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Here’s What Rep. Thomas Massie Wanted To Rename The Budget Bill That Passed On Thursday

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Yesterday the budget deal passed in the House without strong support from the GOP. About twice as many House Republicans voted against the legislation as those who voted for it, with 132 Republican nays versus just 65 yeas. While President Trump and bipartisan congressional leadership have publicly supported the deal, fiscal conservatives like the House Freedom Caucus and Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) have publicly opposed it. One of those fiscal conservatives, Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie (R) wanted to rename the bill with a title more reflective of reality. The bill is named the “Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019” but Rep. Massie proposed the more apropos “A Bill to Kick the Can Down the Road, and for Other Purposes.” His amendment to alter the title of the legislation earned just 47 votes, failing to pass:

Fellow Kentuckian Sen. Rand Paul (R) liked the idea and suggested his own title for the legislation, calling it the “Accelerating America’s Bankruptcy Act.” He also asked people on Twitter what they would suggest renaming the legislation. Here were some ideas:

The Senate is expected to pass the legislation next week before going on recess. President Trump was happy to see the deal pass in the House on Thursday and is expected to sign it if it passes in the Senate.

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