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Sen. Roy Blunt: People 'Fed Up' With Washington Squabbles

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 02:04 PM

Democrats' response over this week's compromise funding bill show why people are "fed up with Washington to do the basic work of funding the government," Sen. Roy Blunt said Wednesday.

"Suddenly one side is 'we won, you lost, we're going to do this, you're going do this' — this is the new way to block the president's legislative agenda,'" the Missouri Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program, while mocking Democrats like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Their claims, he continued, are "a bunch of nonsense."

"There is no doubt this bill reflects Republican priorities," said Blunt. "This is the third year now and only the third year that Republicans have chaired these committees in both the House and the Senate."

There is "essentially no new money" he continued, so there were many, many changes made and programs eliminated to "focus on the things Republicans want to do, but needed bipartisan support, like healthcare research, opioid abuse. There is program after program here that wasn't a priority three years ago that is a priority now."

Moving forward, lawmakers should get used to doing the normal work of the government "without constantly looking for partisan advantage," he continued.

"I actually think this bill is a bill that the president reached good conclusions on and Congress reached good conclusions on. Again, more spending on defense than anything else.

"He got quite a bit of his supplemental in addition to the normal defense spending, which was better than last year's defense spending," Blunt added.

President Donald Trump should be pleased to sign the bill, said Blunt, and pleased with how it was negotiated. However, there are many conservative critics who have complained that the bill features too many concessions to the left, Blunt acknowledged.

"The easiest thing to vote against is a spending bill, a big bill over $1 trillion of spending," said Blunt.

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Democrats' response over this week's compromise funding bill show why people are "fed up with Washington to do the basic work of funding the government," Sen. Roy Blunt said Wednesday.
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