Former White House adviser Steve Bannon on Wednesday criticized Republicans for backing the $1.66 trillion omnibus bill, which passed the Senate on Thursday with the votes of 18 Republicans and all Democrats.
“It’s not just the expense that’s going to crush everybody…” Bannon, who served in the Trump administration, said during a segment of his War Room show. “It’s about leverage…you’re giving Nancy Pelosi another year. Didn’t the American people vote on that?”
The spending bill, which aims to avoid a government shutdown, passed the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 68 to 29, and is now expected to head to the House for debate before Friday’s midnight deadline. .
Which Republicans voted for the omnibus bill?
The 18 Republicans who voted in favor of the spending bill include senators:
- Roy Blunt of Missouri,
- John Boozman of Arkansas,
- Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia,
- Susan Collins from Maine,
- John Cornyn of Texas,
- Tom Cotton from Arkansas,
- Lindsey Graham from South Carolina,
- Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma,
- Jerry Moran from Kansas,
- Lisa Murkowski from Alaska,
- Rob Portman from Ohio,
- Mitt Romney of Utah,
- South Dakota’s Mike Rounds,
- Richard Shelby of Alabama,
- John Thune of South Dakota,
- Roger Wicker from Mississippi,
- Indiana’s Todd Young, and
- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
“Now we’re sitting here, and it’s glaringly obvious to you, and whoever voted for it is your political enemy,” Bannon said Wednesday, a day before the Senate voting session.
If approved, the bill would fund the federal government until September 30, 2023 and increase domestic and defense spending, according to The Washington Post.
The bill was delayed for weeks as members of Congress disagreed on the measure’s proposals, such as funding immigration, which was a major issue that former President Donald Trump faced. spoke in a video he posted on Truth Social Thursday morning ahead of the bill. passed in the Senate.
In the video, Trump called the spending bill “ridiculous” and “unacceptable,” adding that it is “a disaster for our country.” He also accused the Republican Party of failing to stop the bill and blamed McConnell for helping Democrats pass the measure before Republicans took control of the House in the new year.
“Biden and the Radical Democrats are trying to ram this monstrosity into the dark of night when no one has even had a chance to read [the bill]“, said Trump.
The former president went on to say that the “bill would make the border worse” and criticized the Biden administration for inflation and crime.
“Our country is going to hell because of what they [the Biden administration] been doing for the past two years,” he added.
Newsweek contacted the office of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for comment.