Schumer Celebrates Era of Austerity Coming to End
The Republicans' massive $1.3 trillion "omnibus" spending bill has at least one enthusiastic fan: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Schumer proudly proclaimed Thursday that the deal shows that America's "era of austerity" has "come to an end."
The 2,232 page bill, which was released to members today, is expected to be voted on later today. Schumer said Democrats will enthusiastically support it. "I'm really excited about it," he said.
"Overall, we Democrats are very happy with what we have been able to accomplish on a number of very important priorities to the middle class in America," Schumer said. "Infrastructure, education, opioid treatment, mental health, child care. For nearly a decade, the middle class in this country has suffered from a needless and self-imposed austerity, limiting investment of all of the things that create good-paying jobs and improve the working conditions of Americans, improve the lives of Americans."
"This spending bill, this spending agreement brings that era of austerity to an unceremonious end and represents one of the most significant investments in the middle class in decades," Schumer went on. "So again, that era of austerity which so hurt middle-class Americans is coming to an unceremonious end because this bill represents one of the most significant investments in the middle class in decades. For these reasons, I’m confident that this agreement will pass both houses of Congress, hopefully with comfortable margins, hopefully in a bipartisan way."Read More...