During a speech on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) stated that the omnibus bill “does have to be a wake-up call to people as to whether” the Republican Party “has lost its soul.”
Corker said, “You know, there’s a lot of discussions about the fact that maybe the Republican Party has lost its soul, a lot of discussions about that around the country, that maybe the Republican Party has lost its soul. … For us to be in a situation where we’re getting ready to pass a bill that adds $2 trillion in deficits over the next ten years — or sets the stage for that by passing the first two years with a huge increase in base spending with no offsets to speak of, does have to be a wake-up call to people as to whether that’s the case. I mean, I can’t imagine, for instance, had the 2016 election gone a different way and we had a Democratic president and we controlled the House and Senate, I can’t imagine us being in a situation where we would vote tonight or tomorrow for a bill that’s going to add $2 trillion in debt without offsets. As a matter of fact, I can just tell you absolutely that would not be the case.”
Corker also criticized Democrats and the media for their outcry over deficits possibly created by tax cuts, but ignoring the deficits created by the omnibus.
He further stated that the omnibus is “one of the most grotesque” pieces of legislation he could remember.
Corker concluded by questioning the souls of both parties.
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