Congress budget bill reactions: "Garbage"Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As soon as Congress's budget bill came in to avoid the government shutdown, criticism for some of its surprising provisions, or additions, began to come out.
By: Kay Cooley, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As soon as Congress's budget bill came in to avoid the government shutdown, criticism for some of its surprising provisions, or additions, began to come out.
The so-called "clean bill" includes several small items with pretty hefty price tags.
Allen Rudel- West Fargo: “It's a big joke.”
While the government threatened to run out of money and the clock ticked towards a major debt default...
Paula Lavelle- Fargo: “I think we need to pay our bills and quit raising the debt ceiling.”
People are calling several pieces snuck into the final deal a bunch of baloney; payouts for politicians’ own political agenda
One item in question: An additional $2.2 billion for the Ohio dam project, nearly quadrupling its former funding.
Lavelle: “Absolutely not.”
Kay Cooley- WDAY 6 News Reporter: “Do you think they're working hard?”
Rudel: “They're hardly working.”
Number two on the criticism list: $450 million for Colorado flood recovery. People say coming from a place where it floods almost every year, that just doesn't seem right.
Lavelle: “We just need to focus on the main goal and not the little tiny wishes that people want for their own personal reasons.”
But to top it off, a former Senator's millionaire widow will pocket $147,000 in the deal as a death benefit.
Rudel: “When I retired, my wife didn't get anything from my company.”
And after these last 16 days, some say the only solution? Starting clean.
Lavelle: “Clearing House; reevaluating where we're spending our money and where it should be spent.”
They worry when bills like this one are rushed through last minute. That's when these sneaky provisions often fall through the cracks.
Rudel: “Well, where's it gonna end?”
Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven were not available for comment on these specific provisions.