Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Friday he did not vote for the massive government spending bill because it would add trillions of dollars to the national debt and because the process of passing a budget is broken.
In an email blast to supporters, Perdue took aim at the bill that passed in both houses of Congress Thursday.
"Clearly, Washington has hit a new low. We are six months into the fiscal year and Congress just now voted to fund the remainder of it," Perdue wrote. "To say nothing of the fact that this is after two shutdowns and five continuing resolutions.
"Frankly, it's beyond pathetic."
As of midday Friday, President Donald Trump had not signed the spending bill into law. He indicated earlier that he may veto the measure because it does not address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and does not include funds for a wall along America's southern border with Mexico.
Perdue and 22 other Republicans voted against the bill. Twenty-five Republicans and 39 Democrats voted for it.
Perdue would like to see the "broken budget process" revamped. His full statement:
"I opposed this massive spending bill.
"Clearly, Washington has hit a new low. We are six months into the fiscal year and Congress just now voted to fund the remainder of it. To say nothing of the fact that this is after two shutdowns and five continuing resolutions.
"Frankly, it's beyond pathetic.
"This spending bill is the product of a few politicians getting in a room and deciding how to spend a trillion dollars. The result is a massive spending package on track to add another trillion dollars to the national debt.
"Washington's broken budget process has failed yet again. It is critical that this budget process be changed to deal with the structural problems that always lead to this unacceptable outcome.
"I came to the United States Senate to do all I can to change Washington, and I am not giving up. As I've said many times before, changing the budget process alone will not solve our $21 trillion national debt crisis, but we will not solve the debt crisis unless and until we change this broken budget process."
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