Senate rushes through spending bill, but Sen. Sullivan says there was no due diligence, so he voted no

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Hours after the US House passed a $1.5 trillion spending bill, the US Senate also passed the bill. But at 2,700 pages, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan said it was too long a bill, with less than a day for senators to consider it, and he voted no. . Sullivan is known for carefully reading the bills he votes on.

“There are a lot of things in this bill that I support and have strongly advocated for, including things I wrote, like the Choose Respect Act and a section to implement electronic prescription delivery. of protection, both contained in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) title of the bill. This bill also contains important priorities and infrastructure projects for Alaska that I strongly support. strong funding of the bill for our military and our national defense is a significant achievement – something I have strongly advocated for – especially in relation to the President’s budget request that cut defense spending. always supported increasing lethal and humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine. In fact, I am one of the original co-sponsors of a stand-alone bill to provide this much-needed support to Ukraine,” Sulliva said. not.

“However, this is a bill worth over $1.5 trillion, negotiated and agreed to solely by House and Senate leaders and their staffs. It is 2,700 pages, to which add thousands of pages of supporting documentation, and senators had just over a day to review and analyze it, and therefore I could not support such a bill on which my staff and I have been unable to do our proper and necessary due diligence. We need to fix our flawed budget process that is not serving our military, our government, or the American people well.”

Sullivan left with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who voted in favor of the package, and Congressman Don Young, who was one of 29 Republicans in the House who voted in favor of the spending package.

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