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Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) released a video on Thursday where he explained his reasoning behind voting for the $1.7 trillion omnibus package that passed through Congress this week. In his address, he stated that he didn’t think House Republicans could pass a sufficient budget for the 2023 fiscal year.

“Let me explain why I think it makes sense to vote for this omnibus bill,” Sen. Romney began. “First, I’m convinced that this will cost less money than if we kicked the can down the road until next year.”

“House Republicans say that they want to craft a budget, but they haven’t yet been able to select a speaker,” he argued, adding, “and I’m not sure that they are going to be able to take on the budget for this year as well as next year at the same time. And by the way, even if they could take on those two things at the same time, they would need Democrats in the Senate to pass it.”

“So in the final analysis I’m convinced that if we don’t pass this omnibus, we are going to see a deal that costs more money,” the senator argued in his address. “So this omnibus will cost less than if we don’t pass it.”

Romney then attempted to lessen the impact of the $1.7 trillion price tag, arguing that it was only one-third of total government spending. He argued that things like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other entitlement programs are what is adding to the federal deficit, not the items in the omnibus bill.


The Utah senator then explained that he agrees with several items in the omnibus: “Now second, there’s another reason that I think it makes sense to vote for this omnibus and that’s because I agree with a lot of the things that are in it,” Romney said emphasizing the nine percent increase in defense spending and a five percent increase in domestic spending.

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Romney then emphasized what he liked about the omnibus bill including the Electoral Count Act, $23 million going to his home state for water projects as well as $60 million for Utah hospitals, $1 billion nationwide for wildlife management, and other agenda items.

As the DCEnquirer has previously reported, the omnibus is chock full of progressive priorities including diversity spending, border security for other countries, antiracism training, and much more

While Senator Romney voted alongside 17 other GOP senators to pass a left-wing wish list into the federal budget, he failed to give House Republicans a shot at forming a budget that would actually serve the American people by counteracting inflation, securing the southern border, and holding the Biden Administration accountable.

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