dont know about “Ed” but i would and did.

        • Roberto Enrique Benitez

          Well, I don’t consider Bill the “first” black president. 😉

          Of course my concern was Ed’s apparent racism. I don’t oppose Mr. (intentional) Obama because he’s black, but because he’s a socialist, anti-Constitution, anti-Christian, anti-colonialist, anti-Semitic, racist Muslim usurper.

          • theicecube

            Obama = black rat.
            Clinton = white rat.

            There is a whole lot more derogatory names that could have been used.

          • Roberto Enrique Benitez

            Don’t we know it! ;-( My concern was the intent of Ed’s use of the word. Sadly, we’ve a lot of racist, religious, and ethnic bigots posting here and on other conservative sites.

          • theicecube

            A lot of people are very angry and feel betrayed by the elected officials who were elected to govern not rule. Never in my life did I dread whatever new regulation “O” would dream up to cause more taxes and or higher prices and more restrictions. I am not the only one I just post differently so I dont get blocked. Just remember it is way better to be able to vent here than for someone to act out in other ways. Freedom of speech is not pretty but it is a right.

          • Roberto Enrique Benitez

            Great comment. I also post so as not to get blocked, but on a Leftist site, OpEdNews, using a word the editor didn’t understand got me booted. The word was aliterate, so he called me illiterate, along with a few other choice words. When I said he was semi-illiterate because he couldn’t, or wouldn’t look up the word aliterate, it was to much for him.

            As I’m a firm believer in freedom of speech, I understand venting, but my concern as a conservative constitutionalist is that the Left uses certain profane supposed conservatives against our movement to restore the Republic. So I think discretion is often called for. That doesn’t mean we can’t find words to express ourselves.

            For instance, I often use words like benighted, aliterate, canard, prevarication, puerile, derriere, etc., not to sound high falutin, but rather to get by censors, particularly on Leftist sites that won’t tolerate words the Left use when a conservative does so. I also use words like exegetical and eisegetical to save words in explaining approaches to understanding problems.

            However, I can’t excuse racism, religious or ethnic bigotry, and blood curdling screams for bloodletting. For that I’m often called a Leftist by the extreme far right. A person like Ed may have the right to be a racist, but they’ve no right to expect to be free from criticism.

  • DangRight

    WDC Cartel of Corruption, they are all in it for themselves.

    • Roberto Enrique Benitez

      Doesn’t DC stand for District of Corruption? Or is it District of Confusion? 😉

      • DangRight

        Den of Cockroaches or something.

        • Roberto Enrique Benitez

          That’s a good one.

          Thanks.

  • Roberto Enrique Benitez

    That’s why we need a Read the Bills Act as advocated by DownSizeDC.org. They also advocate for the Write the Bills, One Subject At a Time, Balanced Budget, and the Enumerated Powers Acts.

  • Bob666

    Monkey see-Monkey do.

  • Dave

    Even if there were republicans present, which as I understood the case to be there really wasn’t, it really wouldn’t have done any good since it was passed while burning ‘midnight oil’ just before Christmas break and as I mentioned the bill was going to get signed into law because it was what Barrack, Harry, and Nancy wanted to set the corner stone of destroying this country. Even reading the bill wouldn’t have done anything but delay the passage since the Democrats had control of all 3 Branches of the government. So anything else is really a mute point on ‘Reading that Bill’.

    • TheEye

      The problem is, the spineless no-good elected republicans wrote the damn thing. There is no way to deny it because their fingerprints are all over this monstrosity.

  • Dave

    Let me guess….your a Democrat……right?

  • Rusty LH

    This Machiavellian Politics without a doubt. The main idea behind Machiavellian Politics is that the politicians have zero respect for the people they govern. They lie to the people, and then just do what they want to do. So this bill is like that. In short what they are doing is just telling each Senator and each representative to put in the bill what they want…no challenges. And why wouldn’t they do this? We didn’t exactly call them in it when they pulled this crap before. You get the government that you vote for, but you also get the government you allow.