Corker calls $1.4 trillion budget bill 'grotesque'

In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Sen Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks at a news conference at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Corker says he will no longer block Persian Gulf nations from buying American-made lethal weapons even though the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its neighbors remains in a stalemate.. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today slammed the massive $1.4 trillion spending bill, calling it one of the most "grotesque" pieces of legislation he can remember during his two terms in the Senate.

Earlier today, the House easily approved the measure handing huge spending increases to defense programs and domestic initiatives ranging from road-building to biomedical research.

Thursday's vote was 256-167. That shipped the 2,232-page package to the Senate.

Passage there is assured. But some Republican senators upset that the measure spends too much could delay the bill. The question is whether it will be approved before midnight Friday night.

Corker, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, was among the critics.

"I could not be more discouraged about where we are today with our adult leadership here in Congress and at the White House," he said from the Senate floor.