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Sean Hannity: Bill to Avert Shutdown Is ‘Government Acting at Its Worst’

Emily Ward
By Emily Ward | February 15, 2019 | 12:41 PM EST

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and TV host Sean Hannity (Screenshot)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show, “The Sean Hannity Show,” on Thursday, host Sean Hannity said the bill to avert another partial government shutdown was “government acting at its worst.”

“[Y]ou know, this is no way to govern a country – to spend a trillion dollars, as they are now doing, and nobody reads the bill,” Sean Hannity said. “That is not good governance. It is a typical – what have I been calling it? – garbage, swamp, sewer deal. And it’s, you know, government acting at its worst, because they cannot ever get the job done.”

Hannity’s remarks came hours before the House of Representatives and the Senate voted on a spending deal that would avert another partial government shutdown. The deal included only $1.375 billion in funding for U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last night, both the Senate and the House approved the deal, sending it to Trump’s desk, and the president has indicated he will sign the bill, but that he also will declare a national emergency to secure additional funding needed to build the wall.

Below is a transcript of Hannity’s remarks from his show on Thursday.

“We’ve got this bill that nobody’s reading, 1,000 pages, and they don’t have time to read because we’re back to the Nancy Pelosi era, which is, ‘Well, you’ve got to pass it to find out what’s in it,’ which is how they sold us health care.

“So, I don’t know what to believe, because every single congressional office I call into, they’re, ‘Well, we’re distributing 100 pages to this person, and 100 pages to that person, and, and— .’

“You know, this is no way to govern a country – to spend a trillion dollars, as they are now doing, and nobody reads the bill. That is not good governance. It is a typical – what have I been calling it? – garbage, swamp, sewer deal. And it’s, you know, government acting at its worst because they cannot ever get the job done, which leads us to the whole battle over the border and what the president, I think, is going to end up doing anyway.

“Now, I have no idea – the headline on Drudge right now is, ‘President Mulls [a] Shutdown,’ on top of the 60 minutes interview with Andrew McCabe. One thing that makes it interesting to me, although, I’m getting some mixed messages here, because Nita Lowey, who’s a committee – the chairwoman of the appropriations committee in the House that was part of these negotiations – she has sent out a letter to her Democratic colleagues, and she’s asking them to vote on this conference report. She says it’ll cover Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Science, Financial Services and general government, Homeland Security, Interior and the Environment, State and Foreign Operations, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development appropriations bills. A lot of money, over a trillion dollars of spending, we got here. And she brags that the agreement is a repudiation of Trump’s budget request, rejecting numerous proposed program reductions and eliminations. So she’s bragging about that part.

“Typically, Republicans never show any strength. They’re scared to death of a shutdown.

“You don’t even— Listen, I know everybody wants Trump to sign the bill so they can all go on vacation – again. I don’t really care if he does or doesn’t, to be honest, because as it relates to the defining issue for our country, he’s going to get the wall built.”

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