Echoing a statement made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed reporters' questions about pork inserted in the debt ceiling bill passed by Congress, CNS News reported Thursday.
“What difference does it make? Why are we talking about this? We’re talking about a bill that as I said last night, I’m not asking anybody to vote for this bill on the merits,” she said.
According to The Hill, the bill includes funds to fix flooded roads in Colorado, a $3 million appropriation for a civil liberties oversight board and a one-time payment of $174,000 to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a millionaire New Jersey Democrat who died over the summer.
“My members have some of the same questions, not certainly in terms of the death penalty to the Lautenberg family, but when you have a CR, it is an appropriation, and this, yes would be the normal place for them to do that,” Pelosi said.
According to CNS, Pelosi argued the bill should have covered expenditures for a whole year instead of just a few months. She also argued the bill didn't have enough spending.
“So if you want to have an objection to the bill, there are bigger things to object to, but the fact is that we had to open government,” she added.
Pelosi said that while she had "concerns" about the bill, she would vote for it in order to reopen the government and suggested reporters talk to Senate leadership about their intentions.
“You’ll have to talk to them about what’s in the bill and what its purpose was, but what I said on the floor, I’m not pinning a rose on the bill, but I am voting for it, because we have to open government,” she said.
Pelosi, who once called tax cuts "spending," earned a score of zero from the watchdog group Council for Citizens Against Government Waste in 2010, along with DNC boss Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., Reps. James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Sander Levin, D-Mich.
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