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Louie Gohmert: Excluding Trump led to spending bill 'atrocity'

By Pete Kasperowicz, Washington Examiner

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Washington, March 22, 2018 | comments

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, argued Thursday that the $1.3 trillion spending bill the House passed Thursday is an "atrocity" because President Trump wasn't involved in the negotiations.

Gohmert and other conservatives opposed the 2,232-page bill, which they only had a few hours to digest before it hit the House floor. Deficit hawks said it would lead to more debt, and failed to implement the GOP's plan to build a border wall.

Gohmert said on the House floor that Trump should have been more involved.

"Unfortunately, though the president is an amazing negotiator, he graciously allowed the House leaders and the Democratic leaders to do the negotiating," he said after reading news reports in which Democrats claimed victory against Republicans.

"I know he wants better deals than this atrocity," Gohmert said of Trump. "We need his negotiating skills involved to get a better product."

The White House has said Trump supports the bill, which would also give the U.S. military the spending boost Republicans have sought for years. But reports said Trump was worried that the bill might have given away too much to Democrats, and most fiscal conservatives voted against the bill in the House.

Gohmert also complained about reports that some of the negotiating was being done by House staffers, instead of House lawmakers.

"Let's at least get better staff members to do the negotiation for the sake of our kids," he said.

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