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Andy Roth: Spending Plan Contains '$1.1 Trillion of Disaster'

By    |   Monday, 15 December 2014 06:08 PM

The federal spending plan approved by Congress has "$1.1 trillion of disaster in it" with loads of perks for special-interest groups, says Andy Roth, vice president of government affairs at the Club for Growth.

"It definitely is [a disaster]. There's something for everybody when it comes to special-interest groups," Roth said Monday on "the Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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But he's not blaming Republicans for a lack of backbone in not trying to stop it from sailing through Capitol Hill.

"I don't think it's a party issue. It's more of an establishment issue. There are Republicans and Democrats on the Hill who don't care about party," Roth said.

"They care about power, and this bill offered them the opportunity to dole out power as they saw fit. It's really a Christmas tree right before Christmas.

The White House got even more money for the EPA, more than they asked for thanks to Republican leadership. It's just remarkable the breadth of all that was spent in this bill."

The $1.1 trillion bill to fund the government through September passed the Senate on Saturday, two days after it made it through the House. Many conservatives ripped the passage as a "sellout" by Republican lawmakers.

President Barack Obama said on Monday that he planned to sign the spending bill, which will lift the threat of an unpopular government shutdown.

Roth said the "smart" move would have been for Republicans to pass only a short-term plan into early next year and then allow conservatives a stronger voice as to what's going to be in it.

He doesn't see too much changing on Capitol Hill next year, even with the handoff of power from the Democrats to the Republicans.

"The best thing we can hope for is that a lot of Obama's nominations are going to get slow-walked from the Judiciary Committee to the Senate floor. Other than that, there's going to still be problems about too spending, too much waste, higher taxes, and especially Obama's administrative overreach," Roth said.

"We're still going to have problems with the EPA. We're still going to have problems with immigration, and Congress is not going to assert its authority as it should when this happens."

That will be frustrating for the country, Roth says.

"Maybe there's going to be hope if we don't have [House Speaker John] Boehner as speaker early next year, but it seems to be that way," Roth said.

Roth's Washington, D.C.-based, free-enterprise advocacy group consists of more than 100,000 Americans who support "pro-growth, limited government."

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