Congressman Ike Skelton joined a unanimous Republican caucus in opposing a $447 billion dollar spending bill passed by the House Thursday.
The A.P. notes: The 1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure would provide $447 billion in operating budgets for 10 Cabinet departments, awarding increases averaging almost 10 percent.
"The Democrats on Capitol Hill today spent more good money on a bad fix for what is broken," Congressman Roy Blunt said. "Today they rolled six appropriations bills into one massive spending bill worth nearly $447 billion dollars and representing the largest single-year increase in spending in our nation’s history," he added.
Skelton joined the 202 "no" votes.
ALSO: GOPer Jeff Parnell tells The Notebook he's still weighing a bid against Skelton and is "getting closer" to a decision. "I have yet to see anyone as passionate about the issues and our country's predicament as myself and am disturbed that none of the current candidates sensed the import of Skelton's remarks," Parnell said, referring to Skelton's recent comments about President Obama's Afghanistan decision.
Parnell said he is "disappointed and troubled" that Skelton is allowing himself "to be used as a tool by the Obama administration when the lives of American troops are at stake."
"After the long delay in responding to General McChrystal's requests, the last thing we need is to further "lawyer" the subject to death by asking inane questions such as "What do we believe must be accomplished in the next 18 months?," Parnell said.