Congressional Republicans decry ‘radical pet projects’ earmarked in $1.2 trillion bill

Republicans raged against earmarks littered throughout the latest government spending legislation, unveiled overnight Thursday, that fund “pet projects” in lawmakers’ districts.

The deal includes the remainder of fiscal 2024 funding for the departments of Defense, Labor, State, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and other parts of the government. While those federal agencies are scheduled to shut down on Saturday if the funding bill is not passed by Friday night, Republicans in both chambers are sounding the alarm over controversial earmarks that are included in the legislation.

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), a fiscal hawk, urged lawmakers to provide more time to review the legislation prior to its passage.

“We’re spending millions of taxpayer dollars on radical pet projects that only serve to weaken and divide our country, culturally and economically,” Lee said Thursday afternoon in a speech on the
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