The omnibus spending bill soon to come before us is chock full of controversial policies that never would have passed had they been exposed to the light of day.
Not only does this bill spend an additional half-billion dollars on an unreformed and failing Head Start program, and not only does this bill airdrop an entire cybersecurity bill which lacks important protections for privacy and personal information, but according to the White House, this bill also fully funds President Barack Obama’s Paris climate fund.
None of these policy changes would have passed by themselves. These are highly controversial policies and merit an open and honest debate on the Senate floor. It is an insult to this body, the Constitution, and the American people, that the least trusted institution in America is planning to sneak these policies through without public scrutiny or amendment. We have doubled down on everything the American people can’t stand about Washington, and many are now congratulating each other for it.
Rather than accepting this monstrosity, we should instead pass a six-week continuing resolution which would allow for an open process where these issues can be properly debated.
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