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Ignoring the outcry of millions of conservative Americans, eighteen Republican senators led by Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) broke with the House GOP led by Speaker nominee Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and approved the gargantuan $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package put forward by Senate Democrats.

The move, in defiance of the Republican base, came even after McCarthy threatened to scuttle legislation brought by any Senate Republican who supported the measure. Conservative pundits and social media influencers alike universally panned the action with many calling the 18 politicians “sellouts” for their role in approving the 4,155-page omnibus bill early Tuesday morning, almost assuredly mostly unread given the short time available to senators to review it.

The list of senators who voted in favor of the spending package revealed by Fox News Senior Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram includes Minority Leader McConnell, Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Boozman of Arkansas, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, John Cornyn of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Richard Shelby of Alabama, John Thune of South Dakota, Roger Wicker of Mississippi, and Todd Young of Indiana.

GOP Senator Mike Lee of Utah criticized the bill vocally in a speech on the Senate floor,

“This bill before us is legislative barbarism. This is an act of extortion being leveraged on the United States Senate right before Christmas,” Lee said according to The Daily Wire.

“This bill, in all 4,155 pages of its glory – or infamy – was negotiated in secret by four or five members of Congress.”

“They wrote it utterly in secret with the design of making an artificial emergency, threatening a shutdown right before Christmas,” he added.

Shelby was dismissive of McCarthy’s threat telling Axios two days before the vote, “He’s focused on being speaker, and if I were in his shoes, that’s what I would be focused on, trying to get enough votes. But I don’t think that intimidates anyone.”

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk, in order to gauge the public’s perception of the spending bill, put it to a Twitter poll which received over 3 million votes and came out decisively in opposition to it with 70 percent rejecting it.

Musk’s poll won him support and criticism mostly along partisan lines, with Republican Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, tweeting, “Preach.” While leftist commentator Wajahat Ali referred back to one of Musk’s recent polls regarding his own position as Twitter CEO, asking, “Didn’t the public tell you to step down as head of Twitter as well?”