Echoing a statement made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed reporters’ questions about pork inserted in the debt ceiling bill passed by Congress, CNS News reported Thursday.
“What difference does it make? Why are we talking about this? We’re talking about a bill that as I said last night, I’m not asking anybody to vote for this bill on the merits,” she said.
According to The Hill, the bill includes funds to fix flooded roads in Colorado, a $3 million appropriation for a civil liberties oversight board and a one-time payment of $174,000 to the widow of Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a millionaire New Jersey Democrat who died over the summer.
“My members have some of the same questions, not certainly in terms of the death penalty to the Lautenberg family, but when you have a CR, it is an appropriation, and this, yes would be the normal place for them to do that,” Pelosi said.
According to CNS, Pelosi argued the bill should have covered expenditures for a whole year instead of just a few months. She also argued the bill didn’t have enough spending.