Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning issued the following statement in reaction to an attempt by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to pass a massive spending bill without providing any details of what is in the bill:
“Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is taking Nancy Pelosi’s “Congress “[has] to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it” approach to lawmaking to a new low today as he forces a vote on an infrastructure bill before the details have been negotiated.
“Senate Republicans are promising to stop the blank bill by refusing to provide the votes to bring it to the floor. The Schumer scheme itself is stunning in its own right. The term blank bill is accurate. It is a bill with no language detailing what the spending would be – a literal blank check with the numbers and details to be provided later. Schumer is asking Republicans to give up their ability to stop the bill using the filibuster, allowing him to then write the check, put anything he wants into the bill, including the entire green new deal agenda. Schumer could them cram the bill through with a straight partisan Democrat vote with the Vice President breaking the tie.
“Any Republican Senator who votes for this bill would be waving a white flag in the battle for our nation.
“Can Republicans make any deal with the duplicitous Democrats?
“Schumer, Pelosi, and Biden have each already promised that they will disregard compromises made in the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill by using the budget reconciliation process that by-passes the Senate filibuster to push through more than $3 trillion in additional spending for a left-wing wish list including green new deal spending and amnesty for illegal aliens. This all makes the bipartisan bill moot, and continued negotiations an exercise in vanity at best.
“It is time for Senate Republicans to open their eyes and see that this is not the 1990s or 2000s. Today’s Senate Democrats are not looking for collegial compromise but instead to achieve total victory for their world view. Senate Democrats know that in 2022, if they don’t rig the election laws, they will lose control of the House of Representatives and perhaps even the Senate, losing a historic chance to put a knife through the heart of individual liberty in America.
“The GOP must understand that while they view politics in DC through a rose-colored lens, the Democrats view them as their enemy.
“If Schumer proceeds with today’s ‘blank check’ vote, Senate Republicans should immediately and permanently end the meaningless negotiations they are undertaking, and finally realize that their good intentions are merely providing cover for the bad intentions of the left.”