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N.C. Rep. Jones swings a sword at 2,000-page omnibus bill

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., during a 2014 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., during a 2014 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. AP

North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones didn’t just oppose Friday’s $1.1 trillion budget deal by voting against it, he brandished a sword in his congressional office Thursday night to cut through the 2,000-page document, expressing disdain for what he later called on Twitter a win for “the Washington Establishment” and loss for “the people.”

On Friday morning, about an hour before the House vote on the budget legislation, Jones put photos up on Twitter of himself preparing to slice into the “omnibus” document at his desk with a sword. The tweets said, “Something is rotten ... in Washington, DC,” and “Spent last night cutting through 2,000 pages of words, words, words.”

The photos also show Jones wearing gloves and a surgical mask on his face while handling papers that appear to be from the legislative document.

Jones was one of five House members from North Carolina to oppose the omnibus spending bill, brokered at the last minute to avoid a government shutdown just before the holidays. N.C. Republican Reps. George Holding, Mark Meadows, Mark Walker and Richard Hudson were also opposed.

The House passed the budget deal in a 316-113 vote. The Senate passed the bill in a 65-33 vote, with Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., voting against it and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., voting in support.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story gave, in a headline, the wrong number of members of North Carolina's congressional delegation who voted against the omnibus bill. Five representatives and one senator voted against the bill Friday.

Anna Douglas: 202-383-6012, @ADouglasNews

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