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Top spenders 'ripped' appropriations bill out of hands of junior congressman, Cynthia Lummis says

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Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., shook the dust off her feet as she left the House Appropriations Committee, which she described as dominated by a few arrogant members who lack respect for conservatives on the panel.

“We were not even allowed to read the report language after we had voted for our product in subcommittee. They were ripped out of our hands, and I'm not exaggerating. That was just offensive,” Lummis told Roll Call. “It was just a grandstanding power play, totally inappropriate to treat duly elected members of Congress that way. It was a silly, ‘we're in charge and you're not' kind of effort.”

Lummis said she was targeted by appropriations leaders for her conservative views. “The appetite for spending among those who have spent years waiting to become leaders in that committee, oh my goodness,” she said. “It’s like trying to turn an ocean liner around.”

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