Local lawmakers weighed in after the funding bill vote by the house, including Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN03) who was one of 17 lawmakers working to craft a bipartisan spending agreement.
“We didn’t get there with a bill I would have drawn,” Fleischmann said. “My bill, candidly, would look more like the bill President Trump would want- more money for border security, more money for ICE. But we came up with an agreement that the vast majority of Americans could support.”
Representative Tim Burchett (R-TN02) also released a statement after voting against the agreement.
Burchett said, “I simply cannot support a bill that spends this much money without having the chance to figure out what is in it. And I’m definitely not going to support it if fails to secure our borders but funds parties and other pork.”
Burchett shared a picture of the 1000-page bill, asking in the caption how he’s supposed to read it all in just 12 hours.