GOP Senator: We Need To Stop Putting ‘Bullshit’ In Essential Bills

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk made a plea to his Republican colleagues on on Friday after the Senate passed a yearlong funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

“Hopefully we’re gonna end the attaching of bullshit to essential items of the government,” the Illinois Republican, who’s up for reelection in 2016, told reporters in the Capitol.

The message appeared to be aimed at House Republicans, who attached a variety of immigration policy restrictions to their DHS funding bill and are still resisting the Senate bill that is free of the provisions. They intend to pass a three-week stopgap bill on Friday to avert a DHS shutdown before the midnight deadline, which would prolong the immigration fight.

“In the long-run, if you are blessed with the majority, you’re blessed with the power to govern. If you’re gonna govern, you have to act responsibly,” Kirk said.

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