On Sunday (December 25), after the passage of the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package, Senator Republicans Mike Lee (Utah) and Ron Johnson (Wis.) called out Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
The pair believed McConnell should have pushed for the vote on the passage to occur next year when Republicans will take control of the House majority, arguing that the GOP would have more leverage at that time.
Speaking on “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM, Lee told host John Catsimatidis described the omnibus as “the ugliest spending bill on record.”
Lee also took aim at McConnell, saying Republican leadership had “turned on voters… the Republican base [and]… on most Republican Senators.”
Lee referenced that McConnell had done “this one too many times,” saying that the passage of the bill was “the final straw.”
The Utah Congressman pointed out that while the GOP was wondering why they had a “disappointing midterms,” the party should consider “that voters don’t see much of a defining difference with Democrats.”
Johnson also joined Catsimatidis on Sunday and noted that it was absurd for Republicans to consider the passage of the spending bill a win, saying that the party had gotten their “you-know-whats handed to us.”
Johnson also called out the GOP’s Senate leadership for their “arrogance” in passing the bill, saying that the assertion from Senate leadership that they “know better than House Republicans” was unbelievable. He noted that “supporters aren’t going to buy it either.”