A divided Congress recently reached an agreement on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the 2016 budget year and extend $680 billion in tax cuts for businesses and individuals. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation once Congress passes it. However, not all lawmakers are happy about it. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) took to the Senate floor to oppose the bill and scolded Republicans, asking them, “Who do we represent?” “There is a reason that GOP voters are in open rebellion,” he said. “They have come to believe that their party’s elites are not only uninterested in defending their interests but – as with this legislation, and fast-tracking the President’s international trade pact – openly hostile to them. This legislation represents a further disenfranchisement of the American voter.”
UPDATE: The U.S. Senate passed the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) missed Friday’s Senate vote approving the massive end-of-the-year spending bill and tax package — a day after he suggested that he would try to slow the legislation down. The Florida Republican, who is running for president, was the only 2016 contender to miss the vote, which is the Senate’s final vote of the year. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), three other presidential candidates, all voted against the the legislation. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), a fourth GOP presidential candidate from the Senate, backed the bill.