(CNSNews.com) -- When asked whether he had read the 1,582-page, $1.1 trillion government funding bill before he voted against it yesterday, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he did not “personally” read all 1,582 pages and given what he did read, he realized he could not support the legislation.
On Capitol Hill on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked, “Congressman, I wanted to know if you could tell me, the bill that was passed yesterday, the spending bill, it was 1,582 pages, did you read all 1,582 pages?”
Representative Meadows said, “We actually -- personally, no, I did not read all those pages. Actually, we pulled out probably eight or nine sections of it, and I went through that in detail. And the reason for my no vote, was, there was a couple of things in those sections that I had read, that I had issues with. And so, we didn’t need to go any further, because we knew we were going to vote no. But yes, we went through it. Our staff went through it from front to back.”
The bill (HR 3547) will fund the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2014, which ends on Sept. 30, 2014.
Sixty-four Republicans and only three Democrats voted against the legislation. The final vote was 359-67. The legislation was strongly opposed by Tea Party elements in the GOP and in the public at large.
As CNSNews.com has reported, the bill “increases agency budgets by $26 billion over last year’s total,” and “[n]ot only does the bill increase discretionary spending, it is also $45 billion more than the sequester [cuts] would have allowed.”