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WASHINGTON— Indiana Republican Senator Mike Braun says he plans to vote no on the $1.4 trillion dollar spending bill proposed to keep the government from shutting down before Christmas.  

He says he doesn’t want future generations to inherit the debt. 

“Some of us need to speak up or we’re handing over a big problem to our kids and grandkids,” Braun said. 

Braun says operating in the red wouldn’t work anywhere else, but somehow is the norm in our government.  

“Of course, there’s stuff in there I like. I come from a place like Indiana where there were rainy day funds and operating in the black. This is so different. It’s almost like bizarro world,” says Braun. 

He says he’s perplexed by how revenue spending is only up by 4{342d4ff9325a28dcb7f2c75b24c2a469a7c28c0aebd22d83bf56550a2655925a} this year, while federal spending is up 7{342d4ff9325a28dcb7f2c75b24c2a469a7c28c0aebd22d83bf56550a2655925a}.  

When it comes to agreeing on a budget, Braun says Democrats struggle to compromise with Republicans on defense spending and Republicans struggle to compromise on domestic issues.  

Braun believes real work is being brushed aside while Democrats look to impeach President Trump. 

“And after 2020, I’m hoping the President and many of us that came here to fix this place will start doing it,” Braun says. 

He says defense is the most important thing the federal government does, but he doesn’t support “spending ourselves into oblivion” without making a “real” budget. 

(PHOTO: Sen. Mike Braun on CSPAN)