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Mike Lee explains why 'the worst Christmas movie' is government spending theater

The following is an excerpt from Blaze Media’s Capitol Hill Brief email newsletter:

Once again, a bloated, year-end spending bill has made its way out of Congress over the objections of fiscal conservatives.

The Senate passed the pair of bills that compose Congress’ big spending deal by votes of 71-23 on the domestic spending package and 81-11 on the national security package. The upper chamber then adjourned and won’t reconvene until after the new year begins.

President Donald Trump is expected to sign the deal before the government funding deadline at midnight, thereby putting all of the $1.4 trillion package’s various policy and spending provisions into place and averting a government shutdown ahead of Christmas.

Yes, we’re over $23 trillion in federal debt, the spending deal raises the smoking age to 21 outside of the regular order, gives money for the administrative state to research gun violence, and has a number of provisions that ought to raise eyebrows among anyone who voted for President Donald Trump’s immigration agenda. But at least lawmakers were able to wrap up business and get out of town for the holidays.

"The worst Christmas movie is the one that runs every single year from this chamber right here in this city on C-SPAN just the week before our Lord’s birthday; it's called omnibus," Mike Lee said on the Senate floor Thursday morning.

“Whatever you want to call it, it’s the same movie, it’s a rerun, and it’s not very good. In fact it’s really, really bad.”

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