House GOP urges McCarthy to ‘hold Senate’s feet to the fire’ for $1.7T omnibus ‘monstrosity’

Rep. Nancy Mace, RS.C., issued a strong endorsement of Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s criticism of the $1.7 trillion spending bill now awaiting the president’s signature.

“I hope when Kevin McCarthy is speaker, because I think he will be, that he’s going to hold the Senate’s feet to the fire, because this is wrong,” Mace said on “Fox News Live” Monday.

The omnibus spending bill has drawn pushback from many House Republicans as the country battles skyrocketing inflation.

“[This] does nothing but add fuel to the fire,” argued Mace.


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California speaks at a campaign event on Nov. 9, 2022, in Washington.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California speaks at a campaign event on Nov. 9, 2022, in Washington.
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While the huge price tag is a driver of frustration, House GOP lawmakers have also taken issue with certain components of the legislation, including the lack of attention to the border crisis.

“I think people are very frustrated with the process and the lack of responsible spending in this thing,” she continued. “It is a monstrosity.”

With the country over $31 trillion in debt, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the bill, claiming it would be a “blemish” on this Congress. In his bid for House speaker, McCarthy has voiced his frustration with Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

“For the first time in history, a House bill passed without a physical quorum present — more people voted by proxy than in person,” McCarthy tweeted. “The omnibus will harm our country and the blatant disregard for Article I, Section 5 of our Constitution will forever destroy this Congress.”

While the bill received bipartisan support in the Senate, only nine House Republicans voted for the bill. It passed the House on Friday by a vote of 225-201.

“On the House side of things on this omnibus bill, what’s happening was not bipartisan in any way, shape or form,” Mace argued.

“There’s nothing we can do in the short term. And we can’t do anything until we’re in the majority next year and we have another continuing resolution or another spending bill in front of us,” she added. – But it is very disappointing.

As the more than 4,000-page legislation awaits the president’s signature, critics like Mace worry about the impact the spending will have on inflation and the future of the country.


“Both Republicans and Democrats have been a problem — they both contributed to the deficit, which is what the omnibus bill is going to do.”

Fox News’ Adam Sabes and Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.

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