Spotlight: Senators: End pandemic spending

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — While hagglers appeared to have reached a bipartisan framework agreement on a full-year omnibus spending plan, fiscal hawks like Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson are asking an important question: Why haven’t we gone back to normal spending now that the pandemic is over?

On Thursday, the Senate easily passed a a one-week continuing resolution, keeping the government funded through Dec. 23. A worked-over spending plan is expected to be unveiled Monday, as negotiations continue in the shadow of another government shutdown threat in the days before the Christmas break.

Johnson joined Sens. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) at a press conference to oppose the Pelosi-Schumer Omnibus spending bill. They instead argued in favor of a short-term Continuing Resolution through early next month to allow ample time to analyze and debate additional government spending.

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