On Saturday, the Senate passed a $1.01 trillion spending bill to fund the government for the next year. The vote was a 56-40 victory for Congress who will send the bill to the President's desk to be signed into law.
Many are not pleased with the bill, especially Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who are opposed to the elimination of some financial regulations and campaign finance laws included in the bill.
But one secret that was not reported until the passage of the bill was that Congress members will have the ability to spend up to $1,000 a month in taxpayer funds to lease new cars.
The text, which appears on page 982 of the 1,603-page spending bill, reads: "None of the funds made available in this Act may be used by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives to make any payments from any Members' Representational Allowance for the leasing of a vehicle, excluding mobile district offices, in an aggregate amount that exceeds $1,000 for the vehicle in any month."
The bill was released just two days before it passed in the House, leaving almost no time to debate what was in the spending bill. Congress and the White House thought it would be better to just pass the bill to avoid a government shutdown instead of extending the deadline to properly debate how we should fund our government.